Super Easy Timesavers for Super Busy Freelancers

Like most freelancers, my time is important. I have to spend it wisely if I want to earn a profit. Most days I face a challenging to-do list with more tasks on it than I could possibly accomplish. That's why I make it my mission to work as quickly and efficiently as possible. The alternative, working extra hours or missing a deadline, is just not acceptable. Of course, a mountain of self-help books, … [Read more...]

Three Easy Tips to Help You Effectively Estimate Project Time

Do you know how much time your next project will take? As a freelancer, you should at least have an idea. If you're freelancing, you must be able to effectively estimate the time each of your projects will take. If you can't do this you won't know how much to charge for your work or how to best schedule your time. Estimating is one of the core freelancing skills, yet it is one that many freelancers … [Read more...]

How to Deal with the Unique Challenges That Freelancers Face

Sure, everyone faces some challenges from time to time. But, due to the unique nature of freelancing perhaps freelancers are a bit more susceptible to some challenges than others. If you're properly prepared, though, you can handle most freelancing challenges that come your way while minimizing your stress. In this post, I'll outline some of the common challenges that freelancers face. I'll also discuss … [Read more...]

How to Set Personal Boundaries When You Work From Home

Do you crave a balance between your work and your personal life? Most freelancers do, but the challenges of working from home can sometimes make life/work balance seem unattainable. You may feel like you are constantly being pulled towards both family and work commitments--a bit like being in the middle of a tug-of-war. One answer that can help you achieve better balance between your work and personal … [Read more...]

Do You Make These 5 Common Negotiating Mistakes?

Negotiations are key for successful freelancers. Nearly every project starts with negotiations (or if it doesn't, it should). Freelancers who can't negotiate a profitable deal are at risk for losing money, or even worse, going out of business. So, it stands to reason that negotiating skills are also important. In this post, I identify five common negotiating mistakes that freelancers often make. Read the post … [Read more...]

What to Do About All that Stuff

You know the stuff I mean: ebooks, videos, books, training materials, blog posts you mean to read, and so on... I have a small confession to make. I'm not new to freelancing, but I'm a repeat victim of the Shiny New Object Syndrome. Simply put, I love to try new things--whether they be ecourses, new social media tools, books, and so on. You've probably guessed this about me already by reading some of my … [Read more...]

5 Easy Tips to Increase Your Bottom Line

Do you want a bigger bottom line? As a freelancer business owner, you probably DO want bigger bottom line--you just may not know how to get one. In case you don't know, in a nutshell your bottom line is the money left over after you meet your expenses. (Who wouldn't want more of that?) In this post I share five easy tips to help you increase your freelancing bottom line. Feel free to share your own tips … [Read more...]

How to Find the Right Freelancer for the Job

You're thinking about hiring a freelancer. That's why you're reading this post. You may be a freelancer yourself (because freelancers do hire other freelancers). You may be a small business owner, or you might be the representative of a large corporation. If you've never hired a freelancer before, the process might be a little bit confusing. There's a ton information out there--some of it conflicting. How … [Read more...]

How to Devise the Perfect Freelancing Social Media Strategy for You

How can a freelancer develop an effective social media strategy with a reasonable investment of time? As freelancers we rely on social media to interact with clients, potential clients, and other freelancers. Social media is a great tool for freelancers (and since social media is most often free it's very budget-friendly). But if you're not careful, social media can also take up a lot of your valuable … [Read more...]

25 Tips for Avoiding Communication Problems

Miscommunication is a huge obstacle to building a successful relationship. And, since freelancer/client trust is based on relationship--miscommunication can be a huge problem for freelancers. Nearly every freelancer eventually faces a communication problem with a client. Even those of us who specialize in clear communication sometimes have problems. In this post, I'll describe some steps that every … [Read more...]