Launch Your Web Design Business

I know starting your web design business can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and changes in the industry come constantly. For over 10 years I have been helping web designers build their skill set and even launch their businesses. During that time, we have fine tuned our training to not only give beginning web designers the tools for success, but even better, we give you the edge on the … [Read more...]

A Freelancer’s Ultimate Christmas Wish List

It's that time of the year again -- kids are making Christmas lists and dreaming about what they'll receive on Christmas morning. I thought it was time that we shared our own version of what many freelancers might like to receive. I've tweeted this question on Twitter and we've talked about it on the Freelance Folder Fan Page. Based partially on those responses and also on what I would like to receive … [Read more...]

You May Be Addicted to Social Media If…

Do you use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or some other form of social media? Do you use it a little too much? There's no question that social media is an important part of today's Internet environment. If you freelance (or are thinking about freelancing), chances are that you're already involved in social media somehow. But social media has a dark side too -- it's very easy to spend too much time twitter, … [Read more...]

50+ Free Resources for Writers, Bloggers, And Other Freelancers

Do you maintain a blog for your freelance business? Are you a freelance writer, blogger, or someone who writes regularly? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this article is for you. From organization, to finding ideas, to doing the research -- there are dozens of free resources that can help you write better. In this post, we've found 50 that we think will be valuable to you. Here are 50 … [Read more...]

Why Your Worst Clients Should Still Get Your Best Service

Recently I have been involved in a few different discussions with other freelance designers in which I have noticed an unsettling trend: at some point in the conversation the topic turns to client horror stories. It usually starts out with some type of question about how the others would handle a particular situation that one is facing, but then it digresses to complaints about clients and the awful things they … [Read more...]

The Dark Side of Freelance Writing

Last week we talked about changing your world, and about how it’s so important to freelance with integrity. Today, I want to explore that idea a little further and talk about one of the most challenging situations freelance writers can face. Let me say, from the start, that I believe in what I do. I am a freelance writer by choice. There are plenty of other careers I could be pursuing, but this is the one … [Read more...]

Are You Your Own Bully?

Bullying is a serious problem. It’s no joking matter when someone gets picked on. If it’s ever happened to you – if you’ve ever been the victim of a bully, then you know how much name-calling and mean words can hurt. As a child, I had my own brush with a bully, and it was not fun. “You’re fat!” The little boy hissed at me as I walked down the aisle to the chalkboard. He managed to say it just … [Read more...]

The Amazing Power of Personal Encouragement

As freelancers, we like to think of ourselves as being independent professionals who are pretty much able to get by totally on our own. We don’t really need help or feedback from others because, after all, we’re supposed to be beyond needing that. At least, I sometimes think of myself that way. I can personally testify, however, that receiving personal praise can make a tremendous difference in a … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Are You Managing Work-Life Balance?

My recent post on work-life balance (complete with music video) has been hitting a nerve with many freelancers and entrepreneurs. While being self-employed obviously has its perks, many people are getting the sense that building their business has been costing them too much in terms of family, relationships, and personal life goals. What about you? What's your biggest secret to work-life balance … [Read more...]

How To Balance Freelancing With A Full-Time Job Without Burning Out

It is possible to effectively balance your full-time job with freelancing - without going insane or burning out. I do it, and in this post, I'll tell you how you can, too. Many of us begin freelancing while we are still employed in full-time jobs. Here are some requirements and tips for staying sane while working the 9-5 and freelancing on the side. Get help from others Calculate your total work … [Read more...]