The Many Paths to Freelancing

With more and more workers turning to freelancing, you may wonder whether you should freelance. Are you ready? What is the best path to take to become a freelancer? In this post, I'll identify five different routes people take to freelancing. I'll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. … [Read more...]

Quitting Your Job to Become a Freelancer

The day you've been dreading has finally come--your alarm goes off at 5:30 to get you up for work and instead of jumping out of bed to greet the day you groan and through a pillow over your head. You no longer look forward to getting out of bed at the crack of dawn, fighting hour long traffic and going into work just to be stuck in pointless meetings all day. It's true, you've hit a job rut. So, what do you … [Read more...]

How to Start Your Freelancing Journey with No Experience

Believe it or not, every successful freelancer started without any experience. As obvious as that fact may seem, it is easy to look at others who are thriving in their freelancing field and forget that in the beginning they had no idea what they were getting into. Sure, they may have developed their skills in the corporate world, or acquired some type of education that equipped them for their chosen … [Read more...]

Why and How I Took the Plunge into Full-Time Freelancing

I have been dabbling in the freelance field of web and graphic design ever since I first started teaching myself how to use a computer in the early 1990s, but four years ago I decided to jump in with both feet and make it full-time, partially out of necessity and mostly out of a desire to pursue making a living doing something I love. There are many lessons I have learned (and am still learning) along the way, … [Read more...]

How to Become a Successful Freelancer When You’re “Different”

“Currently, I am a teacher, but want to make the gradual transition from the classroom to the freelance commercial writing arena,” an aspiring freelancer recently emailed me. “However, because I lack a marketing background, I am concerned that clients may be hesitant to hire me. How can I transition from academia to this type of writing career?” That’s a valid concern—one that some of you may also have if … [Read more...]