Leigh Marcos, Author at The Contactually Blog | For Relationship-Based Businesses
Managing and Maintaining My Contact List as a Freelancer

Managing and Maintaining My Contact List as a Freelancer

While most freelancers would love to simply wake up each day and have new work waiting for them, the reality is that half of a freelancer’s job is tracking down great well-paying clients that understand the value you’re providing. Freelancers often face dry spells as well as times of great abundance, but the nature of freelancing is tough. It’s important to make the most out of each and every client relationship. Luckily, there are several things you can do to facilitate this process and make your business relationships blossom. Managing my contact list and freelance work: Break It Down Our contact lists today are overwhelming, to say the least. When attempting to manage your contact list and make sense of it all, it’s ideal to break them down into manageable chunks that our brains can process more easily. You may choose to sort your clients by the amount of money they have spent on projects in the past, the type of work they request, the location that they are in, or even how easy they are to work with. There are many ways to sort your list, but the main point is that it should be logical to you. By doing so, you will be much more likely to remember who each person is, while tactfully avoiding information overload. Automate Your Marketing A smart marketing automation plan is much more than simply maintaining an email list and sending updates. A marketing automation plan is personable and specific and will have a solid goal in mind: getting more business. You’ll be able to create automated emails based on a client’s...
How To: Work Proactively on a Team While Working Remotely

How To: Work Proactively on a Team While Working Remotely

Being a remote worker is not for everyone. It is simply not possible for everyone to work alone yet also be part of a team. This kind of work requires inner strength and concentration mixed with an open communicative style. It can often need multitasking skills, working on simultaneous projects or doing one task while talking to colleagues on other issues. Work timeframes may become more flexible with long evenings or early starts, or working over the weekend. It is possible, however, to be a proactive team member, and indeed a more effective one, when not actually in the office or with the entire team each working from home. Since our employees here at Contactually have the option for flexible hours and a few teams have remote members, we decided to tackle the often contentious topic of productively working from home or remotely! Read on for how to work remotely & be proactive: Personal Life Considerations Is working from home as a remote worker within a team the right job for you? There is a sharp psychological divide between setting your own work and going out to work. Those who fail let their personal lives take over the work they should be doing or if they see working remotely as a chance to be lazy and to disrespect the urgency or quality of a job. It can also be intensely lonely with your only communication being chatting or the odd phone call, and visit from the neighbor’s cat. Are there distractions at home like partners, family, and kids? Do you have a dedicated space allotted for work? The answers...