Freelancing Out of Desperation–Does It Work?

How did you get started in freelancing? This is a questions that I frequently see asked on forums and blogs where I participate. Invariably, someone will leave a response that looks something like this: ...so, of course I had no choice but to become a freelancer... The words preceding the statement vary. Sometimes, they explain how the freelancer lost a traditional job. Other times they explain how … [Read more...]

Freelancing Optimism, a Little-Known Key to Success?

Is your glass half-full or half empty? Your answer to that age-old question to determine whether you are an optimist or a pessimist may be more important than you think. It may actually determine how successful your freelancing business is. It seems that attitude really can determine success. Under30CEO blog recently shared the story of Michael Austin Jacobs, who used his positive attitude as a … [Read more...]

10 Steps to a Client-Winning Mindset

We can read freelancing advice all day long, but the truth is that when you are a freelancer--your mindset is everything. Your mindset determines the difference between reading advice and following advice. It's the difference between doing a good job and doing a lousy job. And finally, your mindset can be the difference between quitting and persevering (and ultimately succeeding). A bad attitude is a … [Read more...]

Attitude Counts

What is the difference between a successful freelancer and one who fails? Do you know that answer? Of course, there are many variables behind a successful freelancing career. Talent and skill definitely do count for something as does providing good customer service. However, I'm convinced that a key characteristic of many successful freelancers is their positive attitude. A good attitude can help to … [Read more...]

How to Change Your Freelancing Perceptions and Prosper

People who are successful in freelancing will tell you that starting their own business was the best choice they ever made. Those who are thinking of going freelance, or are "happy" in a full-time job, tell a different story. While your perceptions of things in life doesn't determine the success or failure of what you're doing 100% of the time, having a positive perception does make the task much easier. You're … [Read more...]

Are You a Good Sport Freelancer?

If you work online (and most freelancers do), how do you handle it when you encounter someone who doesn't agree with you (or even like you)? I grew up attending my brother's little league games, and now I have the opportunity to watch my own children participate in sport activities. The one thing that nearly every coach stressed was good sportsmanship--which included the ability to get along with others on … [Read more...]