Posted September 10, 2013 in Lifestyle
By now, there has been a lot of good freelancing advice published. There’s certainly a lot more information available now about freelancing than there was when I made the transition to freelancing over ten years ago.
So, why are freelancers still making the same mistakes, over and over again? Why are they still saying “yes” to bad clients, when they should say “no?” Why are freelancers still charging less than they are worth? Why are they still working without contracts?
You’d think that by now most freelancers would know better, and the truth is that most actually do know better. But something gets in the way and keeps them from following all that good advice that they know is true.
I’m convinced that fear and desperation has a lot to do with it. If you really want to succeed at freelancing, you shouldn’t let yourself become too desperate or too fearful. Desperation and fear almost always lead to bad freelancing decisions.
The trick is to find out how to keep your fears from causing you to make mistakes. In this post, I share over eight ways to keep from giving in to freelancing fear.
Posted July 23, 2013 in Lifestyle
Freelancers deal with a lot of stress.
When you freelance, there’s a lot that can go wrong. And when something goes wrong that often means we don’t get paid. So, it’s no wonder that many of us struggle with worry.
Recently, though, I’ve realized that much of what I worry about isn’t really worth my worry. I seem to worry equally about minor issues and things that I can’t control. From what I can tell, other freelancers struggle with the exact same problem.
As freelancers, it’s important we save our energy for major problems that we can actually solve. We shouldn’t waste our energy worrying about small problems or problems that we can’t control anyway–the small stuff.
In this post, I’ll list some specific issues that freelancers worry about when they really don’t need to. I’ll also list some methods for identifying which problems are worth worrying about.
You may have visions of dragging your laptop or mobile device to the beach with you and happily working on your projects while enjoying the sea view. But the truth is that for many freelancers, the beach is a less than ideal work location.
As a freelancer, I’ve tried working from many different locations over the years. In this post, I’ll share some of the real pitfalls that you might face as you try to work from various locations. Whether you’re traveling, or just looking for a change of scenery, you’ll want to review this post before deciding where to take your work.
If you’re planning on traveling and working, you may also be interested in this post, 28+ Travel Tips: Giant Checklist for Freelancers.
Posted June 9, 2013 in Lifestyle
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 identify seven common freelancing mistakes that can make your business fail. If you like this post, you may also like 5 Ways Freelancers Sabotage Their Success.
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