Getting into a healthy mindset

Getting into a healthy mindset

This dress makes me look fat! Why is my skin looking dull? Another pimple pops up, right when I have to go out. I should stop eating carbs or maybe skip a meal. Even water makes me bloat! As women, it’s totally normal to have these thoughts, making us stress out in more ways than necessary. When it comes to our own bodies, a lot of us suffer from body image issues. Learning to embrace our body as it is and striving to be healthy is…. Easier said than done, right? Today, we dive into the depths of being mindful and healthy together, because here at the Boss Mama Mindset community, we are all about embracing life’s imperfections because in between the struggles there is always goodness. This is the power of focusing your attention and daily habits into healthier ones, slowly moving to be better versions of ourselves! Let’s dive in…

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Body that meets the eye

Imagine looking at yourself in the mirror and all you can do is find faults in the way you look? This is the simplest way to define body image issues. Your pretty eyes can only see the dullness of your skin or the weight you’ve put on even though you starve yourself. These issues are not always self-inflicted. Our family, friends, social media and the society in general can unknowingly make us believe things could be wrong with us. A casual remark from someone can wreak havoc in a person’s life.

A new mother, with tons of worries, juggling her health and her baby is casually told that her hair is a mess or she should start losing weight. The impact of these seemingly insignificant words could be seen as too much. The perception of your own body plays a crucial role in your physical and mental health. Let’s briefly see the impact of negative body image on your health.

The aftermath of negativity

The stress caused by perceiving yourself negatively and actively trying to change the way you look can be detrimental for your health. Negative body image can lead to eating disorders, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, pathological dieting that harms your overall health to name a few.

Overcoming with mindset work

Now that we know what the aftereffects are, it’s time we curb the negativity. Let me tell you a real-life transformation to make you believe it’s possible. The story of Miranda Casiano. Like most teenage girls, Miranda had a preconceived notion of a beauty standard set by the American culture. By the time she was in high school, she was on the crash diet bandwagon. Trying every possible diet to lose weight and gaining it back when she stopped. During the college years her mindset started to shift towards healthy eating and she started seeing the positive changes. A horrific accident wrecked her knees and put her on bedrest, yet she continued to lose weight and recovered by fueling her body with the right nutrition! After being committed to a healthy lifestyle for a few years and overcoming the obstacles of negativity, she now aims to become a registered dietician! Inspired by her journey? Read her inspirational book here!

Simple ways to be your best self

All geared up to be your healthiest version of yourself? Here are a few simple steps towards taking care of you! MIND, BODY and SOUL!

  • Accept yourself! You are beautiful just the way you are.
  • Eating does not equate to weight gain. Be mindful of what you put in your body.
  • Strive for a healthy and sustainable routine.
  • Start tracking your habits #bulletjournal #dailyjournalchallenge
  • Keep your mind, clutter-free!
  • Exercise for the body and the brain, make the endorphins (happy hormones) your best friend
  • Yoga and meditation are a boon to humanity, embrace them!
  • Journal your way out through the chaos. Find the cutest journal here.
  • HYDRATE!

Keeping track of your daily routine, journaling and maintaining a habit tracker are the easiest ways to begin your journey to improving your mindset. We are so committed to helping you achieve balance and health, we made a set of bullet journal FREE PLANNERS with water trackers which we will send you when you subscribe to our blog! 

Conclusion

Battling negative body image issues is crucial. But we have got you covered. Do give the book a read to start your journey towards acceptance. Let us all reach a place where we are content with ourselves- TOGETHER!

 

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Inspirational Quotes to Improve Your Boss Mama Mindset

Inspirational Quotes to Improve Your Boss Mama Mindset

Written by Maria Phieros and Anushka Dharmadhikari

INTRODUCTION

Motivating quotes lift up your spirits with a wave of positivity🌈! Inspiring words can help you reach your potential as a business woman or mumpreneur. Be it in your daily routine, your career, with family or in your personal life, the right mindset is important and the right words can help you step out of a rut or help put you back on the right track if you haven’t been feeling it lately.  So, in true #BossMamaMindset style, we are here with today’s dose of inspiration for you! Yes, we’re talking about quotes to keep you motivated and help you start every day with a positive mindset. Let’s get our positive mindset on!

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Every day is a blessing

Make a new start every day, with new resolution, with enthusiasm, love, prayer and silence” – Saint Porphyrios. Every new day that you wake up to, is a blessing! We face our fair share of anxiety every single day. We are bombarded with issues that overwhelm us. That said, each day comes with a ray of sunshine🌞 and new hope🙏. As the quote rightly asserts, every day is a new beginning. Fill your mind with positivity and start FRESH every single day. Let go of the anxiety of yesterday and the unknown of tomorrow. Stay strong and healthy with a positive mindset! A great way to start off your day on a bright note is with gratitude journaling and mapping out your objectives for the day! Cheers to #newbeginnings EVERY DAY! Get your Boss Mama Mindset Bullet Journal here.

Diving into positivity

The next quote is one by John Wooden who said “Good things take time” . It reminds us that it takes time to build an empire. Try not to beat yourself up if you don’t get all of your to-do’s done in one day. It’s important to differentiate between things that are in your control, and circumstances totally beyond your control. This quote, reminds us that sometimes, things take time. Just think, a baby takes 9 months to come into this world, so this is the perfect example of good things taking time. Enjoy the ride, Boss Mama. It’s a marathon not a sprint! 

It always seems impossible until it’s done

Golden words by our Madiba. This one is extra special because it breaks all boundaries of doubt! Always believe in yourself, as you fight past the fear of the unknown or the impossible! You break the shackles of a negative mindset and allow yourself to believe, which is one of the strongest mindsets to be in. Whenever you may doubt yourself, remember Nelson Mandela’s wise words, “It always seems impossible, until it’s done”.

It is not the challenges that you encounter

This quote by Darlene Brock: “It’s not the challenges that you encounter. It’s what you do when you get there that determines whether you have grit or grace in your life”. So poetic it needs no explanation.

One day you will tell your story

The next powerfully inspiring quote is: “One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide” Brene Brown. Isn’t that just the wave of strength we all need? Your pain and struggle can one day help someone to overcome their own battles. 

Laws of attraction in mindset

“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” Buddha sums up the laws of attraction and reminds us of the power of manifestation. What you choose to focus on is what will manifest in your life. Focus on the positive and be grateful! Pray. Meditate. Start a gratitude journal. It’s a powerful mindset technique to help you channel your gratitude every day. BONUS: If you subscribe to our blog, you will automatically get access to our Free Boss mama Mindset Bullet Journal Templates (available digitally)!

Life is the ultimate teacher

“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” Pema Chodron. Life is a test and we tend to get to know the syllabus after we’ve received the lessons. Funny, right? But the lessons you learn have a lasting impact. Your struggles teach you to be strong, kind and compassionate. Embrace your struggles, let each moment in your life teach you valuable lessons.

Family and Love 

We end with one of the humblest souls ever to grace the earth, Mother Terasa who once said, “What can you do to change the world? Go home and love your family.” When you’ve had a hard day, and you need some reassurance, go home and love your family because this is the strongest way to reignite the soul.

CONCLUSION 

We hope that this article helps you to stay motivated with a healthy mindset for allowing things to take their course, and not pressurizing yourself to breaking point, as many of us do!

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Comment below! Let us know which are your favourite quotes that help you keep a healthy and positive mindset. 

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Hospital Bag Checklist: What to Pack for Expecting Mums

Hospital Bag Checklist: What to Pack for Expecting Mums

You’re expecting! Your little baby bump has been getting bigger, friends and family have been constantly asking you “Have you packed your hospital bag!? Are you ready!?” and you’ve been avoiding it but now it’s time to start packing, you just don’t know what you will need or not?? You’ve got every second person giving you their view and you know you’re running on maximum pregnancy hormones by your third trimester, the mommy brain is expected and even though you are ready to start preparing your hospital bag, you are not quite sure what you’re really going to need or not! I remember the panic I had … months of build up till the big date. I googled and checked online on Pinterest and saved articles; I followed many mommy blogs and Facebook groups, watching vloggers (video bloggers) of #mommys and #bossmamas and I know how useful this particular post topic was for me, so I thought I’d do the same for all the lovely pregnant or expecting #BossMamas, this one’s for you 💓

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 Mama’s List

  • Weekend bag
  • Loose pyjamas
  • Comfy day clothes
  • Leggings
  • Gown / robe
  • Slippers / flip flops
  • Comfy, non-slip socks
  • Going home clothes 
  • Nursing tank tops
  • Nursing bras
  • Nipple cream!
  • Nursing pillow
  • Large comfortable dark underwear
  • Maternity pads
  • Toiletries
  • Wash cloth / sponge
  • Shower gel
  • Cotton pads
  • Hair ties
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth paste
  • Face cream
  • Foundation
  • Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Face wipes
  • Bottled water
  • Prenatal vitamins
  • Extra pillows

Baba’s List

  • Nappies (estimate 8-10 diapers per day for a newborn)
  • Onesies / sleepers / rompers (same, expect multiple changes in a day)
  • Beanies
  • Mittens
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Warm clothes for baby 
  • Account for your baby being born small, or big. So take size 0 or one-two sizes up in case you have a small or big baby, you will be prepared. 

Newborns need to be kept warm, so consider warm clothing, for example, underneath your baby’s onesie, you might layer a vest. Having your baby in layers is just normal and not considered too much. If you see your baby sweating obviously that’s too much. From personal experience, I am based in a tropical climate, Réunion island and my baby was born in peak summer, and even she needed to be kept in double layered combos in the hospital and newborn phase, simply because newborns can’t regulate their own temperature, remember they have been in your belly for 9 months so they will need those extra layers to keep worm. 

Sometimes you will cover your newborn from top to toe, literally: from a beanie to keep their little heads warm, to mittens for keeping them from scratching themselves, and of course you should make sure your newborn’s feet are covered.

Birthing Partner’s List

  • Weekend bag
  • Comfy clothes
  • Change of clothes
  • Toothbrush
  • Hoody / tracksuit top
  • Comfy shoes / flip flops
  • Pillow
  • Masks 
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mints

 

Other Essentials

  • Phone charger 
  • Extra battery
  • Extra charger
  • Contact lenses / reading glasses
  • Masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Driver’s license
  • Administrative documents
  • Identity / passport
  • Cash for vending machine/parking
  • Snacks
  • Towels
  • Small Blanket

I remember the nurse saying, you don’t need to have your own pilates ball, the hospital has all the birthing equipment you need 😂 then I knew I had overpacked, LOL! So, to help you avoid that, I created a PRINTABLE CHECKLIST available HERE.

I hope this blog post has helped you make sense of what you’re in for mama and I hope that the free printable checklist helps you! 🌺 Let it be your essential guide to help you rationalize your packing decisions. One last work of reassurance, this little moment in your preggy-life is completely do-able! You got this #BossMama! The time just goes by so quick. Before you know it, you’ll be back home enjoying your little bundle of joy, laughing with friends as you retell birthing stories…

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5 Ways to Keep a Positive Mindset during Tough Times

5 Ways to Keep a Positive Mindset during Tough Times

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” — Bob Marley. During these difficult times of Covid-19 quarantine, where everything is suspended and put into question, we often feel overwhelmed with negative emotions and stressful thoughts. We can’t avoid facing this latent anxiety, but we can counteract its effect on our lives with positive thinking and doing. Part of going forward, is to do simple things that will help support a healthy lifestyle. How can we keep a positive mindset during tough times? How to stay positive in negative situations? Here are five ways for you to achieve this in your day-to-day life.

 

Take a moment for yourself as part of your daily routine.

The way you start every day usually sets the tone for the rest of it: you must get your day off on the right foot and pay attention to how you spend your mornings. Do positive things that make you feel good and happy. For example, to me, it’s making myself a tasty morning coffee. I swear I handle my morning duties and responsibilities as a #mama and #boss a million times better after I have had my morning cuppa. I don’t really know the scientific reasons behind it, I just know that we are creatures of habit, and the mind responds well to daily routine. Of course you should try to keep these morning habits healthy and to benefit without overdoing it. I limit my coffees to maintain the just needed amount to feel alive and kicking, and I try not to overdo it throughout the day. I also like to have at least two glasses of water when I wake up in the morning. 

The whole idea is to take some moments for yourself to pause on the full-speed rhythm that we all tend to have. It can be simply:

  • Phoning your family or a good friend to have a wholesome, uplifting conversation
  • Practice mindfulness with prayer or meditation
  • Writing in a gratitude journal
  • Doing exercise
  • Reading a few pages of your favorite book or helpful articles
  • Relaxing with some soft music, laying down on the couch for a couple of minutes
  • Listening to inspiring podcasts over breakfast
  • Helping to share ideas for other boss mamas looking to improve their mindset
  • Want to help us add to the list? Comment down below with your favorite daily ritual!

These precious moments that you grant yourself with make a big difference for how you live and feel all day. They are the most useful and simple ways to fuel a positive mindset during times of trouble. 

Focus on the present, on the small and positive things

No matter how dire a situation may be, there is always a brighter side you can find in it. It is more a matter of our unwillingness to see them, or our incapacity to switch off the stressful voices of future troubles in our minds. This blinds us from seeing the positive things in life! There is a way to find peace of mind: it is to focus on the present. It’s called mindfulness. When they say ‘the present’, they don’t actually mean to concentrate on the precise day, hour or time… It’s more about being present in ‘this moment’ and choosing to focus on what is around you in a given moment. A lot of stress comes from memories of recent events, or the anticipation of a potential bad future. To keep a positive mindset, you should try to look for small positive ‘happy’ things to appreciate and allow yourself the pleasure, this one is a biggie mamas so I repeat: allow yourself the pleasure of being happy about these small things! It’s OK to feel happy about something when it’s a difficult time. If we look to concentrate on the present moment, on a small moment of ‘happy’ this is called mindfulness and it is incredibly powerful! As abstract as this concept can sound, it is indeed a natural state of mind that we all possess. And it’s available in every moment of our lives! Focusing on the present moment helps us to create a space between ourselves and our reactions: it’s a space to be aware, to breathe and to quiet down. You can find simple information and wonderful mindful techniques here or there to implement it in your everyday habits. 

Accept changes and find simple solutions

We are all a bit resistant to changes in our lives. Going through difficult times always comes with fear. Why? Because we don’t know what’s coming next and we end up imagining the worst and trying to cope with it emotionally. This put us into a vicious circle where we prevent changes from happening and sometimes (often!) not for the best. We must accept that continuous change is part of the deal, whether it is good or bad, and find easy solutions to welcome it in our daily life. This mindset helps a lot in being more relaxed and more accepting towards the situation. 

For example, if you are facing a business downturn and some financial difficulties because of the Covid-19 crisis, what can you do? Ruminate all day and fight against the wind? Possibly, but this is not going to help. Or you can try to turn this situation into a chance to see the positive side of it: 

  • Find one positive or good thing about this situation: it could be an opportunity to broaden your perspectives! 
  • Implement a solution to better your days within this situation: allow this time off to learn some new skills or to diversify your activity with new fresh ideas of development.

While I was praying and looking for this mindset shift, I started drawing and created a digital painting using my iPad and Apple Pencil, of Arch Angel Raphael (Greek Orthodox Style design) which helped me find peace during my moment of difficulty. Checkout the time-lapse replay here!

Exercise your body and mind

Exercising is a very effective way to stay positive in tough situations. Why? The reason is purely physical: moving your body releases natural endorphins, the hormones of pleasure, in our brains. They reduce pain and boost the feeling of well-being. The mental and emotional benefits of exercise are proven: it’s good for our bodies and minds! How this will help us to keep a positive mindset during tough times? While your body will be in better shape, your self-esteem will be even stronger as per your self-confidence. And those two are key to a positive mindset. During stressful times, we are very tempted to skip on getting out, sleeping or eating well. This is such a bad habit NOT to take. 


Include a small work out in your daily routine and try to keep a good sleep (at steady hours) along with your three daily meals. This is the best way to find a release for your negative energy and to clear your mind in order to stay focused on your next upcoming steps. Personally, I am a big fan of dancing in my living room. I sometimes like to put some good YouTube music on my Samsung Smart TV and start shaking my body around! It just feels so good. Another tip from a very good friend would be to add some yoga or breathing exercises to your healthy routine. For a few minutes, your body and your mind slow down and you can focus on a constructive way of thinking. You must bear in mind that no amount of positiveness can replace daily practice. So: go for it!

Give thanks where it’s due

Last, but not least: take time to say thank you! Even in very dark times, we all still have things in our lives for which we are grateful for. Think of people who are helping you, supporting you, your family, your closest friends, your support groups… Express your gratitude to them as often as possible. This will help you to stay focused on the good things instead of the bad. It won’t be easy to be thankful in the face of tough challenges, but it is a very effective way of concentrating on what you do have, instead of what you have lost. Here is another secret of keeping a positive mindset: practicing gratitude! For those of you already familiar with this technique, comment down below how you practice gratitude journaling or your own special technique. Share with fellow mamas to help them. This simple technique will put you in a better mental perspective to stay motivated and stronger when bad things happen. The bad will always be there, but it is IF we choose to focus on the good, we make a huge difference in our attitude towards the situation (this is called #mindset). Think about it: things could be a lot worse! Just as the bad might always be there, so will the good. Always try to focus on that and keep a grateful mind and heart

Conclusion

To keep a positive mindset during tough times may not always be easy. Now you know some of the best ways to maintain a positive attitude towards life’s challenges: make sure you do all the little things you can do daily to support your global objectives. And you can start at any time: staying positive when things get difficult is uplifting for yourself but also for others. It’s like spreading sunlight over darkness. And the good news is that this strength is lying within each of us. Believe in yourself, start today to practice healthy positivity and witness the magic operating.

How to create your online profile on PeoplePerHour

OMG, I Just lost my job due to Covid-19 and now what!? It’s 2020 and we are now being faced with social distancing, lockdowns and many of us have experienced loss of business. I’m here to offer a shining light in the dark tunnel, so please read on!

Unfortunately this is the sad reality that many of us are facing, and now, even more than ever, it is important to find alternative revenue streams! The internet claims to be a “Get rich and famous overnight” dreamworld, only for you to accidentally click the wrong button and now you are about to marry a Russian bride !?

That does happen, and that would suck, but there are SECURE and TRUSTED websites out there which could assist you… I am sharing the one I use, and hopefully it will help someone start FREELANCING on the internet – weird concept for some who are used to going to an office job… well… let me share a little “freelancing online haven” to use, to build up a side income. Enjoy! 

I continue to motivate everyone around me to think creatively about using digital solutions during this horrible time of uncertainty. As a digital person myself, I did not stop working during the lockdowns and social distancing, in my country I managed to re-brand my graphic design business brand, you can check the evolution here. I have been a digital design geek for many years now… and I think a lot of the time people are unsure how simple it can actually be! I know and understand that it does not come easy for many people. There are people in my family who are complete techno-phobes! It is a real thing. They literally get afraid to get too tech in fear that something might happen? What, I don’t know, but I sympathize and I understand that this might cause fear and anxiety, and I am here to help!

Let’s dive in!

Today’s article is about creating a professional, online profile on a website called PeoplePerHour.

If you have not yet seen or heard of this website, please go and Google it now.

TRUTH BOMB: this is not the solution to take if you are looking for that quick and easy overnight internet success magic solution, which I do not believe exists. I believe we reap what we sow. I work hard for my money and my clients know my hard work and standards, and they are happy to pay me for this. That’s why PPH does work for me. However, you have to be willing to put the work in.

Buyer and seller? Terminology explained

You’ll notice all over the website it mentions Buyers and Sellers and it’s a little confusing at the beginning. Simply put, if you are looking for freelancers, i.e. you are going to buy from them, then you are a buyer. If you are a freelancer, you are looking to sell your services, then you are a seller. You can also be both. 

You can consider PeoplePerHour if:

  • You are skilled enough in your craft, trade or services (either as a beginner, mid-weight or an expert) so much so that you can confidently offer your skills to clients to get paid over the internet.
  • The services that you are going to sell on PPH, are services (or work) that you can do online, remotely, or at a distance
  • You have a good internet connection and you check your messages regularly
  • You possibly already offer your skills to people or businesses, and you want to expand (get more clients) and/or working hours outside of your traditional 8-5 jobs, if your current employee contract permits it!
  • You are looking to build an online freelancing profile to share with new clients as you do not have a portfolio website, your PPH profile can act as an online portfolio for you to share with future clients. 
  • You want to build up a professional, side-hustle or part-time job
  • You want to work the hours that you want, be it part time work, or weekend work, or full-time freelancing. You decide on your hourly rate and you negotiate with the buyer the terms of the project each and every time that you submit a proposal. So if you are looking to take more control in the way you work, this could be an interesting option for your online freelancing business.

If any of the above resonates with you, or if you are interested in setting up an account and profile with PPH, to start earning money online, then read on and I will explain to you step by step, how you can set up your account and profile.

Step 1 Familiarize yourself with the PeoplePerHour website

In order to be able to create a relevant profile, take a moment to browse the PeoplePerHour website, browse user profiles, offers and learn what the website is actually all about. 

I actually spent many days on this step… Personally, I just could not start writing my About Me page and creating offers on my profile if I didn’t know what the possibilities were…  I searched for people working in my field and I took some screen shots to kept as reference on my phone. I drew inspiration from these great profiles, I tried to find the ones which were getting high ratings, and I asked myself, why? Why is this particular profile getting such success… Once you recognized what seems to be working for others, then you know what to build on your own profile to attract those same key clients.

Then it also (totally normal) takes time to familiarize yourself with all the pages and buttons.

Step 2 Go to the website and sign up

Once you’re ready to sign up, go to https://www.peopleperhour.com and click SIGN UP to start creating your account.

Above is the landing page of the people per hour website

Once you click on the SIGU-UP button, a pop-up window will take over your screen and it will ask you: “What do you want to do?” 

  • I want to hire a freelancer
  • I want to work as a freelancer

Above is the pop-up, the blue button is the selected option.

In this guide we’re creating an online freelancing profile, so we’re going to select the option “I want to work as a freelancer“. You can also adjust this later. Then you need to choose if you wish, set up via Facebook or email. For the purposes of this guide, I will choose “Sign up with email”.

It will then give you this window, where you can simply fill in your details, first name, last name, email and password, you click SIGN UP.

Now you should have a pop-up telling you that an email has been sent to you, which you need to verify. Simply go check your mail, and don’t forget to check your spam/ junk folder if you cannot find it in your inbox.

Above is the pop-up telling you that an email has been sent to you.

Above is the welcome email asking you to verify your account.

 

Step 3 Verify your account

Follow the instructions outlined in their welcome email. By clicking on the first link, you will be confirming your email address and verifying your account. You can then click on the “complete application” button to add your profile information, freelancing pricing and skills. You need to include this information this in order to set up your profile.

Step 4 Add your information to complete the application.

By clicking on the second link, you should open the below page, where you will be guided to add your information in a 5 step process. To explain, the PPH team have divided your profile into these 5 sub-sections:

  1. Tell Us About You
  2. Select Your Skills
  3. Add References
  4. Set Your On-Site Preferences
  5. Personalize Your Application

Each of these arrow blocks above, are clickable. Click on the first one to start adding your relevant information.

Try to be as detailed as possible and read the little descriptions that the PPH team offer you, for example, they will say if the text needed should be a detailed (long) paragraph explaining something in a lot of detail, or they will tell you if it should be a simple keyword summary.

PRO TIP: Remember to use SEO friendly keywords describing your skills. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and this is very important, because you want people to be able to “discover” you and your profile, via the Search Engine “Optimized” keywords that they will type, when searching for freelancers. You want your page to come up in their results, right? Then you should use relevant keywords (called search engine “optimized” keywords), when filling out your profile. What does this mean? Try writing short, “keyword” filled phrases and not a bunch of unnecessary words. Use to-the-point phrases and try to include relevant keywords that someone else might type, when they are searching for your profile. If you would like to view an example, go check out the About me section on my profile, which you can visit: here.

For example you will see my profile uses mostly key words to describe who I am and what I can offer the buyer, however I tried my best to come across as human and real as possible.

Step 5 Get specific, they want details

This step might become complicated, so to help you out, let’s take a closer look at some of the sections you will have to fill in.

    You will start by confirming if you represent a company or not, what your job title is and your phone number. You will then be able to choose the currency of preference, as it’s an international website, they don’t have South African Rands (ZAR) but you can work in any currency and the app will convert your money into Rands once you complete a project and get paid, so don’t worry if you cannot find Rands. Notice also, that by default, the value starts at an hourly rate at £6, this could be different for you. I would advise you to research what your current service skills rates are sold for in foreign currency. For example, I had to Google, “how much does a graphic designer get paid in £ / € / $” to learn which was the best suitable hourly rate for my level of skills. Then you can adjust this as you go along, because you might find that you start off way too low or high and you might find yourself revisiting this regularly, testing what works for you, in order to maximize your offerings and get paid adequately for your skills.

    Step 6 create your cover art and profile picture

    You will see that the first section gives you the option to upload a COVER IMAGE and PROFILE PICTURE. This is very important as it is the first thing buyers are going to see when they come to visit your profile. This (hopefully) should happen every time you submit a proposal to get a job, if you write an interesting proposal a buyer will be enticed to come and visit your profile! Now will be the moment when they decide yes or no to use you and your skills! This could also happen when you create your “offers” which we will cover later, then again, potential buyers will scroll and scroll through a bunch of “offers” made by different freelancers, and if your “offer” looks interesting, the buyer will click to come visit your profile!

    So you see how important it is to choose a PROFILE PICTURE where you look professional and ready to take on the job. Then for the COVER IMAGE you could have a little more fun! You could add some text, use beautiful photography (check out unsplash for incredible free images which you could use), you could showcase a piece of your work with a strong call to action! The sky is the limit here, so get creative, and if you need help creating this, please feel free to contact me.

    Step 7 choose your best work to demonstrate your skills

    The same principle applies when you add examples of your work into the “portfolio” section. Don’t compromise on what you show the buyer! You have limited time and visual space on your profile to make a quick impression. Do not load all of your 1001 work examples. Here, it’s really quality, over quantity. You should hand select only the best pieces of your portfolio. Copywriters like to show their certificates and awards, graphic designers like to use mockups (like below), web developers like to share live, clickable links to websites that they have built. You should use visual examples to showcase your work so that the buyer can literally see the type of work that you offer, so that they know what to expect. This will increase the chances of your profile getting selected above others. They should really be impressed with the examples of your previous work for them to be able to award you the job!

    Example of gift card mockup visuals used to demonstrate graphic design skills.

    Step 8 Create some “Offers”

    By now you are familiar with this concept on the PPH website, they have “offers”, which are quick, project proposals designed to get buyers to make quick purchases on the top skills that you offer. You should keep these simple, and the beauty of these, is that you start with just the essential offering, then you can give the customer the option to buy small, valuable “add-ons” to up-sell your customer’s purchase.

    Above is what the “Offers” pages look like.

    When we look at this offer posted by Zargham, his offer is “1000 word SEO Tech Article” selling for €20, then when you scroll down to the bottom, he has these value “add-ons” which the buyer can add to the purchase, making it more affordable for the buyer, and allowing the freelancer the change to up-sell to earn more!

    Some people prefer to make Offers and have great success on having many offers, and then you also have the users, who send great proposals, so they prefer to send proposals instead of focusing on offers.

    You should setup both and the one that suits you best. For me the whole Offers thing was not really working for me. I have better success search individual job posts and then I take time to write personalized proposal, which seems to be working for me. I think then someone will see that I al human, that I am taking the time to work on the project from the very beginning, which is actually the proposal! If writing Offers works better for you, write a comment below to share some tips and advise for fellow boss mamas, because sharing really is caring.

    Conclusion

    As a freelancer, it is not always easy finding clients, so sometimes it helps to use a website like PPH as a freelancing platform, which has really helped me in the past few months… I had to test it out for myself and now I feel that it is a solid, trusted, secure website which is built for freelancers and buyers all around the world, and when you crack the code, and start getting hits! The effect should snowball…

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