No matter what your freelancing specialty is, I think it’s fair to say that we all entered freelancing with a certain set of expectations. Of course, your expectations were most likely different mine.
If you’ve been freelancing for any significant length of time, you probably already realize that there are some differences between your expectations before you were a freelancer and your actual experience as a freelancer. In the past, we’ve done a really good job at comparing common freelancing expectations with the reality of freelancing.
In this post, I’m going to do something different. I’m going to explain why your freelancing expectations may be keeping you from success and why you should let those old expectations go.
Posted January 30, 2011 in Inspiration
We cannot blame our parents, our education, our country our politicians or anyone else for the state we are in.
We must stand up and fight like a full grown man or woman, by taking our life in both hands, and grabbing what it has to offer us with enthusiasm, passion and resourcefulness.
But some respond, ‘But I’m not talented. I don’t have enough money. I’m not sufficiently educated. I was born on the wrong side of the tracks. I wasn’t…’
Stop! Stop! Stop!
Here are five rules that, if you follow them, will equip you to break out of your current restrictive prison into a life that is free indeed.
Posted January 21, 2011 in Inspiration
My computer’s monitor shuffles between motivating quotes every 15 minutes. A while ago, I found this to be quite powerful for inspiring me and getting me started on my work. However, having same old, same old quotes display on my monitor stops working after a couple of weeks, or months.
Every now and then I look around the web for new quotes to add to my personal kick in the “back” desktop wallpaper. Recently, during such a searching session I came upon two interesting, yet opposing quotes.
Both of the quotes that inspired me are from renowned men:
In this post, I’ll examine the validity of these quotes and discuss how they relate to freelance marketing.
[Editor's Note: the opinions expressed here are those of the author and not the entire Freelance Folder community.]
Posted January 13, 2011 in Inspiration
There’s no doubt that freelancers need many skills that non-freelancers don’t think about. It’s not enough to simply be a good writer, a good designer, a good web developer (or whatever your specialty is). The need to have these other skills is one of the things that makes freelancing so difficult.
Many blog posts have been written about a freelancer’s need to market one’s self, the need to manage one’s financial affairs, and the need to manage your time well. But, a crucial freelancing skill, self-discipline is rarely mentioned.
In this post, I’ll explain why self-discipline is important to freelancers and provide some examples of instances when self-discipline should be used.
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