Discouragement–the Hidden Struggle Many Freelancers Ignore

Freelancers face many challenges: Stiff competition in the marketplace Ever-changing technology Even getting paid on time Yet, with all those challenges that we face as freelancers, it might surprise you to learn that one of the hardest challenges to overcome is a challenge that may originate from within ourselves. I'm talking about discouragement. In this post, I'll discuss discouragement and list … [Read more...]

Ten Freelancing Tactics That You’ve Probably Gotten Right

We spend so much time on Freelance Folder correcting freelancer mistakes, that we sometimes forget to recognize what experienced freelancers are doing right. With so much focus on mistakes that freelancers make, it's easy to get discouraged. While it's important to grow and learn from our mistakes, it's also important to acknowledge when things are done right. In this post, I'll list ten freelancing … [Read more...]

How Your Freelance Business Is Like The Deadliest Catch

I find it hardest to get motivated just after finishing a big project. Launch-day nerves turn into workday fatigue and it becomes increasingly difficult to sit in the chair in front of my computer when there’s a perfectly good couch in the next room. It was in just this frame of mind that I decided to turn on the television last week to watch an hour of The Deadliest Catch marathon on the Discovery Channel. … [Read more...]

5 Lessons Being a Private Investigator Taught Me About Freelancing

A decade ago, I worked as a private investigator. It was by far, the riskiest thing I ever did in my life. For a year, I learned how to follow potential criminals, photograph them and even worked undercover. Though the pay was low and the stakes were high, I got the kind of education about working that you can’t learn by reading books or studying in school. There were actually five major lessons I learned … [Read more...]

What You Must Know to Survive in a Rapidly Changing Freelance Marketplace

Running a business is tough enough, but when you're centered in an industry that seems to change almost every day, it can seem impossible. While there's a ton of freelance work out there, there's also plenty of competition and it becomes a daily fight to set yourself apart. One of the best things about being a freelancer is that when you get the ball rolling with clients, you don't have to go looking for work … [Read more...]

10 Totally Imaginary Freelancing Tools We Wish Really Existed

You've been working hard all week at freelancing, and so have I. It's time to have some fun! If you've ever wished there was a tool to make freelancing easier, this post is for you. We'll take a humorous look at ten freelancing tools that don't exist (as far as I know, LOL), but we wish did. At the end, I'll also ask for your suggestions for new freelancing tools. So, read on, and don't forget to … [Read more...]

Freelance Lessons Learned–Make Your Own Music

Before I became a full-time freelancer, I’d imagine my future career and split it into two phases: Pre-freelance (when I lacked clarity and direction) Post-freelance (which would be full of purpose and perfection) The reality was much different. Instead of leaving one life behind, I found that lessons from my previous career helped me in my new one. The most helpful lessons came from a surprising … [Read more...]

5 Freelance Lessons I Learned from Working in the Fast Food Industry

It’s funny where the little lessons on life stem from. I was surprised the other day to discover that many of the work habits I use daily were ingrained into me from my first job in fast food. I started working right after I turned 16, and by doing the same thing every day for the next two years, I developed a set of rules from my experience that still apply today. Whether at the drive-thru, the front … [Read more...]

10 Top Tips to Combat Procrastination

Procrastination can be dangerous for a freelancing business. If you put critical tasks off for too long you may find yourself without enough time to get them done properly. This is important because rushed work tends to be sloppy and less desirable for clients. Procrastinating may even cause you to lose a client, or worse, your business. Yet, many of us put off necessary tasks every day without even … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Always Be Highly Motivated

Work for me is not work. Why? Because I love what I do. Sure, I expend effort. I’m up early, before the rest of my colleagues, creating, planning and strategizing. Even as I prepare this article I am seated in one of a few of my favorite cafes at 7 a.m., as is my habit, writing. I’ll be at my office around 8.30 a.m., and before I get there I will have already written yet another ‘winning’ article designed … [Read more...]