September 2015

3 ways to jumpstart the growth of your freelance business

Growing a freelance business doesn’t happen overnight. It most likely won’t happen in six months and probably won’t happen in a year either. It takes a lot of time and a lot of patience (a lot of patience) to build… Continue Reading →

6 Habits of successful freelancers

During your time as a freelancer, you’re going to form habits of all kinds. Some habits will be extremely good and will actually work for your business instead of against it. However, you’ll probably form some bad habits as well…. Continue Reading →

Amazing freelancing advice that you need to hear

Throughout your entire freelance career you’ll be receiving (and hopefully giving) advice. While a large part of freelance must be figured out on your own, even small amounts of advice can play a huge role in the growth of your… Continue Reading →

4 legal questions to ask yourself when growing your freelance business

Right up there with finding new clients, it seems as if freelancing legal questions and advice are commonly talked about, and with good reason. If you don’t know the answers to certain legal questions when starting and growing your business,… Continue Reading →

Having the guts to never negotiate your freelance rate

In a perfect world, you’d send a client an invoice and they’d agree with it without any hesitation knowing that you’ve accurately quoted the amount. However, we don’t live in a perfect world; and clients don’t always agree to a… Continue Reading →

Why one freelancer killed their 30-day payment terms

When you send out an invoice, how much time do you allow your client to pay you? 15 days? 30 days? 60 days? More?! The majority of freelancers usually go with one of the above, personally, I’ve been doing 30… Continue Reading →

How to compete with big agencies as a freelancer

Many freelancers become worried about competition. However, it’s very possible that you’re worried about the wrong type of competition. Freelancers will often compare themselves to other freelancers: setting the rates similar to other freelancers, using the same marketing tactics, or… Continue Reading →

15 creative portfolio essentials for freelancers

If you plan on creating and growing a successful freelance business, then a portfolio is a must-have. A solid portfolio can not only give clients a good idea of what you do, but you can build your portfolio to attract… Continue Reading →

5 retirement account options for freelancers

Many freelancers seldom think about the far-off future. You might have a 1, 5, or even a 10-year plan, but you probably aren’t thinking about retirement yet. After, you need to continue to grow your business and build your income… Continue Reading →

3 effective marketing tactics for your freelance business

You need to do some sort of marketing if you want to see your freelance business grow and be successful. However, many freelancers tend to fall short when it comes to effective marketing. Doing a giveaway is a great way… Continue Reading →

What to do when a freelance client “dumps” you

Not every client you land is going to be a long-term relationship. While there will definitely be clients that you develop a fruitful and positive relationship with that will last years, sometimes it’s just not meant to be. Some freelancers… Continue Reading →

The best freelance advice I’ve read in a long time

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Freelancing is not easy. I’m sure that many of you know this too. The life of freelancing involves a lot of uncertainty, several ups and downs, and lots of hard work…. Continue Reading →

Why your strategy for reaching your freelance goals isn’t working

It’s great to set goals for your freelance business. Doing so gives you something to work toward; something beyond just making enough to pay each month’s bills. Maybe your goal is to land 1 new client a month or to… Continue Reading →

3 ways to find and land ‘anchor’ freelance clients

Finding an ‘anchor’ client can be extremely beneficial for freelancers. For starters, you’ll have consistent work month to month. You’ll also have the opportunity to build a good relationship with this client which can lead to referrals. Actually finding an… Continue Reading →

How to be a healthy and effective freelancer while working from home

Freelancers who work from home are much more susceptible to develop bad habits than those who work in a office-type setting. However, there are some common items which are necessary to work effectively from home that many freelancers overlook. One… Continue Reading →

4 ways to simplify your freelance business and sell smarter

Freelancers usually have a million things on their plates at all times so finding ways to simplify your business is often a high priority. One great area of your business to focus on simplifying is your selling strategies. A big mistake that… Continue Reading →

How to stay motivated when freelancing has you in a rut

Freelancing takes a lot of hard work and isn’t always easy. Although you aren’t confined to the “normal” 9-5 schedule, freelancing can lead to a lot of late nights and long weekends. Even if you manage to stick with a… Continue Reading →

5 tips for freelance to deal with micromanagers

Most of the time it’s fantastic to get client feedback and/or direction. However, too much direction can easily turn into micromanagement. Having a client micromanage a project is extremely frustrating and has the potential to ruin the project all together…. Continue Reading →

A freelancers guide to retirement

Due to the nature of freelancing, many freelancers don’t look as far into the future as they should. I know it’s hard to think 30 years down the road when you’re not even sure if you’ll make enough in the… Continue Reading →

How do you tell a freelance client goodbye?

So many freelancers focus solely on landing clients that when it comes time to say goodbye, they’re not exactly sure how to handle the situation. Yes, saying goodbye to a client isn’t something that shouldn’t be taken lightly, but it… Continue Reading →

5 freelance marketing strategies to double your social media followers

Social media can be a great way to find new clients, connect with others freelancers, and give insight to what makes your business unique. Getting people to “like” your page or “follow” you isn’t as easy as it looks, unfortunately…. Continue Reading →

How you should respond to mean-spirited freelance clients

As a freelancer, you’re bound to deal with clients of all kinds. You’ll have some clients who are an absolute joy to work with; and others who make you want to just quit. It’s the difficult clients that prove to… Continue Reading →

Stay productive as a freelancer with these essential tips

Mastering the art of productivity is a goal of most freelancers. Even if you manage to become productive, how long does it really last? A day? A week? A month? It’s hard to actually stick with it. Fortunately, Outsourced Freelancing… Continue Reading →

How to grow your freelance brand without losing your sanity

Growing your freelance brand takes a lot of hard work. Often times, it’s extremely easy to get wrapped up in everything that you should be doing. The result can be nothing short of insanity. Luckily, Tuts+ has some great advice… Continue Reading →

The freelancers 4-1-1 on self-employment tax

One thing many freelancers don’t account for is there taxes. Nearly all freelancers have held a “regular” job before they started freelancing and so they assume that the tax rates will be the same as a freelancer as they were… Continue Reading →

3 ways freelancers can improve client relationships

You work really hard to maintain positive relationships with your clients. As a freelancer, it’s crucial to do so in order to maintain a positive reputation and keep the work coming in from both your current clients and prospective ones…. Continue Reading →

6 winning productivity tips for freelancers

We all want to be more productive. Even on good days when you get a lot done, you’re probably wishing that you had done more. Being productive isn’t just about getting more done, it’s about doing things more efficiently and… Continue Reading →

A free, beautifully designed UI kit for freelancers

Finding a good quality, well designed, free UI kit is a lot harder than you’d think it would be. Although there definitely are some good ones out on the web, they all seem to be missing a little something. Look… Continue Reading →

5 places I’ve discovered new freelance business

Freelancers are always looking for new clients. Even if you’re completely full at the moment, it’s always a good strategy to, at the very least, have an idea of where your next client(s) might come from. Millo has an awesome… Continue Reading →

Why freelance pros publish the newsletter regularly

Having a newsletter is a great way to build your freelance business while educating your audience about what makes you better than the competition. You could use your newsletter to give an inside look at your process, talk about something… Continue Reading →

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