3 Fail-Proof Rules for Creating a Viral Post

If you want to be successful on the web, you need an audience. This is true whether you are a designer, writer, developer or a freelancer in any other field. Without an audience, success is hard to come by. Most freelancers maintain a blog that they use for promotional purposes. A writer writes articles consistently to showcase his/her writing skills, a designer showcases his designs, and so on and so forth. … [Read more...]

How to Get Started with Twitter Lists

Can you benefit from the new Twitter Lists feature? If you've been using Twitter to search for jobs and make professional contacts, then Twitter's new list feature can help you to better organize the tweets of those you follow. It can also help you find interesting groups of people to keep track of. Over the past few weeks Twitter has been testing the new Lists feature with a portion of its users and, … [Read more...]

Get More Subscribers With An Email Subscription Box

Many of us freelancers run blogs, and with good reason. Creating a blog is one of the best ways to prove your expertise, build a strong following, and get more clients. Making it easy for your readers to subscribe is a key factor in building this following and growing your blog, and it is a fact -- not all of your readers know how to use RSS. So are you missing out on potential subscribers without an email … [Read more...]

How To Build The Ultimate Job Finding Dashboard with iGoogle

Picture this: You wake up in the morning, grab your cup of coffee, and meander over to your computer. After checking your morning email and twitter accounts, you get started looking for some new work. You check a number of different job boards, look for keywords on a bunch of job-finding sites, and complete several twitter searches. After about hour or so of looking, you've got 5 or so potential leads. Not a bad … [Read more...]

10 Ways To Make Your Freelance Business Fail

As I wade through the many blog posts and articles written about freelancing, I notice a very definite trend. While there are ample materials written for the freelancer who wants to succeed, there seems to be virtually nothing written for the freelancer who wants his or her freelance business to fail. It seems a bit unfair, really. I can picture some poor freelancer miserably trapped in his or her success and … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Finish Your Day With A Bang

Getting a lot of work done at the end of the day can be really tough -- especially if it happens to be a Monday, Thursday, or Friday. Time seems to slow down, motivation slowly seeps away, and I'd swear that work becomes exponentially more difficult. Something about late-afternoons just isn't good for productivity. With a few tricks, though, it's possible to turn those sluggish afternoons into something … [Read more...]

Social Media Basics For Freelancers

As a freelancer you've probably heard a lot about social media. You've probably heard about a bunch of different social networking websites and, if you read FreelanceFolder a lot, you've probably also heard about a number of different tools we recommend for social media too. The simple truth of the matter is that social media is a very powerful tool for freelancers. Some people have doubled, tripped, or even … [Read more...]

What To Say To Your Low-Balling Clients

Last week we posted an article about how vampire clients can suck the life from your business. In that post, I got an excellent question from one of our FreelanceFolder readers in the comments. The reader frequently had to deal with clients who "low-balled" him on projects and he wondered how to deal with a client in that situation. If you are new to freelancing or unfamiliar with the term, "low-balling," … [Read more...]

How To Get Your Clients to Take You Seriously

Do your clients ignore what you say and disregard your advice? Do they decide things behind your back, and just assume you'll follow along? Do they sometimes treat you as if you aren't a professional at all? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have a common case of clients not taking you seriously. Getting clients to take you seriously can be a major issue for some freelancers. How to … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Becoming a Freelancing PowerHouse

When it comes to freelancing, most people assume it's all fun and games. The thing that many forget to realize is that when you are setting your own hours and being your own boss, responsibilities double. If you work from home, I am sure you know what I am talking about. Working from home is great, and setting my own hours couldn't be better. However, there was a point when it almost felt like it wasn't worth … [Read more...]