10 Ways to Keep Your Freelancing Business a Secret (HUMOR)

Are too many people finding out that you're a freelancer? Are you constantly bothered by those pesky requests for people wanting to engage you for your services? Are friends and family members referring new business to you? If you really want to, you can make all that stop. All you need to do is become a secret freelancer. If no one knows you are a freelancer, no one will bother you about it. Keeping your … [Read more...]

Why You Can’t Afford to Be an Undercover Freelancer

I love detective movies. I really do. There's nothing more thrilling than when the detective goes undercover by blending in with the bad guys. You spend the rest of the movie holding your breathe to see whether the hero gets caught or catches the bad guys. Going undercover makes for great entertainment. Unfortunately, going undercover isn't so great if you're a freelancer. You see, as a freelancer, … [Read more...]

6 People Freelancers Meet on Social Media

We freelancers depend on social media. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and whatever else happens to be popular, can all help us to build our professional image, meet colleagues and prospects, and generally find out what's going on in our field. As we've said before, social media is about relationships--and at the core of relationship you find people. For today, I thought it might be fun to take a … [Read more...]

How to Be a Professional Freelancer

I get asked the question almost every day: "Just how does one become a freelancer?" While most sites will post a boring write-up on being on time, being nice and networking, I'm here to tell you the "real" nitty gritty of just what it takes to become a "real" professional freelancer. Here's your very own copy of the Professional Freelancer's Guide To Professional Freelancing. But beware, ignore these … [Read more...]

You Know You’re a Freelancer When…

Sometimes it's difficult to tell whether you're a true freelancer or just someone doing some work on the side. The distinction is an important one, because you're expected to act differently as a freelancer--and by act differently I mean work longer hours, become a vampire and lose your social circles. But fear not, I'm giving you a trusty guide to settle the dilemma.....are you a freelancer or not? (and … [Read more...]

You May Be Addicted to Social Media If…

Do you use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or some other form of social media? Do you use it a little too much? There's no question that social media is an important part of today's Internet environment. If you freelance (or are thinking about freelancing), chances are that you're already involved in social media somehow. But social media has a dark side too -- it's very easy to spend too much time twitter, … [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...]