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...]

What Does It Take to Become a Freelancer?

It's no secret that more and more people are adopting a freelance lifestyle. For some, freelancing is a matter of preference. They are attracted to the flexible life style that freelancers enjoy. Others are forced into freelancing out of desperation after they lose a more traditional job. If you're reading this post, you may even be wondering whether freelancing is right for you. But what does it … [Read more...]

Getting a Fresh Start as a Freelancer

Are you hoping to get a fresh start as a freelancer? Or, are you a freelancer seeking to switch gears? Both freelancers and non-freelancers alike look at freelancing as a chance to get a fresh start--with good reason. Freelancing does give you the chance to try something new. There's no doubt that freelancing offers a lot of opportunities. Freelancers have a great deal of control over their careers. But … [Read more...]

What to Expect When You’re Freelancing

More and more of us are becoming freelancers. But, for many of us, the reality of freelancing is different from what we expected. You're probably already familiar with the freelancing feast or famine cycle problem and with the struggles freelancers in finding gigs. We've already discussed both of those problems on Freelance Folder, so I'm not going to go over them again in this post. What you may not be … [Read more...]

How to Decide Whether to Invest in an Online Training Program

Webinars, interactive training, videos, coaching, etc. It seems like the Internet is filled with training programs-many of them targeted at freelancers. As a freelancer, it can be difficult to know what to do about all of the online opportunities available. While some can be eliminated right away, most of them sound really good and beneficial. But no freelancer can afford to take part in all of them. If … [Read more...]

7 Essential Professional Decisions to Determine Your Success or Failure

What determines freelancing success or failure? Of course, there are a lot of answers to that question. Maybe there are as many answers as there are freelancers... However, I've come to believe that there are seven vital decisions freelancers make that play a significant role in future success or failure. In this post, I've listed all seven essential professional decisions along with some suggestions … [Read more...]

13+ Reasons Why Right Now Is a Great Time to Be a Freelancer

Why wait? Many would-be freelancers spend all of their time learning about freelancing and none of their time actually being a freelancer. If you ask, many will tell you that they are waiting for the right time to start. But just when is the time right to start freelancing? My question to all of those who put off starting is this: why wait? Of course, you have your excuses. You need an even bigger … [Read more...]

Dealing with the Freelancing/Experience Dilemma

An old cliché asks which came first--the chicken or the egg? It's a trick question, because there has to have been a chicken to produce the egg, but all chickens come from eggs. We freelancers face a similar trick question. Which should come first? Freelancing or experience in your field? It often seems that you can't have one without the other. Of course, if you can go into freelancing with a lot of … [Read more...]

5 Economic Trends that Affect Freelancers

If you're like me, you're probably watching the news about the economy. Unfortunately, a lot of that news is bad (at least recently). You're probably hearing about layoffs, companies in trouble, people losing their jobs, and to top it all off--prices going up. As a freelancer, such news probably makes you nervous. You may be wondering if it's really a good time to be a freelancer. You may even be thinking … [Read more...]

The Surprising Reason Why Freelancers Fail

What's one of the biggest causes of freelancing failure? You'd be surprised. You might think freelancers fail because they did poor work. Or, maybe they missed a deadline. Perhaps they fail because they have no talent. While all of the above factors can certainly play a role in some freelancing failures, there's another, even more surprising cause of failure--not getting started as freelancer. … [Read more...]