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Power Up Your Language to Revolutionize Your Freelance Life
Calling your clients “clients” enables you to get out of the boss–worker mentality that controls a traditional office environment.

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Using the right vocabulary

Using the right vocabulary

When switching from being an employee to a freelancer, you should pay particular attention to the way you express yourself, the words you choose.

For instance, integrating words such a...

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Name your business right

A very important step when starting to work as a freelancer is to actually call your business as what is: a ‘freelance business’.

These kind of words encourage your clients to perceive you...

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Avoid using ‘ I need..’

Whenever we hear the ‘I need…’ words, we all tend to get a bit irritated by this way of being requested to provide something that always seems of the most utter importance.

On the...

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Say ‘no’ when necessary

Saying ‘no’ is quite difficult for most of us, especially when working as freelancers.

However, even though difficult, sometimes it is essential to say ‘no’: when you do not have time, whe...

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Declaration vs. commitment

When dealing with client, it is important to know the difference between what we call as ‘declaration’ and ‘commitment’, as they are not at all the same.

While the commitment actually comm...

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Integrate ‘available’ and ‘not available’ in your vocabulary

As a freelancer, you have to be aware of the fact that priorities will help you pay your bills as much as keep your clients coming.

For this to happen it is of utter importance to prio...

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Clarity makes the difference

Being clear when expressing yourself can actually save your business. People like accuracy and they are very much dependent on it when it comes to all fields.

Therefore, making sure that t...

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Avoid using ‘I can’t’

While ‘I can’t’ can make your clients suddenly become unsure of having made a good choice when going for your company, alternative ways of stating that, even though you are not able to do something...

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Taking about money

Talking about money is not easy, especially when you are handling your own business: asking for the payment can make you feel unease, at least at the beginning.

However, using wor...

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Avoid ‘Whatever you need’

Ending your emails with ‘whatever you need’ is never a good way to make business, as it will only lead to more workload for the same money.

On the contrary, you should make sure that c...

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Weak Words Used Often

Every word you use while working expresses something about your personal brand, your confidence, state of mind, authority and knowledge. The verbs that we put in sentences are key to our ima...

'Think'

We use "I think: often while at work, but it's a dysfunctional addition to a start of a sentence, that while ok to use occasionally in trivial situations, is to be avoided in meetings or one-on-ones. 

Try replacing it with "I'm confident".

'Need'

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Swap "I need" with "Please" to sound polite and confident.

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