10 Hidden Skills of Successful Freelancers

Anyone who's spent any time freelancing knows far too well that there is much more to it than simply doing that thing you love whenever you want in your pajamas. The truth is that a freelancer must become the equivalent of a business owner in many ways, and there are a number of other requirements that extend beyond that job title as well. In this post, I will point out some of the hidden skills that a … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Are You a Risk Taker?

A few weeks ago one of my talented colleagues here, Brian McDaniel, wrote a post on how he jumped into freelancing without a safety net. I totally understand his point and agree that if you wait to start freelancing until everything is just right, you may never start at all. However, speaking for myself, I'm more of a safety net kind of person. … [Read more...]

Freelancing Without a Safety Net

Have you ever seen a tightrope walker? One foot placed carefully in front of the other. Balancing pole firmly gripped and carefully maneuvered to maintain a delicate harmony that holds gravity at bay. Years of training and practice come into play as the experienced professional plots a path from one end to the other. The onlookers below crane their necks upward, spines tingling at the possibility of a … [Read more...]

Freelance 101: Getting Started (VIDEO)

[tweetmeme] Introducing the first ever FreelanceFolder video! It's taken us a lot of planning and setup (we're kind of slow...), but FreelanceFolder finally has its very own Youtube Channel and will be releasing new videos several times a month.  Make sure to subscribe to our channel, give us a thumbs up, and leave a comment to tell us what you want. Read more for a brief overview of the video and a link … [Read more...]

The Freelancing Success Code

Freelancing is hard work, but it's not impossible. While most successful freelancers work extremely hard (which usually means putting a significant effort into their business), those who are serious about freelancing usually find that the effort is well worth it. Yet, a surprising number of would-be freelancers are stuck. They don't know how to start freelancing and once started they don't know how to … [Read more...]

How to Find Work Without Using the Freelance Job Boards

You know me, I’m the Job Board Queen. I troll places like Craigslist, Indeed and ProBlogger in order to list freelance writing jobs for my community each day. Even though I list the gigs, I often encourage the members of my community to look beyond the job boards. I tell them the most lucrative opportunities aren’t always found in a classified ad. There are more freelancers now than ever and here’s something … [Read more...]

Five Simple Tactics to Find New Clients

Finding work...it's one of the most challenging, yet most vital, tasks that a freelancer must face. When they start out many freelancers have no idea how to find new clients. This is especially true if the freelancer is coming from a corporate background where new work is assigned to them as soon as they complete a project. While the task of finding clients can seem overwhelming to a new freelancer, … [Read more...]

Can You Teach Yourself Web Design?

I recently received an email from someone who was interested in becoming a web designer. They wanted to know if they should go to school for it, or if it is possible to learn on your own. My answer, in short, was "Yes."  I am a completely self-taught web and graphic designer, so I know that it is possible to actually succeed in freelance web design from such humble roots. However, it has been quite an uphill … [Read more...]

12 Reasons You Shouldn’t Freelance

[tweetmeme]Going into business for the wrong reasons can bring ruin into both your financial and professional life. While freelancing comes with many perks, it's important not to base your self-employment decision solely on those perks, as you may run yourself out of business. What are some of these perks of freelancing? You can choose your own hours You can choose your own clients You can choose the … [Read more...]

The Smashing Book Review…Win a Copy!

Pretty much everyone in our field has heard of The Smashing Book from Smashing Magazine. Published in 2009 with 313 pages, The Smashing Book offers a collection of modern design, usability, coding and best practices in the web world. The book had plenty of information to offer that I didn't know about and, although I didn't agree with all of it, it was well worth the price. I'd like to share my review of the … [Read more...]