Should Freelancers Outsource?

Freelancers are used to being the outsourcees, but should freelancers themselves also outsource? My answer is a resounding "Yes!" Nobody can possibly do everything well. No matter how talented or hard-working you are, some skills are simply out of your reach. A person who knows what they're doing would do a  much better job and in a shorter time. You already outsource plenty of things--hair cuts, dental … [Read more...]

What to Expect When You Finally Do Become a Freelancer

Before you become a full-time freelancer, you tend to have a romanticized view of freelancing. You imagine waking up at any time of the day, working blissfully in your pajamas, pumping iron at the gym in the middle of the day, and spending many happy hours with your family. Sorry to burst your bubble, but freelancing isn't exactly like that. Freelancing will change your life drastically, for better or … [Read more...]

10 Great Conferencing Apps for Freelancers

Conferencing can be a great tool for freelancers. You can get on a conference call with a prospect to walk them through a proposal. (Whenever I do this, the prospect gets excited to work with me). You can also use telephone or video conferencing to collaborate with clients and other outsourced staff on joint projects, such as a website, an article, or even a logo design. You can even set up training through … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Win Back a Former Client

You may have heard this before: The fastest and easiest way to get work is with your former clients. Makes sense. Assuming you've done your work well, your former clients already know and trust you. They no longer need to be convinced that you're a good freelancer. Unfortunately, clients don't always come back to us with more projects. It happens for many reasons, but not all of them are beyond our … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Build a Better Website

By now you realize how important your website is to promoting and marketing your freelancing business. Your business website positions you as an authoritative and skilled freelancer in your field. It captures leads into an automated email service or customer relations management software. It provides information to visitors who may be interested in hiring you. It answers their basic questions, so you don't … [Read more...]

10 Key Points Freelancers Must Know About LinkedIn

LinkedIn is known as the most professional social networking site. After all, the top executives of Fortune 500 companies are in LinkedIn. You don't use it to reconnect with and keep in touch with your grandma who lives halfway around the world. Instead, you probably know it as THE place to be in if you're either looking for a job or looking for someone to hire. But if you're a freelancer, don't disregard … [Read more...]

What on Earth Are You Doing Wrong with Your Freelancing Business? Find Out Here

Freelancing sounds like an ideal "career," one where you can earn six figures a year and never get out of your pajamas. That's almost accurate--almost. Let's not gloss over the fact that freelancing is not a get-rich-quick scheme (far from it). You won't become an overnight millionaire (I wish!). And even though you don't have to shower before work, you will have to work hard. And if you're not careful, … [Read more...]

The Great Big (30+) List of iPhone Apps for Writers

An iPhone is not just a device for making phone calls, texting, or listening to music. It isn't just for all that and social networking on the go. With the right apps, an iPhone is a lean, mean writing machine. As you'll see below, various apps will help you perform various aspects of writing, from researching to brainstorming, to actually writing, and tracking your work. This has big implications for you, … [Read more...]

Eating for Energy

What freelancer couldn't use more energy nowadays? I know I sure could! Imagine what you could do if you had just 50% more energy than you do now. That could mean getting 50% more work done in the same amount of time, or the same work done in half the time. It could mean being able to pursue your hobbies, launch another stream of income, or simply be much nicer around your loved ones (because you're not … [Read more...]

Freelancers: Fix Your Communication Errors Now

If you're a freelancer with excellent communication skills, then you're ahead of the pack. You're more likely to have an easier time marketing your services. You'll have smoother client relations. And you can charge more than competitors who jeopardize their credibility and professionalism with poor communication. How can you be a better communicator? Below are some of the most common communication … [Read more...]