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DojoGuide: Freelance – Getting Started as a Freelancer

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In this DojoGuide we’ll be focusing on all things Freelancing. What it means to be a freelancer & tips to getting started, advertising your talent, and growing to a potential career path. To kick things off I wanted to define what freelancing is & what it means to be a “freelancer”.  Starting at the very basics & what may entice you into the freelance world in the first place.

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What is a Freelancer

 

By definition a freelancer is anyone who sells or provides a service ( writing, design, etc) by hour, day, or job rather than a typical 9-5 structure. The ability to freely work with as many or a variety of clients instead of one set employer. This day in age freelancing and a freelancer has changed dramatically.  The internet provides the ability for people to work anywhere & be accessible globally. A freelancer can take any talent be it in coding or design & provide that to a company or individual for a living or side income.

In that sense anyone can become a freelancer as long as they have a service or skill they can provide in exchange for money. A freelancer can range from any of the following gigs but isn’t limited to:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Video Editor
  • Writer/Editor
  • Programmer/Coder
  • Photographer
  • Videographer

and many other categories of jobs.

The idea is that a freelancer is free to work as they please & whomever they desire thus the “Free” part. You can be a multi-talented freelancer or stick specifically in your category of expertise. You can do it for a living or on the side to make extra money. That’s the real beauty in it, you define what being a freelancer means to you. Working 4 hours a week or a 40 hour week the choice really depends on your work ethic, ability, and skill set. Leading us to the next question, why even do it in the first place?

Why Become a Freelancer?

Now comes the question of why would you consider freelancing in the first place. Just as a freelancer can be defined by many things so can the reasons  you consider it. Perhaps you want to simply earn more income outside of your traditional 9-5. Freelancing allows for a solid earning potential with no caps or salary. Your earnings are based your performance & ability to finds jobs/clients. As you get better so does your work & in turn your profits. Outside of the monetary value you simply may want to improve in a skill of some sort & the best way to do that is through experience. A passion for design can be improved by doing work for others. Starting out on basic projects & progressively working your way up.

The free in freelancer also is a big reason to consider the path. The ability to work when you please & how you go about it is a big plus. As a freelancer you can set your schedule. Work a typical 9-5, be a weekend warrior, work less than 20 hours a week the choice is yours. Freelancing allows you to work around your existing schedule or set your own & that’s a huge plus. So in review here are some top reasons to consider freelancing:

  • Extra Revenue Stream
  • Improving Skills
  • Defining your own schedule/workflow
  • Control your income
  • Future career path

As your skills & clientele grow in your freelance portfolio the more you pave the way to a potential career path. That can mean being a full time freelancer or moving into your own business providing said service.

 

How It Works:

Here’s the beauty when it comes to freelancing or becoming one all it really takes is a skill set of some sort & a couple minutes to setup your profile. Nowadays there are all sorts of freelance platforms for you to join to find potential work & clients. Furthermore these platforms serve as a way for you to grow your reputation &  develop your portfolio.  As someone starting out I recommend joining a service to get your footing. Only once you’ve developed some sort of work portfolio & following can you go out on your own offering your own service via a site or what have you. Potential clients have to know your good at what you do & need some sort or evidence of that. Using any of the following services or ones you think match your needs allow you to build that foundation for the future.

are just some of the popular freelance networks to name but a few.

Setting up your portfolio is something we’ll be looking at in the next part of the series but really it comes down to what skill or service are you looking to provide & detailing that. From there it comes down to advertising your portfolio & reaching out to potential clients to continue to build your freelancing reputation.

Getting started this day in age is the easiest part. You don’t have to be an expert in anything, freelancing is all about finding a problem you can solve. As with anything the more you do that & improve the better jobs you get, higher rates you can charge, and so on. Stay tuned for more content to come!

 

 

Scrivener for iOS Overview

My thanks to Literature & Latte for sponsoring the following content as well as DigitalDojos over the last week. Literature & Latte are the makers of great apps such as Scrivener & Scapple. IF your looking for the best writing app solution look no further! Check out more info over at http://literatureandlatte.com

 

Scrivener has proven over time to be one of the best writing apps in the market. Offering a studio based application that gives you the ability to create, edit, review, research an entire project in one environment. Designed for long form writing Scrivener allows you to write the way you want structuring & revising your story in whatever format or order you see fit. It’s the go to app for any long form writing I do or even E-Book related material. Since it’s release the folks over at Literature & Latte have been hard at work to take their amazing desktop app to the mobile end. After years of planning & development Scrivener made its way to iOS & the team spared no features or thought when it came to porting it over for mobile. Here’s a look & overview of Scrivener for iOS (iPad & iPhone) retails for $20 via the iOS App Store

 

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Scrivener for iOS is simplicity meets advanced features. L&L did a great job of offering a lot of the apps main   feature set in a scaled down version. The binder, writing tools, and organizational tools such as cork board, folders, and so on are all included. Throughout the app you have multiple features at your disposal tucked away into the interface. Whether it’s swipe gestures or the Scrivener keyboard that gives you access to commonly used characters & tools to navigate around your article. All of which are extremely useful given your using Scrivener on a smaller device than you may be used to. However whether it was the iPhone or iPad I found navigating through the document seamless & intuitive.

Having quick access to common shortcuts such as highlighting, annotations, undo/redo & so on makes long form writing a breeze on the app. Furthermore Scrivener for iOS offers up customization in the form of tapping & holding any button on the keyboard interface for you to swap it to a more preferable shortcut. Outside of that the app behaves & functions similar to that of the desktop version so if your used to that interface then you won’t be disappointed. Scrivener allows a great organizational system through it’s binder feature. Organizing drafts, research, and whatever other miscellaneous parts of your  script, book, etc.

 

 

Features-

Again a lot of what you may be used to from the desktop scrivener app is present on mobile whether it’s the full rich-text editing, import/export options, or annotation tools. Scrivener for iOS doesn’t skip out on features despite it’s more minimal UI.  Beyond that iOS has brought sync functionality via Dropbox to make syncing between devices easier than ever. So whether you want to write on your MacBook or PC then take it on the go via an iPad or iPhone Scrivener allows for jut that. Simply sync your Dropbox account you use on your PC/Mac w/the iOS counterpart & your work can be synced across no matter what device your on or changes that need to be made. As someone who alternates devices throughout the day this is something thats crucial for me. I tend to start writing on my desktop & can easily be on the go needing to make changes to documents or books I may be working on. The ability now to simply add a thought via my iPhone or swap to my iPad makes the whole writing process that much more enjoyable & convenient!

 

Why Write w/Scrivener?

So what makes Scrivener stand out from any other word processors or heck even a simple notes app. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy simply writing in any empty text editor from time to time but when it comes to full expanding upon my thoughts & getting some serious writing done I always turn to Scrivener. Whether you use it to write a novel, develop a manuscript, or in my case create an E-Book it offers everything you need & more. Scrivener focuses on making the environment for long form writers accessible & tailored to your needs. Rather than writing in one motion your free to jump around to multiple documents, pages, thoughts & stitch it all together in the end. What makes me enjoy using Scrivener is it allows me to write however I see fit. Great tools like the binder allow you to split up multiple documents or drafts only to reorganize it later on depending on your process. The cork board or research tab makes it easy for you to import media to refer to be it notes or images as you write. Gone are the days of toggling between browsers & multiple apps just to reference a quick thought while writing.

 

I can go on & on about the use cases for Scrivener & how it makes the writing process that much more efficient but honestly its something you need to try & adopt depending on your writing style. While it may not be for everyone it can be used to write anything simple, complex, you name it. The flexibility the app offers really shines in the mobile application. It makes writing longer form content on the iPad a mere tap away.

Verdict-

All in all Scrivener is simply an all around writing application that you’d be hard fought to find something you couldn’t use it for. The transition from desktop app to the iOS platform has been one where the folks at L&L did a phenomenal job. Personally seeing their journey from going through devs to hiring in-house to re-develop from the ground up has been something to witness & to see the end result come out so polished definitely speaks to the talent of the team. As a content producer apps like these make my life that much easier & allow me to do my job without having to worry about the tools at my disposal. Scrivener for iOS simply allows me to open & get writing anyway I see fit.

Find out more information & grab Scrivener for iOS for $20 today!

Whats on my iPhone (May 2017 Edition)

It’s been awhile since I’ve taken into account all the apps I use on a day to day basis be it for work,  killing time on my commute, or to get that 3 AM meal I’m craving after getting back from a night out. Thus I wanted to bring back the What’s on my iPhone series & try to keep you all up to date from time to time on the latest & in my opinion best apps I’m currently using. As time goes on of course these change slightly however I’m always open to new suggestions & better alternatives so if you see or know any better solutions drop them in the comments!

App List:

Food-

  • Yelp
  • Cavia
  • UberEats
  • PostMates

Social-

  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Snapchat
  • Skype
  • Messenger
  • Facebook
  • Tumblr
  • Discord
  • Viber

Banking

  • Apple Pay/Wallet
  • NavyFederal
  • Venmo
  • Chase
  • CapitalOne
  • PayPal
  • TrueBill
  • Robinhood
  • CreditKarma

Smart Home

  • Kasa
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Ring
  • Philipps Hue
  • OnSwitch
  • Harmony App
  • Apple TV Remote

Transportation

  • Lyft
  • Uber
  • CalTrain
  • Bart

Miscellaneous

  • PrimeNow
  • Overcast
  • Audible
  • Reddit
  • LastPass
  • Youtube
  • Wunderlist
  • Sonos
  • Spotify
  • Amazon
  • AirBnb
  • GOAT
  • Bumble…. Tinder
  • Kayak
  • Soundcloud
  • Funnel
  • Kami 2
  • United
  • GIPHY
  • Adidas Confirmed
  • Groupon
  • Google Maps
  • Charades
  • Rinse
  • Google Voice
  • Asana
  • VSCO
  • Google Drive
  • Eero