Month

May 2015

How boundaries are good for freelancers

Due to the nature of freelancing, it can become incredibly easy to not have set hours. If a client calls at 9 p.m. on a Friday night and you reluctantly answer, you’ve set a dangerous precedent about when they can… Continue Reading →

3 Ways to drastically improve your freelance business

As a designer, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my skills. As a freelance business owner, I’m doing the same. There are many ways to improve your freelance business that don’t necessarily involve finding clients. While, yes, clients… Continue Reading →

Why you can’t always do the freelance work you love

One of my favorite aspects of freelancing is that you have the ability to choose what you want to work on. If you’re not really into a certain project, then you have to option to pass on it. While you… Continue Reading →

Should you charge a freelance client for your learning time?

Imagine a scenario for just a few seconds: You land a new design client. They ask you to do something outside of your normal expertise. You’re up for the challenge and agree to the project, even though you know that… Continue Reading →

How to build a flawless freelance reputation

  The majority of freelance work that you receive probably comes from referrals. While other marketing avenues can be extremely affective, there is just something about word of mouth advertising that can easily gain someone’s trust, and in turn, their business…. Continue Reading →

How to calculate your hourly freelance rate

Finding the right hourly rate is one of the most difficult things we encounter as freelancers. When I first began freelancing, I was charging way too low. It wasn’t necessarily because I was undervaluing myself (although I was), but it was mainly… Continue Reading →

How freelancers should embrace failure

We will all fail at one point or another. It’s not how you fall that matters most, but how you get back up. One of the most important things you can do is learn from your failure. If you don’t… Continue Reading →

3 tips for successful freelance negotiations

Negotiations are something that every freelancer will encounter at one point or another. Whether it’s with a client, or another freelancer you’re outsourcing work to, it’s essential that you know how to negotiate successfully so that all parties will walk… Continue Reading →

3 strategies for long-term freelance projects

Long term projects are a really exciting aspect of freelancing. After months of hard work, you finally get to see the project come to life, and that’s an extremely rewarding feeling. However, long-term projects can quickly seem overwhelming. The large… Continue Reading →

Land the best freelance clients with a questionnaire

We’ve all had it happen at some point, you exchange a series of emails with a potential client to get information about a project they’ve reached out to you about. After several days (or weeks) of back and forth emails,… Continue Reading →

Boost your freelance productivity with a better home office

Working from home is a lot easier said than done. With an infinite amount of distractions, it can be hard to stay focused on the work at hand. That’s why it’s extremely important to have a dedicated office space within… Continue Reading →

10 ways freelancers fail at being their own boss

Being your own boss comes with a lot of responsibility. Sure, you get to set your own hours and choose the work you want to do, but it’s also up to you to ensure that your business stays above water…. Continue Reading →

Be a more creative freelancer by simply moving your body

Being creative is absolutely essential to freelancing. In order to produce the high caliber of work that you do, you need to be creative. You need to see things others cannot. You need to look at life through a different… Continue Reading →

5 unbelievable freelance lessons I learned from my (new) barber

As creatives, we are always observing the world around us. We have a different perspective and commonly see what others don’t. As freelance business owners, we must continue to observe our surroundings as they can relate to business, just as… Continue Reading →

4 tips to come back strong from freelance burnout

It can be incredibly easy to become burnt-out with your freelance business. You work and you work and you work until you just can’t work anymore. “After a short break, I’ll get back to it,” you tell yourself. But when… Continue Reading →

10 absolutely essential tax tips for freelancers

Taxes are hard; they’re confusing and are arguably the worst part of freelancing. I’ll never forget how frustrated I was when I learned exactly how much of my freelance income had to go to taxes. As Benjamin Franklin put it,… Continue Reading →

How you can start freelancing right now!

The idea of freelancing is fantastic! You have the opportunity to work on the projects you choose, set your own hours, and run your very own business. Making that idea a reality is a lot easier said than done. While… Continue Reading →

This one trick for creative freelance work is simpler than you think

If you’ve been freelancing for anytime at all, you’ve most likely had a project or two that you’ve struggled to be creative with. Your first go at it seems to drag on with no avail, but you continue to push… Continue Reading →

8 ways to diversify your freelance income

You’ve all probably heard the saying, “Never put all of your eggs in one basket.” For freelancing, that couldn’t be truer. You want to make sure that you’re diversifying your income so that if one project fails, you’ve got something… Continue Reading →

Why you can’t land new freelance clients

Freelancers, of all different experience levels, seem to have a process that they use to find clients. However, many freelancers find themselves in a position where they do not have any new work, even though they are constantly looking. “Your… Continue Reading →

11 ways to grow your freelance business in less than an hour

Maintaining regular growth for your business is extremely important, yet it is commonly neglected among many freelancers. You are swamped with current projects that eat up the majority of your time and when the end of the day rolls around,… Continue Reading →

Why you were meant to freelance

Have you ever felt like you were meant to freelance? Have you ever had the feeling that you work much better on your own, without a boss? You may not be too far off. Freelancing has many benefits; one of… Continue Reading →

3 easy ways to keep your freelance clients happy

Making sure that your clients are happy is an extremely important part of freelancing. A happy client will lead to referrals and will want to do more business with you. A happy client makes a happy freelancer. While you won’t be able… Continue Reading →

How you can deal with freelance burnout

You sit down to work on a project. 5 minutes later, you’re no farther than when you started. You continue to try and push through until you notice half an hour has gone by. You try to think, to come up… Continue Reading →

6 business terms all freelancers should know

As a freelancer, knowing every single business term probably isn’t on the top of your to-do list. While you don’t necessarily need to know all of the terms, there are some that you should know. Millo has a fantastic article… Continue Reading →

How freelancers can prevent working through their vacation

We all need to take a vacation at some point. Regardless of if you travel halfway around the world or decide to camp out in your backyard, the important thing is that you set aside time to unplug, unwind, and… Continue Reading →

5 steps to landing your dream freelance client

We all have those clients who we would absolutely love to work for. I’m talking about those clients that when someone asks “What would be a dream come true for your business?” your answer is that client. Could your dream… Continue Reading →

A freelancer’s guide to making money

The majority of us started freelancing because it really is what we love to do, but the reality is that we still need to make money while doing it. The value that you propose to potential clients has a huge… Continue Reading →

7 reasons you’re not landing new freelance work

Landing new freelance work can be extremely difficult. There are times when the work just seems to fall into your lap, and then there are others when it feels like you’ll never get another job again. There are some common… Continue Reading →

8 ways to build your business fast with $4 per day (the cost of a daily coffee)

$4 doesn’t sound like all that much. It’s about the cost of a cup of coffee. But what if you’re spending that $4 every single day on coffee? Or what if you spend $4 every day on a small snack?… Continue Reading →

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