8+ Ways to Keep Your Fears from Messing Up Your Freelancing Business

By now, there has been a lot of good freelancing advice published. There's certainly a lot more information available now about freelancing than there was when I made the transition to freelancing over ten years ago. So, why are freelancers still making the same mistakes, over and over again? Why are they still saying "yes" to bad clients, when they should say "no?" Why are freelancers still charging less … [Read more...]

10 Things Freelancers Need to Know About Networking Online If They Want to Find Work

Do you understand how to network effectively through social media? Sadly, many freelancers do not really know how to network through social media. The other day, I received an odd tweet from someone I didn't know. In fact, I wasn't even following the person who sent the tweet. Maybe something similar has happened to you? The tweet I received read something like this: "I'm available to work on … [Read more...]

Should You Outsource Large Freelance Projects? 8 Tips to Help

You need help. You've landed a great new project. Good news, right? Landing a big project should be good news. The trouble with this particular project is that it is just too big. You can't do it all by yourself and still meet the project deadline. What are you going to do? Have you ever been in this situation and wondered what to do next? Fortunately, as a freelancer, you have several … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Keep Your Freelancing Business a Secret (HUMOR)

Are too many people finding out that you're a freelancer? Are you constantly bothered by those pesky requests for people wanting to engage you for your services? Are friends and family members referring new business to you? If you really want to, you can make all that stop. All you need to do is become a secret freelancer. If no one knows you are a freelancer, no one will bother you about it. Keeping your … [Read more...]

Use Your Unique Past to Build a Better Freelancing Business

You have a unique business tool that no other freelancer has--and you're probably not even aware of it. I'm talking about your unique background. Your past experiences are what make you, well you. They can also be a huge asset for your business. Consider this post from a freelancer who was a private investigator, or this post from a former belly dance teacher, or this one from someone with experience in … [Read more...]

8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Discount Your Freelancing Rates and 4 Reasons Why You Might Want to

Has this ever happened to you? You've just had a great phone conversation with a potential client. You've typed up a proposal that summarizes everything that the two of you talked about and you're anxiously awaiting the results--but things look really good. You feel like the proposal is just a formality. Finally, it arrives--the answer to your proposal that you've been waiting for. You're sure you're about … [Read more...]

How Should Freelancers Find Work?

We live in the age of the freelancer, with some sources saying that as many as 1/3 of all U.S. workers are freelancing. The number of freelancers is likely to increase in the future, so finding good freelance work is an important one. The fact is, not all freelancing gigs are created equal. There is a lot of freelancing work out there, but there are also a lot of bad clients that most freelancers will … [Read more...]

14+ Useful Twitter Apps to Help You Grow Your Freelance Business

Twitter is a great social media tool for freelancers. It can be used for marketing, networking, to find jobs, and so much more. Plus, it's free. If you've been reading Freelance Folder for a while, you know that we've already published a lot of helpful posts on how to get them most out of Twitter. One of the great things about Twitter is that there are a lot of third party tools available to expand how … [Read more...]

How to Handle the Freelancing Crunch in 3 Easy Steps

Can you relate to the guy in the image? Are you overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time? Maybe you've overestimated how much work you could handle. Maybe you're experiencing some unexpected personal challenges. Or maybe you didn't say "no" when you really should have. In the end, the result is the same. You're experiencing the freelancing crunch and you need to figure out how to handle … [Read more...]

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Freelancers deal with a lot of stress. When you freelance, there's a lot that can go wrong. And when something goes wrong that often means we don't get paid. So, it's no wonder that many of us struggle with worry. Recently, though, I've realized that much of what I worry about isn't really worth my worry. I seem to worry equally about minor issues and things that I can't control. From what I can tell, … [Read more...]