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How to prepare for a Freelance Project

 not what but how

Freelancers need to remember that they are active members of a marketplace.  Unlike full time work where they are shielded from supply and demand effects, you need to constantly promote yourself, seek good reviews and price accordingly.

Before embarking on any project, it’s worth spending time to ascertain exactly what the client’s needs are.  It might turn out that what the client really needs is a different skillset altogether.  If you don’t clarify this at the early stages, you’ll suffer from frustration, lower pay and bad reviews.

Be upfront and honest about what you can provide.  That includes not just skills but also price.  You may have an hourly rate in which case you should make that known straight away.  You might be able to provide a rate based on the description of the project.

Employers use freelancers because it’s a quick and efficient way of getting work done, they don’t want to spend a lot of time finding out information that should be immediately obvious, so try to think about the decision making process in the employers mind.  What would they need to know to pick you?

A few top tips:

  • Clearly state your expertise, and provide examples of past work, outlining what you did.
  • Identify an hourly rate or any other unit of measurement.  EG Copywriting $10 / hour.  Translation $0.05 / word.
  • If the client isn’t sure what they want, ask them what problem they’re trying to solve
  • Commit to a delivery date of work and don’t be late.
  • If you are unable to meet a deadline, tell the client as far in advance as possible to keep the communication lines open
  • Don’t use generic selling points such as “I believe I will be an asset”  or “I enjoy doing this work”, if 100 other freelancers are saying the same thing you won’t differentiate yourself
  • Browse the latest jobs and start applying at www.nabbesh.com

 

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Freelancing, its what we do best

You’ve probably been hearing the word Freelance a lot recently.  We’re happy about that. When it comes to working anything other than 9 – 5, we’ve got you covered at Nabbesh.com

From our constantly evolving skills platform, to resources helping you monetize your skills, we’ve got everything you need to start taking control of your own career.  Keep up with the latest developments on our social channels (to the right of this post) and register on www.nabbesh.com today to find freelance work that suits you.

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www.nabbesh.com – Disrupting the future of work

I’ve built a profile on Nabbesh to start Freelancing, now what?

So, you’ve registered on Nabbesh and input your skills and you’re ready to start freelancing, now what?

The first tip is to input a description for each skill you enter.  Think about if you were looking for a freelancer, you’d want some more details about their background.

Here’s an example of a very basic profile:

skill no description

If you input a description however, you end up with this:

skill with description

As you can see, this description gives more detail about the particular skill and lets employers know exactly what areas the person has expertise in.

But that’s not all.  The most successful freelancers are able to give examples of their skills in action, and this makes it even easier for employers to choose them.   Seeing is believing! We’ve enabled you to link to your work anywhere around the web, whether it be on Behance, DeviantArt, Vimeo, Youtube, Tumblr, Pinterest, Github, SoundCloud and many many more formats.

All you need to do is open your profile  and select “Add” this will bring up the toolbox:

toolbox

The last 5 tabs will allow you to link to work elsewhere.  Simply put in the relevant URL, the description will populate automatically, if you want to change that you can, and most importantly, whatever you choose can be linked to your skills.

So if you’ve put in Graphic Design as a skill when building your profile, and you link to a piece of work on DeviantArt, you will be able to select “graphic design” from the Link Skills box.

After you’ve done that, your profile might look something like this:

Canvas profile

The more you put into Nabbesh, the more you get out. Nearly all employers ask for evidence of previous work.  Spending some time on your profile at the beginning will shorten the decision making process for employers and reduce the time spent going back and forward, meaning you can start earning quicker.  Additionally you can generate ratings and feedback from our Owlsome buttons and the social sharing.

We built this to enable even quicker connections and transactions.  We want to reduce the time it takes to find and discover talent, and let you focus on doing what you do best.  When you freelance, your online profile is your calling card, so make sure its the best it can be!

 

What are you waiting for? Go to http://www.nabbesh.com and start building your enhanced profile now!

How to close a Job Posting

If you’ve successfully filled the position you were hiring for, you need to close the job posting on Nabbesh so that you don’t receive more applications.

This is how to do it:

First log into Nabbesh and select “Edit Profile”:

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Once that’s done, you’ll need to scroll to the bottom of your profile until you find the “Looking to Hire” section, where you’ll see a button for “Close Job”

edit job nabbesh

Select “Close Job” and a pop up will appear asking for more information, simply check one of those boxes and submit and the job will be closed!

close job nabbesh

Candidates will then see the following screen if they click on the URL of your original job posting:

closed job

The Future of Employment in the UAE

An article in the Atlantic titled, The Terrifying Reality of Employment talked about results of a study that suggested if you have been out of work for longer than 6 months employers won’t hire you.

Currently in the Middle East, unemployment rates are still extremely high.  The amount of jobseekers far outnumbers the amount of jobs being created.  In addition 3 out of every 4 women in the Arab world are out of work.

Whilst the public sectors of each country have traditionally shouldered this burden, most governments are at capacity with the amount of jobs they can provide for citizens.  The private sector must change its employment practices in order to reduce the number of unemployed and it may need to start with fixing the gender gap first.

For the UAE the situation may get worse.  With neighboring countries suffering an economic slowdown after the Arab Spring, the UAE is operating as the main beneficiary through increased tourism (over 10 million visitors in 2012) and consumer spending, and ultimately acting as the business hub for the Middle East.

Typically students in UAE universities have been guided into engineering, medicine, business and finance but these skills are not the most in demand skills in the world of work.  Not having the right qualifications, as well as increased pressure from competition exacerbates the problem.

Once graduated they like millions of others compete for limited job openings, often not hearing back from employers for months if at all, and some not sure if their CV has even been looked at.

It seems to be an employers market right now.  With hundreds of potential candidates to choose from for every 1 job posted, most employers aren’t that concerned with fighting to retain existing staff.  Many of those go further and identify the fact that there aren’t that many jobs out there so they aren’t worried about their staff leaving.

Its not all roses for employers though.  Many still struggle with the deluge of candidates, whilst the volume is high, there is no way of knowing what the quality is.  Firms just don’t have the resources to go through all the candidates properly and many firms aren’t even sure about the exact legalities with it comes to hiring someone – shall I use a part time worker / shall I use a freelancer / is it legal to use a student etc.

What would help then?

Job seekers must stay up to date with the evolving technologies in their skillset and a prove they are putting these skills into practice, perhaps by taking on projects and part time work.  Validation for this concept can be seen in the rise of “ The Appliject”  model. “Resumes are dead. Interviews are largely ineffectual.. Portfolios are useful,” writes Michael Schrage, a research fellow at MITSloanSchool’s Center for Digital Business. “But projects are the real future of hiring”

At Nabbesh we’re trying to solve some of these problems.

Women have traditionally been excluded from the workforce because of cultural and other socio economic reasons.  Nabbesh is a platform that can match women who have surplus skills and hours to connect with those that need them.

We want to make sure more people have the right skills that are in demand by employers.  By showing people what skills are most searched for in real time we can influence how people upskill through university or other learning courses.

By opening up the market for “always on” employment though freelance and part time work, we’re helping people stay relevant and ultimately always employable, so that they never have to be out of work.

We want to give every person the ability to make the best impression and stand out from an increasingly crowded marketplace, that’s why we built Canvas, the best profile builder to demonstrate your skill set.

By focusing on skills, we’re giving people options to pursue and monetize their real passion instead of being stuck in a job they don’t love.

Follow us as we disrupt the future of work.

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References:

The terrifying reality of long term unemployment (the atlantic.com)

75% of Arab Women out of work (emirates 24.7)

Want to quit your job, don’t expect a counter offer  (zawya.com)

After university, arab women struggle to find work (al fanar.org)

Projects are the new job interviews (inc.com)

5 Steps to be a Freelancer

(by Andy Bailey, CreativeZone.ae)

When you say the word freelancer out loud it has very powerful connotations. It speaks of freedom but responsibility, flexibility but with purpose. Moreover it says to the world that you are in charge of your own future.

Freelancing has long been the domain of journalists and photographers, artists and consultants.  Today it’s an option for everyone.  Anyone can be their own boss, decide their own working hours and pick and choose whom they want to work with.

It sounds perfect!  Where do I sign?

Actually, it’s not quite as simple as that.

Here in the UAE there is the small matter of a trade license.  UAE law dictates that in order to do business here you must be licensed to do so.  Furthermore your license states what activities you’re able to perform.

Thankfully there are companies out there who can assist you with obtaining the right license for what you want to do and where you want to do it.  The right license for one company may not be the right license for yours.  Which is why there are some important things to consider.

Here to help you on your way are Creative Zone’s 5 steps to establishing yourself as a freelancer.

  • STEP 1

    research

    Do some research and choose your industry carefully. If things go well this could be what you do for the rest of your working life!  It’s not enough to just want to do something.  Choose an activity or skill that you enjoy and that you can talk about to others with passion and pride.  Remember, most people set up their own business because they want to be their own boss, have financial freedom and have flexibility.  If you don’t enjoy what you do you may find it hard to motivate yourself later down the line – especially when the only person you have to answer to is yourself!

    It’s important to know what market you will be competing in, and make no mistake it is competitive in all markets these days.  Find out what other companies are doing.  Can you do it better?  If so, how?  Can you do it cheaper?  Money is a huge motivator and business is often won or lost based on the cost.  Entering into a new market blindly is as good as not entering it at all.  You have to know where your clients will come from, and more importantly how you will keep them as clients.  Think long-term if you want to succeed.

  • STEP 2

    business-plan

    Create a business plan. Although it is not always a requirement to do a business plan in order to get your license, it’s still one of the most vital planning tools for a new company.  A business plan is more than just a forecast on where you’ll be in a year, 3 years or 5 years.  It also allows you to see things in black and white, and be able to compare your performance later against your predictions.  Successful business owners will revise their business plan every year to factor in changes in costs, legislations and budgets.  Remember the age old saying; “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”  It’s also worth remembering that most banks will insist on a business plan should you ever need to apply for certain facilities such as business loans, credit cards or card-reading machines.

  • STEP 3

    company name

    Choose your company name. So you know your market and you know how you’re going to do business.  You can already picture yourself sipping cocktails on the beach after a hard days work right?  Well, almost!  It’s time to get creative.  Your company name speaks volumes about who you are and what you do.  A company name should be catchy but not trivial, memorable and relatively short.  Some experts recommend not having more than 10 letters to the name.  Don’t be tempted to use words like ‘Elite’ as it gives the impression that your services will be expensive, likewise words like ‘budget’ or ‘discount’ should be avoided for the opposite reasons.

  • STEP 4

    trade licence

    Get a license.  This is often the most daunting aspect of setting up your own business.  It is not uncommon for people to delay setting up their company because they don’t want to tackle this problem.  Thankfully help is at hand!  Creative Zone is able to offer many different set up solutions based entirely on your circumstances, requirements and budget.  Whether you are a Consultancy or a General Trading company, there are packages to suit everyone.  One of the biggest advantages of setting up your business with Creative Zone is that we already have a panel of experts in place who would be more than happy to help.  Whether it’s accounting or law, immigration or labor laws you can get the help and advice you need to assist you in moving your business forward.  The best part about it is that once you’ve discussed what you want and what you need, you can sit back and let the experts do all the hard work for you.   For Nabbesh users, we are offering a discount on business setup. Have a look here for further details

  • STEP 5

    experts

    Surround yourself with experts.  No matter how much you know you can always learn more.  It’s always useful to be able to ask an expert when you come up against a tough question or decision.  You can use Nabbesh.com to find people with the skills that you need who are experts in their field.   Our business development and networking events will put you in touch not only with business owners who are happy to share their past experiences, but also professionals in a range of industries ready to provide ongoing support.  You should never be afraid or too proud to ask for help.   One day you could be the one giving out the advice!

Establishing yourself as a freelancer has never been so easy.  All you need is desire, determination and the 5 steps above.

The Terrible Truth About Pessimism

by Kathy Shalhoub

Are you someone who always seems to have bad luck, failed projects and a pessimistic view on life?

Why do these things happen to you and not to others?

It’s because you’ve learned how to be helpless.

Martin Seligman, a PhD in psychology determined that the primary cause of learned helplessness is pessimism!

Do you know what the defining characteristics of the pessimist are?

Take two people who sustain the exact same hardships of life. The optimist will tend to believe that:

  • defeat is only a temporary setback,
  • this setback is a one-time occurrence confined to this one case,
  • circumstances, bad luck, or other people have brought it about.

The pessimist on the other hand, believes that:

  • bad events will last a long time,
  • bad luck undermine everything they do, and
  • all unfortunate or unwelcome occurrences are their own fault.

Related post: Luck, Chance and All of That

The thing with optimists is that they are unfazed by defeat, they simply see it as a challenge and try harder next time. Pessimists on the other hand, give up more easily and are more often depressed.

So what’s wrong with being a pessimist?

You may be one of those people who actually need failure or bad luck to feel good about yourself. Why? Because then all that is happening is not your fault. You can blame circumstances for your situation and you don’t need to take responsibility for your own future.

So you are comfortable being helpless and nothing is your fault. Which means that you are likely to fail at anything you try to do because you believe that you control nothing!

Where does that leave you? Exactly where you are if you’re lucky, but you’re never lucky, remember?

Taking charge of your life and being in control of your career options is one great route to leaving the pessimist view behind. You can make use of your skills, be productive and earn money on nabbesh.com

Related Link: Find jobs on nabbesh.com (http://www.nabbesh.com/jobs/?location=)

The way you think about your life and your belief in your power to control an outcome can completely shape your future. Find out how to change your outlook in next week’s blog post: How to Unlearn ‘Learned Helplessness’.

Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Take this quiz and let us know!

P.S. I’m an optimist 80% of the time 🙂

The ‘Thinks’ That Hold You Back

The ‘Thinks’ That Hold You Back

Did you know that it might actually be how you state things not what you say that holds you back?

Related Link: The Saboteurs of Success

Have you ever started a sentence with the following words:

‘You may not believe me but…’
‘I’m sorry to say this but…’
‘Please don’t take this the wrong way but I think that…’
‘I don’t mean to be an ass but…’

What you say in not what people hear!  How we negatively prime our audience

Someone I was speaking to the other day started her sentence by saying: “I’m sorry to say this but I really believe that… “, and it got me wondering: Why are so many of us so worried about how people will view our beliefs, our opinions, our thoughts and our feelings?

When we begin a sentence by an apology, a suggestion that we will not be believed, or that we are going to be stepping out of line in some way, we are preparing our audience to automatically expect something unpleasant. Even though what you’re saying may be something as mundane as: ‘You may not believe me but I like to eat raw fish.’

Ask yourselves, why are you starting your sentence with a negative? Are you unsure of your own beliefs? Are you looking for someone to validate what you’re saying for you? Why shouldn’t people believe you?

Putting some sort of qualifier before stating something you think, feel or believe just weakens what you’re saying. It undermines your credibility and your authority before you’ve even made a statement!

So what do you do about it?!

How to Say What You Want to Say

When you start a sentence with a negative, you’re conditioning your listeners to look for negatives. Think about what you really want to say and if you want people to believe you, don’t tell them not to.

‘You may not believe me but I interviewed 40 candidates.’
‘I interviewed 40 candidates.’
Which sentence sounds more sincere?

‘I don’t mean to be an ass, but this graph is waaay out of scale.’
OR
‘This graph looks out of scale, do you think you can fix it?’

If you don’t mean to be an ass, then don’t be one! If you think you people might take something the wrong way, rephrase the sentence in your mind first!

I assure you your boss won’t believe you if you start by telling him not to! I assure you your colleague will think you’re an ass if you start by telling her you don’t want to be one.

Whether you’re the interviewer or the interviewee, whether it’s a business meeting or a family gathering, keep the effects of what you say in mind.

Related Link: Find work on nabbesh.com

Be assertive. Don’t condition people’s thoughts! Be firm and confident, say exactly what you mean without being mean, and don’t defend yourself if no one has challenged you yet!

Say hello to nabbesh Beta 3.0!

Hoot out there!!!

We’re so excited that our new and improved nabbesh site is finally online! With new features, great flexibility and fabulous functionality. If you are a freelancer looking for work opportunities or if you are hiring someone for a specific project, we really think you are going to love it as much as we do! For more info check out our video.

So what’s new we hear you wonder? Check this out!

  1. Straight to the Point

    Separate ‘Skills’, ‘Jobs’ and ‘Hobbies’ pages to get you where you need to be quicker!

  2. Tailored to You

    Skill and job listings tailored to your profile and listed by proximity from you!

    Make sure you fill out your profile completely to get the full benefits of this feature.

  3. Bookmark while you browse

    A brand new bookmark feature allows you to save profiles and revisit them later. Click on your bookmarks page in your profile menu and view the bookmarked profiles.

  4. Keep track

    Your messages now follow a logical flow for faster and more organized messaging. Access your messages from your profile menu then click on “messages”.

  5. Feed the community

    What’s happening in your community is just a click away. Find your “Feeds” page by clicking the nabbesh logo at the top left (if you’re logged in) or on “My Feeds” and sort by what’s most relevant to you!

  6. Simplify the Search

    Simplify your search with the new filtering options in your search bar. Type a skill or hobby into the search bar and choose the skill, job or hobby option that matches!

These are the highlights but there’s so much more! Take a spin through nabbesh and tell us, are you liking what you see?

For updates on nabbesh check us our on social media Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

I’m sorry to say this but…

By: Kathy Shalhoub

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‘I’m sorry to say this but…’ Have you ever started a sentence with the following words?

‘You may not believe me but I really feel that…’

‘Please don’t take this the wrong way but I think that…’

‘I don’t mean to be an ass but…’

Someone I was speaking to the other day started by apologizing for something they believed in and it got me wondering. Why do we do that? Why are so many of us so worried about how people will view our beliefs, our opinions, our thoughts and our feelings?

When somebody says to me: ‘You may not believe me but I like capers.’ I find myself telling them: ‘Yes, I believe you. Believe me I believe you!’ It’s almost as if they’re not sure of their own beliefs and are looking for someone to validate them. Why wouldn’t I believe you?

The other thing I get to thinking when someone says for example: ‘I’m sorry to say this but your pie doesn’t taste very good.’, is: What are they sorry about? Why are they being apologetic? It’s almost as if they had something to do with making my pie taste like cardboard. Wouldn’t stating an opinion simply be so much better? ‘I don’t think this pie tastes very good.’ That’s it.

Now I ask you, why the apology? Why the qualifier before stating something you think, feel or believe? All it does is weaken what you’re saying. It’s undermining your credibility and your authority before you’ve even made a statement. When you start a sentence with a negative, you’re conditioning your listeners to look for negatives!

In a business context, this is so much more relevant. Try it. Say these two sentences out loud and tell me which one rings true to your ears:

‘You may not believe me but I interviewed 40 candidates.’

‘I interviewed 40 candidates.’

‘I don’t mean to be an ass, but this graph is completely out of scale.’

‘This graphic is out of scale, do you think you can fix it?’

I assure you your boss won’t believe you if you start by telling him not to! I assure you your colleague will think you’re an ass if you start by telling her you don’t want to be one.

Be assertive. Don’t condition people’s thoughts for them! Be firm and confident, say exactly what you mean and don’t defend yourself if no one has challenged you yet!

Blogger’s Bio: Kathy studied engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has a PhD in Marine Sciences from the University of Paris. She is also a writer and published her first book, Life as a Leb-neh Lover, in 2010. Kathy is fascinated by matters of the mind, self discovery, self acceptance and personal development and is currently researching these topics. Check out her blog, ‘like’ her on Facebook or follow her on twitter @Lebneh_Lover.

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