2014 – The Year of Ecommerce Design?

Over the last 18 months I have met hundreds of amazing designers and front-end developers, working independently as freelancers, as part of a collective or as a member of a small company, who are profiting from the rise in the popularity of ecommerce. This sector is experiencing large and rapid growth. If you haven’t added “designing for ecommerce” to your services portfolio yet then perhaps 2014 is the time … [Read more...]

Freelancers: Shopify Needs You!

Over the last few years everyone from freelance web designers to large agencies have been growing their businesses thanks to Shopify, the hosted ecommerce platform founded in Canada in 2006. Helped by the free to join Shopify Experts programme wed designers and front-end developers are reaping the rewards of the immense growth happening in the ecommerce marketplace. With over Shopify 70,000 active shops … [Read more...]

Found Money, Lost Money, and Freelancing

Have you ever unexpectedly found money? I know that I have. I once reached into the pocket of a coat I hadn't worn in a long time and found a crisp ten dollar bill that I didn't know that I had. I still remember how I felt when I found the money. It was a happy surprise. Almost immediately I started to plan how I would use my unexpected bounty. The opposite of finding money is losing money, and believe … [Read more...]

9 Benefits of Freelancing with Pets

They're fuzzy and cute. But did you know that you could also benefit just by having them around? I'm talking about your pets, of course. Whether you have a dog, a cat, or even a fish--there are some definite benefits to freelancing with pets. Fortunately, as freelancers, we are able to have our pets with us when we work. In fact, I was startled to see that many of the comments on a recent FreelanceM.ag … [Read more...]

The Four-Letter Word That Freelancers Truly Hate to Hear

It's not what you think. Admittedly, there are a lot of things that bother freelancers. For example, most freelancers don't like bad clients. Many don't like criticism. And some don't like unreasonable deadlines. But the one thing that most freelancers agree upon is they don't want to work for free. Yes, "free" is that four-letter word that freelancers hate. In this post, I'll discuss the problem of … [Read more...]

The Happy Truth About “Ugly” Projects

Some freelance projects are just too much trouble to take on. At least, that's the conventional wisdom. But is the conventional wisdom right? That depends. You may have already been approached by a potential client who has a seemingly impossible project that no one wants to work on. Turning this "ugly" project down may seem like a no-brainer, but is it really the right thing to do? If you haven't been … [Read more...]

What You Can Really Expect As a Freelancer When You Travel and Work

One of the wonderful things about freelancing is that a freelancing job is mobile. It doesn't matter where you happen to be when you work, as long as you meet your deadlines and produce high quality work. This flexibility of location has led to a new breed of freelancer--the location independent professional. These are freelancers who combine a love for travel with their freelancing careers. But, becoming … [Read more...]

The Secrets of Running Multiple Freelance Businesses

You have your freelance business. You've determined your profession, and now you're set to go--right? Wrong! For a growing number of freelancers, one freelance business is not enough. These busy, dedicated folks operate more than one freelancing business at the same time. How do they do it? After all, most freelancers are already juggling many different responsibilities. I caught up with a couple … [Read more...]

10 More Reasons Why Freelancing Is Not for You

On this blog, we normally encourage people to become freelancers. That's because we believe that for many people, freelancing offers a terrific combination of great opportunities and a great lifestyle. However, there are a few individuals who just aren't cut out to be freelancers (and that's perfectly okay). In this post, I list some characteristics that I've observed over the years of former freelancers … [Read more...]

What Hoops Will You Jump Through for Your Clients?

We freelancers go to great lengths to keep our clients happy. After all, we want to be known for providing excellent customer service. So we usually do our best to meet client requests--even that means jumping through some hoops to keep the client satisfied. However, some customer requests are just plain unreasonable. This post describes some "hoops" that aren't worth jumping through--even to make a client … [Read more...]