How to Deal with Freelancing Change

Change is inevitable. This is true whether you're a freelancer, or not. But, because of the nature of freelancing, we freelancers tend to face change and its consequences a bit more frequently than other folks do. That's why it's really important to have a Plan B and to keep that plan up to date. Having an emergency fund does not hurt either. There's much more to dealing with freelancing change that just … [Read more...]

What to Do About All that Stuff

You know the stuff I mean: ebooks, videos, books, training materials, blog posts you mean to read, and so on... I have a small confession to make. I'm not new to freelancing, but I'm a repeat victim of the Shiny New Object Syndrome. Simply put, I love to try new things--whether they be ecourses, new social media tools, books, and so on. You've probably guessed this about me already by reading some of my … [Read more...]

It Will Happen to You

"That will never happen to me." Have you ever heard another freelancer say those words? Have you said them yourself? Over the years, I've heard other freelancers use those words to describe situations ranging from family emergencies, to getting too busy, to getting sick, to missing a deadline. Regrettably, I've also heard some of those same freelancers take back words when the very thing that they never … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why I Prefer to Freelance for Others

Back when I first started as an SEO professional (and a part-time content writer) it was common among SEO professionals to get some hands-on experience and then quit their jobs to start their own online business. There were so many opportunities lingering around in the cyber world and everybody wanted to grab a piece of the pie. Back then there was a lot more earning potential in starting an online business than … [Read more...]

An Ideal Holiday Gift List for Freelance Writers

The holidays are upon us once again. Believe it or not, one of my favorite things about this time of the year is finding the perfect gifts for everyone on my list. If you have freelance writers on your gift list, then read on. I asked my freelance writer friends and readers what they wanted that would help them succeed as freelancers and came up with this blog post. (But while this list is specifically for … [Read more...]

The Freelancer’s Holiday and Year-end Dilemmas Revisited

The holiday season should be a time of happiness and joy, but for many freelancers the holiday season brings with it some freelancing dilemmas. If you've freelanced through a holiday season before, you may already be asking yourself, "what am I going to do about the holidays this year?" That's right. It's that time of the year! We've reached another year-end. (I hope your freelancing business did well this … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Overcome Cabin Fever

As the nights grow longer and temperatures fall, let us remember that this is the time of year when many freelancers succumb to cabin fever. Cabin fever isn't a disease. It is more a malady of the spirit characterized by sadness, lack of energy, malaise, and irritability. Many people are prone to cabin fever around the winter months, because we spend less time outdoors and get less sunlight. However, … [Read more...]

Should Freelancers Outsource?

Freelancers are used to being the outsourcees, but should freelancers themselves also outsource? My answer is a resounding "Yes!" Nobody can possibly do everything well. No matter how talented or hard-working you are, some skills are simply out of your reach. A person who knows what they're doing would do a  much better job and in a shorter time. You already outsource plenty of things--hair cuts, dental … [Read more...]

What to Expect When You Finally Do Become a Freelancer

Before you become a full-time freelancer, you tend to have a romanticized view of freelancing. You imagine waking up at any time of the day, working blissfully in your pajamas, pumping iron at the gym in the middle of the day, and spending many happy hours with your family. Sorry to burst your bubble, but freelancing isn't exactly like that. Freelancing will change your life drastically, for better or … [Read more...]

7 Signs That It’s Time to Simplify Your Freelancing Business

We freelancers deal with a lot. Advice, expectations, client demands, family needs, financial pressure--all of these can sometimes combine to make freelancing a very complicated matter. In fact, sometimes we freelancers make life too busy. If your freelancing life has become too much for you, it may be time to simplify your life and your freelancing business as well. Do you think this is you? Check the … [Read more...]