The Dangers of Freelancing Perfectionism

Are you a freelancing perfectionist? You know who you are. Even now, while you're reading this very post about the dangers of perfectionism, you're consciously or subconsciously beating yourself up because you think you're not good enough. Why? You think you should be able to write faster, code faster, or translate faster. You think your work should be more than good--it should be the very best. You … [Read more...]

Do You Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Freelancing?

How do you like freelancing so far? Are you not quite sure how to answer? If you've been freelancing for a while, chances are good that you have mixed feelings about it. Years of hearing from freelancers have convinced me that many freelancers actually have a love/hate relationship with their freelancing business. They love to be a freelancer some of the time, but other times they secretly wish that they … [Read more...]

38+ Freelancing Success Tips (What You Really Need to Do as a Freelancer)

Are you just starting out as a freelancer? Have you been freelancing for a while, but now you're stuck? Either way, reviewing this post will help. In it, I share over 38 freelancing tips in our biggest list of freelancing success tips ever. Freelancing can be hard. Really hard. You'll get discouraged. You may even be tempted to quit. There are challenges to be met. There are problems to solve. And … [Read more...]

13 Freelancing Predictions for 2013

What does 2013 have in store for freelancers? A lot of people want to know that answer and if you freelance, you're probably one of those people. It would be great if we could know for sure what the future holds for us, but the truth is that no one knows for sure what changes 2013 will bring. But what we can do is look at recent trends and make some intelligent guesses about what the near future holds … [Read more...]

Top-Notch Post Ideas for Your Freelancing Blog

Freelancers benefit greatly from having a freelancing blog. We've written about the importance of having a freelancing blog here on Freelance Folder more than once, and the experts agree. Businesses that have a blog simply do more business. But, a big obstacle for many freelancers (especially those freelancers who aren't writers) is finding ideas to write about. This problem of knowing what to write on a … [Read more...]

10 Things Every Freelancer Should Try at Least Once

Do you have a freelancer bucket list? Now, you might be wondering what a bucket list is. Simply put, it's a list of things you'd like to try, but never got a chance to do. It takes its name from the 2007 movie, The Bucket List, in which two aging and terminally ill men set out to do things they always wanted to do before they die. So, a freelancer bucket list is a list of things that you've wanted to try … [Read more...]

5+ Ways to Survive Freelancing Famine Periods

Any long-term freelancer will tell you that most freelancers go through ups and downs--periods of high pay and periods of low pay. But the feast or famine cycle can take new freelancers by surprise. While there are definitely some steps you can take to avoid the feast or famine cycle, for many freelancers the real questions is this--"How am I going to get through this slow period?" In this post, I'll … [Read more...]

Freelancing Therapy: How to Make Freelancing Work for Your Personality

Are you struggling as a freelancer? It could be that your personality is to blame. Of course, there are many types of successful freelancers. So, your personality type need not be an obstacle to your success. But sadly, it often is. In this post, I'll list some common personality types and explain some of the freelancing challenges that are specific to each type. … [Read more...]

How to Feel Fresh on Friday

Blah! It's another one of those days and you just don't feel like working. But, of course, you have to work. You've got deadlines and besides you need the money. Every freelancer has times when they struggle with motivation. You may struggle to stay motivated on Friday after a long week's work, or you may have trouble getting back into the swing of things on Monday. No matter what your motivational … [Read more...]

10 Marks of a Self-Disciplined Freelancer

You're a freelancer. You're creative. You're innovative. You're flexible. You're tech savvy. But are you disciplined? If you think that you can succeed as a freelancer without self-discipline, think again. Self-discipline is one the most important traits a freelancer can have. It can mean the difference between completing a job and blowing a deadline. It can carry you through those tough freelancing … [Read more...]