Freelancing Problems–What Can Go Wrong?

What can go wrong with freelancing? The answer is that quite a lot can go wrong. Recently, a family member confessed to me that he was freelancing on a part-time basis in addition to his regular job. However, it was now over a month since he completed the work and he had not yet received payment. What's worse is that the client was talking about paying him half of what they originally agreed upon. To cap … [Read more...]

9 Clues That Your New Freelancing Gig May Actually Be a Scam

When I began freelancing, one of the things I was most afraid of was failing victim to a work-from-home scam. As a result, I was super cautious. I checked and double-checked every potential client carefully. If something didn't seem right, I didn't pursue it. I don't think that was a mistake. Even though freelancing is much more commonplace that it was ten years ago, the scammers are still out there. … [Read more...]

Do You Make These 5 Common Negotiating Mistakes?

Negotiations are key for successful freelancers. Nearly every project starts with negotiations (or if it doesn't, it should). Freelancers who can't negotiate a profitable deal are at risk for losing money, or even worse, going out of business. So, it stands to reason that negotiating skills are also important. In this post, I identify five common negotiating mistakes that freelancers often make. Read the post … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Do You Use Contracts?

There's a well known saying in the freelance and business world. You've heard it before, I've heard it before, and we've all probably ignored it on many occasions. The saying is this: you should always use a contract. Despite seeming like such simple advice, it is often very difficult to put into practice. Heck, there are even times when it seems like it shouldn't be put into practice. You shouldn't have to … [Read more...]