David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”: Is It Relevant to Freelancers?

  I first read "Getting Things Done" (GTD) by David Allen in 2007. Back then, I was working full-time in UNICEF, juggling my work responsibilities with a family. Although I didn't implement GTD completely, it did allow me to unclutter my entire work area (not just my desk). It allowed me to tame my overflowing email inbox. It allowed me to leave my files neatly organized for my successor. GTD was … [Read more...]

8 Metrics Every Freelancer Should Measure at the End of the Year

It's the end of the year, and you know what that means...end of year reporting! Now's the time of the year to dig out the Excel sheets, budgets, expense reports and bank statements and start reconciling. A pain, yes...but incredibly valuable. Freelancers and independent workers often skip this critical exercise. Moving from the end of one year to the next is approached with a somewhat oozing type of … [Read more...]

5 Easy Tips to Increase Your Bottom Line

Do you want a bigger bottom line? As a freelancer business owner, you probably DO want bigger bottom line--you just may not know how to get one. In case you don't know, in a nutshell your bottom line is the money left over after you meet your expenses. (Who wouldn't want more of that?) In this post I share five easy tips to help you increase your freelancing bottom line. Feel free to share your own tips … [Read more...]

Why the Shortest Route Isn’t Always the Best One

A few weeks ago, I had an appointment in another city. I plugged in my GPS, set it to find the shortest route to my destination, and I was ready to go. Or so I thought. Unfortunately, taking the "shortest" route used an extra hour. I wound up being late for my destination. My shortcut wound up being the worst way to go. I hear about freelancers taking shortcuts all of the time. At first glance, what … [Read more...]

10 Brand New Productivity Tools You Probably Missed

Freelancers may have more of a need than other business owners to access data on the go, and from more than one platform. Productivity tools in the cloud offer a great way to address the issue of unknown source accessibility, especially when they are designed to sync between various devices, such as PC, tablets and smartphones. Because there are already several articles at Freelance Folder featuring … [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...]

Finding the Time to Write

A few years ago I started my career as a full-time writer. The direction of my new job was not a surprise, since I have never wanted to do anything else for as long as I can remember. However, the way I started to freelance as well was something that just fell into my lap and was far from what I had originally expected to turn to. While the opportunity is an amazing one, and I would never choose to do … [Read more...]

13 Office Productivity Software Suites for Freelancers and Others

No matter what your freelancing specialty is, odds are that you can benefit from the use of an office productivity suite. In fact, you may already be using one. What is an office productivity software suite? Simply put, it is a group of business-oriented software packages that are bundled together for distribution. The most common bundles include word processing and spreadsheet software, but other bundle … [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...]

How to Use Templates to Keep Your Email Under Control

My email inbox can get a little hairy. I’ve got messages coming in from clients that I can’t afford to miss. I’ve got emails coming in from other freelancers who I need to coordinate with on projects which, if I don’t get to, I might mess up an entire project. And I’ve got hundreds of other emails that, while they don’t immediately impact my work, do need to be dealt with in some way or another. But if I spent … [Read more...]