Tools to Help You Learn Copywriting (or Get Better at It)

Copywriting is an essential skill, not just for business, but for life. Even if you have no intention of making a living as a copywriter, it's worthwhile to learn how to communicate more persuasively. Copywriting is the use of words to sell. Copywriting techniques apply to both the written and the spoken word. Copywriters write the ads you see in magazines and newspapers, commercials you hear or hear … [Read more...]

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...]

15 Useful Google Chrome Extensions for Web Designers and Developers

I have only recently made the switch to using Google Chrome as my default browser, and at the same time I began using it for working on my freelance web design and development projects. Although I still find myself wandering back to Firefox every now and then because of my dependency on the Firebug extension that Chrome has yet to completely duplicate, I am thoroughly satisfied with the Chrome browser's speed, … [Read more...]

2010 Top 12 (Plus) Freelance Folder Posts

2010--What a year! At Freelance Folder, we restarted the forum, launched MediaLoot, and developed a WordPress theme especially for freelancers. Our communities on Facebook and Twitter are flourishing because thousands of you have joined in on our conversation about freelancing. 2010 was a fabulous year for many of our readers as well. For some of you, this was the first year that you made the leap into … [Read more...]

How to Use Skype to Win Clients and Grow Your Freelancing Business

One online service that has become a ubiquitous business tool is Skype. Skype is a web-based service, which allows users to communicate with each other through voice or video calls. With Skype, you can also call landline and cell phones, but it will cost you. Skype is free to use if you're contacting another person through Skype, however, no matter where in the world they happen to be. This makes it an … [Read more...]

8 Apps to Help You Back Up Your Data

Your income, peace of mind, and relationship with your clients depends on how well your work data is secured. Recently, I wrote about why securing your computer data is extremely important for freelancers. As a follow-up to that post, I've compiled a number of data security solutions based on recommendations from other freelancers. … [Read more...]

25 (Plus) Must-Follow Tweeters for the Serious Freelancer

Are you getting the most value from your Twitter account? Who you choose to follow on Twitter determines the value that you'll receive. Follow the right people and you will learn valuable information for your freelancing business simply by following the links that are shared. You will also find yourself connecting with businesses and other freelancers in a way that will benefit your freelancing business for … [Read more...]

Unleash the Power of WordPress Using Plugin Combos

As you probably know, WordPress is best known for the way that you can easily add new functionality, thanks to the huge plugin repository. You’ll find a plugin for every use that you could possibly imagine. Did you know that by combining specific plugins, you can quickly specialize your WordPress installation or make it incredibly flexible and powerful, without doing any coding? In this post, I'll share … [Read more...]

13 of the Best YouTube Channels on Freelancing

A few weeks ago, I shared with you a list of excellent podcasts for freelancers. This time, I've been scouring YouTube for the best channels on freelancing. I was surprised to find very few channels dedicated to freelancing and freelancers. However, after much searching and investigating, I did manage to find 13 YouTube channels, which may be worthwhile for freelancers to explore. … [Read more...]

13 Podcasts to Help Freelancers Succeed

Freelancers need to learn--and master--a ton of skills. Aside from the specific freelancing skills you have (e.g., writing, designing, programming, etc.), you need to get good at business management, marketing, financial management, productivity... the list goes on and on. Listening to podcasts is an excellent way to pick up new skills and keep up to date in your field. They're free and are consumable … [Read more...]