Get the Money That’s Due to You AND Still Keep Your Clients

You're about to discover how to face the one task that most freelancers probably dread--collecting a late payment. When a client is late making a payment, it can set off a whole horrible negative train of thought starting with "I'm not going to be able to make my house payment/rent" and ending with "Did this client hate my work?" But worse than the negative energy that a late payment creates is the very … [Read more...]

5 Real Reasons Why You Don’t Earn What You Deserve as a Freelancer

You've been reading the freelancing blogs and forums. Everyone else seems to be making a good living, but you're still really struggling. Yet, you know that you're good at what you do. What could be the problem? In this post, I'll examine five common reasons why freelancers don't earn what they deserve. You may find that one of these reasons fits your situation. … [Read more...]

Should You Go with Your Gut?

Did you ever have that sinking feeling that a project you are about to start isn't going to go right? You've checked the client out thoroughly and they seem legit. You've defined the scope of the project in detail and you understand what is required. Nothing seems to be amiss...and yet you still have that uneasy feeling that something is wrong with this project. You just can't put your finger on the … [Read more...]

The Happy Truth About “Ugly” Projects

Some freelance projects are just too much trouble to take on. At least, that's the conventional wisdom. But is the conventional wisdom right? That depends. You may have already been approached by a potential client who has a seemingly impossible project that no one wants to work on. Turning this "ugly" project down may seem like a no-brainer, but is it really the right thing to do? If you haven't been … [Read more...]

10 Painful Mistakes that Cost You Freelancing Work

Do you know why you lose gigs? If you're like most of us, you probably don't know. The truth is that most freelancers have no idea why they lose a client or why they don't get a gig. There are plenty of freelancing mistakes that can cost you work. Happily, most of these mistakes can be avoided. Making mistakes in the process of finding work can be painful. As freelancers, we count on a steady stream of … [Read more...]

Should You Ever Turn Freelancing Work Down?

Do you have more work than you can do right now? Here on Freelance Folder, we spend a lot of time talking about how to get more freelance work...and rightfully so. Many freelancers struggle to find freelance work. However, there's another side to freelancing that many experienced freelancers will attest to--freelance overload. This is the feast aspect of the infamous freelancing feast or famine … [Read more...]

The Five Stages of Working with Freelance Clients

Did you know that your relationships with your long-term freelancing clients go through the same stages that other interpersonal relationships go through? Of course, if you understand that there is a relationship behind each of your dealings with a client, this only makes sense. As a freelancer, it's important to understand each of these relationship stages so that you can avoid address the challenges that … [Read more...]

Improve Your Listening Skills, Become a Better Freelancer

Have you ever had a communication problem with a client? Of course you have... and you're not the only one. As with other relationships, miscommunication with clients can be a huge problem for freelancers. Miscommunication can keep you from getting freelancing work. Fortunately, there are many ways for you to improve your communication skills. Good listening is one key to good communication. The best … [Read more...]

How the 5 Ws of Journalism Can Help You Become a Better Freelancer

Journalists and other professional writers use the Five Ws (and one H) to make sure that they get enough information to write a good article. However, freelancers can use the same principles to improve their freelancing skills. Did you ever start working on a project, only to realize that you don't actually have enough information to get the job done? If you'd considered the 5 Ws of journalism that I'll … [Read more...]

20+ CRM Tools for Freelancers

How do you keep track of your business contacts? You know that it's important to build relationships with your clients and prospects, but to be honest; you have trouble keeping track of them. What if there was a tool that could help jog your memory about your clients and contacts and keep track of your last contact? That would save you time and possibly help you get more projects, right? Well, guess … [Read more...]