16 Ways to Win More Writing & Translation Jobs

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Are you a writing & translation pro looking to make more money doing what you do? Then keep reading, because we have some great ideas to help you be more successful on Guru!

We asked two top-earning gurus and an employer who’s hired in the category to share their tips.

Here are 16 ways you can optimize your profile to attract more clients and win more jobs.

9 Ways to Win More Design, Art & Multimedia Jobs

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Do you want to make more money from your Design, Art & Multimedia services? We asked a top-earning guru and an employer who’s hired in the category to share their tips.

Here are 8 ways you can polish your profile today to attract more clients and win more jobs!

Freelancer Perspective:

Atula Siriwardane, illustrator

Atula Siriwardane specializes in illustrating comic books, storyboards and portraits. Here are his tips about how to sell freelance design, art & multimedia services.

1. Focus your services around one main type of work you enjoy.

Book illustrations were my first experience of art. As a child I was mesmerized with illustrations on the books I read, referring to them continuously as I read. I offer a number of services that are related to book illustration, such as graphic novel illustration and storyboards (basically comic books transformed for movies). The idea is that an employer who seeks one of my services may get inspired by the others I offer.

2. Create a collage of your work.

A collage of images makes a very effective profile cover. Creating a collage allows you to overlap areas to cover the less important elements while highlighting your most attractive work. When done right, a collage impresses viewers and welcomes employers to dig deeper into your portfolio.

In a collage, there must be a flow of images that doesn’t allow the viewer to stay focused on any one image. In my collage, there happens to be a main point of interest, and I create a secondary point of interest by including some colored images among the black and white.

3. Show variety in your Work Collections.

I selected work examples that show the variety of styles and techniques I use and my adaptability. The majority of my work is comic books and graphic novels. I prefer to work in black and white, but I added work in color for those employers who need one artist to use all the way up to coloring.

4. Be truthful about your abilities.

You need to be aware of the employer’s needs and be careful not to give false hopes when you cannot deliver. Don’t try to portray a larger-than-life image of yourself. But don’t sell yourself short, either. It’s best to be honest about what is and isn’t possible. If an employer is disappointed with your work, the workflow will be disrupted and you may lose inspiration or even find yourself in a dispute.

5. Take the high road in disputes.

No matter how good and truthful you are, delays, mistakes, and misunderstandings may create disputes. Try not to get disturbed even if you are the victim. Respect the fact that the employer is in as much trouble as you. The employer may feel they have lost time and even money on the project. If you deserve the blame, accept it. Explain your position, and be truthful. Resolve disputes directly with your employer while you can. If you are honest in the process, you will know that you did your best.

If things go too far wrong, cut the connection as gently as possible, and pay what is due. Though we may work as individuals, we are a team and we have a collective reputation as Guru freelancers. Do everything you can to regain the trust of the employer – if not for yourself, then for Guru freelancers as a whole.

6. Offer outstanding client support.

Sometimes, how you involve and guide an employer through the project is more important than the actual work. You should be available for open communication, and openly state your preferred methods of contact. I prefer communication through chat. It’s more time-efficient than email, and gives you more time to think and respond than you have on a phone call.

Bottom line…

In the end, we all have to face the fact that we can’t win all the time. You win some and lose some. These are just my suggestions, but experience is the best teacher.

Employer Perspective

Diego Cardenas

Diego shares what he looks for in a design, art & multimedia guru.

1. Accumulate plenty of positive feedback.

I always check a freelance designer’s feedback before hiring them. Seeing a number of detailed reviews gives me more confidence in the freelancer. Sometimes location also plays a part in my decision, as I prefer working with Filipino and Hindu freelancers.

2. Be patient with clients.

Be very patient. If you are not, you will go crazy. I’ve been on the provider side of the equation, and I know it can be extremely nerve-racking to deal with demanding clients. This is especially the case when dealing with clients who aren’t tech-savvy. These clients require that you work while educating them at the same time. Be ready to answer a client’s questions, and keep your answers concise.

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So go ahead, test your skills, and show off your scores on your profile. Prove to potential clients that you know your stuff.

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“Work Your Way” Podcast, Ep. 1: What Sets You Apart?

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That’s right – today we’re introducing Guru’s new “Work Your Way” podcast show. This podcast is dedicated to making your life as a freelancer or business owner both easier and more successful. In this first episode, Anna and Brandon discuss strategies for standing out from the crowd and attracting more clients online. You can download/subscribe at SoundCloud or listen via the media player below.



9 Ways to Win More Admin Support Jobs

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admin-iconAre you an admin support pro looking to make more money doing what you do? Then keep reading, because we have some great ideas to help you be more successful on Guru!

We asked a top-earning admin guru and an employer who has hired in the category to share their tips for making your profile stand out. It all boils down to communicating in a clear and enticing way how you can help a potential employer.

Here are 9 ways you can optimize your profile to attract more clients and win more jobs.


Ask the Experts: Succeeding as a Sales & Marketing Professional

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Want to be a more successful Sales & Marketing professional on Guru? We asked one top Guru employer and one successful Guru freelancer in the field to share their insights. Read on to learn how you can better market yourself and win more jobs!

A special thank you to Richard Dolmat, CEO of Digital Sound Magic Media Solutions for sharing his perspective as someone who’s hired sales & marketing freelancers. We’d also like to thank Tom Clark of CR Brands for sharing his tried-and-true methods to success as a marketing professional.

Tips from Richard Dolmat, Guru Employer

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Make a Great First Impression
“The first thing I look at when viewing a freelancer profile are the opinions and feedback of previous clients. For me to feel inclined to contact you, you also need a nice profile picture, well-worded bio, and a full portfolio. You’ll never get any leads or ‘bites’ from potential employers if you only have a 3 sentence bio and a default grey avatar profile pic. Be proud of yourself, be proud of your work.”

Fill Up Your Portfolio!
“I’ve had numerous times where I would look at a freelance marketer’s profile and they’d have NOTHING in their portfolio. What’s the point? Why are you even bidding on my project when you have NOTHING to show? People prefer to see samples and examples. If you’re a graphic designer: showcase your top 3-4 pieces. If you do web dev: link or provide screenshots of your top projects. It takes me literally a few seconds to determine if we can work together simply by looking at a few of your samples. Make it easy for us.”

Use Keywords Specific to Your Specialty
“I always search for keywords that are directly related to my needs. I like to have a really narrow search and not go too broad. I don’t use any filters for my searches, just keywords and then I will start looking at each freelancer one-by-one. Guru.com has an amazing database of qualified freelancers from around the world. You are competing with 1000s of other qualified individuals. Use as many specific keywords in your service and portfolio descriptions as you can.”

Be Prompt and Communicative
“This should be a breeze for any sales or marketing pro…you deal in communication! I like to “test the waters” by sending an invite or asking a freelancer a question to see how quickly they reply. I test my top five choices this way for any particular project we need at Digital Sound Magic. I’m glad to pay a freelancer their full asking price when they give me full, comprehensive answers and show me value and genuine consideration for my issues!”

Tips from Tom Clark, Guru Freelancer

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Choose a Niche
First things first – find out from those you know and trust what area of marketing is the best fit for you. Ask your clients and trust their feedback. Just as the Creation complements the Creator, Marketing complements Design; so listen to what your clients have to say, identify your strengths, and carve out a niche when building your profile. In my case, I’ve been implementing marketing strategies, brand development and design to launch new products to market.

Share Your Expertise
Be well-read in the areas you have chosen to target. Share your knowledge and your own experiences and opinions on a blog. Post updates of your recent work and showcase other skills besides marketing that you have to offer. Describe case studies and share how you went about helping exceed each client’s expectations. blog – http://www.crbrands.blogspot.com/

Let Your Passion Show
Stay focused, excited and passionate about what you do, and let that be apparent through your profile. Mention key words or quotes that move you or things you believe in. Talk about how you have helped to make a difference in the world we live in. Share what you have done for nonprofits that may be looking for well-thought-out strategies that will make them appear more professional.

Still have questions? Ask the experts in our Guru Answers community, or leave a comment below.