What on Earth Are You Doing Wrong with Your Freelancing Business? Find Out Here

Freelancing sounds like an ideal "career," one where you can earn six figures a year and never get out of your pajamas. That's almost accurate--almost. Let's not gloss over the fact that freelancing is not a get-rich-quick scheme (far from it). You won't become an overnight millionaire (I wish!). And even though you don't have to shower before work, you will have to work hard. And if you're not careful, … [Read more...]

Is a Balanced Lifestyle Really Even Possible for a Freelancer?

The three motivators that cause most freelancers to start freelancing are a search for balance in their life, a desire to build and expand a business, or a desire to earn more money. All of these motivations can be achieved through freelancing, but it is often the first one--a desire for balance--that seems to be the most elusive for many freelancers. And often, balance seems incompatible with the other … [Read more...]

A Fascinating Glimpse Into the Real World of Freelancing

How much do freelancers earn? How do they really feel about being self-employed? Why do they do what they do? How badly have freelancers been affected by the slowing economy? Would they go back to being an employee if they had the chance? You won't find the answers to these questions, or questions like them, in any business publication. In fact, when it comes to freelancers and their concerns, the … [Read more...]

Freelancing Stress 3.0

Are freelancers more stressed than ever before? Do you feel stress building, building, building...until you feel nearly overwhelmed? While we freelancers do have some natural stress reduction built into their job (such as no commute, control over hours and projects, not dealing with coworkers, etc., ...), there is some evidence that freelancers may be facing more stress than ever before. If you're feeling … [Read more...]

Why Crowdsourcing Isn’t All About Spec Work Anymore

There’s always controversy surrounding crowdsourcing. Many people think that it means getting a lot of people to do something for nothing. But as the crowdsourcing industry evolves, there are many companies that look at crowdsourcing as a new way to approach work. In this post, I'll discuss what crowdsourcing is and explain how the new hybrid crowdsource agencies have evolved away from the spec model. I'll … [Read more...]

Eating for Energy

What freelancer couldn't use more energy nowadays? I know I sure could! Imagine what you could do if you had just 50% more energy than you do now. That could mean getting 50% more work done in the same amount of time, or the same work done in half the time. It could mean being able to pursue your hobbies, launch another stream of income, or simply be much nicer around your loved ones (because you're not … [Read more...]

Can Freelancers Benefit from Learning a Second Language?

Freelancers face an increasingly global marketplace. Unless you work with local clients only, chances are that sooner or later you will end up working with someone in a different country and odds are that their native tongue may be different than your own. This being the case, you may wonder whether your freelancing business would benefit if you became fluent in another language. Of course, many freelancers … [Read more...]

10 More Green Tips for Freelancers Who Want to Help the Environment

Several years ago, we wrote 10 Ways to Green Your Home Office. That post has some really great suggestions for freelancers who want to conserve resources and we got a lot of great feedback from you, our readers. Well, it's time to revisit the topic. As a freelancer, you may already be consuming less energy than a traditional worker by avoiding the commute to work. But you can do even more. If you're … [Read more...]

The Importance of Giving to the Community

I'm a firm believer in supporting the community you're a part of, whether it's your actual neighborhood or your favorite online sites. A well-supported community gives in return and contributing to it ensures that the community will stick around longer than a few months. Online, there are several ways you can contribute to your community no matter what you do as a freelancer. The trick is doing something you … [Read more...]

How to Be a Professional Freelancer

I get asked the question almost every day: "Just how does one become a freelancer?" While most sites will post a boring write-up on being on time, being nice and networking, I'm here to tell you the "real" nitty gritty of just what it takes to become a "real" professional freelancer. Here's your very own copy of the Professional Freelancer's Guide To Professional Freelancing. But beware, ignore these … [Read more...]