Found Money, Lost Money, and Freelancing

Have you ever unexpectedly found money? I know that I have. I once reached into the pocket of a coat I hadn't worn in a long time and found a crisp ten dollar bill that I didn't know that I had. I still remember how I felt when I found the money. It was a happy surprise. Almost immediately I started to plan how I would use my unexpected bounty. The opposite of finding money is losing money, and believe … [Read more...]

WordPress Premium Portfolio Themes for Sophisticated Freelancers

I know a lot of freelancers who have put up very simple websites for their own portfolio. These are often plain white or black layouts with some links out to their Dribbble, Behance, Twitter, and other social networks. When you are just getting started this makes sense but why leave out so much information? There are plenty of great themes you can work with to get a WordPress-based portfolio running online … [Read more...]

What Freelancers Can Learn from Karate

I have studied Kenpo Karate for over 20 years. I earned my 2nd degree black belt in 2006. Throughout my career, I’ve noticed how the things I learned in karate class apply to my business life--especially my time as a freelancer. In this post, I'll share how some of the life lessons I learned in Karate apply to freelancing. I think you'll come to see that freelancing and karate aren't so different after … [Read more...]

15 Ways to Get Inspired

Inspiration is vital to freelancers. It is what makes our ideas stand out from those of our competition. Yet, if we're not careful, we can lose that inspiration. It happens to the best of us. We set aside time to work on a specific project and just aren’t feeling it. Instead of spending the day twiddling your thumbs or whittling your time away on Facebook and Twitter, try one of these approaches to get … [Read more...]

Staying Motivated Through the Years

A reader once asked me a very interesting question--how do I stay motivated  long-term when I don't receive any raises or benefits as a freelancer? This got me thinking hard--just how do I keep myself motivated? I was never really lucky enough to have a job with good benefits, bonuses or raises, so maybe the lack of these things doesn't bother me as much as someone who did have them at a full-time job. Or, … [Read more...]