How to Streamline Your Freelance Business with Systems, Software, and Automation

Systems are a key part of making your business efficient, consistent, and easy to run. By using systems alongside the proper software, you can streamline many of the tasks that you do on a regular basis - saving time, saving money, and giving you the opportunity to grow your business further. Before we get into the subject, though, it’s important to know what we mean by ‘systems’. Here’s our working … [Read more...]

One Productivity Tool That Can Double Your Freelance Income

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing the tools I use to run my freelance business. Today, I am going to share the most important productivity tool I have in my toolbox. It has transformed the way I work and, more importantly, increased my income. Let me start by sharing a story about a recent coaching session I had with a Freelance web designer. Let's call her Jennifer. Jennifer was concerned about … [Read more...]

7 Ways Freelance Specialization Is Completely Overrated

Did you make this huge freelancing mistake? First, you decide to freelance. Next, you choose a field such as writing, programming, design, and so on. The next big decision you make as a freelancer is choosing your specialization. If this is the way you started out as a freelancer, you may be off to a rocky start. Yes, I know that nearly every freelance blogger tells you that you need a specialized … [Read more...]

What could you learn from a 10 year old?

You know I always like to brag on my friends... is celebrating their 10th Anniversary of training Successful Web Designers. They'll train you on WordPress and marketing your business. They also offer support so you're never alone in building your web design business. Everyone is invited to the celebration. To make the party even more exciting they're giving away free stuff each day! … [Read more...]

9 Top Brainstorming Tips for Freelancers and Other Creatives

Oh no! You're stuck for ideas again. What will you do? If you're a freelancing creative who makes a living from your creativity, running out of ideas can be a serious problem. Your income could be at stake. There are plenty of great tools to help you brainstorm, including the free tools Coggle and FreeMind. But where do you start? In this post, I'll provide nine places to start your brainstorming … [Read more...]

7 Top Freelancing Secrets to Help You Balance Your Freelancing Work and Your Life

We freelancers seem to crave work/life balance. In fact, the hope for a better work/life balance is one of the main reasons many of us become freelancers. Achieving a better work/life balance may even be the reason that you became a freelancer. It's a common goal for many freelancers. And, of course, a good work/life balance can be a difficult goal to reach. One thing is well known. The lack of a … [Read more...]

The Straight Scoop on How to Create an Effective About Page

With all of the excitement about content marketing, many freelancers have forgotten about a basic website element--the About page. While there's no doubt that content marketing is important and freelancers can definitely benefit from using a content strategy, don't overlook your About page. Your About page is an excellent chance to tell your story. Not only that, readers who check your About page are … [Read more...]

What Freelancers Really Want to Know–a Freelancing Cheat Sheet

Many freelancers have unanswered questions about freelancing. Sometimes they don't know where to turn for answers. Other times, they may not know how to express their question. I decided to find out what freelancers really want to know. I turned to the freelancers in my Google+ community for help in compiling the most commonly asked freelancing questions. This post is the result--it's basically a … [Read more...]

12+ Common Email Mistakes No Freelancer Should Ever Make

Contacting potential clients directly by email or phone is a great way to find gigs...if it's done correctly. Unfortunately, too many freelancers (and others) don't know how to use email effectively. They fail to realize that email is a form of business communication. They make numerous mistakes and expect their emails to be effective. Recently, Mihaela Lica Butler chronicled a common mistake in her post, … [Read more...]

12 Things Freelancers Need to Update Today

You're busy. You've got your freelancing business...and of course, there's also life. With all of that going on, it's easy to forget to do some basic tasks. It's easy to fall behind. In this post, I list a dozen things that you need to update regularly if you want to stay current. If you find that you aren't up to date in one or more of these areas, update it today (or as soon as you possibly can). … [Read more...]