How to Keep Your Freelancing on Track While on the Road

If you're like me, you don't want to separate work and travel. As a freelancer, you don't really have to either. As long as you can find an Internet connection, you can get your work done. Recently, I took a trip and was also able to get some work done from my tablet. While the trip wasn't a permanent switch to a location independent life, I learned quite a lot. In this post, I'll share what I learned about … [Read more...]

What You Must Know to Survive in a Rapidly Changing Freelance Marketplace

Running a business is tough enough, but when you're centered in an industry that seems to change almost every day, it can seem impossible. While there's a ton of freelance work out there, there's also plenty of competition and it becomes a daily fight to set yourself apart. One of the best things about being a freelancer is that when you get the ball rolling with clients, you don't have to go looking for work … [Read more...]

25 Easy Ways to Fine Tune Your Freelancing Business

One of the things about freelancing that's both helpful and harmful, is that once you get the business going, it pretty much runs itself. Once you've gone over that first hump of finding those first few clients, if you provide great service and work, you often don't even need to advertise or look for clients much. While this is great and allows you to focus on working instead of doing the boring business … [Read more...]

5 Surprising Causes of Creative Block and How to Overcome Them

Most freelancers depend on their creativity for their livelihood. Freelance writers, designers, artists, photographers, and even web developers and programmers all rely on creative thinking to perform their jobs. However, once in a while a freelancer finds that their creativity (that same creativity they've been relying on to earn an income) just isn't there. The ideas just aren't flowing like they used to. … [Read more...]

7 Simple Ways to Painlessly Increase Your Freelancing Rates

For freelancers, the topic of freelancing rates is an important one. Our fees, or how much we charge for our services, directly affects our income. The more we charge, the more money we make. Also, the higher our fees, the fewer clients we need to meet our target incomes and for other reasons. In this post, I'll discuss some of the other reasons why freelancing rates are important (reasons that you may not … [Read more...]

How to Work with a Virtual Assistant: A Guide for Freelancers

As business owners, freelancers will at some point consider working with a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant is similar to the traditional office or administrative assistant. However, the main difference is that a virtual assistant doesn't have to be physically present in your freelancing home office. You may work with one for years and never meet him or her face to face. Why would a freelancer need a … [Read more...]

6 Great Ways to Use Email Marketing to Find More Work

The revolution of telecommuting has created an entire new breed of worker: the techno-freelancer. If you're a computer-enabled pro that falls under this umbrella (and who doesn't nowadays) you're no doubt familiar with the challenge of finding new opportunities, making decent money, and standing out in an ocean of your freelancer peers. But even though social media and blogging are reliable and cheap … [Read more...]

How to Make the Most of Google Alerts

As a freelancer, your business revolves around the online world. From working with online companies to keeping up with the latest trends, you would likely be lost without the assistance of online searches. However, while you may depend on internet searches to remain a successful freelancer, you may not be using searches in the best or most efficient manner. Specifically if you haven't yet harnessed the power … [Read more...]

How to Switch Your Freelancing Niche

If you've been a freelancer for a while, you've probably heard the advice that you need to select a niche. It's much easier to stand out if you don't try and be all things to everybody. Many freelancers start off as generalists, and then narrow their focus down to one or two specialties. For example, if you're a freelance copywriter, you might specialize in writing case studies for the B2B marketplace. Or a … [Read more...]

Use LinkedIn Company Profile Pages to Promote Your Freelance Business

You’ve probably been using LinkedIn for a while as a way to personally connect with other like-minded business people via a personal profile. But did you know that LinkedIn has a Company Profile page that you can use to promote your freelance business as well? With more than 90 million members (according to LinkedIn's own About page at the time of publication in 2011), having a company profile page on … [Read more...]