12 People Every Freelancer Should Connect with through Social Media

"How can I use social media for my freelancing business? I don't really know anybody?" If you're hesitating about using social media because you feel your social network isn't very big, think again. You know more people than you realize. And social media is a great way to expand your network. Yet, one of the biggest complaints people make about using social media for their freelancing business is that they … [Read more...]

How Freelancers Can Start to Prepare for Retirement

Pretending that retirement will never happen to you won't keep it from coming one day. For many traditional employees in the daily rat race there are 401ks and investments, social security payments and corporate pensions. This is all leading to that day when the employee chooses to throw in the towel and spend their golden years in leisure. Most freelancers have none of those safeguards, but even if you do … [Read more...]

Becoming a Better Freelance Writer–Lessons Learned from Failure

I started off with freelancing in college to pay the bills. The only jobs around campus paid too little, demanded too much. Since I had a minor in English literature, it was only fitting that I moonlight as a freelance writer (which also stoked my ambitions to become an author). This is my story of how I became a freelance writer and of what I learned in the process. … [Read more...]

How to Show Clients What Your Business Is Really All About

As freelancers, we often have to explain exactly what it is we do. The quality of your explanation impacts your success. For example, if you don't communicate well, you could turn off prospective clients, attract those you don't really want to work with, and look just like any other freelancer in your field. On the other hand, when you talk about your freelancing business effectively, not only do you … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Virtual Meet and Greet

While we've had several open threads about getting to know the members of our freelancing community better, it's been a while since we've posted a "getting to know you thread." Since members of the Freelance Folder community change as we grow, it's time to do it again. This time we're inviting you to answer the following questions: … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Why Are You Here?

At Freelance Folder we love our freelancing audience, and strive to help them succeed in whatever ways that we can. That's why we offer a broad variety of resources such as the Forums, Facebook Fan Page, eBooks, and Wordpress theme. We hope that you are making the most of what we have to offer. However, we're also aware that people come here for different reasons. Some freelancers are just getting … [Read more...]

There’s More to Freelancing Than Working from Home

There are two types of freelancers. On one hand are those who have been forced into self-employment as service providers, because they've lost their jobs and are having a hard time finding another one. On the other hand are those who would be freelancing no matter what: even if the job market were booming, and even if the Internet weren't around to give so many opportunities to work from home. They would … [Read more...]

Deb Ng on Getting Started, Success, the Future, and More

If you're involved with freelance writing at all, then you've probably heard of Deb Ng. Deb runs the very popular Freelance Writing Jobs blog network. If you're a freelance writer and you're looking for work, Deb's blog is definitely a site you want to explore. Deb's also been a contributor at a number of other blogs (including this one) and has authored several eBooks. It's fun to look at a freelancing … [Read more...]

10 Ways Freelancing Has Changed in the Last Decade

Freelancing has been around since Sir Walter Scott coined the term in Ivanhoe—but the lances of medieval mercenaries have long since given way to pens, paintbrushes, and whatever creative tools of the trade we can wield. As much as freelancing has changed over the centuries, the changes have been many and major over just the past ten years. Here are ten ways the industry has shifted since Y2K came and went, … [Read more...]

The Freelancer’s Guide To Dealing With Non-Savvy Clients

As freelancers, we know that there are different types of clients, all with unique needs and requests. It's quite obvious because clients are human beings after all and they ought to have different tastes and perspectives. One of such clients some of us usually consider being the freelancer's nightmare, is the non-savvy client. I'm not just talking about the non tech-savvy clients, but about all of those who … [Read more...]