12 Free Healthy Apps for Freelancers and Others

You're committed to your freelancing business. You spend hours each day working on projects. You market your business diligently. You invest your money in software, hardware, and other business assets. You do all of this for your business, yet you overlook one very important business asset--your health. If you're not careful, your freelancing lifestyle may lead to some pretty unhealthy habits such as not … [Read more...]

Is Freelancing Easy?

Freelancing may be a more common career choice than it used to be, but there are still people who don't get it. It's still not uncommon to hear the following sentiment: "How hard could it be?" The uninformed acquaintance who uttered those words was talking about the work of a freelance web designer, but as a freelancer myself, I was a bit offended by his comment. Still, I know that there are others who … [Read more...]

Top 10 Pieces of Goofy Freelancing Advice

Freelancing advice seems to be everywhere. Unfortunately, not all freelancing advice is good advice. I've been freelancing for years, and sometimes I just shake my head at some of the advice that people are offering. If you're relatively new to freelancing, or are considering freelancing, all the advice out there can be confusing. It can be hard to find the right advice for you. In this post, I share … [Read more...]

7 Ways Freelance Specialization Is Completely Overrated

Did you make this huge freelancing mistake? First, you decide to freelance. Next, you choose a field such as writing, programming, design, and so on. The next big decision you make as a freelancer is choosing your specialization. If this is the way you started out as a freelancer, you may be off to a rocky start. Yes, I know that nearly every freelance blogger tells you that you need a specialized … [Read more...]

6 Questions to Help You Find the Right Freelancing Group on LinkedIn or Google+

Are you using Google+ Communities and LinkedIn Groups to network? If you're not, you should be. As you probably already know, participating in group conversations on social platforms such as LinkedIn or Google+ is a great way to network with freelance colleagues and prospects. Such groups also provide a chance for you to demonstrate your expertise in your field. Recently, I had some extra time so I decided … [Read more...]

Why Do Some Freelancers Fail?

Some freelancers fail. It's a sad cold fact. And in a world where a steadily increasing percentage of the workforce is freelance, you may wonder why. Of course, there are a lot bad freelancing practices that can cause you to fail. Naturally, you should avoid those. But what about when you seem to be doing everything right and you fail anyway? Some freelance failure might seem like a mystery, but there's … [Read more...]

How Do I Get Started with Freelancing?

Freelancing is becoming mainstream. Estimates vary, but many experts put the number of freelancers in the U.S. at one out of three workers. See this article from Elizabeth Tse on HuffPost, Five Reasons The Government Needs to Start Acknowledging Freelancers, for one discussion on the importance of freelancers. While there are many active freelancers, there are also many would-be freelancers. Would-be … [Read more...]

27 Can’t Miss Content Ideas for Freelance Bloggers, Freelance Writers, and Other Freelancers

Content is hot. Everyone is talking about content marketing. If you're a freelance blogger or writer, content marketing is likely part of your job. But even other freelancers can benefit from a good content strategy. Unfortunately for some, to participate in content marketing, you must have some content to share. And coming up with new and creative ideas for content can be tough--even if the ideas are … [Read more...]

When the Client Ruins Your Work–What Would You Do?

As I wrapped up the web copywriting job, I was pleased with the results. The copy was punchy, yet to the point. It was perfectly geared to the target audience. And it was persuasive and well organized. In short, it was some of the best writing I had ever done. I just knew that the client would get lots of results. Except...the client never used the copy I wrote. Not really, anyway. When I went to see … [Read more...]