What You Must Know to Survive in a Rapidly Changing Freelance Marketplace

Running a business is tough enough, but when you're centered in an industry that seems to change almost every day, it can seem impossible. While there's a ton of freelance work out there, there's also plenty of competition and it becomes a daily fight to set yourself apart. One of the best things about being a freelancer is that when you get the ball rolling with clients, you don't have to go looking for work … [Read more...]

How to Take a Vacation Without the Internet

Even though we can work from anywhere and can dictate our own schedules, it's not often that we allow ourselves to take non-working holidays, especially ones where we'll be completely off the grid with no phone or internet access at all. I never thought about this issue until about eight months ago when I got engaged. In another month, we're going on a Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon, and I have no idea if … [Read more...]

25 Easy Ways to Fine Tune Your Freelancing Business

One of the things about freelancing that's both helpful and harmful, is that once you get the business going, it pretty much runs itself. Once you've gone over that first hump of finding those first few clients, if you provide great service and work, you often don't even need to advertise or look for clients much. While this is great and allows you to focus on working instead of doing the boring business … [Read more...]

10 Home Office Time Savers

Working from home is one of my favorite things about being a freelancer. However, it can end up being a distraction if you're not careful. There have been plenty of times that the whole day has gone by before I even got started working--simply because I decided to play around the house or on the internet. While it's okay to do this from time-to-time, it's not okay on a regular basis, your projects either … [Read more...]

Freelance Finances – What to Do with All that Money

Being a successful freelancer means you have the ability to earn a lot more money than you ever could with a full-time job. Therefore, it's very important that you have a good financial head on your shoulders. Otherwise, you could end up broke, in debt, or even lose your business. It's quite easy to forget about sticking to a budget or about saving when you're making lots of money, but are you prepared … [Read more...]

What to Do When You Have too Much Work

We all strive to be there--we want to have so much work we never really have to advertise or cold call or do much marketing ever again. We want enough clients so that we can pick and choose the best ones with the best projects. But what happens when you actually make it there? Personally, I have a tendency to overschedule myself--which is normally a good thing because clients usually take longer than they … [Read more...]

Why Freelancers Don’t Really Need a Business Plan

Pick up any old business book and what's the first thing they tell you that need to do before starting your business? Write out a business plan. While I can't speak for any other types of businesses, I've found that as a freelancer, business plans are utterly useless, and in some cases, harmful. Interestingly enough, larger companies are starting to come to the same conclusion. If you've ever read 37signal's … [Read more...]

8 Web Development Mistakes that Make Any Site Look Bad

Whether you're a developer, a designer or just an entrepreneur, a professional website is nearly impossible to do business without. While most people spend endless amounts of time to get the design of the site just right, most people don't even pay attention to what's behind that design. Unfortunately no matter how awesome your website looks in the front-end, bad development can ruin your visitors' experience … [Read more...]

Keeping Up with the Joneses of the Web

You've heard the saying "Keeping up with the Joneses," right? It basically means that whenever your neighbor (or friend or family member) buys some new shiny toy, you have to buy one too. They have a bunch of big screen TVs, trucks and Sea-Doos, so you have to have them too. But have you heard about Keeping up with the Joneses of the Web? Every day there seems to be some new cool trend out there than can be … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Saving Money as a Freelancer

Now that I've been freelancing for well over a year, I've dealt with my fair share of expenses, taxes and other terrible money sucking things we have to deal with as the self-employed. There are several ways to manage these of course, and ways to save money doing so. Unfortunately, just because we stay at home it doesn't mean that we save more money than someone who works outside of the home. Yes, we have to … [Read more...]