Posted April 18, 2013 in Tools/Resources
If you’re a freelancer, you’re probably an expert in your field. But while you may be an expert writer, programmer, designer, translator, or whatever–you probably don’t know much about running a business.
Yet, successful freelancing is all about running a business. If you want to succeed, you’re going to have to acquire some business skills.
Now of course, you could go back to school and get a business degree. That would cost you thousands of dollars and take up several years of your life.
Fortunately, getting a degree is not the only way to acquire business skills. There are plenty of free training resources online. In this post, I’ll share ten of them.
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Are you a freelancing perfectionist?
You know who you are. Even now, while you’re reading this very post about the dangers of perfectionism, you’re consciously or subconsciously beating yourself up because you think you’re not good enough.
You think you should be able to write faster, code faster, or translate faster. You think your work should be more than good–it should be the very best. You think that you’re not earning enough, even though you’re living comfortably.
And the list goes on, and on, and on…
You’re only hurting yourself, and by extension, your freelancing business. In this post, I’ll explain why perfectionism is such a danger for freelancers. I’ll also share some tips on how you can overcome perfectionism. Finally, I’d like to hear how being a perfectionist has affected you.
How do you like freelancing so far?
Are you not quite sure how to answer? If you’ve been freelancing for a while, chances are good that you have mixed feelings about it.
Years of hearing from freelancers have convinced me that many freelancers actually have a love/hate relationship with their freelancing business. They love to be a freelancer some of the time, but other times they secretly wish that they weren’t doing it.
They might even feel slightly guilty about their ambiguous feelings. However, freelancers really have no reason to feel guilty. There are plenty of good reasons for the love/hate relationship that freelancers have with freelancing.
We’ll explore some of those feelings in this post. I’ll also explain how you can use your love/hate relationship with freelancing to move to a position of freelancing strength.
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When I started out as a freelancer, I often wished for someone who would review my business ideas for me. While I knew I was a good writer, I just wanted a second opinion. I’ve known other freelancers who felt the same way.
Starting a new freelancing business can be rough, so naturally there’s a market for people who are willing to help freelancers reach their potential–sort of like what I was looking for when I started out.
Those people who are willing to help freelancers get started or grow their business are called coaches or mentors. Business coaching is a growing field.
If you’ve been freelancing for a while, you probably understand your freelancing business pretty well. You may be in a position to help others who are just getting started. Many freelancers expand their businesses to include a coaching component. Should you?
There are many advantages to starting a freelance coaching or mentoring business, as well as some drawbacks. For many freelancers, this is a chance to take their freelancing to the next level. In this post, I’ll list the pros and cons of starting a freelance coaching business and invite you to share your own experiences.
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