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"Dear GUAVABEAN" is a weekly 'Agony Aunt' podcast for freelancers, digital nomads, and entrepreneurs.

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"Dear GUAVABEAN" is a weekly 'Agony Aunt' podcast for freelancers, digital nomads, and entrepreneurs.

    #16 🎧 How To Handle the Feast and Famine Cycle?

    #16 🎧 How To Handle the Feast and Famine Cycle?

    Welcome to another episode of the Dear GUAVABEAN podcast! 😄This week's question is from Ella,“Dear GUAVABEAN, the thing I struggle with is knowing how to get a steady stream of clients so I'm earning enough money, but I'm not working insane amount of hours each week. It's that feast and famine cycle I want to learn how to break. How do you deal with this?”Episode Highlights ✨[0.35] Ella's question[1.25] Francesca's experience with feast and famine[3.25] Claire's experiences[9.00] Control the cycle with your niche[12.25] Being efficient with your time[15.00] Preparing for famine months[16.30] How to get a steady stream of clients[20.40] How to control your schedule[23.00] Helping your fellow freelancers[23.50] Using your time during famine periods[26.30] Getting comfortable with unpredictabilityGot freelancer problems?CLICK HERE to send us your question and who knows... we might answer it in the next episode!

    • 33 min
    #15 🎧 How Do You Decide When To “Fire” a Client?

    #15 🎧 How Do You Decide When To “Fire” a Client?

    Welcome to another episode of the Dear GUAVABEAN podcast! 😄This week's question is from David,“Dear GUAVABEAN, how do you decide when to 'fire' a client?”Episode Highlights ✨[0.40] David's question[1.25] What we learned from firing clients[1.55] Claire's experiences[4.55] The time Francesca regretted firing a client[8.25] Weighing up pros and cons[12.30] The mental and emotional toll of some client relationships[16.00] Communicating and preparing a plan[21.30] How to know it's time to move onGot freelancer problems?CLICK HERE to send us your question and who knows... we might answer it in the next episode!

    • 28 min
    #14 🎧 Should You Bother With a Website?

    #14 🎧 Should You Bother With a Website?

    Welcome to another episode of the Dear GUAVABEAN podcast! 😄This week's question is from Ashley,"Dear GUAVABEAN, I'm curious: do I need to have my own website for my freelancing business? If so, which platform should I use. And if not, why not?”Episode Highlights ✨[0.35] Ashley's question[1.30] Claire's history with websites[3.00] Francesca's experience[4.15] When can a website be useful?[6.30] The downsides[8.00] Website building platforms[9.00] What are your goals?[12.45] Website alternatives[17.45] So do you need a website?[20.00] Be original Additional Links For This EpisodeHow To Build a Freelancer PortfolioGot freelancer problems?CLICK HERE to send us your question and who knows... we might answer it in the next episode!

    • 25 min
    #13 🎧 What Do You Do When a Client Won't Pay?

    #13 🎧 What Do You Do When a Client Won't Pay?

    Welcome to another episode of the Dear GUAVABEAN podcast! 😄This week's question is from Anete,“Dear GUAVABEAN, I replied to an ad looking for writers for ski and snowboarding websites. She sounded like a nice person and asked me to do two test articles for 50$ each. I was okay with that. I picked the topics from her excel sheet, she approved them and I did the job. I wrote the test articles but then she disappeared for months. She has promised to send me feedback a couple of times, but hasn't done that. Today I snapped and just asked about the money. I wanted to ask if there's a way to avoid these situations and how to deal with people who promise to pay and then don't?”Episode Highlights ✨[0.40] Anete's question[1.30] Claire's experiences[2.00] Francesca's bad experience[7.50] Close shaves[9.35] Contracts and deposits[13.15] Late fees[14.20] Sending reminders[15.50] When are your invoices due?[18.45] Test projects[19.40] Withholding deliverables[21.00] When a client hasn't paid, what next?Additional Links For This EpisodeMake and Serve a Statutory Demand, or Challenge OneGot freelancer problems?CLICK HERE to send us your question and who knows... we might answer it in the next episode!

    • 25 min
    #12 🎧 How Can You Tell Whether a Job Post is Serious or a Scam?

    #12 🎧 How Can You Tell Whether a Job Post is Serious or a Scam?

    Welcome to another episode of the Dear GUAVABEAN podcast! 😄This week's question is from Alyssa,“Dear GUAVABEAN, I've been looking at job posts online, especially on Facebook, and I was wondering how can you tell whether a job post is serious or a scam? Looking for some tips on telling if an opportunity is legit. Also if you have any recommendations of job websites to take a look at or what websites to stay far away from. Thank you guys! 🙏”Episode Highlights ✨[0.40] Alyssa's question[2.50] Job posts with no substance[4.50] Where to look for legit jobs[6.00] Sketchy contact details[7.25] Asking for money or identification[9.50] Avoiding a contract[11.30] Claire's experience of a scam[14.15] Websites to avoid[15.10] Do your research[16.40] Use your intuition[20.10] 100 legit job websites[25.40] Less obvious signs of a scam[34.30] SummaryAdditional Links For This EpisodeBest Job Websites for FreelancersGot freelancer problems?CLICK HERE to send us your question and who knows... we might answer it in the next episode!

    • 38 min
    #11 🎧 Working With Clients in Different Time Zones

    #11 🎧 Working With Clients in Different Time Zones

    Welcome to another episode of the Dear GUAVABEAN podcast! 😄This week's question is from Carrie,“Dear GUAVABEAN, I've been working remotely for a few years and have been out of the US four years in total. I'm finding the time zone is seriously turning off a lot of potential job leads. I do writing services mainly so it's not like they need my immediate assistance. 75 percent of job ads that I see want you to be in their current time zone and won't even look at your application it you aren't (something I was unaware of as a first time freelancer), so how do you address this professionally?”Episode Highlights ✨[0.40] Carrie's Question[1.30] Claire's thoughts[2.30] Francesca's thoughts[4.45] What kinds of jobs are you applying for?[5.50] How personal fears hold you back[7.00] Reassuring a client[11.00] Where are you finding clients?[12.30] Trial periods[15.15] Change up your client-finding approach[18.00] Positioning your time zone as an advantage[20.30] Evolving job roles over time[23.30] Communication systems[28.00] SummaryGot freelancer problems?CLICK HERE to send us your question and who knows... we might answer it in the next episode!

    • 32 min

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