Should Schools Teach Basic Freelancing Skills?

The number of freelancers is growing. In fact, the latest studies show that a significant portion of today's work force (as many as 1 in 4) are freelancers. Yet, despite the growing popularity of freelancing, many freelancers fail. The most common cause of freelancing failure is a lack of concrete knowledge about how to run a business. With these facts in mind, today I'm going to explore the question of … [Read more...]

Do You Have the One Crucial Skillset All Freelancers Need?

We've talked a lot about the importance of building your freelancing skillset here on Freelance Folder. It makes sense that to be successful as a freelancer you should be good at what you do. If you're a freelance designer, you should be very good at design. If you're a freelance programmer you should be very good at programming. If you're a freelance writer, you'd better be good at writing. If you're a … [Read more...]

6 Reasons Why Freelancers Need to Exercise Self-Discipline

There's no doubt that freelancers need many skills that non-freelancers don't think about. It's not enough to simply be a good writer, a good designer, a good web developer (or whatever your specialty is). The need to have these other skills is one of the things that makes freelancing so difficult. Many blog posts have been written about a freelancer's need to market one's self, the need to manage one's … [Read more...]

10 Hidden Skills of Successful Freelancers

Anyone who's spent any time freelancing knows far too well that there is much more to it than simply doing that thing you love whenever you want in your pajamas. The truth is that a freelancer must become the equivalent of a business owner in many ways, and there are a number of other requirements that extend beyond that job title as well. In this post, I will point out some of the hidden skills that a … [Read more...]