How Much Money Can You Earn as a Freelancer?

"How much can you earn as a freelancer?" 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 … [Read more...]

The Many Paths to Freelancing

With more and more workers turning to freelancing, you may wonder whether you should freelance. Are you ready? What is the best path to take to become a freelancer? In this post, I'll identify five different routes people take to freelancing. I'll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. … [Read more...]

Should Schools Teach Basic Freelancing Skills?

The number of freelancers is growing. In fact, the latest studies show that a significant portion of today's work force (as many as 1 in 4) are freelancers. Yet, despite the growing popularity of freelancing, many freelancers fail. The most common cause of freelancing failure is a lack of concrete knowledge about how to run a business. With these facts in mind, today I'm going to explore the question of … [Read more...]

Part-Time Freelancing–Is It Worth It?

The growing number of freelancers seems to be a hot topic. Nearly every week I read a news story about how there are more freelancers than ever before (although nobody seems to know for sure exactly how many there are). What most of those articles don't mention is that a sizable number of freelancers are part-time freelancers. That means that they have another job and freelance on the side or that they work … [Read more...]

The Top 10 Social Media Options for Freelancers & Small Business Owners

If you're just getting started on social media, you're in luck. Today, you have more social media options than ever before. The fact is, for most internet users, social media is the main reason they get online. Chances are that many of those same users are also your clients and potential clients. If your freelancing business is not on social media yet, you're falling behind. Whether you're new to … [Read more...]

How to Deal with the Unique Challenges That Freelancers Face

Sure, everyone faces some challenges from time to time. But, due to the unique nature of freelancing perhaps freelancers are a bit more susceptible to some challenges than others. If you're properly prepared, though, you can handle most freelancing challenges that come your way while minimizing your stress. In this post, I'll outline some of the common challenges that freelancers face. I'll also discuss … [Read more...]

4 Essential Elements of Freelance Business Planning

Some freelancers strongly advocate the use of business plans for freelancers. Other freelancers will tell you that you don't really need a business plan at all. So, which advice is right? Do freelancers need a business plan or don't they? In my opinion, both opinions are correct. While not all freelancers need to have a formal business plan like the kinds that you would take to the bank or to investors, … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Why Did You First Become a Freelancer?

Everyone has a different story. Everyone starts freelancing for a different reason. Some people want to increase their earning potential. Some people want to start an empire. Others are simply looking for a way to spend more time with friends and family. Still others may start freelancing for an entirely different reason. Every freelancer has a set of goals that is unique to them. The beauty of … [Read more...]

How to Ace Your Next Freelancing Job Interview

Most people don't realize it, but freelancers frequently face interviews. Unlike a traditional employee, who may go years without being interviewed once they have been hired, a freelancer may face an interview nearly every time a prospect considers them for a project. So, good interview skills are an important part of a freelancer's arsenal. In this post, I'll provide some tips to help freelancers prepare … [Read more...]

10 of the Most Surprising Things About Freelancing

It was over ten years ago, well before I became a freelancer, but I still remember. "I don't believe anyone could earn decent money through the Internet." My friend confidently stated and...I agreed with her. Can you believe it? I agreed with her, yet today here I am today doing exactly what both of us thought could never be done. There are many things that I didn't know about freelancing until I became a … [Read more...]