Should You Outsource Large Freelance Projects? 8 Tips to Help

You need help. You've landed a great new project. Good news, right? Landing a big project should be good news. The trouble with this particular project is that it is just too big. You can't do it all by yourself and still meet the project deadline. What are you going to do? Have you ever been in this situation and wondered what to do next? Fortunately, as a freelancer, you have several … [Read more...]

How Delegating Routine Tasks Can Raise Your Freelance Income

Could you use a little more income? If you're like most of us, you probably answered "yes" to that question. Which of us wouldn't want a little more coming in each month? In this post, I'll share a surprising technique to help you earn more freelance income--delegating your routine tasks. … [Read more...]

How Using Subcontractors for Projects Can Earn You More Money

What if I told you there is a way you could be making more money without working extra hard? You'd think I'm crazy right? Many of us have a specialty we provide for our clients and that's the full extent of our business. Others might sell paid products like e-books or teach classes, but for the most part a freelancer's income is directly impacted by the amount of work they output. It doesn't have to … [Read more...]

Working With Other Freelancers to Expand Your Business

There comes a time in every freelancer's career where you might decide that you need to expand your clientele or services, while still staying a one-person business.  While I believing that niching yourself into a certain type of client, industry or service can greatly improve your clientele and revenue; it's also important to make use of those "confused clients". Who are these confused clients? If you're a … [Read more...]

Earn More Money by Growing Your Freelancing Business

Do you need to earn more money? At first, freelancers earn more money by taking on additional clients. However, there is a practical limit to how many clients a single freelancer, working alone, can handle. Eventually, a successful freelancer will be faced with more work than he or she can handle alone. That's usually when the question of growing your freelance business comes up. By growing the freelance … [Read more...]

Seven Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Outsource

Do you outsource? Outsourcing is a business strategy that has been drummed into my brain by my mompreneur mastermind group, freelancing books like The Unlimited Freelancer, and various other posts on FreelanceFolder (such as this one). "You need to outsource if you want to become more profitable," everybody says. After months of hearing this -- and after a catastrophic episode that involved accidentally … [Read more...]

Getting Rid of Bad Freelancing Habits

Having worked with a lot of freelancers throughout the years, let's just say that I have identified quite a few bad habits which will make me not recommend a certain service provider and, of course, not work with him or her in the future. This article is written from the perspective of a person who works with and hires a lot of freelancers. Taking advantage of my experiences and advice and getting rid of … [Read more...]

What To Do Before You Take Your Business On The Road

Isn't it fun to work from home? You have your main computer, access to the internet, phone and all that. All you need is right there in your home office, you don't have to worry about anything and you even take some things for granted. When you go to Starbucks it's not because you need to, it's because you want to, because you enjoy it. You won't lose a client if the local coffee shop doesn't have free … [Read more...]

What’s Your Take On Spec Work?

Whether you design logos, build websites, write copy or blog for a living doesn't really matter, at some point in your freelance career it is more than likely someone will ask you to do spec work. In other words: work for free. For those of you not familiar with the concept, picture this: You're a web designer and of course you are looking for work. You come across this company and they need someone to … [Read more...]

The Balance Between Handling Business Queries vs. Doing The Actual Work

Replying to business queries is an inveterate part of your freelance life. In most cases you don't have a secretary to handle your business related correspondences. Whether it's pitching for a new project or replying to prospective clients who are interested in hiring you, you constantly need to send emails. This becomes a repetitive and time-consuming exercise if you work on smaller projects, and almost … [Read more...]