How Delegating Routine Tasks Can Raise Your Freelance Income

Could you use a little more income? If you're like most of us, you probably answered "yes" to that question. Which of us wouldn't want a little more coming in each month? In this post, I'll share a surprising technique to help you earn more freelance income--delegating your routine tasks. … [Read more...]

How to Freelance with Kids

Many people are drawn to freelancing because they feel the flexible lifestyle will give them more time to spend with their kids. With summer just around the corner, many schools are about to end their school year and freelancers with school age kids will once again find their kids at home. While it's true that freelancing work can be flexible, it can also be challenging to get work done while the kids are … [Read more...]

How the 5 Ws of Journalism Can Help You Become a Better Freelancer

Journalists and other professional writers use the Five Ws (and one H) to make sure that they get enough information to write a good article. However, freelancers can use the same principles to improve their freelancing skills. Did you ever start working on a project, only to realize that you don't actually have enough information to get the job done? If you'd considered the 5 Ws of journalism that I'll … [Read more...]

14 Ways to Put Your Best Foot Forward

You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression, so make your first contacts count. Making a bad impression could cost you a client. It's often the first few minutes of any initial meeting that determine whether or not you get a prospect's business. Yet, many freelancers ignore the importance of leaving a good first impression--that's because they don't know how to make a good impression or they … [Read more...]

Manage Your Time Effectively Using the “Four List” Method

Some people hate them, other people love them. Software companies have even created apps to make keeping them easier. I'm talking about To Do lists, of course. When used properly, they can really help you to manage your time. Freelancers are busy people. There's no doubt about it. Discussions of time management are always among the most popular topics here at Freelance Folder. That's why today I'm going to … [Read more...]

10+ Ways to Get a Better Night’s Rest

Are you tired? Chances are that you answered "yes." Studies show that up to one third of all adults don't get enough sleep. If you're a freelancer, chances are good that you're among the sleepless. The problems associated with sleeplessness can be severe. They range from overeating to poor driving to irritability. A sleepless freelancer is also more likely to make mistakes in his or her work. In this … [Read more...]

40 Plus Ways to Unwind and Relax

Freelancers are busy. We wear a lot of hats and most of the time we are also juggling more than one project. The problem is that this can lead to an awful lot of stress if we're not careful. And too much stress can be the enemy of productivity. The key to reducing stress is relaxation. That's why I've written this post that includes over forty things that freelancers can do to relax. Some of these will … [Read more...]

20 Pricing Principles for Freelancers

"How much do you charge?" If you're a freelancer, you've been asked that question before. You may not have known what to say, or you may not have been comfortable with the price you quoted. That's because pricing our services is one of the toughest issues that freelancers face. No one seems to agree about pricing. There's a lot of opinions out there and many of them contradict each other. What's a … [Read more...]

How to Find Your Freelancing Confidence Today

It takes a lot of confidence to jump from an airplane, even if you do have a parachute. It also takes a lot of confidence to jump out of the traditional workplace into the freelancing marketplace. Do you know what factor really keeps a lot of freelancers from achieving their ultimate success? If you're like me you're probably guessing things like "lack of clients" or "not enough skills." While clients … [Read more...]

Does Your Freelance Business Have the “Wow” Factor?

There are thousands of freelancers out there. How can your freelancing business possibly compete? You need something different--something better than what other freelancers offer. Your business needs that special something that makes a prospect pause and think to themselves, "I have to do business with this freelancer." We've talked about the importance of having a unique selling propositon (USP) before. … [Read more...]