Month

July 2015

Is your freelance career headed in the right direction?

I want you to take a minute and think about where your freelance career is right now. Are you meeting the goals that you’ve previously set for yourself? Are you sure? Did you write those goals down? If so, how… Continue Reading →

3 steps to making more time in your day

Time management is an absolutely crucial skill for freelancers. Time is money and you need to be sure that you are using your time as efficiently as possible. But how exactly do you determine if you’re making the most of… Continue Reading →

Freelancer contract do’s and don’ts

Many freelancers choose not to work without a contract. Contracts are great because they keep both you and the client accountable. Both parties can clearly see what is expected of the other. However, writing a good contract isn’t easy. You… Continue Reading →

6 ideal workplaces for freelancers

As a freelancer, you need to have a workplace that can maximize your efficiency while also fueling your creativity. So where exactly should you look for that workplace? Working from home is the most common, although there are several other… Continue Reading →

Do you have what it takes to become a successful freelancer?

Making a living freelancing is not something that can be done quickly. In order to succeed you have to create your business, which takes a lot of determination. In his real and straightforward story, Brent Galloway over at Your Freelance… Continue Reading →

Free High Quality iPhone 6 Mockups

  Using a realistic mockup is a fantastic way to show off a clients new project. Unfortunately, finding high quality mockups that are scaleable is not an easy task. Luckily, the folks over at Designtory have you covered. They have… Continue Reading →

6 questions you should ask to get powerful testimonials

Getting a good testimonial from a client is something you should be doing after every project. Actually getting that good testimonial is a lot easier said than done. To get that perfect client testimonial, you need to ask the right… Continue Reading →

15 ways freelancers can delight their clients

It’s well known that one of the most common ways freelancers can land more work is through referrals. While you should always be doing your best to make your clients happy with the service you provide, knowing that a job… Continue Reading →

A freelancer’s guide to saving and investing

Freelancing has its fair share of insecurities, one of those being financial insecurities. While you can and should be budgeting effectively, you need to also be thinking about the future. Tuts+ compiled a fantastic guide that will help freelancers save… Continue Reading →

10 free online courses for freelance web designers

If you’ve been on the internet for any time at all, you know that it is always changing. If you’re a freelance web designer, then you know that you need to stay up to date with these changes. While there… Continue Reading →

Tips for Crafting a Better Freelance Bio

Writing a freelance bio is easy. Writing a good freelance bio is not. Many freelancers (myself included) settle for bios that are okay at best. It’s hard to determine what exactly should go into your bio, and how long it should… Continue Reading →

3 ways to double your freelance profits while working a full-time job

Many freelancers also have full-time jobs. While the end-goal is to turn freelancing into a full-time job, it doesn’t happen overnight. In order to “make the leap,” you need to secure enough business so that you can be financially stable… Continue Reading →

5 tips for raising your freelance rates with existing clients

It can be easy to tell a new client your rate after you’ve recently raised it because they had no idea what your previous rate was. However, explaining your rate hike to an existing client is a whole other ballgame…. Continue Reading →

Push past your perfectionism to free your creativity

Perfectionism, in small doses, can be a fantastic fuel that drives the creative engine. It can provide that attention to detail that is necessary for certain projects. However, perfectionism isn’t always a good thing; it can potentially cripple your creative… Continue Reading →

How you can use LinkedIn to find freelance work

I’m sure most of you reading this have heard of LinkedIn. I’d even bet that the majority of you have a professional profile set up already. The question is: Are you using LinkedIn to its full potential? Maybe you’ve thought… Continue Reading →

The tax deductions freelancers should track now

Tax season may seem like a long way off, but that doesn’t mean that it’s too early to start thinking about it. With so many different types of tax deductions, it can be hard to know what you can and… Continue Reading →

Win more freelance work from people who just want your rates

I’m sure we’ve all had it happen: a potential client emails you to find out about your rates. So what do you do? You might email them back, simply saying “My rates are $XX/hr.” You might even email them back… Continue Reading →

How to promote your freelance content and get more clients

It’s a great feeling when you show the world something that you’ve created. Whether it’s an awesome new blog post that you’ve worked extremely hard on, or a perfectly crafted case study about your latest work, you want to make… Continue Reading →

Free Brand Guidelines Template

When doing any freelance logo and branding work, you should always include a guide that will help your client understand the best ways to use their new logo. A branding guide not only looks professional and can be a work… Continue Reading →

What to do if a freelance client disappears

Having a potential client disappear can be frustrating, but manageable. Having an actual client disappear during a project can be outright detrimental to your business. So what should if you if you’ve had a client vanish into thin air? The… Continue Reading →

4 common issues new freelancers face (and how to avoid them)

When you first start out freelancing, there are many things that are learned along the way. While you can (and should) do as much as you can to prepare, there will always be unforeseen issues that you must face. One… Continue Reading →

How to define your freelance brand

Developing a well perceived and unified brand can greatly improve your chances of landing new clients and growing your freelance business. Having a consistent brand not only makes you look more professional, but can also help people recognize your business… Continue Reading →

Why you need a freelance buddy

Most freelancers work from home and are often by themselves. However, it’s good to have a “buddy” that you can turn to for a second opinion or to proof your latest work. When I was in undergrad, 4 of my… Continue Reading →

How to leverage social media and build your freelance business

It’s nearly impossible to not be involved with social media in some way. While it can be very unproductive, social media can also be used as a tool to build your business. Setting up social media pages for your freelance business… Continue Reading →

6 things successful freelancers do every Friday

Ah, it’s Friday. It’s time for a nice relaxing weekend knowing that you can look at the past 5 days and feel certain that you’ve had an extremely productive week. Right? Well, not always. Many times, Friday rolls around and… Continue Reading →

Why freelancers need boundaries

Although it’s important for freelancers to be available for their clients, it’s equally important that clear boundaries be established. Clients can tend to think that their project is the only one on your plate, which can mean a headache for… Continue Reading →

How to cope with freelancer isolation

Freelancing has many perks. Between setting your own hours, working on projects you actually enjoy, and having the freedom to work from home, the benefits of freelancing seem far outweigh the benefits of an office job. However, often times freelancers… Continue Reading →

15 productivity killers freelancers should watch for

Remaining productive is extremely important if you want to maintain a viable business. Distractions are everywhere and if you give in to them, your productivity will greatly suffer which could lead to you missing deadlines. By recognizing some common distracting habits… Continue Reading →

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