• Skills Development Act amendment 15 Dec2017
    by TUCT on January 18, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    The minister of Higher Education published a proposal to change the Skills Development Act, comments due before the 31st of January 2018. Some highlights of these amendments propose to: The good: 1.   Remove SETA regional offices and create one central sharing system/office to be more effective. 2.   Sharing of resources, such as IT and HR. 3.   SETAs to … Continue reading "Skills Development Act amendment 15 Dec2017" […]


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How to make more money as a Freelancers

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Although it may be difficult to decide on how much to initially charge when you start as a freelancer, there is a way to ensure your skills and time carry weight. Remember, the more valuable your work and skills are, the more money you can ask for.
Get the relevant qualification(s)
There’s a difference between calling yourself a photographer and actually studying to become a photographer, for example. If you would like to make money from a hobby, like photography, get the relevant qualification for the job. Without anything to back up your skills and your fee, people would wonder about the quality of your work. Do yourself and your career a favour and become qualified before putting yourself out there.

Don’t settle for being ordinary
Doing something a little extra for your clients could count in your favour in the long term. Try doing little bits of work for free, submit your work a few days before deadline or suggest cost-effective alternatives for projects. Your clients will soon see you as part of the family; someone who is interested in more than just making a quick buck. They’ll then want to use you for more projects and possibly refer you to their contacts. Consider the long term when trying to build up a client database.

Be professional – it’s your business
If you’re considering going freelance, you have to think as a professional businessman/woman. You’re building a business and a brand that your potential clients must be able to trust and rely on. Act professionally and stay in touch with clients. Nothing screams unreliable more than someone who does not respond to emails or answer phone calls. You have to perfect your client service skills and always be mindful of how your brand is being represented. Satisfied clients will recommend you to their contacts, friends and family, and before you know it, you’ll have a wide network of happy, paying clients, which equals more cash in your bank.