Five Fast Facts About Freelancing

You're thinking about becoming a freelancer. Or, maybe you've already started your own freelancing business. Good for you! This means you're doing something positive about your dreams. You're taking action (or about to take action). Taking action is a very good thing. Freelancing can provide a wonderful life. But freelancing also has its ups and downs--the downside just doesn't get mentioned very … [Read more...]

How to Change Your Freelancing Perceptions and Prosper

People who are successful in freelancing will tell you that starting their own business was the best choice they ever made. Those who are thinking of going freelance, or are "happy" in a full-time job, tell a different story. While your perceptions of things in life doesn't determine the success or failure of what you're doing 100% of the time, having a positive perception does make the task much easier. You're … [Read more...]

How and Why to Build an Online Presence

The seemingly infinite influence of the internet makes it possible for any freelancer to reach their audience more effectively. Size matters not when it comes to online marketing, but effort does, which means freelancers have just as much online marketing potential as do other companies. When well thought out and carefully implemented, a strong online presence gives freelancers an opportunity to tap into a … [Read more...]

10 Strategic Questions to Ask Before You Become a Freelancer

Becoming independent is going to be the best thing you've ever done for your career--if you do it right. Not everyone is meant for, or even comfortable with, working on their own. It's important to figure this out before becoming enamored with all the freedom freelancing brings. You don't want to leave a good job and then realize too late that freelancing isn't right for you. So, make sure you ask yourself … [Read more...]

50 Questions to Ask Yourself after 6 Months of Freelancing

It's a well-known fact that most freelancers don't get performance reviews. For one thing, most private clients don't think of it. Even on bidding sites where clients can rate a freelancer, the ratings are not really that helpful. They just indicate whether a client was satisfied. There's no reason why you, as a freelancer, can't review your own performance. In fact, conducting a self-review from to time … [Read more...]

Ten Things Every Beginning Developer Should Know

In the world of web development, there's so much to look at and do, it can be confusing to decide where to start as a beginner. If you're wanting to be a back-end developer, what languages do you learn? Do you learn HTML and CSS if you just want to work in PHP and Ruby? Should you learn basic design principles as well? Or, should you learn a little about everything? A lot of people are afraid to jump into … [Read more...]

Freelancing & Your Identity

If you're new to freelancing (or maybe even if you aren't), you may be concerned about putting too much of your personal information online. I can totally relate to these fears, because when I started out as a freelancer I had them too. Of course, the worries are not completely without merit. There are some really good reasons to be concerned. There are scammers online and organizations that are just … [Read more...]

The Nitty Gritty Details Freelancers Need to Know About Getting Paid

You've just taken the leap into full-time freelancing. It's a great move, but there are a few things you need to know about getting paid. When you were an employee, you probably got paid every pay period (usually every two weeks or sometimes weekly) pretty much automatically. Well, guess what? Getting paid isn't automatic for freelancers. Instead, you have to arrange for payment and you should do it before … [Read more...]

A Freelance Translator’s Start-up Guide

Knowledge of a foreign language continues to be a huge selling point when it comes to finding a job in an increasingly global market. As it becomes more and more common for businesses to deal internationally, the need for someone to translate continues to increase. Despite technological advances in automated translation, the outlook remains very positive for those wishing to pursue a career as a … [Read more...]