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...]

10 Ways to Keep Your Freelancing Business a Secret (HUMOR)

Are too many people finding out that you're a freelancer? Are you constantly bothered by those pesky requests for people wanting to engage you for your services? Are friends and family members referring new business to you? If you really want to, you can make all that stop. All you need to do is become a secret freelancer. If no one knows you are a freelancer, no one will bother you about it. Keeping your … [Read more...]

14+ Useful Twitter Apps to Help You Grow Your Freelance Business

Twitter is a great social media tool for freelancers. It can be used for marketing, networking, to find jobs, and so much more. Plus, it's free. If you've been reading Freelance Folder for a while, you know that we've already published a lot of helpful posts on how to get them most out of Twitter. One of the great things about Twitter is that there are a lot of third party tools available to expand how … [Read more...]

The One Question Your Prospects Really Want You to Answer

Many freelancers struggle to get new clients. You may be facing this struggle right now. In fact, "How Do I Get Clients?" is one of the most frequently asked questions that freelancers ask. So, if you're a freelancer who is struggling with the very real problem of getting clients, know that you're not alone. There are many effective tactics that you can use to find new clients, but in the end it all boils … [Read more...]

20 Excellent Tips for Getting Your First Freelancing Gig

It's an exciting time! After weeks of wavering, you've finally decided to become a freelancer. You've got the skills. Maybe you've even set up a freelancing website already. You're ready and willing--but there are no clients in sight. Now what do you do? This post gives you twenty tips for finding that elusive first freelancing project. … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Freelancers, Which One Are You?

It's no secret that different freelancers favor different approaches to running their freelance businesses. Each approach has its own unique challenges, drawbacks, and benefits. In this post, I'll be profiling two different approaches to freelancing and discussing the challenges, drawbacks, and benefits of each approach. … [Read more...]

Surprise! Freelancers Aren’t Really Alone

The lone freelancer, huddled over a keyboard day after day in an empty home office... He, or she, is totally isolated and rarely makes human contact. The lonely freelancer may even be in danger of losing his or her social skills. At least, that's the popular perception. Freelancing and being isolated just seem to go together. Some people are even attracted to freelancing specifically because they think … [Read more...]

Get Inside Your Client’s Mind

Wouldn't freelancing be so much easier if we could read our clients' minds? Then we wouldn't need to hem and haw about our quotations, worrying if our fees are too high or that our clients can't afford them. Or too low so that we look like sub-par freelancers. Neither would we second-guess our work, wasting precious minutes and energy wondering if it's good enough. If we could read our clients' minds we … [Read more...]

Multivariate Testing for Freelancers

Many freelancers have created and are selling their own products through their websites. Whether you're marketing a Wordpress theme, an eBook, a training course, or something else--if you've made the transition from selling freelancing services to marketing some products along with your freelancing services, then it is worthwhile to learn some internet marketing techniques and tools. In this post, I'll … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Where Do You Find Your Freelancing Work?

There are many ways for freelancers to get work. We've covered a lot of those methods on Freelance Folder including: direct mail, cold calling, social media, job boards, bidding sites, and more. Some freelancers even post advertisements. Freelancers can, and do, find clients in all of those ways. We asked this question over two years ago (and we got some great responses), but as you probably would agree, the … [Read more...]