7 Common Freelancing Mistakes that Will Shipwreck Your Freelancing Business

Over the years, I've gotten to know many freelancers. One thing I've noticed is that many freelancers disappear after a year or two. They no longer post to their blog. Their URL no longer works. What has happened to these wonderful freelancing colleagues? Sadly, many of them have gone out of business. It's easy to make the mistakes that can shipwreck your freelancing business. In this post, I'll … [Read more...]

7 Top Freelancing Secrets to Help You Balance Your Freelancing Work and Your Life

We freelancers seem to crave work/life balance. In fact, the hope for a better work/life balance is one of the main reasons many of us become freelancers. Achieving a better work/life balance may even be the reason that you became a freelancer. It's a common goal for many freelancers. And, of course, a good work/life balance can be a difficult goal to reach. One thing is well known. The lack of a … [Read more...]

15+ Reasons Why You May Be Better Off as Part-Time Freelancer

Many freelancers begin freelancing full-time before they're really ready. They jump into freelancer either out of desperation or because they expect freelancing to be something that it's not. There's a better way. It's called part-time freelancing. There are some definite advantages to beginning your freelancing career as a part-timer. We'll share over 15 of those advantages in this post. If you freelance … [Read more...]

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...]

9 Benefits of Freelancing with Pets

They're fuzzy and cute. But did you know that you could also benefit just by having them around? I'm talking about your pets, of course. Whether you have a dog, a cat, or even a fish--there are some definite benefits to freelancing with pets. Fortunately, as freelancers, we are able to have our pets with us when we work. In fact, I was startled to see that many of the comments on a recent FreelanceM.ag … [Read more...]

14+ Ways to Escape Freelance Burnout

Between working alone and the stresses of dealing with problem clients and not having a steady income, freelancers are at a high risk for burnout. Burnout is that awful feeling that you just can't go on with your work any longer. You're exhausted--mentally, emotionally, and physically. It's a serious problem. When you're burnt out your motivation may be gone. Your creativity may suffer. Your health may … [Read more...]

Is It Time for Freelancers to Slow Down?

We freelancers seem obsessed with speed. There are many articles out there to instruct us on how to get more done in less time. Not only that, but I'm often contacted by freelancers who are looking for ways to do their work more quickly. The common thinking is that the more a freelancer does, the more they will earn. And it's not just freelancing. Our entire culture seems to be in a rush. But is it … [Read more...]

12+ Things You Can Do While You’re Waiting

Do you like to wait? I know that I don't. Whether it's waiting for an appointment in the doctor's office or waiting in line, I always feel like I'm wasting time when I wait. However, waiting is a big part of freelancing. We freelancers do a lot of waiting. We wait to see if we got the project we applied for. We wait to hear back from a client. We wait to get payment after sending out an invoice. In … [Read more...]

Why Freelancers Need to Worry About Job Satisfaction Too

How do you feel about starting work each day? Do you even want to get started? Or, do you dread the start of your work day? Job satisfaction is a recognized factor in employee success. I believe that it also contributes to freelancing success. That's one of the reasons why it's important to think about whether freelancing makes you happy. In this post, I'll take a look at some of the reasons why it's … [Read more...]