Do You Feel Like You Are Trapped in a Rat Race?

Many freelancers feel that they have just exchanged one rat race for another. They're tired and stressed all of the time. In short, they're exhausted. It doesn't have to be that way! In this post, I'll list some of the things that make freelancing seem like just another rat race and explain how you can reclaim your freelancing freedom. … [Read more...]

The Secrets of Running Multiple Freelance Businesses

You have your freelance business. You've determined your profession, and now you're set to go--right? Wrong! For a growing number of freelancers, one freelance business is not enough. These busy, dedicated folks operate more than one freelancing business at the same time. How do they do it? After all, most freelancers are already juggling many different responsibilities. I caught up with a couple … [Read more...]

Why We Keep on Freelancing Despite All Warnings

The number of freelancers is growing rapidly despite the fact that many articles and blogs (including Freelance Folder) warn would-be freelancers of the potential pitfalls of freelancing. I still do think it's a good idea to warn folks about possible freelancing drawbacks. It's no secret that some people just aren't cut out for freelancing. However, there are also many compelling reasons why freelancing … [Read more...]

How to Fit Freelancing Into the Rest of Your Life

Freelancing is not just a job, it's a lifestyle. You've probably heard that statement before, and in a sense, it's true. But lifestyle or not, one of the biggest struggles that freelancers face is balancing work and life. This is ironic, because the search for work/life balance is one of the primary motivators that drives many to freelancing. Is work/life balance really possible? The answer is … [Read more...]

The Psychology Behind Successful Freelancing

No matter what we tell you about how to become a successful freelancer, the fact remains that a lot of what it takes to succeed comes from inside of you. Of course, we readily acknowledge a few of the ways that freelancing affects our psyches. For example, we've written a boatload of materials about stress. We've also written a lot about loneliness. But stress and loneliness are not the only ways that … [Read more...]

How to Find Your Freelancing Confidence Today

It takes a lot of confidence to jump from an airplane, even if you do have a parachute. It also takes a lot of confidence to jump out of the traditional workplace into the freelancing marketplace. Do you know what factor really keeps a lot of freelancers from achieving their ultimate success? If you're like me you're probably guessing things like "lack of clients" or "not enough skills." While clients … [Read more...]

The Freelancer’s Pros and Cons of Early Adoption

Early adopters are the first wave of users of technology products like software, hardware and social media sites. Of course, the term "early adopter" can apply to nontechnical products and services as well. In this post, we're limiting the discussion to technology products since that is the area most applicable to freelancing. If you wait in line to be one of the first to purchase a new product version (such … [Read more...]

How to Deal with Freelancing Change

Change is inevitable. This is true whether you're a freelancer, or not. But, because of the nature of freelancing, we freelancers tend to face change and its consequences a bit more frequently than other folks do. That's why it's really important to have a Plan B and to keep that plan up to date. Having an emergency fund does not hurt either. There's much more to dealing with freelancing change that just … [Read more...]

12 Must-Read Freelancing Predictions for 2012

Don't you wish you could see into the future of freelancing? If you could, you'd know what freelancing trends are coming up and what niches to concentrate on. You'd be ahead of the game on social media too. But seeing into the future, like mind reading, is an imprecise art (at best). However, it is possible to make some educated guesses about the future of freelancing based on current trends. So, that's … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Kick the Perfectionist Habit

Hello. My name is Mike. And I’m a recovering perfectionist. For a long time, I believed that being a perfectionist was a good thing. I was proud of my compulsion to work and rework even the smallest assignment until it was faultless. What did it matter that it took me hours more than it probably should have? I was a perfectionist. All that mattered was that I nailed it. When I became a freelancer, … [Read more...]