Six Areas of Technology All Freelancers MUST Stay Current With

Freelancers operate in a rapidly changing technological environment. I don't use the same computer software and hardware that I used eight years ago, and neither should you. Freelancers who don't keep up with the changing technologies may soon find themselves out of business. While you don't necessarily have to be on the cutting edge of new developments, neither should you lag too far behind. In this post, … [Read more...]

How to Make Sure Your New Year’s Resolutions Succeed

It's that time again. The New Year is upon us and as we look back at all we set out to accomplish in the past 365 days we also look forward and begin creating resolutions and goals for the year ahead. Unfortunately, very often our resolutions list looks very similar to last year's. In fact, although I don't know the exact statistics, it is likely the percentage of New Year's resolutions that are actually … [Read more...]

What You Should Say to Your Client When Their Payment Is Delinquent

Even if you have had a successful run with the most appreciative, responsible and compassionate clients in the history of freelancing, you will almost certainly eventually have a client who takes a payment to the point of Past Due. When this happens, it births a situation ripe with potential for all kinds of problems if not handled correctly. In this post, we will look at some ways to get that late payment into … [Read more...]

Why Freelancers Should Secure Their Data

Imagine this: You're working in your favorite coffee shop, typing away at your laptop (just one of the many perks of being a freelancer). You take your grande Caffe Americano and bring it to your lips. It is much hotter than you expected, you jerk it away from your face... and promptly spill the whole thing over your shiny computer. You drop your shoulders in defeat as the brown liquid quickly slithers from … [Read more...]

Freelancing Accountability Tips to Help You Stay on Target

Many complain about the inconvenience of working corporate hours, but freelancers understand best how having a rigid schedule can help with focus and productivity. The advantages of working your own hours and sitting wherever you call your "office" also bring many detractors and a constant need for self-imposed focus. Here we offer tips for moving forward--rather than sideways --with your projects. … [Read more...]

The Definitive Guide to Creating Your Own Freelancing A-Team

Do you remember the hit television series, "The A-Team"? Not the ridiculously over-the-top Hollywood movie. I'm referring to the original, campy TV show starring Mr. T. It was a great show about a team of elite military convicts who banded together to create an unstoppable force for good. Plus, they blew stuff up in every episode. In my last post titled 5 Reasons Every Freelancer Needs an Accountability Group … [Read more...]

How I Work Less and Accomplish More (by Managing My Energy)

It's really hard to find decent productivity advice these days. Most of the productivity 'gurus' are self-proclaimed and offer techniques that aren't backed up with any evidence. I actually struggled with those people for the past two years. I was trying to find a way to be more productive (work less and accomplish more) but and was trying out these 'techniques.' Nothing worked, however. Until finally, I … [Read more...]

Managing Your Client Schedule

Having lots of clients is the goal for any freelancer who's serious about business. The money is always flowing, your clients are happy and you're working hard to maintain your reputation. The problem though, is the fact you haven't seen the outside of your office for weeks, you dream about the next email you're going to send to your clients, and you're constantly checking your phone for client replies when … [Read more...]

How to Get More Done and Have More Fun

Have you ever thought that by simply rearranging your daily tasks you could increase your productivity, get more done and enjoy yourself more? The biggest asset of freelancers worldwide is that they usually do what they love, and love what they do. But, what happens when you get stressed with deadlines, long working hours and lots of clients and you don't have any more time for yourself, your family or your … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Get Your Stalled Freelancing Project Unstuck

You never thought it would happen to you. You've landed your dream freelancing project. You've been working on it for a while now, when all of the sudden you find you just can't go any further. You're stuck! There are a number of reasons why a freelancing project might get stuck. In this post, we identify four of those reasons and explain how to overcome each reason. (A special thank-you to our Freelance … [Read more...]