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 experience that’s great. Experience will help you to market yourself and allow you to charge more for your services. But increasingly, freelancers are starting right out of school with little or no training.
Starting your freelancing career fresh out of school isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You can solve the freelancing/experience dilemma. Here are five tips to get you started freelancing without much experience.
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 about returning to traditional employment.
Let’s face it, it’s normal to be a little nervous about the economy right now. This economy has a lot of people concerned…even nonfreelancers.
In this post, I’ll list five economic trends as they relate to your freelancing business.
Posted July 31, 2012 in Getting Started
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.
Often, we freelancers either don’t start at all or we quit before have a chance to really succeed. You can’t succeed at freelancing if you don’t start.
In this post, I’ll examine five of the biggest failure factors that keep would-be freelancers from starting. I’ll also share some links to posts with even more causes of freelancer failure.
I’m probably asked this question more than any other question when people hear what I do for a living. It’s also a question I dread because there’s no set answer and there are certainly no guarantees.
When I worked in a corporate job, I could easily give a salary range for what I did. I could even state my exact salary if I wanted to.
As a freelancer, it’s not quite so simple.
In this post, I’ll take a closer look at some of the very real issues behind the question of “how much can you earn as a freelancer?”
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