Top 10 Pieces of Goofy Freelancing Advice

Freelancing advice seems to be everywhere. Unfortunately, not all freelancing advice is good advice. I've been freelancing for years, and sometimes I just shake my head at some of the advice that people are offering. If you're relatively new to freelancing, or are considering freelancing, all the advice out there can be confusing. It can be hard to find the right advice for you. In this post, I share … [Read more...]

7 Ways Freelance Specialization Is Completely Overrated

Did you make this huge freelancing mistake? First, you decide to freelance. Next, you choose a field such as writing, programming, design, and so on. The next big decision you make as a freelancer is choosing your specialization. If this is the way you started out as a freelancer, you may be off to a rocky start. Yes, I know that nearly every freelance blogger tells you that you need a specialized … [Read more...]

How Do I Get Started with Freelancing?

Freelancing is becoming mainstream. Estimates vary, but many experts put the number of freelancers in the U.S. at one out of three workers. See this article from Elizabeth Tse on HuffPost, Five Reasons The Government Needs to Start Acknowledging Freelancers, for one discussion on the importance of freelancers. While there are many active freelancers, there are also many would-be freelancers. Would-be … [Read more...]

What Kind of Training Do You Need to Become a Freelancer?

Would-be freelancers often wonder how to get started. A common question that many of them ask is: What kind of training is needed to become a freelancer? If you've wondered this yourself, then this post is for you. I'll examine whether freelancers need to have a college degree or specialized training. I'll also discuss whether a freelancer can teach themselves the necessary skills and list three online … [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...]

Top Freelancing Tips for Every Stage of Life

According to article after article, a substantial number of adults are engaged in freelancing and the number of freelancers is increasing. For example, Business Insider recently published an article from Vivian Giang titled 40 Percent Of Americans Will Be Freelancers By 2020. But, did you ever wonder exactly who these freelancers are? The answer is, they're us. Freelancers are people at every stage of life … [Read more...]

16+ Essential Skills Freelancers Really Need to Succeed

If you are going to succeed as a freelancer, you'll need more than one skill set. Naturally, if you're a freelance web designer, you need good design skills. If you're a freelance writer, you need good writing skills. If you're a freelance programmer, you need to be good at programming. But that's not all there is. Successful freelancing requires more than a single skill set. Freelancers and would-be … [Read more...]

What Freelancers Really Want to Know–a Freelancing Cheat Sheet

Many freelancers have unanswered questions about freelancing. Sometimes they don't know where to turn for answers. Other times, they may not know how to express their question. I decided to find out what freelancers really want to know. I turned to the freelancers in my Google+ community for help in compiling the most commonly asked freelancing questions. This post is the result--it's basically a … [Read more...]

How Much Time Should I Devote to Freelancing?

Probably one of the questions that I get asked most often is "How much time will I need to spend on my freelancing business to succeed?" The answer is...it depends. I know freelancers who spend far more time on their freelancing business than any employer would ask of an employee. I also know freelancers who earn a good living working part-time hours. In this post, we'll discuss the amount of time that … [Read more...]

Does Your Freelancing Business Meet a Need or Demand?

It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of freelancing--in the ability to set your own hours, choose your own projects, work when you want to work, and so on. But all those freelancing perks can distract you from one vital business truth. That truth is this: If you are to succeed as a freelancer, your freelancing business must meet a need. Or at the very least, someone has to want what you have to … [Read more...]