7 Tips to Set You Apart as a Freelancer

I'm not sure why I continue to be shocked every time I hear from clients about their horrific experiences with other freelancers. For some reason, I want to believe that the horror stories are the exception to the majority of quality, hard-working freelancers, but almost every client I have has shared at least one and usually several tales of terrible situations they have endured. Over time I have come to … [Read more...]

How to Start Your Freelancing Journey with No Experience

Believe it or not, every successful freelancer started without any experience. As obvious as that fact may seem, it is easy to look at others who are thriving in their freelancing field and forget that in the beginning they had no idea what they were getting into. Sure, they may have developed their skills in the corporate world, or acquired some type of education that equipped them for their chosen … [Read more...]

Why and How I Took the Plunge into Full-Time Freelancing

I have been dabbling in the freelance field of web and graphic design ever since I first started teaching myself how to use a computer in the early 1990s, but four years ago I decided to jump in with both feet and make it full-time, partially out of necessity and mostly out of a desire to pursue making a living doing something I love. There are many lessons I have learned (and am still learning) along the way, … [Read more...]

Who Pays?!? Accounting for Phone Calls and Other Time Suckers

One of the most deceptive hidden expenses a freelancer can do battle with is the time spent communicating with clients, potential clients, and others in the day-to-day routine. Communication is obviously a necessity, but without a strategy for managing the emails, phone calls and other time-suckers, they can quickly drain your profits and even potentially drive your business into the ground. Unlike those who … [Read more...]

Is the Title “Freelancer” a Turn-Off?

I have read a number of articles, blog posts and even comments here at Freelance Folder that suggest anyone who works under the title "freelancer" may be short-changing themselves. The idea is that the title has negative or substandard connotations that go along with it, and opponents recommend using some other type of terminology to define oneself in an effort to avoid any negative stereotypes that might be … [Read more...]

Five Freelancing Facts I Could Do Without

I have been freelancing part and full time as a web and graphic designer for over 15 years, and most days I would not trade it for the world. I love being my own boss, working the hours I choose and the joy of being around my family far more often than if I went to an office each day. The positives of my working arrangements far outweigh any negatives I could come up with, so very seldom do I ever even think … [Read more...]

3+ Ways Finishing Projects Ahead of Schedule Can Hurt You

As discussed in a recent post here on Freelance Folder, it is usually a best practice for freelancers to under promise and over deliver. One way to under promise and over deliver is to pad your deadline when you agree upon a schedule for a project. Padding your deadline gives you extra time to deal with any unexpected issues and it also creates the possibility of finishing ahead of schedule. In most … [Read more...]

Would You Hire Yourself?

In a previous life as an operations manager, I used to have the responsibility of hiring new employees. One of the first questions I would ask in the interview was "Would you hire yourself?" Of course, the quick, knee-jerk response was always yes, but it took a little while longer for replies to the following question, "Why?" Although freelancers have the joy of claiming we are no one's employee, we have the … [Read more...]

The Freelancer’s Bucket List

In the 2007 film, The Bucket List, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star as two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find the joy in life. Their list of things to do before they "kick the bucket" helps them approach their final days with a new … [Read more...]

The Importance of Doing What You Say

"I'll have the final copy for that email to you in an hour and then it will need to be coded immediately," he said. I made plans to be ready to receive the document and translate it into an email with superhuman customer service strength, satisfying the client's needs and exceeding his expectations. Four hours later, I was still waiting, my schedule for the day had been turned upside down, and the client had set … [Read more...]