Two Books That Saved My Freelance Business
I have already mentioned these two books on my Instagram but I thought it would be great to dedicate my attention to them one more time here.
Because these two books have changed and are still changing the way I build my freelance career. And since online business has become one of the most popular forms of business these days, the books I am going to share with you today will help you to get a grasp on the main ideas of online business and freelance.
These books will help you to find the answers to such questions as ‘How to find clients and connect to people in your field?’ ‘How to negotiate to win a contract?’ and ‘How to build a powerful network to help you grow your online business?’
I cannot emphasize enough how these two books changed the way I look at my freelance business. As a freelance translator and writer when I decided to get my hands in literature translation, I faced a huge wall of rejections and silence. Well, to be honest, I am still facing this wall from time to time but discovering the power of negotiation and networking I feel like my feet as a literary translator get stronger and more confident on this field.
These two books will be impactful for anyone who is in online business or freelance, so get on the board and let’s get started.
Two books that every freelancer should read
How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits By Judy Robinett
For a long time, networking was a spell word to me. It was the word I did not understand and honestly was a bit afraid of. But this book changed everything.
I learned that networking is a huge part of success in professional and even personal life because no success comes without people and networking teaches you all about connections between people, their dreams and ideas.
I learned that by empowering others and helping the same-minded people to connect I increase the value and meaning of my freelance business. That helping others by connecting them to the right people in my network is not a waste of time but a healthy way of growing my business and making my presence in the society stronger.
This book is the only book one will ever need to know everything about networking.
If you want to know more about Judy Robinett, this amazing woman and powerful business thought leader, I will leave the link to her website here:
I highly recommend you to check out this book. Trust me, it will change the way you look at your online business. It will help you to understand how you can increase your online presence and teach you the gods’ power of networking.
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It By Chris Voss and Tahl Raz
Negotiation? I thought I was good at it.
In real world, I could easily change people's minds by giving them alternative solutions, for example, but in my freelance business…
I cry each time I remember how many negotiations I have failed in my freelance business.
Do you know how cold it is when someone slams a door in front of your face? Well, I do.
Each time I sent out another proposal, I dreaded to receive an answer because I had no idea how to negotiate the terms of my offer or how to build a fruitful conversation with my potential clients without scaring them off with my unprofessional answers.
Then, this book happened. I learned some great tactics that help me to build my conversations and negotiate with my potential clients in a smoother and more professional way.
I cannot say that I am a pro at this yet but I am learning and this book is my ultimate teacher in it.
I discovered a golden vein of understanding how negotiation works and learned a bunch of basic tactics using which significantly increased my professional awareness when it comes to negotiation.
It is vital for any online business to know the art of negotiation and how to successfully use it.
As I learned to get your potential client to answer you is one thing but to fruitfully negotiate the terms of your offer and get the client to sign a contract with you is a hell of another story.
I definitely recommend you to check out this book because I promise it will teach a gold worthy strategies as to how negotiate in your online business.
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