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Joshua Phillips

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Writing better emails

The most effective way to find freelance projects is to use job boards and contact clients directly by email. Ensure to follow email etiquette.

  • Use a clear subject line. Keep the subject line short and to the point. E.g. "Regarding your Craiglist Ad."
  • Don't send to multiple recipients, as you may end up modifying the content for a group.
  • Personalise your mail. Address by name and ensure you spell the name correctly.
  • Include your signature at the bottom of your email, contact information and links to your LinkedIn profile and websites.
  • Keep follow-up emails to a minimum.

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Freelance writing challenges

Freelancers face some universal issues such as getting paid on time, navigating taxes and managing a career.

One of the biggest challenges for freelance writers are contracts and terms of work. One missing piece for many freelancers is what a standard contract can and should look like.

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The freelancer and the entrepreneur

Freelancing is the single easiest way to start a new business. A freelancer gets paid for their work charged by the hour or by the project. Freelancers write, consult, advise, do bookkeeping. The goal of a freelancer is to have a steady job with no boss.

Entrepreneurs use money (preferably someone else’s money) to build a business greater than themselves. Their goal is to sell out for money, or to build a long-term profit machine.

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Just like corporate hierarchy in non-tech organizations, an engineering ladder is a career progression path in the tech world, adopted in different ways in companies like Foursquare, Google and Microsoft. 

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We don't forget procedural memory

There are two types of long-term memory:

  1. Declarative memory. There are two types of declarative memory: Recollections of experiences, such as the first day we started school, and semantic memory, such as the capital of France. This means that you are aware of the knowledge and can communicate the memories.
  2. Procedural memory, such as playing an instrument or riding a bicycle, is preserved for a lifetime. This system is seldom compromised because the basal ganglia, responsible for processing this memory, is protected in the brain's centre.

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