How To Cope With Rejection As A Freelancer

"I used to save all my rejections, always thinking, "I'll show them". I always talk about how hard it is, but I also think it's glorious... ...Writers are writers because they can't help but be writers; they have to get it out there. I feel more whole and reassured when I've written something. I try to discourage my students from a writing career most of the time. The ones who get beyond it are really meant to … [Read more...]

Thrive, Even When Odds Are Against You

Just last week I noticed it in a parking lot where I stop frequently. It was a spectacular sight - a bright red flower growing up through a tiny crack in the pavement. The fact that the plant had survived was amazing. The fact that the plant was actually in bloom was even more astonishing. Now, before we go any further, let me clarify. I’m not talking about some scraggly weed with a half-dead flower. This was … [Read more...]

The Seven Deadly Sins of Freelancing Part 7 – Sacrificing Integrity

There are a number of ways that a freelancer can lose her business. Sometimes, the economy takes a dive and she can’t recover. Sometimes, she isn’t good at what she does. Sometimes, she falls prey to one of the first six deadly sins of freelancing. She doesn’t plan, she doesn’t market, she aims too high or too low. There is something else, though, that can destroy a freelance business. Of the seven deadly … [Read more...]

What To Do When You Feel Invisible

Have you ever felt invisible? Or, perhaps I should ask instead, have you ever felt inaudible – as though your words and ideas are being totally ignored. . . as though no one hears you. I remember the first time it happened. I was only about 11 years old. My dad took me out to eat at a restaurant. For some reason, I had my heart set on eating pancakes that day. My dad had other ideas... When the waitress … [Read more...]

Why The Delete Key Is My Best Friend When It Comes To Telling Off Clients

I've always prided myself on the fact that I provide impeccable customer service. But bottom line - if you're in the service industry (which we are), you will find yourself dealing with ridiculous clients. Whether you're a waitress being screamed at by an angry customer about a spot on his fork, or you're an IT person explaining the "I-D-10-T" error to a client who won't accept that, every once in a while, … [Read more...]

Let’s Party! Why Celebrating Success Can Be The Key To Your Business’s Future

What do you do after you successfully complete a major project? At the conclusion of a major project it’s business as usual, right? Wrong! Feedback from other freelancers, and my own experience, has led me to believe that it’s crucial for us to celebrate our business successes as they occur. Yet, celebrating success is something that many of us are not good at. Four Benefits to Celebrating Business … [Read more...]

You Don’t Realize How Talented You Are

We, as freelancers, are many times our own worst enemies. Through out my experiences, I've learned that artistic people tend to be the most analytical. Even to this day, I cringe a bit before pressing the send button when e-mailing a proof to a client. Yes, I am always proud of my work, but there is always that little bastard on my shoulder who whispers into my ear, 'You don't deserve to be in this industry. … [Read more...]

Life As A Web-Worker – Are You Disciplined?

What do you think motivates a person to quit his day job and go web working full time? Well, there are many reasons and each individual has his own story. But overall, I think one of the primary reason behind this decision is that we think we'll have more time for ourselves and our family, and we'll be our own boss. It's true that there is nothing like gaining total control of those 24 hours, however it's … [Read more...]

The Amazing Power of Personal Encouragement

As freelancers, we like to think of ourselves as being independent professionals who are pretty much able to get by totally on our own. We don’t really need help or feedback from others because, after all, we’re supposed to be beyond needing that. At least, I sometimes think of myself that way. I can personally testify, however, that receiving personal praise can make a tremendous difference in a … [Read more...]

Getting Rid of Bad Freelancing Habits

Having worked with a lot of freelancers throughout the years, let's just say that I have identified quite a few bad habits which will make me not recommend a certain service provider and, of course, not work with him or her in the future. This article is written from the perspective of a person who works with and hires a lot of freelancers. Taking advantage of my experiences and advice and getting rid of … [Read more...]