Finding the Time to Write

A few years ago I started my career as a full-time writer. The direction of my new job was not a surprise, since I have never wanted to do anything else for as long as I can remember. However, the way I started to freelance as well was something that just fell into my lap and was far from what I had originally expected to turn to. While the opportunity is an amazing one, and I would never choose to do … [Read more...]

The Easy Way to Start Freelancing: Keep Things Simple

If you have been trying to launch a freelance career in any genre, you have probably felt the sting of an oversaturated market more than once. There are so many people out there vying for jobs, many of them lacking skill but snatched up because of their ridiculously low price. While the buyers who try this route often have to learn the hard way that this is the wrong road, it doesn't help you in the meantime. … [Read more...]

How Freelancers Can Brand Themselves Using Twitter Trends

Trending on Twitter was a difficult undertaking just a few years ago. If you were a major celebrity who a lot of people liked, you would have a shot. If you were famous and said something really stupid, you had a fighting chance. If you were at any point a well known name and you suddenly croaked, you have an 80% probability of trending high on the social networking site. With this in mind, it is no shock … [Read more...]

5 Ways Crowdsourcing Can Help You Make Some Money

It seems like a lot of tech and business publications are talking about crowdsourcing these days. But, what is crowdsourcing? Do you know? Could it impact you as a freelancer? Is it the future of projects? In this post, we'll briefly explain about what crowdsourcing is and how it works. We'll also share five crowdsourcing sites that you may wish to explore. … [Read more...]

How to Pick the Right Colors for Your (Personal) Brand

As a freelancer, your business image isn't just a reflection of your work, it's a statement of your personal identity. With every project you complete, a portion of your personal design beliefs, creative insights and unique identity is woven into the results. These ties should be reflected in the freelance identity portrayed to your clients. As such, when creating an identity for your freelance business, care … [Read more...]

Using Quora to Boost a Freelancing Career

It isn't much, but already Quora is making a splash in the freelancing world. The new kid on the block, it is a simple to use questions application still in the early stages, and for the most part a secret to all but those on the lookout for new websites and products. But it is growing rather quickly, with ever-expanding categories and more users ready to make it more popular than ever. So, what is Quora? It … [Read more...]

How to Make the Most of Google Alerts

As a freelancer, your business revolves around the online world. From working with online companies to keeping up with the latest trends, you would likely be lost without the assistance of online searches. However, while you may depend on internet searches to remain a successful freelancer, you may not be using searches in the best or most efficient manner. Specifically if you haven't yet harnessed the power … [Read more...]

Boost Your Freelancing Career by Making the Most of LinkedIn Groups

As a freelancer, you likely recognize how important the Internet has become to the success of your business. Potential clients and freelancers now regularly communicate and research each other online. As such, if you aren't yet a member of the top online social networks, this should be a primary goal of developing your freelance career. While some social networks are hit and miss when it comes to cultivating … [Read more...]

How Many Personas Do You Maintain Online (and Why)?

In the not too distant past people often defined themselves by saying they wore several "hats." One could wear the mother hat, the nurse hat, the wife hat, the lover hat--and switch them off and on with no one thinking anything of it, because they could still see that it was really just you. It's different now, and instead of switching hats--you switch personas, which, for Internet users, is more like … [Read more...]

7 Tips to Help Freelancers Who Charge by the Hour

Freelance work is a numbers game. There's only a tiny hourly cost margin between prosperity and ruin. It is a hard decision how you actually need to charge for your work. I don't think there's one answer to it. And neither do I think you should blindly follow anyone's advice when it comes to how you should charge. The best way to start is to look around and see what your competitors fellow freelancers in the … [Read more...]