4 Ways Consulting Can Help Your Design Business

I've been a freelance web-designer for a couple years now and I recently started offering consulting services. Honestly, at first I didn't think it would help me get more design gigs, I just thought it would be one more income stream and figured I'd try it since I was already giving advice about design and usability to my clients. Actually, offering consulting services is probably the best decision I've made … [Read more...]

12 Things You Should Never Say to a Client

Most people in business will attest to having some clients that are completely awesome, and some clients that just plain stink. With the wide variety of people out there, it seems like this is a fact of life. But is it? The way that you talk with your clients can heavily influence their attitude and respect towards you. If you use the right language, and avoid talking yourself into a trap, it's not too … [Read more...]

Who’s Really In Control Of Your Freelance Business?

The ideal of freelancing is to be your own boss, to set your own schedule, manage your own creativity and be responsible for your own budget. Sometimes though, the freelance life seems to do the opposite -- you end up working for multiple bosses who don't care about your personal world, yet still want to micro-manage your creative work. At the end of the day, it can feel like you don't really run your own … [Read more...]

5 Ways You Can Use Twitter To Build Your Online Profile, Network And Get More Clients

I opened my Twitter account about 2 years ago and honestly, I used to see it as a real time-waster and I'm sure many of you still see it as the ultimate productivity killer. I know... how can Twitter be of any use to freelancers? It's just something made to waste some time online, right? Wrong! Sure you can spend hours on Twitter! But I find it's totally worth it! I started using Twitter more actively only … [Read more...]

Freelancing Lessons from Tech Support

When I left my full-time job to strike out alone, I wondered whether the past couple of years had been a waste of time. Two years working in technical support didn't seem like good preparation for a freelancing career involving writing and website creation. But then I realized that a number of the “lessons learnt” during my time in tech support could help me in my freelance career as well. Dealing with … [Read more...]

Could You Compete In The Freelance Olympics?

Like many around the world, I’ve enjoyed watching the 2008 Summer Olympics. From the elaborate pageantry of the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing to the incredible perseverance of the Olympic athletes, the Olympics represent an ideal of what humans can achieve if they try hard enough. Who hasn’t been touched by the struggles and triumphs if the Olympic Athletes? Even as the Olympics progress, … [Read more...]

Freelancers: Are You Too DIY?

As a freelancer, many of us have the DIY (do-it-yourself) attitude. DIY means more work, more potential portfolio pieces, and most importantly… more money. But sometimes, the DIY approach, and taking on too much, can kill creativity and make clients second-guess their outsourcing needs. It’s only natural for the everyday client to assume his/her freelancer’s ability. Take the following questions as prime … [Read more...]

Becoming A Freelancer: 7 Things To Do When (Or Before) You Take The Plunge (And One Reason Why Famous Advice Is Wrong)

I'm a relatively new freelancer. The mortgage industry imploded, changing the way that I had to earn my income. That gave me release from a job that only sort of fit anyway. I love the industry, but in December of 2007, I scaled back my origination efforts, and now I'm working on a bunch of new and exciting projects - some of them are for others (clients), and some of them are products that I'm selling and … [Read more...]

Do You Think You Could Succeed As A Freelancer Or Web-Worker?

Two questions that I’m often asked (and quite frankly, dread) are: “Do you think that I could succeed as a freelancer?” “Should I become a freelancer?” I dread answering these particular questions because most people don’t realize that moving to freelancing generally involves a major lifestyle change. It’s nearly impossible to give a correct answer to the questions, and it’s certainly not possible to … [Read more...]

6 Easy Ways Freelancers Can Save Money

Managing your money and expenses is usually just a matter of prioritizing and keeping track of things for most of us who are full time freelancers. Freelancing is not a 'paycheck every two weeks' type of job. When you get a fixed income every month, it's easier to plan things and manage your expenses. That's not the case with freelancing where you can make get $50 today and a thousand next week from different … [Read more...]