7 Common Freelancing Mistakes that Will Shipwreck Your Freelancing Business

Over the years, I've gotten to know many freelancers. One thing I've noticed is that many freelancers disappear after a year or two. They no longer post to their blog. Their URL no longer works. What has happened to these wonderful freelancing colleagues? Sadly, many of them have gone out of business. It's easy to make the mistakes that can shipwreck your freelancing business. In this post, I'll … [Read more...]

10 Painful Mistakes that Cost You Freelancing Work

Do you know why you lose gigs? If you're like most of us, you probably don't know. The truth is that most freelancers have no idea why they lose a client or why they don't get a gig. There are plenty of freelancing mistakes that can cost you work. Happily, most of these mistakes can be avoided. Making mistakes in the process of finding work can be painful. As freelancers, we count on a steady stream of … [Read more...]

What on Earth Are You Doing Wrong with Your Freelancing Business? Find Out Here

Freelancing sounds like an ideal "career," one where you can earn six figures a year and never get out of your pajamas. That's almost accurate--almost. Let's not gloss over the fact that freelancing is not a get-rich-quick scheme (far from it). You won't become an overnight millionaire (I wish!). And even though you don't have to shower before work, you will have to work hard. And if you're not careful, … [Read more...]

26 Common Freelancing Mistakes to Avoid

There are some freelancing mistakes and pitfalls that you can easily avoid, if you are aware of them. And no, I'm not talking about grammar or spelling mistakes here, either. Before I get too far into this post, I need to confess that I learned about a few of these freelancing mistakes the hard way--that is to say, I made the mistakes myself. Other mistakes I learned about secondhand from freelancing … [Read more...]

Bad First Impressions That Can Drive Potential Clients Away

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Those initial defining moments can be the determining factor for whether or not a client hires you, so it is critical to make them count. When a potential client makes first contact--by email, phone, IM, social media or in person--everything you do and say will have a lasting impact on their perception of who you are, how you operate, and more. It is … [Read more...]