Easy Accounting Tools for Your Freelance Business

How badly do you hate accounting? Yeah, me too. We certainly can't avoid it. But, we can automate it with some really slick and easy-to-use accounting tools. Let's take a look so you can spend less time battling those numbers. A few weeks ago, we discussed the importance of streamlining your business with systems, software and automation. Today we are going to take a look at how to automate, quite … [Read more...]

How To Give a Public Speech and Still Appear Confident

Public speaking . . . it’s the number one fear of most adults. That fear is even greater if you happen to be shy. Yet, most small business owners will be required to make a public presentation at some point in their career. Whether it’s a proposal presented to clients, or a talk before a professional organization, the ability to speak well in public can bolster your freelancer business in ways that nothing … [Read more...]

12 Things You Should Never Say to a Client

Most people in business will attest to having some clients that are completely awesome, and some clients that just plain stink. With the wide variety of people out there, it seems like this is a fact of life. But is it? The way that you talk with your clients can heavily influence their attitude and respect towards you. If you use the right language, and avoid talking yourself into a trap, it's not too … [Read more...]

What I Learned About Freelancing from Lucille Ball

I have a confession to make. As a child, I grew up watching repeats of I Love Lucy. One thing that I could count on every time I watched an episode is that I would end up laughing. Little did I know that I was also picking up on valuable truths that would serve me for a lifetime. As a daffy and zany housewife, Lucille Ball’s character would seem to be the last place that a freelancer could find business … [Read more...]

Who’s Really In Control Of Your Freelance Business?

The ideal of freelancing is to be your own boss, to set your own schedule, manage your own creativity and be responsible for your own budget. Sometimes though, the freelance life seems to do the opposite -- you end up working for multiple bosses who don't care about your personal world, yet still want to micro-manage your creative work. At the end of the day, it can feel like you don't really run your own … [Read more...]

Freelancing Lessons from Tech Support

When I left my full-time job to strike out alone, I wondered whether the past couple of years had been a waste of time. Two years working in technical support didn't seem like good preparation for a freelancing career involving writing and website creation. But then I realized that a number of the “lessons learnt” during my time in tech support could help me in my freelance career as well. Dealing with … [Read more...]

Knowing What To Do Versus Doing It – How To Handle The Information Explosion

As a freelancer, most of the time I’m surrounded with far more information than I can ever absorb, let alone use. Not only does every newspaper, magazine, and television shows offer up their particular flavor of advice on how best to succeed – now there is also advice from the Internet to deal with. On the Internet new advice can appear practically every minute. Much of the advice being offered is sound, … [Read more...]

The Value Of Networking – Offer A Wider Range Of Services

How many times have you lost clients because you could not offer that one extra service they were looking for? Do you know your strengths and weaknesses? If you are an active freelancer you probably have a pretty good idea. But with the economy circling the drain most of us can’t afford to expand our small businesses to include more personnel or equipment to offer a wider range of services. So what are we to … [Read more...]

No Matter What, Design Matters

Design matters. There’s no question about it. Whether you’re a graphic designer, copywriter, photographer or blogger, any and all sorts of design will shape the outcome of your business from the moment you present yourself. Think about it. We all know someone that has been gracefully blessed with the divine skills of something. That something can be anything. Maybe your friend is a spectacular photographer, … [Read more...]

Have You Done Your Spring Cleaning Yet?

Ah, Spring! Thoughts turn to pleasant weather, flowers blooming and the invariable task of spring cleaning. For most of the domestic goddess’s I know, this means dusting off, wiping down, and giving a fresh coat of paint to anything remotely connected to our lives. As a graphic designer, this regiment includes my office. My office is where I live and breathe and it sometimes shows. Research material for the … [Read more...]