Thursday, June 18, 2020

TiF Podcast - A New Beginning

Transcript:

Hi, welcome to TiF Podcast, where I talk about Freelancing, Online Entrepreneurship, and everything that is relevant to the freelancers of today's digital world - the gen Zee!

My name is Tan and I am your host and the owner of The Indian Freelancer. Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel that goes by the same name, and my blog The Indian Freelancer.com.

Let's get started with today's episode, on TiF Podcast. Thank you for tuning in.



Namaste! Welcome my friend, welcome to TiF Podcast. 

Everyone of us wants to do something in life. Everyone of us wants to make it big - hmmm, one day! 

Everyone of us wants to be out there, spoken about, praised, applauded, known! And yes, everyone of us wants to be happy.

Well, so do I. The only difference may be, is that I want to do every thing and closely experience whatever comes my way.

I do not want to specialize. Truly, I am a proud jack of all trades. I know I will not be known for that one thing that I do. So be it!

In the quest of doing many things, I am starting this podcast as well. I hope to carry it on till I can. 

I promise to give it my best, but then I am not too sure for how long I will be making podcast episodes in the future. So, as long as I am here, be with me and listen to every single episode that I publish on TiF Podcast.

You never know when I am gone, right? Well, I'll be around. Don't worry.

TiF Podcast is designed to talk about the freelancer in me. I have been freelancing since more than a decade now and for the last few years, it has been a full-time engagement.

Over the years, I have faced a lot of situations and have learned a lot from those too. I am going to share those learnings with you.

If you are a freelancer, or a wanna be, this podcast is for you. Subscribe and tune in to it every time I publish a new episode!

The world of freelancing is very dynamic. You need to keep updating yourself with the ever evolving tech all the time. I will talk about the new technologies, techniques, and tools that will help you as a freelancer.

A lot of avenues of earning money online came up in the last decade and a lot many shut themselves too. But in the world of freelancing, when one door closes, 3 different ones open up.

I would want to talk about all these newer options to make money online as a freelancer. My topics of podcasts will revolve around new and existing freelancing marketplaces, growing strong quickly in existing ones, and finding your feet on the new portals.

There is nothing in this world without a good lifestyle and mental health. Freelancers who often work alone, in silos, need a lot of self care, self motivation, and good lifestyle habits to keep up the fight.

On TiF Podcast, I hope to talk about these topics from time to time as well.

So, overall, you can see that there is a lot to be talked about and I am just starting. It is going to be a lot of fun, if nothing else.

Stick around and tune in at the right times and you will not be disappointed. 

There is money to be made. And freelancing is the way!

Thanks a lot for listening to this episode of TiF Podcast. If you liked what you heard, please subscribe and don't forget to share this with your friends and family.

My name is Tan, your host, and the owner of The Indian Freelancer. Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel that goes by the same name, and my blog The Indian Freelancer.com.

I will be back with another episode, on TiF Podcast. Till then, be safe, take care, and don't forget to fly! Bye Bye...

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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

The best page builder plugin for WordPress (2020) - Elementor

 

Namaste friends and freelancers. I hope you are doing well and keeping safe and fit in this COVID-19 situation. It should be our top priority at present.

As you may already know, I have been building WordPress websites professionally over the years, and presently it has become an integral part of what I do online.

Recently, I have launched a dedicated WordPress portfolio website for my clients and prospects, where you can find a plethora of different kinds of website landing pages built on WordPress.

This portfolio website is helping me to reach out to more prospects and show them what I can build for them using WordPress and Elementor Page Builder plugin.

Now, a common question that I often get is why do I use Elementor and not the other page builders that are there in the market, some of which are present even from the time before Elementor came in.

It is a common but very justified question, I believe. If I am making your website, you must know what I am going to use to build it and probably, why.

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In this article today, let me tell you why I want to use Elementor for all my WordPress websites. I will tell you why I think that Elementor is the best page builder plugin for WordPress available in the market as of now.

I hope I will be able to answer your common queries. If you want to ask something specific about working with Elementor, please feel free to comment below.

WordPress has evolved over the years, and it has brought along many changes in the last few updates too. Currently,  I guess the WordPress version is 5.4.1, which is an extremely different upgrade from the previous one.

WordPress uses the block editor by default, which means that the entire page can be built or edited block by block.

You can imagine WordPress as a canvas of sections having columns and multiple rows within each column. When you design a page on WordPress, you fill up these rows, columns, and sections in turn.

The default block editor helps you do that too. It means that you can start building your website out of the box, right after installing WordPress in your hosting space.

While the default block editor, also known as Gutenberg editor, does a great job, it also has many limitations.

These limitations may not be visible to you as a novice WordPress designer, as you may not have known the various other options that custom page builder plugins give you.

There are a plethora of page builder plugins available for WordPress right now. I have also shared a list of the Top 10 Page Builder Plugins for WordPress earlier in this blog.

Among all these, I find the Elementor Page Builder plugin to be the best because of the following reasons:

  • Very easy to learn
  • The free version is enough
  • Great community
  • Supports top themes
  • Affordable upgrade

Now, let me explain the above points in brief.

 

Very easy to learn

 

Elementor is probably the easiest page builder plugin out there. It is effortless to learn the simple user interface where you just drag and drop elements onto your page and start building it from the very first minute.

I can tell you this because I have learned and mastered Elementor in a short span, and within about two years, I was able to build professional websites and sell those to my clientele from around the world.

Some time ago, I even published a complete course on Building stunning web pages using Elementor, which can pull a beginner to an intermediate level within a week. The course is compelling and has helped many students who have implemented the learnings in their projects.

 

The free version is enough

 

If you are on a limited budget and you can live only with essential design elements, the free version of Elementor is going to be enough for you. You do not need the Elementor Pro.

Also, along with some additional plugins which are specifically developed to be used with Elementor, you can add advanced features to your website for free.

The course that I have mentioned above also proves this fact. The entire online course is built using the free version of Elementor.

Having said so, the advanced features of Elementor, which you can find only in the Elementor Pro version are worth too. You will be delighted for every penny that you spend. I will get to that shortly.

 

Great community

 

The Elementor community is just fabulous. There are many times when you would want to know something quickly, and you can just go to their Facebook group and ask a question. More often than not, you will get excellent answers rapidly.

Along with that, the community of independent WordPress plugin and theme developers are also making many assets keeping Elementor in mind.

As mentioned above, you will find a lot of additional plugins that would work seamlessly with Elementor and help you add advanced and extended features to your website for free.

It is one of the most important reasons that I chose to work with Elementor as my preferred WordPress Page  Builder plugin.

 

Supports top themes

 

Elementor supports the top WordPress themes. Themes like OceanWP, Astra, GeneratePress, Hestia, Phlox, and Zakra are supported by Elementor, and they work very well together.

A couple of themes, like Hello and Layers, are said to be developed, keeping the only Elementor in mind. Recently, I like the Kadence theme, which has its advantages too.


Elementor took the market share by offering extended support to the top themes, and probably this was the reason that most top WordPress designers started using Elementor.

On top of that, the themes also reciprocated and started suggesting and recommending Elementor as their preferred page builder plugin.

A combined effort by both the theme (and plugin) developers and Elementor has pulled it to the top of the list. And I think Elementor deserves every bit of it.

 

Affordable upgrade

 

Before telling you how affordable the upgrade is, let me tell you about how amazing it is.

Elementor Pro adds excellent extended features and advanced elements at your disposal to use all over your blog or website.

Using Elementor Pro, you can completely modify any given theme. Many Elementor enthusiasts will tell you that you do not even need a theme if you have Elementor Pro with you, which is right.

You can build custom headers and footers, change the default color schemes, add animation and even design the blog page and sidebars using Elementor Pro.

It has a wide range of additional elements that can give your website a professional touch, which can make a difference.

Yes, I can still assure you that you can do a lot with the free version of Elementor and the additional plugins, but using Elementor Pro can make your life much more comfortable.

It is a separate plugin that you can install on top of the Elementor free version.

In my course, there is a dedicated segment where I have talked about the various options and features of Elementor Pro. Many students have purchased Elementor Pro after watching those course lectures.

 

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Thanks for reading. That is all I have in this article. I hope you know now why I consider Elementor as the best page builder plugin for WordPress at the moment. If you have any relevant queries, please feel free to ask below, and I will love to address them.



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Monday, May 11, 2020

How much does a logo design cost?

Namaste friends and freelancers,

Often I get a question from both businessmen and graphic designers about the cost of logo design. While the businessmen want to know how much they should allocate for this task, the logo designers find it difficult to arrive at the right price for their services.

In this article today, I will talk about the process of logo designing and how the correct prices and budgets are arrived at for a logo design. By the end of this article, you will know how to price a logo correctly, whether you are looking to get one done or are going to design one for your clients. 

The cost of a logo design varies with the expertise of the designer, the complexity of the logo, and your budget. An expert logo designer can charge thousands of dollars for designing your logo while a beginner will promise to get it done for very cheap.

While choosing the right designer for your work, you must know the purpose of your logo and understand how a logo can help you promote your business and make it a grand success.

Let's know about all these in this article. Let's start with understanding what a logo is and how it is going to impact the business.

How much does a logo design cost - The Indian Freelancer


What is a logo?

A logo is a graphical and symbolic representation of your brand. Precisely, it is much more than just these two aspects.

Your logo should create an emotional bond with the audience and depict the purpose of your brand. It seems to be tiny, but it is one of the most vital things that attract a customer.

As you have decided to invest money for designing the logo of your brand, you should also know what you would get in return for your investment.

It is better to go for a superior quality logo even if it requires a higher investment than to go for inferior quality just for the sake of "saving" your money.

 

Why is it necessary to design an appropriate logo?

It is essential to design an appropriate logo to achieve the following goals:

  • ·        A logo is the first impression of your brand, and hence it should be meaningful enough for customers to interact with your brand
  • ·        A good logo makes your brand stand out in the competitive market
  • ·        A unique logo creates an identity of your brand and is the face of your offering
  • ·        A great logo helps the audience to recall your brand and helps in the word of mouth promotion

 

What is the cost of a logo design?

If you are a client and wish to get a logo done for your brand, you must be wondering about how much it would cost.

There are hundreds of articles on the internet which provide information regarding the cost of logo design. It is to be noted that the price of designing logos varies from country to country in the world.

The cost of a logo design starts from $13 to $13000. Quite a huge difference, right? Here is what makes the difference.

Logo designers are classified based on their ability, experience, design, and the time taken to showcase the design. Due to these factors, the price varies.

For example, a beginner will not cost you as much as $1000 for designing a logo. On the other hand, a professional agency, too, will not charge you as low as $15.

 

I have categorized the prices for logo designing according to the spread of the kind of designers that you will be working with and what you can expect. I hope it helps you.

 

Budget Logo Designing (Below $132):

Who you would be working with: You would be working here with beginners, online logo makers, and people who are not professional logo designers.

They can provide you with basic designs. You can consider working with them if the need is temporary.

Otherwise, it is better to get a better logo designed even if a little higher investment is required. You can also get a logo within this budget by organizing online logo making contests.

What can you expect: In this budget, the logo is meant to be pretty generic and straightforward. You may also get a logo that is already used. The software used for creating such logos is often uncomplicated.

 

Mid-level logo designing ($133-$1300):

Who you would be working with: Here, You would be working with mostly freelancers. They might be having experience in designing logos for a few brands or companies.

They are not beginners, and most might have just passed out of college. But still, you cannot consider them to be tenured and seasoned professionals, as they lack adequate experience and exposure in most cases.

What can you expect: You can expect better than average quality and original logo. The designed logo will be well-thought-of.

If you are a bit tight on the budget, then you can probably go with them. Otherwise, you can wait until when you can afford to hire a better designer because the chances are that you may need to work on these logos to get a better finishing.

 

Advanced-level logo designing ($1301-$13000):

Who you would be working with: You would be working with people who have extensive experience in designing logos for brands that have proved themselves in the field of marketing and business.

They are usually experts and have much experience in the field of logo designing and related works. They are the seasoned professionals that you are looking for in ideal conditions.

This category of designers also includes big agencies whose primary business, in all probabilities, is to design logos.

Several people work in these agencies. So, you can expect your logo to be brainstormed, planned, created, curated, and supervised by a group of mature industry experts.

What can you expect: You can expect an outstanding logo that will talk everything about your brand, starting from its name to its purpose and every other related feature.

The chances are that it will ultimately serve your purpose of designing a logo for your brand or company.

Also, if you choose an agency, then you will get the best results because "Two heads are always better than one!"

More than one person will work on your logo, and that is the best part. It is often a necessity to get the best logo designed. The more eyeballs fall on your logo, the better it becomes.

 

Why does the pricing vary so much?

There are several factors based on which the professional logo designers decide on the price. Some of them are listed below:

  • ·        The time is taken to complete the project
  • ·        The software used to design the logo (complexity and cost factors)
  • ·        The perfection of the design
  • ·        The number of people engaged in designing the logo
  • ·        The finishing touch of the design

 

Now, you must be thinking, "How do I find out the right designers to invest?"

Here are some tips for you, from a seasoned logo designer who has hundreds of delighted customers already, and the number is only going up!

There are three types of logo designers whom you can engage in your project.

 

1. Beginners: They have no or less than 1-year experience and need a platform to experiment. They are learners of logo designing.

If your business idea is not big enough and you can not afford an expert to design your logo, then you may consider working with them.

Other than that, it is best to avoid investing in this category because most of their work will be of low quality and would not meet the industry standards. If you are lucky, you may even find your logo on the first page of a simple Google search! (Pun intended).

 

2. Mediocre Designers: They have some considerable experience in designing logos and are undoubtedly better than the beginner designers.

They focus on sharpening their skills and are always on the look for more projects to gain experience. If you do not have a very high budget for logo designing and cannot get an industry expert, you can hire them.

 

3. Experts: These are the subject matter experts and leaders in the industry. They will have a well-established portfolio that cannot be ignored.

Expert logo designers include either an individual or an agency. They are most likely to have a website of their own where their designs can be found.

You can consider hiring them if you prefer to have only the best and cannot settle for anything lesser than this. Also, please keep in mind that you must have a high budget for hiring these experts for designing your logo. 

It is all that I have in this article. I am sure that by now, you would have a distinct idea about how much can a logo design cost. If you have any queries regarding this article or anything else on this website, please feel free to write in the comments below, and I will be quick to get back to you.


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Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Can online freelancing survive during COVID-19 Lockdown?

Yes, online freelancing is one of the most sought-after ways for earning money online during the worldwide lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19 or the Corona Virus. Online freelancing is helping thousands from around the world to continue making money from online sources while working from home.

COVID-19 lockdown has affected many professionals as most of us are now locked down in our homes and are not able to go out to work as usual. Our social life also got hit as we cannot go out and meet friends and acquaintances like earlier.

Many people around the world are losing jobs or are out of work. The future for many of us has become uncertain.

However, in these tough times, too, the online freelancers are able to make money. It is also true that for some sectors, the workload has gone down. But for other areas in freelancing, the amount of work has gone up.




We must remember that there are simple and interesting waysof making money during this lockdown and online freelancing is not the only way. Nevertheless, it is one of the most prominent ways to earn money online during the Coronavirus lockdown.

In this article today, I am going to talk about the advantages of being a freelancer in these bad times when the global pandemic is on the rise. I will try to answer the question, can online freelancing survive during COVID-19 Lockdown?

Let’s get a couple of basics out of the way first.

What is Freelancing?

Freelancing is a way of earning money where the service seeker and the service provider work together on an ad-hoc basis and are not bound by contracts that can force any of them to work with each other again in the future. They collaborate for a short time, and they are free to work with someone else afterward.

What is Online Freelancing?

Online freelancing is freelancing using digital means and transacting online. Here, the service provider and the service seeker meet online, discuss and agree on the project specifications, including deliverables, payment, and timelines over the computer or on the phone work digitally using the computer or mobile phones, deliver the work online, and get paid online too.

At times a few of the above steps may be completed offline, based on the project requirements, but overall, this is how online freelancing system works.

In general, an online freelancer works from his home or home-office or even a co-working place. This aspect of online freelancing has encouraged a lot many people to take it up as a full-time career option. It turns out to be an essential feature right now as well, in these torrid times.

How is online freelancing helping during the Coronavirus pandemic?

It is the question that I am trying to answer in this article. Online freelancing is helping the businesses of thousands and lakhs of business owners even during this unfortunate situation where it has become tough to go out and do business as usual. Let’s see how.

✔️ Most people are stuck at home – both the seeker and provider. Many businesses which cannot run through the laptop have come to a standstill.

✔️ A few of them, which are partially dependent on information technology, are operating but not with the full workforce.

✔️ Only those businesses which are entirely dependent on digital systems are running on full sail. Online freelancing is one of them.

👍 Online freelancers are either building their businesses or helping the other such companies to grow during this COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

During the lockdown, people from all over the world are asked to stay home. A lot of corporate offices have also asked their employees to work from home. Home is regarded as a safe zone for all of us.

As this condition has stopped some people from reaching out to their workplaces, the online freelancers are coerced to get locked in their workplaces! Isn’t that true? Yes!

Working from home is what the digital freelancers are used to do, and if I think from that perspective, our mode of doing business has not changed at all.

👍 As every other industry is getting affected due to the lockdown, the community of online freelancers is thriving with no or little changes in their work environment and procedures.

However, you need to be cautious and proactive, too, if you want to survive the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, as a freelancer. There should be an effective and precise system to handle your money and mental health without affecting the rapport with your clientele.


Why is this a good time for the online freelance business?

As more and more businesses are getting into the lockdown mode, they are also searching for avenues where they can leverage the power of the internet to run their businesses with understandable limitations.

The online freelancers not only can run the companies digitally but can also help them grow. We can associate ourselves with traditional businesses and help them make more money online.

✔️ As it is business as usual for the online freelancers to work from home, it is straightforward for the companies and service seekers to engage them quickly and get their work done.

Apart from that, a lot of other businesses are also trying to focus on digital marketing or social media aspects of their businesses, at present. Since they are not able to run their business with full vigor, they want to utilize this time to look into promoting it on social media.

It is, in turn, bringing more work to the online freelancers, especially those who are in the digital marketing and creative fields. More of them are getting hired to look into the digital aspect of these businesses.

Can online freelancing survive during COVID-19 Lockdown?

So, the answer to this question is yes. Online freelancing will not only survive during COVID-19 lockdown but will also help the other businesses to propagate digitally and grow within their limitations.

If you are a digital freelancer, who works on digital projects from the comfort of your home, then this is probably one of the best boons in disguise for you. Do let me know in your comments if you feel otherwise.

There is a lot of work from home jobs that you can try as an online freelancer during this time. Since online freelancing is in demand right now, it will only be wise to get into it as soon as you can.

I wish that all of us survive this pandemic and come out of it fit and fine and we resume our businesses.

Those who are hiring freelancers now to boost their businesses, please do not forget them when you get back to your business as usual.

And those who are offering their services as freelancers and helping others grow, please put in your efforts to help the buyers as much as you can. Leverage the skills that you have acquired during those sleepless nights. Now is the right time!

I wish everyone all the best in whatever you are doing.


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Thanks a lot,
The Indian Freelancer
Let's Learn and Grow Together!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Why Are Some People Successful in Life? - 5 Reasons for 2020

Most people are successful because they follow a few things in life religiously and build their lives around them. Clarity of thoughts, giving importance to their health, sleep, self-improvement, and being grounded are those traits that make successful people different than the rest.



We often look around us and find a lot of successful people. On TV or social media, and in our real life as well, we see many people succeeding in their respective fields. However, we also find many others who are not as successful as them, right?

What is the difference? Why are some people more successful in life than others? What are the main reasons?

In this article today, I am going to talk about precisely this. I will talk about those five reasons why some people are successful in life. I am going to talk about the traits of those successful people, which can also be the reasons why some people are more successful than others.

Recently, I made a video on this topic and published on my YouTube channel, The Indian Freelancer. If you want to check that out now, here it is.



If you have any questions regarding this article, or if you want to suggest anything or on this website, please feel free to comment.

I will try to get back as soon as possible. I love reading your comments.

Now, let us talk about the five specific reasons. Let us find out why some people are successful while others are not. Here is the first reason.

1.  KNOW YOUR WAY: 

Successful people have clarity of thoughts. They know their way. They know what they want to achieve and what they need to do to accomplish that. It is one of the most important and most common traits of every successful person in this world.

Please take a  note of it.

Successful people have a clear plan for the future – for next week,  or month, or year, or even next five years. They know exactly where they want to reach after that period. They also know precisely what they need to do during t his time to reach there.

It makes them give importance to every minute that they spend in their life. Every day becomes precious to them, and they ensure that they utilize each hour productively.

You must already know the power of incremental work. If you can do a small portion of your work every day, in no time, you can find yourself at a point where you must have achieved a lot.

It is called incremental work. Successful people know the value of it. They do a little bit every day and slowly but surely proceed towards their goal.

Thus, successful people know their way and walk on the path that they have fixed for themselves.

2. GIVE IMPORTANCE TO SLEEP: 

How many times have we heard our near and dear ones or even our doctors ask us to sleep adequately? A  lot many times, right? And still, do we listen to them?

I have seen this in a lot of freelancers, startup owners,  and online entrepreneurs that they sleep very less. Most take it easy, as they see an immediate profit if they can work overtime. A  few also take pride in working for long hours.

Well, it is precisely what successful people do not do. They do the exact opposite. They spend at least 6-7 hours every day in sleep. They give importance to their sleep.

You and I understand that sleeping offers rest to the body and energizes it to work more on the next day. Apart from this, there is another critical thing that happens when we sleep.

Our brain cells get activated and energized while we sleep. The more we can relax, the more will the brain accumulate power to work better.  

If you are a full-time or even a part-time freelancer, you will know that most of the time that we spend is to get work and not actually doing it. It is like the 80-20 rule. 80% of the time, we look for work, and 20% of the time, we actually work on the projects.

It is entirely a work of the brain. Bringing new work every now and then is not an easy job by any means. Hence, you must take care of the mind.

Sleep more and let the brain gear up for the work the next day. It is what most successful people from around the work do. They sleep for at least 6-7 hours every day.

Preferably, sleep during the night time, but if you are working at nights, ensure to sleep adequately during the day. Choose a quiet place for yourself in your house where there are least disturbance and noise around yourself.

Sleep well, and stay fit!

3. LIVE BELOW YOUR MEANS: 

Successful people do not show off. They do not even buy what they may as well deserve. They live below their means.

It means that they spend much less than what they can on themselves. Successful people pay less than what they earn. They tend to live a simple life.

Most successful people are not very brand aware or concerned about what they are wearing.  Yes, they wear the right clothes when they go out or make public appearances, but that is not something they do regularly.

Successful people maintain a low profile lifestyle. I  remember seeing Steve Jobs, the creator of Apple Inc., wearing the same clothes (black colored T-Shirt and trousers) even in most of his public appearances. He said once that it saves him time by not having to choose what to wear every morning.

Such humbleness and such simplicity!

That is how most successful people are. So, if you want to be as successful as they are, try doing what they do. Do not show off and live a low profile life. Earn more and spend less on yourself, your looks, appearance, and lifestyle.

4. KEEP FEEDING YOUR SOUL: 

It is crucial to keep giving your soul what it needs to stay healthy and wealthy. It is essential to provide it with some food for thoughts, some ways to enhance the knowledge, and some assistance for the mind to exercise.

A few days ago, on my YouTube channel, I published a video describing 5 ways of enhancing your overall intelligence. If you have not seen that video, you can check it out here now:


Successful people always do something or the other for themselves, for their soul, mind, and keep improving themselves. You can do that too.

Read books. There are a lot of books out there which help in self-improvement and success. If you do not want to read those, read the kinds of books that you like. I love reading comics, btw.

Watch videos on YouTube – videos that inspire, that show you how to do what you do and how to do it better. Again, if you want to improve yourself, you will be able to choose what to watch and what to not watch on YouTube.

Networking is another significant act where you are giving yourself a chance to understand various perspectives and knowing others’ viewpoints too.

We freelancers often work in silos, which are lonely places. Networking helps us to widen our horizons and see beyond our capabilities.

Whatever you do, keep learning new things. Keep doing new things. Keep your mind and body active. In between your busy schedules, which most of us have anyways, keep some time aside to do something to feed your soul.

5. PRIORITIZE HEALTH: 

The one most important thing that successful people prioritize is their health. They take the utmost care of their health and that takes care of them when they need the extra bit of push from their body.

Health is wealth. We know this. But we seldom take it seriously. Well, successful people do. They take their health very seriously, and they do something regularly that helps them to keep themselves healthy.

You aim to try not to fall ill. Regular activities to maintain your health should be at the top of your priority list. Regular exercises, meditation, eating healthy food, and sleeping adequately are the basics which you should do, like all the successful people around you.

A healthy body can work longer and can produce more. If you are a freelancer or if you want to become a  freelancer in the future and you are preparing,  make sure you keep yourself fit.

There will be adverse times in the future when you will have to do much additional work, which may be outside your schedule. You may have to run the extra mile, pick the extra bale, dig the extra hole. If your body does not support you at that time, your performance will get hit, and in our world, buyers do not like low performing sellers or freelancers.

Conclusion


So, to conclude, let’s just recap on the five reasons why some people are successful in life while others do not. The reasons are:

  1. Knowing your way
  2. Giving importance to sleep
  3. Living below your means
  4. Feeding your soul
  5. Prioritizing health

Do these regularly and bring the change in your life, which your life deserves. Here are the secrets for success. Live like those who have done these and have been successful. It is the only shortcut to success if I can even say that.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

How to Start Freelancing in India - A 2020 Approach

Many people from around the world are taking up online freelancing as a full-time engagement, and India is no different. To start your career in freelancing, you need to know how freelancing works in India. I will talk about that as well, in this article today.

You can start freelancing in India if you have three things in place – relevant and in-demand digital skills, mastery of tools and techniques, and a fantastic portfolio filled with stunning work and very inspiring reviews.

It is a new approach to start freelancing in India and anywhere else, for that matter, and I have talked about it in my YouTube video recently as well. You may watch the video here and then continue reading this article. It contains a few more points than what I covered in the video.



What is freelancing?

Firstly, let us understand what freelancing is and what kind of freelancing we are talking about here.

Freelancing is working on ad-hoc projects and earning money from those without any long-term contract or obligation to work with the same people again. The clients are free to hire anyone else for the same job in the future. The service providers or the freelancers are also open to working for any new client if they want to. No rule binds the two parties to work together in the future as well.

However, in most cases, the clients would want to work with the same freelancers for similar projects if the quality of work delivered was superior. Clients hire freelancers who are comfortable to work with, polite in manners, and is a master of their craft.


In this article and this blog as well, I mostly talk about online freelancing. Online freelancing is the type of freelancing where you meet your clients online and deliver the work online and then get paid online as well. In most cases, the client and the freelancer meet each other only online and on digital media.

How do I start freelancing?

If you are also someone who is thinking of taking up freelancing as a full-time career or at least try it out as a part-time engagement initially, this article is going to be very helpful. If you have watched the video above, then you would already know what I am going to talk about here, but there is a little more.

As mentioned earlier, you need to have a few things in place to get started. It is a new approach to get started quickly, and you will see why.

Even if you are a fresher and have no work experience, I am going to show you how you can prepare yourself. There are a lot of freelance jobs in India for freshers, and if you plan well, you will land on many such onlinefreelancing jobs in no time.

By the end of this article, you will at least know where to start if you want to become a freelancer. You will know how to approach a freelancing career and what you need to do to sustain it. So, let’s get started with the 3-step process.

Please pay attention!


Three steps to start your freelancing career in India

In this 3-step approach, I am going to tell you how to get started, and you will have a clear idea of how freelancing works in India or any other part of the world, for that matter.

For a beginner to get started with freelancing, the first step is to find out what you are going to do as a freelancer.

Step 1: Explore Top Selling Skills

The most important question for all those who are starting is, “what skills should I have to become a freelancer?

It is a critical and complex question, but it has a straightforward answer. Trust me!

As it is essential to choose what services you want to provide as a freelancer, you must also explore to at least know about the various possibilities that are out there and are in demand.

To do that, go to Google and search for “Top Selling Digital Skills in 2020” or “Top Selling Freelancing Skills in 2020.” You will definitely get many articles, and from there, you can get a list of at least 10-20 skills that are selling online at present.

In another recent video on my YouTube channel, I have talked about Top 5 Bestselling Freelancing Skills of 2020. You may check it out here.



Again, it will be only foolish to start with all those skills. Hence, you can shortlist one or two skills, to begin with, and go to the next step. Choose those skills which you think you will really love doing and will be happy to learn. If you can find something that you are passionate about, then it is the best!

Remember, when you try to learn one skill and master that, ultimately, you may have to learn a few more auxiliary skills too. Hence, it is essential to start with only a few skills (not more than 3) and try to learn more and master those skills first.

For example, if you want to be a content writer and write articles for blog posts, your client may ask you to give her an image as well, which is very important for a blog post. So, you will have to acquire the ability to at least design a basic blog image for her. That is the auxiliary skill that I mentioned.

Step 2: Learn & Master your favorite Skills

Now that you have shortlisted one or two skills to get started, the next step is to learn more about that and master it as soon as possible. Remember that what you do in this step will decide your future of freelancing in India for sure.

So, please pay attention!

Most clients hire freelancers when they find quality in their work. You must be polite and humble and behave appropriately with your clients, but if your work is of poor quality, they will not come back to you for more.

Hence, it is of utmost importance that you put in the effort and become a master of your craft. If you want to become successful as a freelancer, you must be a master of what you offer.

Now, the question is, how? “How can I become master of a skill?” you may ask. Does it sound like a steep climb? Does it seem overwhelming?

Actually, it is not!

These days with the advent of the internet knowledge has reached your fingertips and you may not very well know about it too. There are a plethora of both free and paid sources from where you can not only acquire knowledge and learn a new skill but also sharpen your saw from time to time.

Free Learning


For free content, YouTube is probably the best source. It has free video courses for almost everything, ranging from graphic designing to web development and coding. Just search for the skills that you want to learn and look for the series of videos that teach that particular skill.

I will give you a little tip here. Always sort the list to show recent videos so that you know that whatever you are going to learn is not obsolete and takes care of the latest updates from the industry.

Also, look for views and likes. Watch videos with more YouTube views and likes.

Additionally, if you can find out a little more about the speaker, it will be conducive. Check online if the coach has an online presence or any other courses online and look for his reputation.

Don’t worry. Clients will do precisely the same before hiring freelancers like you. So, if you are doing it to land on the best material before you start learning, what is the harm? Please do it!

Spend a couple of extra minutes to find the right material or courses online and then get started. It may save many hours in the long run.

Paid Learning.


At times you may find that the free content available on YouTube is not enough. You would want more. That is the time when you look for online paid courses on platforms like Udemy, Coursera, Edx, Eduonix, PluralSight, and many more.

I personally love Udemy. It is the biggest marketplace for online courses, and you can find a vast range of courses on almost every topic that you would need.

Even I have a few courses on Udemy. You may visit my profile and check out my courses, and who knows, you may find out something that would help you to start your freelancing career in  India as well. Check it out here.


Practice!


The other thing that you need to do while you acquire a new skill is to practice, practice, and practice. Practice makes perfect! And it is as real as anything else.

Make many mock or demo products while you practice. For example, if you want to be a content writer, write a lot of content as you learn how to write. If you are going to be a graphic designer, design a lot of mock visual arts – logos, banners, social media content, and more.

Make them real. Put in your efforts as if you are going to sell it to your clients. Treat them as real-life orders. Make them your best!

And do not worry about the products that you are making. None of these will go waste. I will tell you about this in a minute. Keep reading.

Step 3: Build Rapport

The third step is to build rapport as a freelancer. You may argue that it is not easy to build rapport for someone who is just starting with online freelancing, and I will definitely not deny that.

Yes, it is tough. But it is not impossible.

Why? Two reasons! One, because every successful freelancer that you see has done it. And two, because I am going to give you two steps here which will make sure that you earn your rapport that you so well deserve.

Yes, all of those who have succeeded as a freelancer started from zero one day. Tell me if I am wrong! If they could do it, why not you? You can too!

If that is not enough for motivation, do the following two things. They will surely help you in building your rapport.

Portfolio

Remember the content that you created in the previous step when I said you must practice. Take that content and make yourself a stunning portfolio.

Yes! Put together all these on a website or a blog of your own. Name that as the portfolio of your work. It is a great way to showcase what you can do.

Seeing is believing. It works much better if you can actually show your work rather than telling about it. Clients will believe in you much easier and faster if you show them your actual work. So, go for it!

Make a portfolio, and if you want professional help, you may hire someone on Fiverr to get this done for you. It does not cost much. Even if you have to pay a little money, you still should get this done because this is going to bring you many returns in the long run.

Initial Reviews


Once you have your portfolio ready, it is time to gather some ratings and reviews. One of the best ways to get those initial reviews is to offer your work for cheap or absolutely free!

Now, you need to be a little cautious about this step.

When you meet a prospective client and offer to work with her, ensure you do a little bit of homework and understand her business and her ability to pay you, before deciding whether you would want to work for cheap or for free.

If you offer free work to someone who can pay you a fair amount, it will go against your rapport. They may think that your quality of work is not good and hence you are offering to work for free. You must ask such clients for a fee which is much less than what they can afford to pay, but do not do it for free.

On the other hand, if you know someone who is also starting and would not be able to spend a lot for the work, offer him your services for free. They may love it and return to you in the future for more paid work when they grow their business.

In both cases, make sure that your focus remains on their growth, and you clearly mention your intentions too. Express your interest to work for a mutually beneficial cause. You will be hired!

In both cases, tell your prospective clients that you are about to start your freelancing career, and you are looking for an initial few ratings and reviews for your work. That is the reason you are offering services for cheap or for free.

Show the prospects your work, using the portfolio that you have built. Put in your best efforts to make your work exemplary and simply awesome! And once you get the all-important ratings and reviews, ensure you put them back on your portfolio page so that you can show these to your future clients.

It is how you start and build your freelancing business online. It is how freelancing works in India and any other part of the world.

Well, this is what I have for this article. I hope you would now know about the three steps to start your freelancing career in India. It is an age-old method to sneak into any kind of business but a slightly new approach to the world of online freelancing.

If you have any questions or concerns, and you want to tell us about anything that came to your mind while reading this article, please feel free to write in the comments. I will definitely try to get back to you as soon as possible.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Fastest Shopify Theme in 2020

A few of my subscribers and frequent readers have asked for more content on dropshipping, and with dropshipping, Shopify comes to the mind immediately. We have had many thoughts in the past regarding Shopify too and those in-depth discussions helped many.

One question that I often have to answer is about the Shopify theme. Which is the fastest Shopify theme that is available at present? 

It is prevalent and fundamental to ask this question and I appreciate it too, as it shows that you are thinking of ways in which you can provide a better experience to your customers on your Shopify store.

In this article today, I will tell you which Shopify theme is the fastest and would work best for your online store too. But before that, let me tell you the benefits of having a speedier store.

Benefits of a fast Shopify theme

Having a fast Shopify store helps you in a lot of different ways. The following are a few reasons that you must try to get your shop as fast as possible. 

Better conversion rate: fast pages convert much better than those which take ages to load. If your Shopify store is fast, it is more likely that the conversion rate will head north in no time.

Better searchability: google always ranks faster pages higher than the slower ones, as it considers the page loading time. The same is true for other search engines, like Yahoo and Bing too. Hence, it would help if you tried to make your web store faster and therefore increasing the searchability in these search engines.

Enhanced user experience: a fast Shopify store will be more likely to get a repeat customer. Also, a faster website tends to keep the visitor for a longer time.

How to check the present performance of your Shopify store.

Now that you know the benefits of a fast Shopify store, it is time to find out if your existing store is fast enough or not. How can you find out the current speed of your website?

One of the best places to find the speed at which your website is working at present is GTmetrix.com, where you can not only see how your website performs, but you can also check the reasons because of which it is slow and discover optimization opportunities as well.


How to enhance speed and boost performance.

Once you have checked the present performance of your online Shopify store, you would want to make it work better for you and your dropshipping business. You can do this by improving the speed of your online store.

There are mainly three ways in which you can boost the performance of your online Shopify store. Let’s talk about those and also compare the cost involved in these three methods.

Hiring a website developer to optimize the speed of your website: speeding up a website is done by a developer who optimizes the site and helps it to load faster. It involves tasks such as image compression and making changes in the native code of the website. 

The developer needs to find and fix bugs on all the pages on your website, which is a time consuming and effort-hungry process. Developers often charge thousands of dollars to optimize the speed of your website. For small and growing businesses, this may not be a viable option.

Using speed optimization apps: there are a plethora of speed optimization apps that are available in the market which promise to enhance the speed of your website. Using simple image-compression plugins is a different case, where the cost is also not much. 

However, in most cases, these speed optimization apps themselves are so heavy that they turn the speed of the website down themselves. Having another app along with all the other apps and plugins which have already made the website slow is not a very thoughtful solution.

To get the best results, speed optimization should be done by humans alone, who can understand the specific problems and fix them one by one, rather than an app that may not suit every situation. Shopify experts can make visible differences to the performance of your online store in a quick time, unlike these speed optimization apps.

Installing a fast Shopify theme: as a businessman, or an online dropshipping entrepreneur, your focus should be on getting more footprints on your website, rather than spending more time in fixing bugs and optimizing your online store for performance.

Hence, install a fast Shopify theme and forget about the performance issues. It is also the cheapest option that you have got.

Which theme should you go with? Which is the fastest Shopify theme?

Shopify Speed Experts, in collaboration with successful Shopify entrepreneurs, have come up with the fastest Shopify theme called Plak. The Plak theme is highly customizable, very light, and hence fast and is SEO friendly as well.

The Plak theme has provided a near-perfect score for the homepage, product page and cart page (essential pages in eCommerce) in online Shopify stores. You may check out the metrics in the following screenshots below:


Which is the fastest Shopify theme?

The Plak Shopify theme was developed with much dedication to make Shopify stores load faster and provide added value to the visiting buyers. It gives the best converting features, customizable designs, and layout options so that the visitors convert to potential returning clients.

The Plak Shopify theme also uses the latest technology such as Lazy Loading or on-demand loading, which instead of loading the entire web page in one shot, loads only the part that the visitor visits, and loads the remaining as and when the visitor reaches out to that section of the webpage. Only when the visitor scrolls down to the very end, the entire page is loaded. 

This technology called Lazy Loading enables better performance of your online store and hence, makes the Plak Shopify theme the best available theme for Shopify.

You can try it yourself in your existing online stores and find out the difference. Do come back here to tell me what your experience is. 

Thanks a lot for reading this article. If you want to know more about the Plak Shopify theme or have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me. I will try to answer your queries as much as possible.



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