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Summer creeps up

like bare tip toes on sunbathed concrete

or AC bills on the first of the month.

The kids are out of school again.

Like black bodies on red hot concrete,

people in the streets.

The kids get out of school again. Then we

scream, “no justice, no peace.”

People in the streets,

sweat above the brow, dripped into our eyes. Still we

scream, “I can’t breathe.”

Met with tear gas, pop and fizzle.

Blood above the brow, dripped into our eyes.

Men stood arm and arm. Shields and guns.

Met with tear gas, pop and hiss.

Eyes filled, blurring with tears of rage.

We stood arm and arm, signs and voices,

screaming, “no justice, no peace.”

Eyes bulging, sizzling with tears of rage.

Summer creeps up.

If you aren’t asking, you’re missing out on leads and major marketing opportunities

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Are you including client reviews and testimonials in your marketing strategy?

If not, it’s extremely likely that you’re missing out on money. As a freelancer you’re online reputation is everything. And if you’re looking for the clients willing to pay you top dime for your services, they are the ones who are going to need some convincing.

And convincing how?

Clients need to be convinced to trust you. They need to be convinced to buy your products, and assured that you will always deliver. This is why we, as consumers, prefer the better marketed product. We trust it more.

And the difference between a product we buy over one we don’t buy is who swears by it. …

Actionable tips and techniques to help build or refresh your social media strategy

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

Social media strategies aren’t one-size-fit-all. And nine times out ten, you’re not going to get it right the first time.

Creating a social media strategy for your business is tedious. You’ll be frustrated and you’ll want to quit. You’ll even question if your followers can tell the photo you posted on Instagram is totally staged.

But I’m here to tell you none of that matters.

The only thing you have to worry about is converting followers, viewers, and friends into hungry and happy customers.

It can all seem a bit overwhelming, but before you try any strategies, you have to do something very important first. …

Easy techniques and tips to help new freelancers land great gigs

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As freelancers, we are so hard on ourselves. We stress about marketing ourselves, finding good gigs, and getting our clients to actually pay us.

We often glaze over writing a great proposal.

Proposals are our first impressions or initial interviews. And if you’re like me, you know how important they can be to the opportunity or relationship you’re going to have with that client.

Great proposals have to have a strategy, and all you have to do is use the job posting and your resume to fill in the gaps. …

The 6 step process I used to create a new stream of income as a copywriter on Upwork

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I feel like we’ve all been warned to stay away from Upwork.

The freelance platform, formerly known a Elance-oDesk back in the day, connects clients to freelancers in a job-board-esque fashion.

Successful freelancers have said time and time again that Upwork undervalues freelancers. They take 20% of your pay. And the good clients aren’t on Upwork.

While all of this is true, the money isn’t the point, and neither is having a good client. The point is that you want to establish an online reputation that you can associate with your freelancing skills.

Your skills can be amazing, but if you have no reputation, testimonials, or samples, then you may get lost in the world of freelancers who do. …

3 ways I’ve maintained living debt-free

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The road to financial freedom is paved with good decisions and constant sacrifice for your future.

And if you’re anything like me, you know how hard it is to think about your financial journey 5 or 10 years from now. There’s just too much to think about in between.

We switch jobs. We buy new cars. We put payments down on our dream home (or apartment). Life has a ton on moving parts, but one small decision can work out in your favor for the rest of your financial lifetime.

I’ve chosen to live debt-free, forever.

The dark side of debt and the lenders who give it to you

Most of my financial knowledge I got from my parents growing up. And because of that I believed a couple different…

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4 quick tips every new freelancer should know

Leaving the security of your 9 to 5 is no easy feat.

Actually it’s pretty terrifying.

If you’re anything like me, I was little skeptical about a full-time freelance career covering my bills consistently. And as a freelance writer who started off making around $50 a week compared to my 9 to 5 income averaging around $300 a week, I had a lot of doubts!

These doubts were enough for me to cower behind my 9–5, and tell myself that I couldn’t just quit on some entrepreneurial hunch.

But the truth is I could.

With a plan and some preparation, I could mostly get everything I wanted from a freelance career and go full-time. …

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Let’s imagine for a moment that you lost your job today.

Your boss calls you into her office and tells you “We’re going to have to let you go.”

And whether you saw it coming or not, the feeling is devastating.

While you’re packing up your office and cleaning out your things, you’re forced to stress about how you’re going to pay rent next month or how you’re going to make that car payment or buy groceries… but what if you didn’t have to?

What if you truly had someone in your corner to back you up?

And no, I’m not talking about your parents or your partner. I’m talking about you and your emergency fund.


AviYonce Scott

Copywriter & Editor. I write about money, freelancing, and productivity. Award-winning Journalist in-the-making.

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