What Kind of Training Do You Need to Become a Freelancer?

Would-be freelancers often wonder how to get started. A common question that many of them ask is: What kind of training is needed to become a freelancer? If you've wondered this yourself, then this post is for you. I'll examine whether freelancers need to have a college degree or specialized training. I'll also discuss whether a freelancer can teach themselves the necessary skills and list three online … [Read more...]

9 Top Brainstorming Tips for Freelancers and Other Creatives

Oh no! You're stuck for ideas again. What will you do? If you're a freelancing creative who makes a living from your creativity, running out of ideas can be a serious problem. Your income could be at stake. There are plenty of great tools to help you brainstorm, including the free tools Coggle and FreeMind. But where do you start? In this post, I'll provide nine places to start your brainstorming … [Read more...]

Should You Be Freelancing on Tumblr? (What You Need to Know)

Quick, what's your first impression of Tumblr? If you're thinking of a site that serves as an online diary for thousands of teens, you're only partially right. Many of Tumblr's users are teenagers. However, I was surprised to learn that the average age for a Tumblr user is 34.6 years old (according to Garrett Button's article, Age, Gender and Social Media Strategy: Audience Analytics for B2B, published on … [Read more...]

Found Money, Lost Money, and Freelancing

Have you ever unexpectedly found money? I know that I have. I once reached into the pocket of a coat I hadn't worn in a long time and found a crisp ten dollar bill that I didn't know that I had. I still remember how I felt when I found the money. It was a happy surprise. Almost immediately I started to plan how I would use my unexpected bounty. The opposite of finding money is losing money, and believe … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Why You Should Track Your Freelancing Income Daily

How much did you earn today? Can you even answer that question? Many freelancers cannot. They look at their income from time to time, but unless they've actually received a check that day they can't answer the question without digging into their accounting records. How much you earn as a freelancer is very important. It can determine whether you're running a profitable business or losing money. Unlike … [Read more...]

11 Reasons to Believe in Your Freelancing Client

I admit it. I've been lucky. The number of good clients that I've worked for far outweighs the number of bad clients that I've worked for. We freelancers love to gripe about bad clients. That's why sites like Clients from Hell are so popular. Even on Freelance Folder, our post on 10 Types of Bad Clients and How to Avoid Them attracted nearly 100 comments. Don't get me wrong. Bad clients are out there. They … [Read more...]

4 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself About Your Body to Be More Productive

To be your most productive, you need to understand how to take better care of our body. How you treat your body does affect your freelancing work. Over time, bad body habits can negatively affect your freelancing productivity. Bad habits may also cause other health issues. And remember, your productivity is directly tied to your freelancing income. Being aware of how your body works best can actually … [Read more...]

Top Freelancing Tips for Every Stage of Life

According to article after article, a substantial number of adults are engaged in freelancing and the number of freelancers is increasing. For example, Business Insider recently published an article from Vivian Giang titled 40 Percent Of Americans Will Be Freelancers By 2020. But, did you ever wonder exactly who these freelancers are? The answer is, they're us. Freelancers are people at every stage of life … [Read more...]

5 Informative Affordable Care Act Posts for Freelancers and Other Small Businesses

Traditionally, finding good health insurance coverage has been a challenge for some freelancers. We've even discussed the challenge of finding health insurance here on Freelance Folder. For years, I've also heard the horror stories about freelancers who skipped buying health insurance coverage (something I've never recommended) and then got sick. You've probably heard the stories too, or you might even know a … [Read more...]

Freelancing Out of Desperation–Does It Work?

How did you get started in freelancing? This is a questions that I frequently see asked on forums and blogs where I participate. Invariably, someone will leave a response that looks something like this: ...so, of course I had no choice but to become a freelancer... The words preceding the statement vary. Sometimes, they explain how the freelancer lost a traditional job. Other times they explain how … [Read more...]