Freelancing — A Career Choice or Lifestyle?

What does it mean, exactly, to be a freelancer? This is one of the toughest questions that we freelancers have to answer. It's especially difficult when people close to us, like friends or family, are the ones who are asking. There are many people who don't understand what it means to freelance. There are even a few people who still think that we're all sitting at home in our pajamas eating chocolate and … [Read more...]

Are You Your Own Bully?

Bullying is a serious problem. It’s no joking matter when someone gets picked on. If it’s ever happened to you – if you’ve ever been the victim of a bully, then you know how much name-calling and mean words can hurt. As a child, I had my own brush with a bully, and it was not fun. “You’re fat!” The little boy hissed at me as I walked down the aisle to the chalkboard. He managed to say it just … [Read more...]

The Violent Truth Of Opportunity

If I hear one more freelance writer whining about how she can't find freelance gigs, I'm going to scream. I'm like anyone else. There are times when I'm likely to sit around hoping for a new opportunity to knock me over the head. Fact of the matter is, though, I've come to the place in my life and career where I realize something: opportunities aren't discovered, they are created. I understand what it … [Read more...]

Should You Tattle On A Bad Client?

I frequent a lot of forums and blogs where freelancers post. As I read through the forum and blog posts, I often find that other freelancers have posted complaints about the actions of clients or former clients. Usually the posting is done in such a way that the client cannot be identified, but sometimes a client’s name is actually mentioned in the post. By complaining publicly about their clients, these … [Read more...]

Is Your Body Language Sabotaging Your Success?

When you were a kid, did your parents constantly tell you to sit up straight and stop slouching or fidgeting? Some of my earliest memories involve just that scenario. I was always a fidgety kid; I never could sit still very long and the more I moved around the further down in the chair I’d go. Sound familiar? Now add in a few uhhhh’s and huh’s and it is a disaster waiting to happen. What Does Your Body Language … [Read more...]

How To Get (And Keep) A Business Mindset

Many people start a freelancing career, but few succeed. Do you ever wonder why? If you ask a freelancer to list the biggest obstacles that they face, then you’ll get a lot of different answers. Some will say “lack of confidence”, others will list “ stiff competition for jobs”, or “gaps between projects” as their biggest challenges. While there’s some merit to all of those answers, I’m convinced that the … [Read more...]

7 Ways To Give Your Freelancing Career A Boost

No matter how small, your business should receive the same attention and treatment a large business would. The main objective of starting any business is usually to grow effectively and eventually step into a wider (and often more demanding) market. Whether you run a small business and have employees or you do it on the side in your basement, a plan is a must if you want to grow and get more business. Being a … [Read more...]

4 Game-Changing Things To Do With Your Business In January

As we roll into the new year, you have a choice to make - you can either do the same day-in and day-out things you did in 2007, or you can break away and make a game-changing course correction that will make 2008 your best year ever. If you choose to do the latter, here's some food for thought to get you started. … [Read more...]

Define Your Role As A Freelancer

One of the problems a lot of new freelancers face, is maintaining the proper role in the freelancer/client relationship. On the one hand, you became a freelancer to gain more control over your life….to be your own boss. Problem is, from the perspective of many clients, you work for them until a project is completed. No entrepreneur wants to be managed, and even worse, micro-managed. When starting out, it’s easy … [Read more...]

How To Be A Rockstar Freelancer – Free Copies Anyone?

By now I'm sure most (if not all) of you have heard about the new FreelanceSwitch ebook 'How To Be A Rockstar Freelancer'. Well, if you haven't read it yet, trust me you should, it is filled with incredible information, it really is one of the best ebook I've read so far, and I've read many. Collis from FreelanceSwitch told me I could give away copies of their new ebook, for free! In case you're wondering, … [Read more...]