David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”: Is It Relevant to Freelancers?

  I first read "Getting Things Done" (GTD) by David Allen in 2007. Back then, I was working full-time in UNICEF, juggling my work responsibilities with a family. Although I didn't implement GTD completely, it did allow me to unclutter my entire work area (not just my desk). It allowed me to tame my overflowing email inbox. It allowed me to leave my files neatly organized for my successor. GTD was … [Read more...]

The Pros and Cons of a Freelancing Partnership

Freelancers usually operate solo, but sometimes it's a good idea for us to enter into partnerships. As a one-person team, there are only so many clients you can serve, and so many skills you can deliver. A partnership can be a good way to expand your freelancing business. However, as in all things, freelancing partnerships have their advantages and disadvantages. If you're considering partnering with … [Read more...]

Making Mondays Work for You

Are you one of those people who always get the Monday Blues? Do you have to drag yourself out of bed? Do you feel sluggish and unmotivated all day Monday? And does every thing seem to go wrong on this day? The Monday blues are common. In fact, a study by the firm Mercer found that 35% of all sick leave is taken on a Monday. In another study, more than 25% of people surveyed said the thought of going back … [Read more...]

How to Find and Apply Vision to Your Freelancing Business

Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and other "serious" businesses have them. Should your freelancing business have one too? A vision, that is. A vision is simply a statement (several paragraphs, actually) of where you'd like your business to be in the next x number of years. Apparently, a vision is really good for any business, including yours. … [Read more...]

Freelancing Un-resolutions to Make 2012 Your Best Freelancing Year Yet

Everyone will be writing posts about New Year's resolutions, so how about one with un-resolutions? That is, instead of talking about what you should be doing, how about we talk about what you ought to stop doing instead? As we ring out the old year, let's sweep out some bad freelancing practices along with it, shall we? These practices and habits are things that undo freelancers, keeping them small and … [Read more...]

Two Weeks to More Client Leads

Have you ever gotten desperate for clients? Maybe you don't know how you're going to pay next month's rent. Maybe your car broke down and repairs will cost more than you have right now. Maybe a tree fell into your house and your insurance won't cover it (that's a true story, by the way). Whatever the reason, you need clients. Right now. What's a freelancer to do? It's time to step up your marketing game! … [Read more...]

How You Can Simplify Your Freelancing Business

Having a simple lifestyle is common to freelancers. For some, a simpler lifestyle is imposed upon them by the reduced and unpredictable nature of their freelance income. But for others, downsizing is a choice. A simple lifestyle, including a simple freelancing business, gives you more focus. Because simplifying tends to cut down on distractions, you may enjoy higher productivity. A simpler lifestyle also … [Read more...]

An Ideal Holiday Gift List for Freelance Writers

The holidays are upon us once again. Believe it or not, one of my favorite things about this time of the year is finding the perfect gifts for everyone on my list. If you have freelance writers on your gift list, then read on. I asked my freelance writer friends and readers what they wanted that would help them succeed as freelancers and came up with this blog post. (But while this list is specifically for … [Read more...]

Get Inside Your Client’s Mind

Wouldn't freelancing be so much easier if we could read our clients' minds? Then we wouldn't need to hem and haw about our quotations, worrying if our fees are too high or that our clients can't afford them. Or too low so that we look like sub-par freelancers. Neither would we second-guess our work, wasting precious minutes and energy wondering if it's good enough. If we could read our clients' minds we … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Overcome Cabin Fever

As the nights grow longer and temperatures fall, let us remember that this is the time of year when many freelancers succumb to cabin fever. Cabin fever isn't a disease. It is more a malady of the spirit characterized by sadness, lack of energy, malaise, and irritability. Many people are prone to cabin fever around the winter months, because we spend less time outdoors and get less sunlight. However, … [Read more...]