How To Keep Mistakes From Ruining Your Freelance Career

“You made a mistake on that project!” Believe me, those are the very last words that any freelancer ever wants to hear. After all, mistakes mean rework and rework cuts into your profit (to say nothing of the effect on customer satisfaction). However, sooner or later, every freelancer does hear those words. How you respond to them could determine the future course of your freelancing career. I remember … [Read more...]

Let Your Creative Style Include How You Look – Dress For Success

Have you ever given thought to how your appearance plays into getting work as a freelancer? Maybe you should. Even though graphic designers, photographers and writers have fallen into a more casual style of dress, today’s business world demands a professional attitude as well as aptitude. If your idea of dressing for success includes a clean pair of holey jeans and a T-shirt spouting the latest rock band, … [Read more...]

5 Useful Things You Could Do Tomorrow

With my previous guest post, I have explained that there are all sorts of useless tasks which end up making maximizing results as far as your personal productivity level is concerned next to impossible. I have referred to 5 of the absolutely useless things which most people do on a daily basis and, as a logical follow-up, here are 5 extremely useful things which you could start doing tomorrow: 1) Get Up … [Read more...]

Ten Killer Interviewing Tips

As a Technical Writer, I have had to interview hundreds of computer professionals to better understand the technology that I would be documenting. Programmers, Quality Assurance, Implementation, Sales, Management, Customer Service, Training... I have interviewed them all! The following article reveals tips you can use to optimize your interview experience and get the information you seek. Interview in the … [Read more...]

A Step By Step Guide To Writing About Stuff You Know Very Little About

There's absolutely nothing wrong with writing only on a handful of topics, but what if a client asks you to write on a topic you know nothing (or very little) about? Can you afford to turn down work? Before you find yourself in a position where you have to say no to a client, why not practice a little? Here's what I suggest: 1. What Will You Write About? First, find something you're not comfortable … [Read more...]

Ten Great Technical Writing Tips

Technical writing is a skill that will not only help you to better understand a software or system that you are working with, but also will help you to build credibility before others in an organization, especially as a knowledge expert regarding the topic or areas you are covering in your documentation. Here are ten tips for improving your technical writing skills, and these may be applied to not only software, … [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...]

The Building Blocks Of A Successful Freelancing Career

As a freelancer, entrepreneur or business owner, your main goal is to convert each client into a returning client. It's much easier to keep your clients than always having to try to find new ones (and cheaper too). Making sure your clients are completely satisfied is not only a surefire way to keep them coming back, but also a great way to get referrals. In this post I will share the 4 building blocks of a … [Read more...]

How To Avoid Procrastination As A Freelancer

Freelancers have the luxury to work their own hours, with who they want and even work from Starbucks if they want, but a lot of things can lead to procrastination. If you overdo things the luxury soon turns into a curse. Get into the habit of procrastinating and you might as well consider yourself doomed. For those who have never experienced this: procrastination is a tendency to indulge in the unnecessary in … [Read more...]

No Tech Skills? Give Freelance Writing A Try

I have never been one to hide the fact that I have no tech skills. In other words, I don't know much about coding, designing pretty websites, or troubleshooting. So when I decided to try my hand at making money online, opportunities were limited. Since I received my college degree in journalism, I figured that giving online freelance writing a try was a great choice. That was three years ago, and I have yet to … [Read more...]