December 2015

5 Crucial phrases to put in your first email to new freelance prospects

When reaching out to new freelance prospects, it is imperative that you should do everything they possibly can to secure that new business. If you’re reaching out to them through email, it can be tricky to make sure you’re saying… Continue Reading →

How to clarify freelance client expectations the right way

How often have you ha a meeting with a client only to find out later they’re expecting something you didn’t initially agree on? While there will be circumstances where the client may be trying to get something for free, they… Continue Reading →

How to manage the 5 types of “taker” freelance clients

It can be difficult to manage “taker” clients that come your way. You know the ones: they’re hoping to get something from you without much in return. You’d think they would be easy to spot from the beginning, right? Wrong…. Continue Reading →

A quick guide to boosting your freelance business’ online reputation

It’s undeniable: your online reputation can boost or break your business. A bad review of your business online, regardless of it’s validity, can hurt your business in unforeseen ways. However, that should not be your only reason to want to… Continue Reading →

A freelancer’s guide to branding for small businesses

If you want to run a successful freelance business, then you can not ignore branding. Branding not only makes you look more professional by having a cohesive and sleek image, that cohesiveness that comes along with it will make yourself… Continue Reading →

5 time management strategies for freelancers

At the end of each year and start of each new year, freelancers often look back on what they’ve accomplished and look ahead at what they hope to achieve. Maybe you’re satisfied with the amount of clients you’ve landed in… Continue Reading →

How freelancers can enjoy the holidays (even when there’s work to do)

The holidays are a fantastic time for you to gather together with friends and family, eat, enjoy each other’s company and think about work? Maybe not so much that last part, but unfortunately for many freelancers, work is always on… Continue Reading →

Are you too flexible with your freelance business?

Being flexible with your business is an essential skill that all freelancers need to have if you want to build a successful freelance business. However, there are negative consequences of being too flexible. Freelancers Union takes a look at the… Continue Reading →

5 Quick tips for freelance business budgeting

As the new year rolls around, budgeting is on most freelancers mind. A new year often means a rare chance to hit the reset button for many freelance businesses and creating a solid budget is a fantastic way to start…. Continue Reading →

How to sell your services to past freelance clients

Freelancers will work for a large number of clients throughout their careers. While some of those clients will stick around and continue to provide consistent work for a long time, there are others who will slowly fade away until you… Continue Reading →

5 Questions a freelancer must ask before they quit their day job

Regardless of how much you plan, quitting your day job to freelance will always be a leap of faith. However, you have the power to make that leap a calculated one instead of jumping blindly. Taking a calculated leap will… Continue Reading →

8 Proven ways to succeed as a freelancer

Success can mean something different for every freelancer. For some, success could mean making a certain amount of money each month or year. For others, success could be landing a huge client. Whatever your idea of success may be, Freelancers… Continue Reading →

End the freelance feast or famine cycle for good

Freelancers often deal with what some call the feast or famine cycle. Either things are really good and your so busy that you feel like you never leave your office, or it’s so slow that you would take almost any… Continue Reading →

How to attract bigger clients with better brand credibility

Attracting bigger clients is something that many freelancers strive for. After all, bigger clients mean bigger projects and bigger paychecks. However, attracting bigger clients is not an easy thing to do. One great way to do it is by increasing… Continue Reading →

How to share bad news with a freelance client and save the relationship

Although you try to avoid it as much as possible, sometimes bad things happen. When those bad things directly affect your relationship with a client, it can be hard to break the news. You know you need to do it,… Continue Reading →

4 Strategies to build your freelance client email list

Building a potential client email list is crucial for all freelancers—but even more so for those just starting out. Email marketing is a great way to reach potential clients, but getting those clients to sign up can be challenging. If you… Continue Reading →

10 habits of creative directors that freelancers can learn from

I’ll openly admit that I have no idea what it takes to be a creative director. However, I do know that the job doesn’t come easy. There’s a lot that freelancers can learn form creative directors and Just Creative has… Continue Reading →

How to create a simple 2-page freelance business plan

Do you have a business plan for your freelance business? For the longest time, I didn’t. Sure, I had goals I wanted to reach and milestones I wanted to hit, but I never had an on-paper business plan. The reason… Continue Reading →

How freelancers can stay productive

Productivity is often in the crosshairs for many freelancers—and with good reason. The more productive you are, the more work you can complete and the more money you can make. Along with that, being productive just feels good. It’s great… Continue Reading →

5 skills you need to ensure your survival in the future of freelance work

The world around us is constantly changing and the way we work is no different. Technology has advanced greatly in the last 10 years and with it has come an entirely new way to work. However, this is just the… Continue Reading →

Avoid these health issues as a freelancer

Freelancing often involves a lot of sitting, stressful work, and late nights. What do you get when you add all of that together? Serious risk for health issues. While being glued to your computer for hours at a time over… Continue Reading →

The best terms freelancers can use to avoid past-due invoices

NET 30, EOM, 15 MFI, Upon Receipt and more are all terms that you can use to encourage your clients to pay on time. Past-due invoices do nothing but cause you stress take up time. Tuts+ has put together an… Continue Reading →

Why I stopped calling myself a “freelancer”

When you meet a potential client or catch up with friends and family, how do you describe what you do? Do you say that you’re a freelance designer, writer, photographer, etc? How do they react when you tell them that?… Continue Reading →

7 Ways freelancers can beat procrastination

Procrastination can kill a freelance business. If you continually let procrastination control you, you’ll deliver projects late, stop marketing yourself effectively, and the quality of your work will suffer. When you procrastinate, it’s not an matter of if the above will… Continue Reading →

Red flags freelancers should watch out for

When speaking with potential clients, it’s important to watch out for red flags. However, it can be hard to determine what those red flags are. Luckily, the Letter Shoppe has put together a great list of red flags you need… Continue Reading →

The most powerful freelance marketing method no one ever uses

Have you been trying to market your freelance business without much success? Marketing your business is difficult and many freelancers try several methods before finding success. However, there is one simple piece of advice that Millo offers that could completely… Continue Reading →

The simple trick to get a freelance client to respond to your emails

It can be downright difficult to get some clients to respond in any way. While it’s easier at times to reach a client through a text or phone call, sometimes that isn’t an option. Emailing a client may be the… Continue Reading →

Tax mistakes to avoid making as a freelancer

Taxes can be downright confusing and even the most skilled freelancers probably have trouble with them at one time or another. There are several good reasons that you should hire an accountant to do your taxes, but that doesn’t mean… Continue Reading →

How talking badly about freelance clients can ruin your business

Talking badly about your clients will hardly ever end well. Not only is it unprofessional, but also it can have a negative impact on your freelance business and yourself. How? Well, as Creative Live puts it, “What you Focus on… Continue Reading →

Freelance isn’t free

Freelancers are making up more and more of the workforce, yet many freelancers still have trouble getting paid by their clients. Freelancers Union reports that at the present time, “77% of freelancers have trouble getting paid by their clients and… Continue Reading →

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