8+ Ways to Keep Your Fears from Messing Up Your Freelancing Business

By now, there has been a lot of good freelancing advice published. There's certainly a lot more information available now about freelancing than there was when I made the transition to freelancing over ten years ago. So, why are freelancers still making the same mistakes, over and over again? Why are they still saying "yes" to bad clients, when they should say "no?" Why are freelancers still charging less … [Read more...]

7 Essential Professional Decisions to Determine Your Success or Failure

What determines freelancing success or failure? Of course, there are a lot of answers to that question. Maybe there are as many answers as there are freelancers... However, I've come to believe that there are seven vital decisions freelancers make that play a significant role in future success or failure. In this post, I've listed all seven essential professional decisions along with some suggestions … [Read more...]

Attitude Counts

What is the difference between a successful freelancer and one who fails? Do you know that answer? Of course, there are many variables behind a successful freelancing career. Talent and skill definitely do count for something as does providing good customer service. However, I'm convinced that a key characteristic of many successful freelancers is their positive attitude. A good attitude can help to … [Read more...]

Finding a Mentor–A Freelancer’s Simple Success Secret

Is there a shortcut that freelancers can take when they are starting out to lessen the learning curve and achieve their goals more quickly? You bet there is! It's called...finding a mentor. A mentor is a more experienced freelancer or other professional who you can turn to for guidance and who can answer your questions about freelancing. Although there are many benefits to working with a mentor, … [Read more...]

How to Make Sure Your New Year’s Resolutions Succeed

It's that time again. The New Year is upon us and as we look back at all we set out to accomplish in the past 365 days we also look forward and begin creating resolutions and goals for the year ahead. Unfortunately, very often our resolutions list looks very similar to last year's. In fact, although I don't know the exact statistics, it is likely the percentage of New Year's resolutions that are actually … [Read more...]

Finding Success Through Your Strengths

It’s the ultimate goal and dream of every grade school child. To be able to grow up and do what you love for a living, at the time it may be flying in space, driving large red trucks, or protecting and serving. As we grow older, some of us reconsider which profession would make us happy but the dream of doing it for a living stays alive. For most freelancers this dream is the root of the choice we have made … [Read more...]

The Freelancing Success Code

Freelancing is hard work, but it's not impossible. While most successful freelancers work extremely hard (which usually means putting a significant effort into their business), those who are serious about freelancing usually find that the effort is well worth it. Yet, a surprising number of would-be freelancers are stuck. They don't know how to start freelancing and once started they don't know how to … [Read more...]

Why You Should Listen to Your Inner Voice

Are you doing what you really want to be doing? Are you absolutely sure? If you're like many freelancers, you're voraciously reading everything that you can get your hands on so that you can learn to be the best at what you do. Along the way, some of us take that all of that "success" advice too much to heart. We forget why we started freelancing in the first place. You'll know it's happened to you if … [Read more...]

Why I Failed at Freelancing

This time around, I have been a pretty successful freelancer if I do say so myself. My bills stay paid, my clients are happy and I've never been happier in a career. Unfortunately, my first attempt at freelancing left me unhappy, in debt and desperate. I took several full-time jobs between my last attempt at freelancing and this one to teach me some valuable lessons and make my way out of debt. I made … [Read more...]

How Committed Are You to Freelancing?

Freelancers come and freelancers go. It's a fact that many start freelancing, but not everyone who starts a freelance business sticks with it. What do you think it is that really separates those who stick with freelancing from those who quit? Could it be talent? Is it the amount of knowledge that a freelancer has? Or, perhaps popularity is the true measure of a freelancer's ultimate success... While … [Read more...]