6 Questions to Help You Find the Right Freelancing Group on LinkedIn or Google+

Are you using Google+ Communities and LinkedIn Groups to network? If you're not, you should be. As you probably already know, participating in group conversations on social platforms such as LinkedIn or Google+ is a great way to network with freelance colleagues and prospects. Such groups also provide a chance for you to demonstrate your expertise in your field. Recently, I had some extra time so I decided … [Read more...]

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 to Devise the Perfect Freelancing Social Media Strategy for You

How can a freelancer develop an effective social media strategy with a reasonable investment of time? As freelancers we rely on social media to interact with clients, potential clients, and other freelancers. Social media is a great tool for freelancers (and since social media is most often free it's very budget-friendly). But if you're not careful, social media can also take up a lot of your valuable … [Read more...]

10 Kind Things You Can Do Today to Help Another Freelancer

One of the characteristics of freelancing is that freelancers don't see their peers every day. In a traditional work environment, you may find yourself housed in a building that not only includes your peers, but other workers as well. While working alone can have its advantages (no noise, fewer interruptions), there are some disadvantages too. For example, if you need advice from a colleague there's no one … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Get Out from Behind Your Computer Today

One of the best things about freelancing is that you can work from home. There's no real need to leave your house or commute to anywhere to get your work done. For most of us, this means money saved on transportation costs such as gasoline and wear and tear on your car. One of the best things about freelancing can also become one of the worst things, if you don't make an effort to stay engaged in activities … [Read more...]

The Shy Freelancer’s Guide for Face-to-Face Networking

Networking is the cornerstone of any successful freelance business. It’s one of the most effective ways to meet potential new clients and form relationships that will evolve into new business. People tend to do business with people they know and like, and they’re much more likely to use your services if they’ve met you a few times and have connected with you previously. But, what do you do if you’re a bit shy … [Read more...]

Making the Most Out of Unconferences

It's my favorite time of year right now, not only are we in the middle of the holiday season, but we freelancers have another season to celebrate--unconference season! If you've never heard of an unconference before, it basically entails Barcamp, Podcamp and WordCamp. Unconferences are informal get togethers where freelancers and web professional come together to network, attend informative 25-minute talks … [Read more...]

How to Really Use Twitter to Find More Freelance Work

"Twitter is vital to finding freelancing work." "Twitter a waste of time." If you've been around the freelancing community very long, you've probably heard both comments. But, which is it? Is Twitter an important way to find way for freelancers to find work, or is it a waste of a freelancer's time? The answer is...it depends. It's certainly possible to waste time on Twitter if you use it … [Read more...]

28 Quick and Easy Ways to Get Your Marketing Message Across

Marketing--it brings us new clients and helps to keep our freelancing business afloat. Yet, many freelancers are uncomfortable about marketing their business. There are actually many easy and painless steps that you can take to get your marketing message across. The best marketing tactics are often those that you don't have to remember to apply. In this post, we'll summarize some of these easy marketing … [Read more...]