The Importance of Giving to the Community

I'm a firm believer in supporting the community you're a part of, whether it's your actual neighborhood or your favorite online sites. A well-supported community gives in return and contributing to it ensures that the community will stick around longer than a few months. Online, there are several ways you can contribute to your community no matter what you do as a freelancer. The trick is doing something you … [Read more...]

Reasons to Fire Your Client

It's something we don't like to admit very often is it? No matter how great of a freelancer we are, no matter how fantastic your contracts and vetting process is, you'll ultimately end up with a client you feel that you can no longer work with. Hopefully, you've protected yourself so that these occurrences are rare, but no matter how rare, they're never easy nor pretty. As well as I think my personal vetting … [Read more...]

How to Be a Professional Freelancer

I get asked the question almost every day: "Just how does one become a freelancer?" While most sites will post a boring write-up on being on time, being nice and networking, I'm here to tell you the "real" nitty gritty of just what it takes to become a "real" professional freelancer. Here's your very own copy of the Professional Freelancer's Guide To Professional Freelancing. But beware, ignore these … [Read more...]

Think Vitamin Membership Review–Great Way to Expand Your Web Knowledge

I've been investing a lot of my time lately on learning new things. I prefer to stay a front-end developer, but I've always wanted to play in different languages and keep up to date with design trends. Following long how-to books really isn't my thing, as I usually end up falling asleep before the first chapter ends. I've never been a big fan of video on the web either, since I'm never at my computer unless … [Read more...]

How to Change Your Freelancing Perceptions and Prosper

People who are successful in freelancing will tell you that starting their own business was the best choice they ever made. Those who are thinking of going freelance, or are "happy" in a full-time job, tell a different story. While your perceptions of things in life doesn't determine the success or failure of what you're doing 100% of the time, having a positive perception does make the task much easier. You're … [Read more...]

10 Strategic Questions to Ask Before You Become a Freelancer

Becoming independent is going to be the best thing you've ever done for your career--if you do it right. Not everyone is meant for, or even comfortable with, working on their own. It's important to figure this out before becoming enamored with all the freedom freelancing brings. You don't want to leave a good job and then realize too late that freelancing isn't right for you. So, make sure you ask yourself … [Read more...]

Ten Things Every Beginning Developer Should Know

In the world of web development, there's so much to look at and do, it can be confusing to decide where to start as a beginner. If you're wanting to be a back-end developer, what languages do you learn? Do you learn HTML and CSS if you just want to work in PHP and Ruby? Should you learn basic design principles as well? Or, should you learn a little about everything? A lot of people are afraid to jump into … [Read more...]

Create Your Dream Job

Being a freelancer has always been a dream of mine. I was raised with the value of hard work, but was always told that to really succeed and get ahead in life, I needed to start my own company and be my own boss. Now that I've started my own company and am essentially my own boss though, what's next? Do I continue freelancing forever? Do I continue narrowing my niche and raising my fees? Before trying to … [Read more...]

Designing a Dream Home Office

One of the best investments I've made into my business wasn't a fancy gadget or a shiny new toy. It was my office. It's interesting to see how many freelancers just work wherever they can, be it the local Starbucks, a spare bedroom or even the kitchen table. From my experience though, it's extremely important to have a nice dedicated space, preferably filled with your favorite things. While I don't do any … [Read more...]

So You’re a Failure

Everyone comes to a point in their life where they feel like a failure. Nothing seems to go right, does it? It's even worse when the failure has to do with your freelance business, as that means everything in your life is in jeopardy--from the mortgage to putting food on the table. So what do we do when we begin to get the tugging feeling that things aren't going quite so well? What if we're already at the … [Read more...]