It’s a sad cold fact. And in a world where a steadily increasing percentage of the workforce is freelance, you may wonder why.
Of course, there are a lot bad freelancing practices that can cause you to fail. Naturally, you should avoid those. But what about when you seem to be doing everything right and you fail anyway?
Some freelance failure might seem like a mystery, but there’s almost always an underlying cause.
In this post, I share some of the not-so obvious reasons why freelancers fail. In the comments, be sure to add your own ideas about why freelancers fail.
According to article after article, a substantial number of adults are engaged in freelancing and the number of freelancers is increasing. For example, Business Insider recently published an article from Vivian Giang titled 40 Percent Of Americans Will Be Freelancers By 2020.
But, did you ever wonder exactly who these freelancers are?
The answer is, they’re us. Freelancers are people at every stage of life who are choosing to leave the traditional workforce and strike out on their own.
In my experience, I’ve mostly encountered freelancers who are in three life stages. In this post, I’ll identify each life stage and outline some of the unique advantages and challenges freelancers face at each life stage.
It’s important to note that these are generalizations, so not every freelancer will fit perfectly into a life stage. And some freelancers may be between life stages.
Posted September 23, 2013 in Lifestyle
Traditionally, finding good health insurance coverage has been a challenge for some freelancers. We’ve even discussed the challenge of finding health insurance here on Freelance Folder.
For years, I’ve also heard the horror stories about freelancers who skipped buying health insurance coverage (something I’ve never recommended) and then got sick. You’ve probably heard the stories too, or you might even know a freelancer who goes without health insurance.
For many freelancers, health care options are about to change.
If you are a freelancer who lives in the United States, then you probably already know about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA becomes law in January of 2014.
What you might not know is exactly how the new health care changes will affect you, as a freelancer. However, you may need to make some important insurance decisions as soon as October of 2013.
While I’m far from an insurance expert, I’ve outlined a few basic points about the new law that all freelancers need to understand. I’ve also compiled a helpful list of five informative posts that discuss the ACA changes.
Posted September 16, 2013 in Lifestyle
This is a questions that I frequently see asked on forums and blogs where I participate. Invariably, someone will leave a response that looks something like this:
…so, of course I had no choice but to become a freelancer…
The words preceding the statement vary. Sometimes, they explain how the freelancer lost a traditional job. Other times they explain how rough the market is for recent graduates. The circumstances don’t matter.
Every single time I read that a freelancer felt that they had no choice other than freelancing I’m sad. I’m sad because it means that the freelancer was feeling desperate–and desperation is no way to start a freelancing business.
In this post, I’ll discuss freelancing out of desperation. I’ll take a look at why it’s not such a good thing. Then I’ll explain how you can seem less desperate.
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