Freelancing Competition–Friends or Foes?

Let's face it. If you're a freelancer, then you've got competition. Competition means that there is someone else who is also targeting your ideal clients and prospects. They may be applying for the same projects. They may even be getting more of those projects than you are getting. It's very easy for a freelancer to get distracted by what their competition is doing. In this post, we'll discuss the three … [Read more...]

Why Bear Grylls Would Make a Better Designer Than You

Bear Grylls, the star of the hit show Man vs. Wild, defines what every man really wants to be. For the frequent rock dwellers who don’t know Bear or haven’t been able to catch Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel, picture a man that you could drop out of a plane anywhere on the planet (literally anywhere) and he would survive. Now picture that man waiting for you when you got back to the airport, … [Read more...]

The Freelancer’s Bucket List

In the 2007 film, The Bucket List, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star as two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find the joy in life. Their list of things to do before they "kick the bucket" helps them approach their final days with a new … [Read more...]

What to Do on the Slow Days

Freelancing can get quite busy, and as they say, when it rains, it pours. I've read a lot of articles about how to freelance effectively, and different approaches you can take to get things done for your clients in a timely manner... But, what about when things are dead, and you really cannot find much to do? Well here are a few things I like to do to keep busy when things aren't particularly busy during a … [Read more...]

Feeling Guilty About Taking Time Off

One of the coolest perks about being a freelancer is that there's absolutely no nine-to-five and no one around to scream at you if you're late to work. I'm definitely not a morning person, so this was a big factor when I decided to go into business for myself. The problem with this though is that we're so ingrained to "work, work, work" that this perk begins to become a liability. You start feeling guilty … [Read more...]

Freelancing Without a Safety Net

Have you ever seen a tightrope walker? One foot placed carefully in front of the other. Balancing pole firmly gripped and carefully maneuvered to maintain a delicate harmony that holds gravity at bay. Years of training and practice come into play as the experienced professional plots a path from one end to the other. The onlookers below crane their necks upward, spines tingling at the possibility of a … [Read more...]

Get Excited About The Work You Do Again

Last week, I wrote a post on five ways you can improve yourself and your business. This week, I want to discuss the dreaded work blues. I'll tell you a dirty secret no freelancer likes to mention: we get bored with our work. Even though we're able to pick and choose our clients and projects we still do the same thing every day. For example, here's a look at my daily schedule: Wake up, eat breakfast, … [Read more...]

Five Easy Ways to Improve Yourself and Your Business

As an established freelancer it might be easy to stay where and how you are. You've got plenty of work and clients, so why do you need to change right? Unfortunately, it's this mindset that leads to slow downtimes and possibly failure. The internet and the way we use it changes every day and if you don't stay on top of this you can quickly become forgotten in this fast pace field. While this may seem like a … [Read more...]

Why You Should Listen to Your Inner Voice

Are you doing what you really want to be doing? Are you absolutely sure? If you're like many freelancers, you're voraciously reading everything that you can get your hands on so that you can learn to be the best at what you do. Along the way, some of us take that all of that "success" advice too much to heart. We forget why we started freelancing in the first place. You'll know it's happened to you if … [Read more...]

The Lost Element of Quality

Quality... No matter what the field you'll hear a lot of complaints about a decline in quality. From Super Bowl Ads to bacon, from television shows to toys, many would argue that today's products and services are inferior in quality to products and services from the past. If you've ever bought something, only to have it break as soon as you get it home, you can relate to the disappointment that poor … [Read more...]