10 qualities of high quality freelance clients and how to attract them

I’ve earned millions of dollars as a freelancer over the last 12 years. How many rich freelancers have you met? Not many. I’m one of the rare few.

That’s because the primary strategy of most freelancers is the same – do more work and get more clients.

There are thousands of articles that focus on this idea. Getting more clients, being more productive and doing more work.

But there’s something even more important that successful freelancers rarely talk about that makes all the difference – something that you don’t hear about too often.

The single biggest determining factor in your success as a freelancer is simple and everything else pales in comparison; seeking high quality clients.

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What I learned interviewing 1,000 job candidates and tips to getting hired

I hire people or advise clients on hiring people every day. One of my businesses is a recruiting and hiring agency where we are contracted to find the best possible candidates for various jobs.

For over 12 years, I’ve interviewed over 1,000 job candidates for startups, small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, government departments and non profits.

I’ve learned what types of core attributes employers are constantly looking for – and I’ve learned first hand how you can change these small thought processes to nail your next job interview.

In the end, like most things in business, it’s a lot more simple than you would think.

When it comes down to it, employers tend to seek a few core  qualities in any interview – some are so obvious they go unaddressed often. Worse, some articles talk about doing the opposite.

Here’s what I learned during my decade plus of interviewing and hiring job candidates.

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What I learned from interviewing 1000 job candidates over 12 years – and my tips to getting hired

I hire people or advise clients on hiring people every day. One of my businesses is a recurring and hiring agency where we are contracted to find the best possible candidates for various jobs.

For over 12 years, I’ve interviewed over 1,000 job candidates for startups, small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, government departments and non profits.

I’ve learned what types of core attributes employers are constantly looking for – and I’ve learned first hand how you can change these small though processes to nail your next job interview.

In the end, like most things in business, it’s a lot more simple than you would think.

When it comes down to it, employers tend to seek a few core  qualities in any interview – some are so obvious they go unaddressed often. Worse, some articles talk about doing the opposite.

Here’s what I learned during my decade plus of interviewing and recurring job candidates.

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Why immigrants will always be more successful than you

People area always complaining how hard it is to get out of poverty if you’re born poor. I get it. I’ve been there. But why is it that the worst offenders are American born, English speaking, able-bodied white people?

Being an immigrant myself, born in the poorest slums of Chicago, I clawed my way out of poverty and by most people’s standards, I’m now a successful entrepreneur living the American dream.

But I never considered being “poor” as a handicap like so many people do.

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Reasons why immigrants are and always will be more successful than you

Every day, people are complaining that their lives are too hard. They can’t catch a break. They’re able-bodied, fluent in English and are living in America – where no matter how bad your situation there are thousands of ways to get free education, meet the right people and claw your way out of poverty.

They make every excuse from them being born into a poor family to racial profiling to the “man” holding them back. Unsuccessful people seem to have an unlimited number of excuses as to why they’re unsuccessful, yet they can’t come up with even one solution or step to take in the right direction.

As an immigrant myself, coming from a poor family who immigrated to America with all the same opportunities as anyone else, I know how difficult it is to “make it” in this country. I truly know the meaning of inequality and having disadvantages.

But when there are literally millions of living examples who defy the odds and make it big in America, what excuse can someone come up with that explains their lack of success? The way I see it, if immigrants can do it, what the hell is everyone else’s excuse?

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School doesn’t prepare you for the real world

School paints a false reality of the real world. Not only is this “reality” completely wrong, but worse, they convince students the real world is most definitely going to be the way they say it is. Students, having never yet lived in the real world, naturally believe it to be accurate. But, of course the real world is nothing like way schools describe it.

instead of simply peddling a false sense of the “real world,” they take it a step further and convince students that this “real world” they describe is exactly what students should anticipate once they leave academia. They paint it as a magical place where jobs are plentiful and available to anyone who gets a good degree and follows the rules.

So not only do students get a false perception of how the real world works, but they are forced to believe that the schools version of reality is absolutely true. It’s not just moronic and irresponsible, it’s deceptive and malicious because after leaving school, students continue to search for thisnversion of the “real world” painted in their heads by the school system – a reality that doesn’t exist.

The result is not just students when are shocked and surprised by what the real world is actually like, but they go into denial, refusing the accept the real world entirely and waiting for their version of the real world – filled with promises of a bright future – to materialize.

Its not that schools don’t tell students Santa Claus doesn’t exist. They tell students that Santa really definitely exists, and tells them they should search and wait for him to appear because he’s absolutely real. It’s incredibly dangerous and explains, in part, why recent graduates are so dillusional and unrealistic about what to expect as an adult.

Their value to the economy, their perceived skills and knowledge, are said to be absolute and “special” in this fantasy world instilled into them by every teacher, professor and guidance counselor they’ve ever encountered.

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