13+ Reasons Why Right Now Is a Great Time to Be a Freelancer

Why wait? Many would-be freelancers spend all of their time learning about freelancing and none of their time actually being a freelancer. If you ask, many will tell you that they are waiting for the right time to start. But just when is the time right to start freelancing? My question to all of those who put off starting is this: why wait? Of course, you have your excuses. You need an even bigger … [Read more...]

10 of the Most Surprising Things About Freelancing

It was over ten years ago, well before I became a freelancer, but I still remember. "I don't believe anyone could earn decent money through the Internet." My friend confidently stated and...I agreed with her. Can you believe it? I agreed with her, yet today here I am today doing exactly what both of us thought could never be done. There are many things that I didn't know about freelancing until I became a … [Read more...]

The Accidental Blogger

[Editor:] Have you ever started something that didn't seem to work out, only to later experience great success in that same area? Have you ever thought about blogging professionally? If you answered "yes" to either question, this post is for you. It's the true story, in her own words, of a professional blogger and how she got started. Let's begin. Here is Sharon's story... I sometimes describe myself as … [Read more...]

How One Ecommerce Company Got Started

Many freelancers start their one person business with the idea that someday they'd like to expand and become something more. Some freelancers go on to start a full design agency, while others prefer to make their own products to sell to clients. I've know the company SumEffect software for over a year now and they make an awesome product called CoreCommerce. SumEffect software is an excellent example of a … [Read more...]

How to Start Your Freelancing Journey with No Experience

Believe it or not, every successful freelancer started without any experience. As obvious as that fact may seem, it is easy to look at others who are thriving in their freelancing field and forget that in the beginning they had no idea what they were getting into. Sure, they may have developed their skills in the corporate world, or acquired some type of education that equipped them for their chosen … [Read more...]

How to Find Your First Client

Once you become better known in your profession, clients will constantly come to you instead of you looking for them. You'll often be so busy with work and won't need to market yourself as often. But, what do you do when you're just starting out or not well known? Before you begin getting clients, it can be tough to figure out what to do all day. That's the perfect time to make yourself well known. Finding … [Read more...]

Student Freelancing: Tips to Budget Your Freelance Earnings

Students who earn money through freelancing don’t really have much to worry about when it comes to taxes, bills, and having enough to be able to feed a family. Some students spend their earnings on everyday needs while others (like me) have allowances being sent every two weeks to cover most of the major expenses (especially food and transportation). This leaves my freelance earnings in my bank account at … [Read more...]

Ten Essential Items Every Freelance Office Needs to Get Started

Becoming a freelancer is one of the easiest business to start, because--unlike starting a bakery, gym or other kind of business--it doesn't require much capital to begin. Most people already have what they need to start, but there are still some essential items you'll need to become a freelancer that you may (or may not) have. Some of these are large ticket items, but most are inexpensive, easy to find, and … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Are You a Risk Taker?

A few weeks ago one of my talented colleagues here, Brian McDaniel, wrote a post on how he jumped into freelancing without a safety net. I totally understand his point and agree that if you wait to start freelancing until everything is just right, you may never start at all. However, speaking for myself, I'm more of a safety net kind of person. … [Read more...]