Why You Sometimes Must Fail Before You Can Succeed (and How to Recover)

I hate pain! When the doctor has to draw blood, I wince and look the other way. If I know something is going to hurt, I generally go out of my way to avoid it. However, sometimes you must fail before you can succeed as a freelancer--and failure hurts. Don't get me wrong. I'm not advocating failure for failure's sake. I definitely believe in working smart. That's one reason I share my experiences and … [Read more...]

7 Top Freelance Survival Tips

These seven freelance survival tips will help to see you through the lean times--and there will be lean times, at least until you have an established, reliable base of regular customers. Every freelance worker has gone through a bad patch, when none of their job bids are accepted, on-spec submissions are rejected, or rock-solid clients cancel a gig (or go under). How you deal with adversity is critical to the … [Read more...]

Ten Freelancing Tactics That You’ve Probably Gotten Right

We spend so much time on Freelance Folder correcting freelancer mistakes, that we sometimes forget to recognize what experienced freelancers are doing right. With so much focus on mistakes that freelancers make, it's easy to get discouraged. While it's important to grow and learn from our mistakes, it's also important to acknowledge when things are done right. In this post, I'll list ten freelancing … [Read more...]

25 Easy Ways to Fine Tune Your Freelancing Business

One of the things about freelancing that's both helpful and harmful, is that once you get the business going, it pretty much runs itself. Once you've gone over that first hump of finding those first few clients, if you provide great service and work, you often don't even need to advertise or look for clients much. While this is great and allows you to focus on working instead of doing the boring business … [Read more...]

4 Tips from Someone Who Has Hired Over 25 Freelancers

During my first few years online, I spent a lot of time working as a freelancer, consulting for firms who wanted internet marketing services. For the last few years, however, I've been on the other side of the fence. I've been the client. The employer. I tried very hard to be the best freelancer I could be (and charged a fair rate) but there are some things I just didn't know that I could have been doing … [Read more...]

Insider Secrets: Freelancing Shortcuts That Really Work

Let's be honest: freelancing isn't easy. It's not that it's actually hard to be a freelancer or do the work… it's the getting started, getting set up, getting clients, and getting a solid business foundation for sustainable growth that complicates everything. There's a lot more to freelancing than just… well, freelancing. So I've put together an insider guide to my favorite freelancing shortcuts that … [Read more...]

30 Spooky Freelancing Practices

It's nearing Halloween in the U.S. Halloween is that time of year when many folks are thinking about ghosts, goblins, and other really scary things. However, some bad freelancing practices are scary all year round. A chill always goes up the back of my spine whenever I read about a freelancer engaging in any of these bad freelancing practices because I know that these practices can really harm a freelancing … [Read more...]

How to Get Clients to Absolutely Love Your Freelancing Work

As freelancers for hire, our clients' happiness is topmost on our minds. Happy clients mean returning clients. Happy clients mean more referrals. Therefore, happy clients mean more projects with less marketing effort. Plus, it simply feels good when clients rave about our work. It boosts our confidence. It makes it much easier for us to raise our rates, charge what we're really worth, and submit proposals to … [Read more...]

Ed Gandia on a Day to Recognize Freelancers Everywhere

Freelancers work hard. Very few people realize how hard we work. Now, however, there's a day to recognize all freelancers. If you've been a freelancer for any length of time, you probably know the name Ed Gandia. Not only is he one of the regular contributors here on Freelance Folder, but he's also one of the co–authors of the helpful book, The Wealthy Freelancer. Ed has another project up his sleeve, … [Read more...]

Working on Your Business, Not Just in It

When you're a freelancer, you often find yourself doing several jobs. You may design, develop, write, manage, bill, consult and answer the phone. Unfortunately, while we're busy taking care of all these roles in the day-to-day management of our business, we forget to step back and take a look at the long term. Working on the business may not seem important when you've got ten active clients and six projects … [Read more...]