4 Tips from Someone Who Has Hired Over 25 Freelancers

During my first few years online, I spent a lot of time working as a freelancer, consulting for firms who wanted internet marketing services. For the last few years, however, I've been on the other side of the fence. I've been the client. The employer. I tried very hard to be the best freelancer I could be (and charged a fair rate) but there are some things I just didn't know that I could have been doing … [Read more...]

Four Freelancing Mistakes You Don’t Need To Make

We rarely like to admit our mistakes, but if we fail to admit them and learn from them then they're likely to be repeated. In this article I want to admit some of my mistakes to you, and share my experience so that you can avoid making them. My journey has taken me from the highs of doing what I love every day to the lows of chasing monthly payments and then back again. To say that my journey has followed the … [Read more...]

Why You Aren’t Landing Clients You Want (And What To Do About It)

A few days ago I had the idea to go through all of my past client and prospect communications. My plan was to see if I behaved and communicated differently when I managed to land the best clients, and to see how it differed from when my attempts were unsuccessful. After going through around 50 emails I came to a conclusion -- I couldn't find a clear dividing line between the two. Sometimes I had sent a huge … [Read more...]

Are These 5 Mistakes Holding You Back from Freelance Success?

There is a lot of great freelancing advice out there, both on this site and on many others. Anyone who wants to make it as a freelancer has many resources available to help them with what they need to know -- everything from dealing with problem clients, to finding them in the first place, to organizing taxes and so on. In fact, there is so much good advice about what you should be doing that I think it's … [Read more...]

Standing Out: How to Give Your Clients Extra

You might think that you just need to land more clients in order to grow your freelancing income, but often it's about keeping those clients as well. I've had clients that only wanted odd jobs and never returned, but also companies who hired me for contracts that were six months in length. When there is so much competition out there, getting a signature or verbal agreement rarely means that your new client … [Read more...]

5 Must-Have Qualities to Become a Top Freelancer

A few months ago I was sorting through my email when I stumbled across some old conversations with potential clients. I found pitches that looked great, but eventually went stale, and other times when I didn't think I would get the client but they came back to me enthused and excited. At first glance, it wasn't clear to me why some pitches went perfectly and others (even though the prospect had contacted me) … [Read more...]

Essential Advice from 6 Successful Freelancers

I was reading Freelance Folder for well over a year before I had the pleasure of becoming a regular contributor for the site. In that time I was able to learn from a wealth of information that the team of writers here have had to offer. Thankfully, this variety and quality hasn't changed, but today I want to mix things up a bit and get advice from other sources. I have taken the time to contact some of the … [Read more...]

8 Tips for Success When Freelancing On the Road

Let's face it, most of us freelancers do what we do in order to have the potential to work and play on our own terms. I love setting my own hours so I can enjoy life, and I also love slogging away on projects that I'm really passionate about. One aspect of play that many of us want to take up is to be able to freelance and travel at the same time. In fact, that's exactly what I'm going to be doing in a few … [Read more...]

Increase Your Freelancing Income by Narrowing Your Focus

It seems to make logical sense that the wider you cast your net, the more fish you can catch. Subsequently, this is the approach that many people take in all areas of life -- including business. When people start freelancing, for example, it's common that they'll try to expand their market as wide and as far as possible -- all in the hope of catching more clients. They offer more services than anyone else. … [Read more...]

How I Used Blogging to Land $20,000+ Worth of Clients

There are numerous ways to expand your client base and increase the size of your portfolio. Common tactics used to do this include utilizing your contacts, taking part in relevant discussion forums, being active in freelance marketplaces and even watching industry specific job boards. One idea that is implemented by some people but certainly not by everyone, is blogging. Sharing your abilities with the world … [Read more...]