This guest post about the ideal Piracetam dosage was created by Cain, a recent university graduate, and avid smart drug user.
Finding the ideal Piracetam dosage isn’t too difficult. You just have to remember one thing – too much of anything isn’t necessarily a good thing.
Well, that’s not quite true. It might be for food, alcohol and everybody’s favorite bedroom activity.
But is it true for the strange, nerdy cousin of supplements called Nootropics?
For those of you unaware, nootropics are not a part of the tropics you haven’t visited yet. They are the class of drugs which deal with specific cognitive effects.
They run the gamut from mood-boosting to enhancing focus to increasing creativity!
Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. Among self-improvement enthusiasts, there are many all-stars. One stands out as a tired and true staple.
It’s known as Piracetam, and it was the first nootropic ever synthesized. That means that it ushered in the era of other nootropics which followed it.
P.S: This isn’t medical advice. This article is for entertainment purposes. Always consult a medical professional before consuming any supplement.
Piracetam Dosage: What is It?
Piracetam primarily improves memory retention. Specifically, it alters the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine, which allows for greater activity in the part of the brain that consolidates memories.
So, what does that mean for you, the average ordinary everyday guy or gal who wants to kick more ass and get more out of life?
It means that Piracetam is a relatively safe, easy-to-use supplement that you should consider adding to your repertoire.
But there’s one issue that’s just as important here as with any other drug or supplement.What’s the ideal piracetam dosage?
Or at the very least, how much would either be useless or get me into serious trouble?
The mind on Piracetam.
How to Find the Ideal Piracetam Dosage
The answer is both a pro and a con.
You see, there’s not truly one “right,” amount to take for maximum effectiveness. Piracetam has an extremely wide range of what’s considered an effective dosage.
It doesn’t work quite like many other nootropics where there’s a very fine line between amazing performance and nightmarish skittishness.
Do a quick google search on taking too much Modafinil or Phenibut if you don’t believe me.
The official range is anywhere from 1.2-9.6 grams depending on where you get your information (Source).
Some sources will say you must have an “attack dosage,” to ensure you get the most solid benefits. The argument being that your body has to get a higher amount upfront so the brain can maximally utilize it.
In my experience, this is not only completely unnecessary, but it’s also counterproductive. All you have to do is make sure that you get the effective dosage I’ll outline later.
It also depends on your desired effect. You get certain benefits from as little as a gram or so. At this level, you begin to get neuroprotective benefits.
At higher piracetam doses you start to get into the memory retention and learning effects.
There’s a sweet spot of about 4.8 grams twice a day that was determined by a study which analyzed older folks with Alzheimer’s (Source).
Turns out, the answer is sorta, kinda right there. But, there’s nothing wrong with starting on the lower end and working your way up slowly.
That’s still generally the best piece of advice.
Timing and Safety
Fortunately, piracetam is relatively harmless and doesn’t come with deadly side effects if inappropriately dosed.
The worst effects reported are minor headaches and stomach cramps.Occasionally people report irritability or nervousness, but this is rare.
Now, you might be wondering, “But how should I take this stuff?”
Not a simple answer here, but the consensus from folks much brighter than me seems to be 2.4-4.8 grams three times a day.
If you only need basic neuroprotective effects then you can stick to lighter piracetam dosing.
But the 2.4-4.8 grams comes from the studies which analyze what Piracetam dosages and timings seemed to have the most potent effect.
If you want to have a mind like a steel trap, you need to go big or go home. This is for the entrepreneurs, hustlers, go-getters and all-around ass kickers that want the maximum cognitive improvements.
The most typical timing is three times a day, so that’s about 4ish grams each time. I’ve done two dosings of about 5 grams at the start and end of the day myself.
This works fine too. You still get a nice shadow that covers you for the entire day this way. Doing it like this, you automatically hit somewhere around the 10-gram area.
To many people that’s mega-dosing. It’s not. It explains why many people simply don’t feel the effects from Piracetam.
So before you go complaining that it doesn’t work, make sure you’re taking an appropriate amount.
Piracetam Dangers, Tolerance and Other Concerns
One cool side effect of Piracetam is that it’s an adaptogen, so it gets BETTER with time.
Boy, wouldn’t it be nice if everything worked like that, huh?
Personally, I can’t say it feels as if it works better, but it doesn’t seem to diminish in efficacy. That’s nice because it removes the pesky problem of the tolerance buildup most potent compounds have.
You can keep you Piracetam dosage constant. And you can use it for long periods of consecutive days or weeks without issues.
There’s also no clear line where you run into huge issues. You can go much higher than the 10 grams often discussed.
In fact, some people report going as high up as 20 grams and report greater benefits! I’m not about to advise that, but it’s cool to know it’s hard to get in trouble with this stuff.
Word of caution: There’s still such a thing as a psychological tolerance buildup. With something such as Piracetam, that isn’t as big a deal.
But you still might want to consider cycling on and off Piracetam anyway. I know it’s tempting to want to always be “on,” but I’d advise against it.
But between you and me, I don’t like being completely dependent on any substance to perform day to day.
Here’s an intuitive way to do it. Simply cycle 4-6 weeks on Piracetam daily or near daily.
Then have 4-6 weeks off it. That works well with most entrepreneurial types who lives have natural ebbs and flows anyway.
If you need to kick major ass then yeah, you want a lot of weapons in your arsenal. If you’re in more of a reflective, rebuilding or recuperating period? Then, you probably don’t need it.
Alternatively, you can do one powerful nootropic such as Phenibut or Modafinil for a period of time, and then alternate that with piracetam.
It’s up to you. The only thing that’s important to remember is that complete mental dependency is not a good look.
Piracetam Dosage: Overall
As you can see, the correct piracetam dosage is relatively easy to determine. It only seems daunting and scary on the surface, because there’s conflicting information out there.
But it’s simple really. If you want the full intended effects of memory retention, then you gotta get A LOT more than most of you probably thought you needed.
Don’t mess around with that wimpy 1-3 gram stuff. No, you need upwards of 10 big g’s to get the job done with Piracetam.
Physical and mental health are both equal contributors to your overall well-being. Fitness and implementing a regular training schedule is vital for your physical health, whereas having a work-life balance and being mindful of your lifestyle is crucial for your mental health.
Travelling, exploring and taking time off to explore this beautiful Earth is particularly good for your overall well-being. Your fitness goals and training don’t have to suffer through just because you decide to take a vacation or travel for a few months at a time.
To avoid becoming that gym-goer who becomes reluctant at making any travel plans due to a strict training schedule, learn how to get the best of both worlds by adapting your training while you’re on the road.
Whether it’s for a mini break with the family or six months traveling across the world, get out there and enjoy what this Earth has to offer! Also, two weeks on vacation generally shouldn’t make a difference to your muscle/strength gains anyway, so you’ve got no excuse.
Training on the road!
Looking for some advice and key tips on how to travel while maintaining your fitness training? With the right preparation, a bit of creativity and getting the ideal balance, you’ll be able to enjoy a well-deserved rest from your day-to-day routine while keeping up with your fitness training.
I’m Lee Moran, director at Freedom Strength, and here is a little advice on adapting your training while on vacation.
Another type of workout for you to get to grips with, Tabata training is a high-intensity workout which consists of a routine of exercises that each last for just four minutes. The four minutes consists of 20 seconds of hard training followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated eight times. Tabata training is ideal for when you’re on vacation or traveling as it’s a quick workout when you’re short on time.
This type of training typically includes bursts of exercises including push-ups, squats, burpees, jumping rope and medicine ball slams. Once you get into this kind of workout, you could create a variety of your routines, each with up to twelve separate exercises. Whatever exercises you decide on, Tabata training will increase your heart rate and raise your metabolism instantly. Some great exercises (with further explanations) are outlined below.
Tabata Training – Push-Ups
Push-ups are the ideal exercise to carry out while you’re on the road as you typically don’t need any equipment and just need a little motivation and some stamina. At your typical commercial gym or home gym, you’re probably used to using a specialist piece of equipment to carry out your dips and push-ups for the best performance. If you want to challenge yourself and increase the difficulty level of your push-ups though, you’re going to have to get creative.
You can start off by focusing on your standard push-ups and then little by little adding some extra weight and resistant to your back, such as a book or two, to increase the difficulty. You can then develop your routine to include decline push-ups, handstand push-ups and clap push-ups for a more challenging session.
Tabata Training – Medicine Ball Slams
Medicine ball slams are a great exercise for incorporating into your regular training regimen, as it’s a full-body and multi-joint workout that will enhance your core strength and improve your overall sports performance. Taking this type of exercise on your vacation or on the road is easy as long as you can be a bit open-minded and easily adapt.
Normal medicine ball slams would involve standing tall, reaching over your head with the ball and then slamming the ball down to the floor. As you carry out this movement, you’d follow the movement of the ball with your body, avoiding bending at the waist, and then ending in a strong squat position. Depending on your holiday destination, you could just take a Medicine ball on your travels with you, but if you’re short on space, then it’s the last thing you’ll want to pack.
Sandbags are a great alternative for adding some resistance to this movement and offer a great alternative to the Medicine ball. Rocks could also be used as an alternative, however, won’t have the bounce of a ball so it’ll be safer to perform this exercise on the beach with a softer landing surface. If you can’t get your hands on either of those, pop to a local shop and purchase a cheap beach ball, basketball or football. These certainly won’t have the same weight as a Medicine ball, but they’ll still help you to perform this type of exercise.
Tabata Training – Burpees
Burpees are one of the best types of exercises you can do for both quick and intense training, as these exercises are a full-body workout and will help to enhance your core strength. Ideal for taking on holiday with you, Burpees can be performed pretty much anywhere as long as you have a big enough space and a flat surface.
To perform Burpees, simply start off from a standing position and then bend down into a squat position and place your hands on the floor in front of you. You then need to quickly kick your feet behind you into a push-up position and perform one push-up. Immediately return your feet to the squat position, and then jump up high back to your stand.
Tabata Training – Jump Rope
Jump rope is a fantastic workout to take with you on your travels! Not only is it a portable exercise which you can do anywhere, but it’s ideal for if you’re short of time and want to fit in a high-energy workout. A jump rope workout will help you to build endurance and burn fat at the same time.
Small enough to carry in your backpack on your travels, investing in a good quality jump rope will take your training to the next level as it’s an incredibly efficient and versatile workout tool. There are many jump rope routines you can do such as forward jumps, side-to-side jumps, backward jumps and single leg jumps. Combine your jump rope training with your Tabata training by performing four minutes of exercises followed by rest intervals.
Incorporating Recovery Time
Recovery time is a highly underestimated feature of any fitness training. As over-working your body and not allowing it to heal and recharge can often do more harm than good.
This is great news as you can incorporate plenty of ‘recovery time’ while you’re on vacation. The time you spend relaxing on that sun lounger or enjoying an evening stroll along the beach can be classed as your ‘recovery time.’
Learning to make the most of your vacation and not thinking about your training 24/7 can be quite a challenge to some people but just remember that recovery NEEDS to form part of your training schedule. Between each training session, you should be taking a day of rest when you can relax and be mindful of your mental well-being. You should be aware that more training will result in more recovery time as well, as it’s a balanced process.
About the author: Lee Moran is Director at Freedom Strength, a fitness company providing high quality products designed to improve athletic performance. With over 15 years of military service, 28 years of active UK Fire Service and currently a powerlifting coach and nutritionist, Lee is well studied in advanced strength and conditioning systems.
This guest post about free weights vs. machines was created by Seth Rose on behalf of First Rate Fitness.
Free Weights vs. Machines?
One of the biggest debates is between free weights and machines—and which is better? While both do a good job at hitting muscles, they each have their own benefits and downsides. We will explore the pros and cons of each method in this article.
Free Weights – Pros
Here are a few reasons why you should use free weights:
When you lift dumbbells, you may notice that you can struggle a bit to keep the weight balanced. This is because the dumbbell is not traveling on any specific plane, and it’s the body’s job to keep everything in line. To do this, your body uses ‘stabilizer muscles’.
Stabilizer muscles are a bit different than what we normally think of as muscles. Unlike the biceps or pectorals, stabilizer muscles aren’t worked by a specific movement pattern. Rather, they’re activated when you use free weights, to keep the weight in place.
This is important because in the long run, your stabilizer muscles should grow along with traditional muscle fibers. If they don’t grow, then you’re risking injury.
The deadlift, squat, and bench are all big compound lifts that allow you to move hundreds of pounds. Machines are usually much more limited, and the weight is harder to measure.
When you’re body lifts more weight, it goes under more (good) stress, which leads to more long term gains in size and strength.
Bang For Your Buck
Only have 30 minutes for a workout? Then using machines won’t cut it as they’re not time efficient. Machines only target one muscle at a time, meaning you’ll have to make your way around the gym. Compound exercises, on the other hand, allow you to target multiple muscle groups at once.
Take an exercise like rows. You can do rows with barbells, kettlebells, dumbbells, supine grip, neutral grip, standing lying etc. Not only does this allow you to keep things interesting, but it also allows you to hit your muscles from a variety of angles, tapping into the different muscle fibers in the body.
Let’s say you have your favorite chest machine at your local gym. But you find yourself out of town without the machine—what to do?
With free weights, you can find them at any decent gym. Because a bench press is the same as a bench press anywhere you go!
If you’re setting up a home gym, then machines are virtually out of the question/ They’re just too expensive and take up too much space in your home.
While free weights are fantastic, there are definitely a few drawbacks:
You May Need a Spotter
When lifting heavy weights, it’s in your best interest to use a spotter. Although you don’t want to lift more weight than you could actually handle, there’s always the risk that something goes wrong. If you train at home alone, then you can’t have a spotter, thus putting you more at risk to injury.
Hard On Joints
Heavy compounds like the barbell squat can put a lot of pressure on the knees. And for people with prior injuries, that’s a no-go.
Machines – Pros
The benefits of machines are often the solution to the downsides of free weights. Here are a few:
Isolate a Particular Muscle
When doing a heavy bench press, a lot of trainees have a hard time hitting their chest. Because the weight is so heavy, and the weight is not on a fixed plane of motion, it can be hard to focus.
Using a machine, say a chest press machine, allows you to focus specifically on that individual muscle group. This is because the weight is on a fixed movement path that is specially designed to activate the targeted muscle group.
It can really make you cringe to see people in the gym use poor form. Not only are they not activating their muscles, but they are risking injury, especially with exercises like rows and deadlifts. While these are good movements to build muscle, a lot of people don’t get the most out of an exercise because of poor form. Again, machines are designed to hit the target muscle.
This also means that they’re easy to learn how to use (if you even need to figure out how). Simply read the instructions, sit or lie down on the machine, and go!
Good for Rehab/Bad Joints
Depending on your age, prior training experience, injuries, and other factors, lifting heavy free weights are not for everyone. Machines allow people to still train their muscles intensely, without risking physical aggravation.
If you ever go to the gym at peak hours, you’ll notice that the machines are always taken up. There may be people even waiting to use it.
The free weight section gives you much more room to move around without having some sweaty old man breathing down your neck.
Unnatural Range of Motion
When it comes to machines, not all exercises are created equally. While machines often make it easy for people with injuries to work out, a lot of machines may cause pain if used long term. Additionally, a lot of machines are just plain ineffective because they can’t naturally target muscle groups.
For example, the Smith machine is tempting to use for many trainees. However, when it comes to squatting, the smith machine it should be avoided. The range of motion is very unnatural and additionally, it can put a lot of pressure on the knees.
So, Which is Best? Free Weights vs. Machines
As we’ve just shown, both free weights and machines have their unique benefits and downsides. Therefore, for a complete workout and to see the best results from weight lifting you should utilize both.
A good way to approach this would be to start with a free weight, compound exercise like the bench press. Then after you’ve completed the desired amount of sets, you can move on to a machine like the pec-deck or a conventional chest press machine.
That said lifters, especially novices, would stand to gain more from free weights. They simply are more effective at total muscle growth, and should be put first and foremost.
Ibague, Colombia is a unique mid-sized city in the country that sees little tourism. The city isn’t a part of the coffee region, so many a tourist and traveler decides to skip the city in favor of others nearby.
But Ibague, Colombia offers a number of great things to do for the average traveler. If you speak a little Spanish, you could have a great time in this small city. Check out a few of the articles I wrote about Ibague here:
This is a really big water park and zoo situated about an hours bus ride from Ibague, in Melgar. It’s a great day out, and you can go to and from water slides and pools while you’re walking around the zoo. You can pick up a bus back to the exit gate. I’d recommend going in the week to avoid the crowds. Click here to learn more.
Armero Tragedy Site
Armero tragedy site is situated about an hour from Ibague. You can go to the bus station and get a bus that passes there. A volcano from the Nevado del Ruiz completely destroyed this town and killed 23,000 people. You can go and visit the ruins of the town, and there is also a small museum there with information on the disaster.
Great way to spend a few hours on the tour of the Orchid gardens in Ibague. Situated close to the center you don’t need to travel far. The host is very friendly and speaks a bit of English. There are also lots of humming birds about and it was a nice day out. There are also some great views of the mountains while walking around.
This is a nice relaxing spot with a little lake where you can go and get out of the city and relax. You can hire fishing rods there and spend the afternoon fishing around the lake and drink a few beers. There’s a restaurant there and a small swimming pool. There is also horse-riding available. Just ask a taxi driver for El Carmen.
The Rice Park (Parque del Arroz)
About an hour away from Ibague is the rice park. Take a tour and see how rice is produced. There are also some pools, horse-riding, and many fun things to do there. A great day trip from Ibague. Click here to learn more.
English Movies on Tuesdays
If you just want to relax and watch a film, the Tuesdays at Cinemark are the place to be. You can watch the latest movies there in English with Spanish subtitle. The price is around 7000cop. The cinema is in the Multicento mall.
Try a Tamal or Three
If you’re in Ibague, you simply can’t leave without trying the tamal. This is the home of Tamal, and you won’t get it better anywhere else. Its normally sold at weekend, look for big pans on the streets, that will be local people selling it. It contains rice, carrot, chicken, potatoes, chickpeas, sometimes pork too, mixed with tasty herbs and steamed in platano / banana leaf. It costs 4000 cop.
If you’re visiting Ibague and looking for a place to stay, get in touch with Michael. He offers a solid place to base up while in the region:
An ideal place to stay in Ibague, Colombia.
I have an apartment in Ibague and I’m renting a double private room for 1-3 people with great views of the mountains. The price includes breakfast. The apartment includes a water park, three pools, a gym, and we’re close to all the malls. You’ll also have easy access to the buses to the countryside and an English-speaking host to help you navigate the city or share a beer with.
Not commuting to the office… instead working from home, or a local coffee shop in comfort?
Being your own boss, totally in control of your output, work hours and paycheck?
Living in exotic locations, surrounded by beautiful girls like Thailand or Colombia?
The 4-hour work week?
Whatever freedom means for you, I think most of us would agree that how we earn our dollars is a huge part of achieving it.
Being in control of your revenue stream is by far the biggest 80/20 leverage point for gaining your freedom.
Nothing else will give you as much control over your life as being your own maker.
Working when you want, where you want, on what you want.
What A Beautiful Time to Be Alive
Thanks to the power of the internet, being your own boss and working from anywhere in the world is infinitely easier than it has ever been before.
My father has had the same job since he was 16 years old – he’s now approaching 60. My mother has had 2 jobs in the same timeframe.
They’ve lived in the same house since they got married in their early twenties, in the town they both grew up in.
I loosely live in Thailand and log into my laptop for an hour or two per day, press some buttons, and money appears in my bank account every month.
I cannot overstate how incredible it is to be a young guy in the 21st century.
And if you want a piece of the action, you want to achieve your freedom – whatever you define that as…
The quickest, easiest, and most direct way to achieve it is by starting a business.
Not just any old business, but a remote business you can run through the internet, which requires essentially no set up, no prior time investment, no start-up cost, and no special qualifications.
Better yet, one in which you probably already have the necessary skills, which will be 100% profitable. A business that can start depositing money into your bank account as soon as today.
I’m talking about starting an online freelance business. In this post I’ll tell you exactly how to get started. Choose what to do, get set up, land your first job, and make your first $100.
Step 1: Choosing What To Do
The first step, and probably most daunting, is deciding what kind of freelance business you want to go into.
You might be wondering what skills you have, which industry is easy to find work in, what you will enjoy, what pays well…
These are all great questions and I cannot answer them specifically because I don’t know what skills you have, or what you enjoy.
What I can do instead is give you the framework for how to think about this, so you can make the decisions you need to make to move forwards.
I recommend you leverage the skills you already have. Think about all the things you’ve done before, the things you do in your business or job now, hobbies you have, natural talents.
If someone has paid you to do a job before, clearly that has value to a company – no corporation is paying you out of the goodness of their heart – they pay you because you deliver more value than you cost.
It follows that if what you do has value for one business, it will have value for other businesses.
Maybe you have hobbies – photography, blogging, graphic design, etc. – these all have value for businesses.
Perhaps something comes so naturally you don’t even think about it. Speak two languages fluently? Love social media? These can be monetized quite easily.
Create a list of every job you’ve done in the past and then list all the tasks within that role. Add to it any skills you have developed from hobbies, have naturally, or have learnt elsewhere.
Now cross reference it with my list on the download below of all the different freelance businesses you could do. You’ll get some extra tips for thinking about this problem on there.
After listing all your skills, put a star next to the 4-5 that you think would be easy, enjoyable, profitable. Then assess them all against what is most important for you and narrow it down to the 1 that stands out.
I urge you to go through this process, spend an hour or so thinking about it, and then come to a decision.
Procrastinating on starting is not going to help anyone. What you choose to do now is not for ever. Your business will inevitably evolve over time anyway.
Starting and gaining momentum, money coming into your bank account, and increasing your confidence, is key.
Don’t get hung up on what to do. If you really can’t decide, just do something you enjoy and feel most confident with.
You are going to learn as you get going. Unless you’re already an expert at something, you will need to develop your skillset over time to succeed anyway.
I firmly believe everyone has skills they can leverage to make money, but even if you don’t – a worst case scenario is that you choose something you’re interested in and learn as you go.
The solution to a lack of skills is self-evident – learn skills.
Step 2: Create Your Profile
I don’t think the freelance sites are the best place to generate business in the long term, but they’re definitely the best place to start. Unless you’re a rare case and already have a lot of connections in an industry that you can leverage.
The freelance sites are full of clients actively looking to hire you to work for them. It’s much easier than cold pitching businesses who probably aren’t even looking for what you do.
Make your life easy and go to where the opportunities exist.
As well as easy access to clients, you also borrow the credibility of the site. There’s no worry about you not delivering work, or not being paid by the client, for that matter. Both parties are protected by the middle man.
This means its easier to gain trust and get your first couple of clients, when you don’t yet have a back catalogue of happy clients and great work.
The best freelance site in my experience is Upwork. It’s a bit more up-market than Fiverr – which is traditionally used by people hunting for cheap work. It has much more traffic than any of the smaller sites.
In pretty much any freelance area, there is enough new jobs being created every single day to keep you occupied applying for them all.
But before we get to applications, we need to build your profile out.
The mistake most people make on their profile is not doing a good job of selling themselves. You must recognise that you’re in cut-throat competition with every other freelancer on the planet.
That probably sounds like a tough gig, but the fact is, most people cannot sell for shit. They have no idea what to put on their profile and applications to get themselves hired.
This means that with just a little bit of direction, you will be head and shoulders above most of your competition.
The most important parts of the profile are what you see on the image below. This is what is visible on the preview, and if clients are not enticed by this part, they won’t click through to read the rest of your profile anyway.
The headline is where you say what you will do for them, the price gives an indication of your skill level, and the first paragraph of the overview is pulled through as a preview.
You want to focus on the very specific thing that you do, and the benefit the client gets from hiring you.
Most freelancers write the same thing, which means you have zero opportunity to stand out from anyone else. That’s going to keep the people with most experience and ratings getting all the jobs, and the new freelancers stuck with very little left over.
You need to stand out, and you will do that by showing that you ‘get’ what the client wants and needs.
In the mock profile nexample above, it says what I do – Facebook Ads, followed by the outcome for the client.
The fact is, nobody has an inherent need for Facebook ads in their business, they want more leads and sales. This is the outcome that the client cares about.
Marketing/sales 101 says that it is all about fulfilling the client’s desires or removing their pain. How you do it isn’t particularly important. That’s just a mechanism for them to get what they want.
You must sell them what they want.
For a much more in-depth, step-by-step explanation of how to write your Upwork profile, check out this post.
Step 3: Apply For Jobs
When you first start out as a freelancer I’m afraid to say you need to put in your numbers applying for jobs. Most of them will be ignored.
Recognise that it is a numbers game, remove your emotions from the process, and don’t get invested in any particular application.
It’s cliché but the more times you get rejected, the more successful you will be.
You should keep hammering the applications out until you get your first few gigs. This will give you ratings, reviews, push you up in the algorithm, and eventually clients will start coming to you.
That’s the goal, but in the beginning, you need to put your energy into the numbers game of applications.
What you write in the application will be dependent on the job you are applying for, but here is a general overview:
For simpler jobs you will write less, and if the client asks very specific questions, you should focus on answering them and forget about rigidly following a template.
Other than the times mentioned, this is a good template to follow. It’s structured enough that you don’t sit staring at a blank screen for an hour, unsure what to write. Yet it’s flexible enough for you to make it your own and adapt each application specifically to the job.
I suggest creating a system for applications where you have a minimum number of applications to send per day.
Don’t just spam out copy and paste applications, but put the effort into sending the best application you possibly can.
Use the template as a framework, make sure you read their job description and answer anything they ask.
Beyond this, put yourself in their shoes. Think about why they are hiring you, what role this job fulfils in their business and communicate on that level.
The more you ‘get’ what the client is going through, the more likely they are to hire you – even above people with more experience or ratings.
For a full explanation and step-by-step guide to sending out proposals that get you hired, check out this post.
Wrapping It Up
There is more to running a successful freelance business than this, but none of it is relevant until you have your first few clients.
When you have no clients, you don’t need to worry about anything apart from getting clients.
The first step is to choose what you want to do. The second step is completing your profile, and the third is applying for as many jobs as necessary until you have a few clients.
Forget about everything else for now.
I’ve put all the templates, extra video guides, and step-by-step instructions to help you make your first $100+ online into a simple download you can access below.
Want to work online, attain your freedom and travel the world?
Let me tell you what it takes to achieve that, after 2.5 years of non-stop traveling and working online I’ve seen a bunch of people come and go. They try to start a business and get their freedom, but it often doesn’t work out. I can only imagine how crushing it would be, to taste your freedom and then have to go back home, back to the cubicle. Continue reading →