Is Freelancing Easy?

Freelancing may be a more common career choice than it used to be, but there are still people who don't get it. It's still not uncommon to hear the following sentiment: "How hard could it be?" The uninformed acquaintance who uttered those words was talking about the work of a freelance web designer, but as a freelancer myself, I was a bit offended by his comment. Still, I know that there are others who … [Read more...]

Why Do Some Freelancers Fail?

Some freelancers fail. It's a sad cold fact. And in a world where a steadily increasing percentage of the workforce is freelance, you may wonder why. Of course, there are a lot bad freelancing practices that can cause you to fail. Naturally, you should avoid those. But what about when you seem to be doing everything right and you fail anyway? Some freelance failure might seem like a mystery, but there's … [Read more...]

9 Top Brainstorming Tips for Freelancers and Other Creatives

Oh no! You're stuck for ideas again. What will you do? If you're a freelancing creative who makes a living from your creativity, running out of ideas can be a serious problem. Your income could be at stake. There are plenty of great tools to help you brainstorm, including the free tools Coggle and FreeMind. But where do you start? In this post, I'll provide nine places to start your brainstorming … [Read more...]

Found Money, Lost Money, and Freelancing

Have you ever unexpectedly found money? I know that I have. I once reached into the pocket of a coat I hadn't worn in a long time and found a crisp ten dollar bill that I didn't know that I had. I still remember how I felt when I found the money. It was a happy surprise. Almost immediately I started to plan how I would use my unexpected bounty. The opposite of finding money is losing money, and believe … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Why You Should Track Your Freelancing Income Daily

How much did you earn today? Can you even answer that question? Many freelancers cannot. They look at their income from time to time, but unless they've actually received a check that day they can't answer the question without digging into their accounting records. How much you earn as a freelancer is very important. It can determine whether you're running a profitable business or losing money. Unlike … [Read more...]

11 Reasons to Believe in Your Freelancing Client

I admit it. I've been lucky. The number of good clients that I've worked for far outweighs the number of bad clients that I've worked for. We freelancers love to gripe about bad clients. That's why sites like Clients from Hell are so popular. Even on Freelance Folder, our post on 10 Types of Bad Clients and How to Avoid Them attracted nearly 100 comments. Don't get me wrong. Bad clients are out there. They … [Read more...]

Use Your Unique Past to Build a Better Freelancing Business

You have a unique business tool that no other freelancer has--and you're probably not even aware of it. I'm talking about your unique background. Your past experiences are what make you, well you. They can also be a huge asset for your business. Consider this post from a freelancer who was a private investigator, or this post from a former belly dance teacher, or this one from someone with experience in … [Read more...]

16+ Essential Skills Freelancers Really Need to Succeed

If you are going to succeed as a freelancer, you'll need more than one skill set. Naturally, if you're a freelance web designer, you need good design skills. If you're a freelance writer, you need good writing skills. If you're a freelance programmer, you need to be good at programming. But that's not all there is. Successful freelancing requires more than a single skill set. Freelancers and would-be … [Read more...]

Freelancing Optimism, a Little-Known Key to Success?

Is your glass half-full or half empty? Your answer to that age-old question to determine whether you are an optimist or a pessimist may be more important than you think. It may actually determine how successful your freelancing business is. It seems that attitude really can determine success. Under30CEO blog recently shared the story of Michael Austin Jacobs, who used his positive attitude as a … [Read more...]

How Determined Are You to Succeed at Freelancing?

Are you willing to do what it takes to be a successful freelancer? Determination is one of the key attitudes that contribute to freelancing success. It's often that little bit of extra that you do that makes the difference between success and failure--whether it's an extra hour spent working, an extra email answered, or an extra prospect contacted. It's determination that gives you the strength to … [Read more...]