Jan 29

Rates, Raspberry Pi, Predictions and Social Media

This week, I’ve been thinking about a number of things. At the top of that list is what to charge clients. Although I have a well defined system for setting rates it’s still something that I’m concerned about, particularly as the economy is so uncertain. I’ve also been playing with a new computer, the $50 Raspberry Pi and looking at how to get the most out of social media.

The one topic that gets the most airplay on freelancing blogs, advice sites and discussion lists is rates. How do we set rates? What’s a reasonable rate? What if I quote too high? What if the client rejects the quote?

Pricing for wimps: Be the boss of your price You may be the boss of your business, but are you the boss of your price? For some soloists, clients are the ones that set the rate. So how can you regain control over what you charge? [Flying Solo]

Social media can be quite daunting for freelancers – particular if techie stuff is not your forte. Freelance Switch has a basic guide for getting started with Twitter.

How To Set Up Your Twitter Profile You’ve decided Twitter might be a good fit for your business, and you want to give it a whirl. Here’s a step-by-step overview to setting up your profile and freelance brand on Twitter [Freelance Switch]

Everyone wants to tell the future. Even if you’re not after the lottery numbers, having some insight into what is coming next can be useful in your business planning.

13 Freelancing Predictions It would be great if we could know for sure what the future holds for us, but the truth is that no one knows for sure what changes 2013 will bring. But what we can do is look at recent trends and make some intelligent guesses about what the near future holds for freelancers. [Freelance Folder]

The Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer that might just find a place in your office. Although it’s a little nerdy, the ability to create a basic office computer for about $50 (plus a screen, mouse and keyboard) might be handy for freelancers on a tight budget.

A Beginner’s Guide for the Raspberry Pi The Raspberry Pi is a wonderful little computer that fits in the palm of your hand, yet packs enough power to run your home media center, a VPN, and a lot more. Before you can do anything awesome, however, you need to configure it and install an operating system. Here’s how. [Lifehacker]

Inspirational quote alert! But it’s true. Successful entrepreneurs don’t just stumble into success. They see an opportunity, grab it and believe that they’ll achieve.

You Can Make a Difference Before you can be successful, you must believe you can be successful. [Becoming Minimalist]

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