4 Essential Elements of Freelance Business Planning

Some freelancers strongly advocate the use of business plans for freelancers. Other freelancers will tell you that you don't really need a business plan at all. So, which advice is right? Do freelancers need a business plan or don't they? In my opinion, both opinions are correct. While not all freelancers need to have a formal business plan like the kinds that you would take to the bank or to investors, … [Read more...]

How You Can Simplify Your Freelancing Business

Having a simple lifestyle is common to freelancers. For some, a simpler lifestyle is imposed upon them by the reduced and unpredictable nature of their freelance income. But for others, downsizing is a choice. A simple lifestyle, including a simple freelancing business, gives you more focus. Because simplifying tends to cut down on distractions, you may enjoy higher productivity. A simpler lifestyle also … [Read more...]

All About Deadlines

Probably nothing else in the freelancing experience creates as much stress as deadlines. If a freelancer tells you they are up against a deadline, then you know that it's time to back off and give them some space so that they can get your work done. We all have deadlines, but we rarely talk about them. Yet, there's quite a lot to talk about. In this post, we'll look at deadlines from various angles … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Overcome Cabin Fever

As the nights grow longer and temperatures fall, let us remember that this is the time of year when many freelancers succumb to cabin fever. Cabin fever isn't a disease. It is more a malady of the spirit characterized by sadness, lack of energy, malaise, and irritability. Many people are prone to cabin fever around the winter months, because we spend less time outdoors and get less sunlight. However, … [Read more...]

How to Ace Your Next Freelancing Job Interview

Most people don't realize it, but freelancers frequently face interviews. Unlike a traditional employee, who may go years without being interviewed once they have been hired, a freelancer may face an interview nearly every time a prospect considers them for a project. So, good interview skills are an important part of a freelancer's arsenal. In this post, I'll provide some tips to help freelancers prepare … [Read more...]

Multivariate Testing for Freelancers

Many freelancers have created and are selling their own products through their websites. Whether you're marketing a Wordpress theme, an eBook, a training course, or something else--if you've made the transition from selling freelancing services to marketing some products along with your freelancing services, then it is worthwhile to learn some internet marketing techniques and tools. In this post, I'll … [Read more...]

Capturing Your Creativity

We freelancers are a creative bunch. If you're a freelance writer, you need to frequently come up with fresh ideas for copy. If you're a designer, you must continually come up with fresh design ideas. Even freelancing fields that are supposedly "less" creative require freelancers to come up with new and innovative approaches to solving problems. Freelancers are constantly on the hunt for new ideas. Is it any … [Read more...]

It’s Never Too Early to Think About Taxes

While April 15 seems like an eternity from now, it never hurts to be on top of your tax game. For the freelance writer, he or she should be focusing in on their tax information throughout the year, not just panicking the week before taxes are due. Often, freelancers come running to their tax person weeks or days before the April filing deadline with loads of notes, receipts and more. That’s when the fun (not … [Read more...]

7 Cs of Effective Web Writing–a Checklist for Freelance Writers

Freelance writers are common, but a relatively small percentage of these freelancers really understand their job and responsibilities. If truth be told, it may seem that anybody can write. This seems especially true for those with reasonable English comprehension (which is a given if English happens to be your first language). And even if English is not your first language, chances are that you may still … [Read more...]

How Freelancers Can Start to Prepare for Retirement

Pretending that retirement will never happen to you won't keep it from coming one day. For many traditional employees in the daily rat race there are 401ks and investments, social security payments and corporate pensions. This is all leading to that day when the employee chooses to throw in the towel and spend their golden years in leisure. Most freelancers have none of those safeguards, but even if you do … [Read more...]