5 Do’s and Don’ts for the Freelancer’s Online Calendar

A major part of working freelance is using your time productively and efficiently. You might schedule your time as blocks of each day, or as random periods of time at any hour of the day or night. Regardless of our individual working patterns, all freelancers keep some sort of calendar, to-do, or scribble list. (If you don’t have some sort of calendar, you should start one today. ) In this post, I'll … [Read more...]

50 Questions to Ask Yourself after 6 Months of Freelancing

It's a well-known fact that most freelancers don't get performance reviews. For one thing, most private clients don't think of it. Even on bidding sites where clients can rate a freelancer, the ratings are not really that helpful. They just indicate whether a client was satisfied. There's no reason why you, as a freelancer, can't review your own performance. In fact, conducting a self-review from to time … [Read more...]

30 of the Best Online Marketing Resources for Freelance Designers & Others

Online marketing is an essential part of any business. It is as important as brochure and postcard printing, as television commercials, and as face-to-face networking. Most business owners know that within the realm of print marketing are a vast number of tricks, resources, and options to learn. The same is true of online marketing. With everything available for freelancers from banner ads to Google … [Read more...]

29 Must-Read Freelancing Blogs from the Freelancing Community

Here at Freelance Folder we've shared a lot of blog resources that are relevant to freelancers. That's because we believe that there's a lot of good information out there and we want you to know about it. However, it's been a while since we've published our last list of blogs, so I decided it was time to compile another list. This time, however, I wanted feedback directly from the freelancing community, so I … [Read more...]

A Freelancer’s Guide to Cloud Hosting Versus Geo Hosting

If you're new to freelancing or are just beginning your online business, you probably started off or are still hosting websites on a shared hosting plan. This is a type of geo hosting that basically consists of renting space on a physical web server (which provides the means of putting your website(s) securely online) that resides in a certain geographic location from a hosting company. But have you … [Read more...]

Which is Better for Mobile Freelancing? Netbooks vs. Laptops

As a busy freelancer, your life constantly involves darting from place to place at break-neck speed, whilst trying to juggle your various streams of freelance work. To accompany this mad mobile lifestyle (that only the bravest of people choose) you need a tool that can keep up the pace and never drag you down. So, you go to the computer section of your favorite electronics outlet and you begin to wonder … [Read more...]

How to Manage Your Phone Problem & Still Get Work Done

About a year ago I decided to take my Web design skills and go freelance. I liked the company I worked for, but I (somewhat naively) believed that working on my own would mean I could live life a little more independently. Of course, anyone who has started their own business knows that’s never how it works out. In fact, if you want to be successful with your own company, it will pretty much be a 24/7 … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Wealthy Freelancer

The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle is one of the most important books published in 2010 specifically for freelancers. Written by the three founders of the blog by the same name, The Wealthy Freelancer promises to show freelancers "how to get the clients, income, and lifestyle you deserve." The authors are all veteran freelancers with successful businesses as … [Read more...]

15 Amazing iPad Apps

With the arrival of the iPad 2, you may be looking at incorporating an iPad into your arsenal of freelancing tools. If you're considering an iPad 2 for your freelancing business, who could blame you? This newest generation of the iPad has received an awful lot of news coverage lately. But is an iPad worth it as a freelancing tool? Of course, depending on their own business needs, every freelancer will … [Read more...]

12 Free Appointment Scheduling Software Packages for Freelancers

Have you moved from providing a service to clients to including consulting or coaching as part of what you offer? Do you struggle to keep track of client meetings? If you answered "yes" to either of those questions, you may need appointment scheduling software. Sure, you could hire someone to keep your appointments straight. For some freelancers hiring someone is the right solution, but for many … [Read more...]