How To Get Paid Freelance Work While You’re Still A Design Student

As a second year graphic design student myself and an active freelancer, I want to share some tips on how to get paid freelance work while you are still a graphic design student. For most 1st, 2nd or 3rd year students, finding a part time or even casual job in the design industry is quite frustrating and nearly impossible and most resort to working at their local store, however, there is hope - I am living … [Read more...]

Is Your Elevator Pitch a Home Run?

If you're anything like me, you've been procrastinating on coming up with a great elevator pitch. Squeezing a tempting description of how you can help people through your products and services into just a few words is challenging at best. Your elevator pitch is your 30-second marketing strategy. You need it to tell people on the fly at any given moment who you are, what you do, and help win them over – or at … [Read more...]

7 Ways To Give Your Freelancing Career A Boost

No matter how small, your business should receive the same attention and treatment a large business would. The main objective of starting any business is usually to grow effectively and eventually step into a wider (and often more demanding) market. Whether you run a small business and have employees or you do it on the side in your basement, a plan is a must if you want to grow and get more business. Being a … [Read more...]

5 Integral Steps to Help Secure Every Potential Contract

Have you ever lost a prospective client before? If you answered “yes”, then there’s a good chance you’ve experienced the feeling of a lost opportunity. Ignoring the fact that it may be a blessing in disguise sometimes, you don’t want to be in the habit of missing out on potential business. What if I was to tell you, you could considerably cut down your chance of losing possible clients, just by changing a … [Read more...]

Question From A Reader – Amount Of Available Work

A reader of FreelanceFolder who shall remain unnamed (let's call him Bob for the purpose of this post) sent me an e-mail a couple of days ago, seeking advice. Bob is a writer with a newspaper background. Here's what he wrote: I am a corporate communications professional seriously considering the freelance world, and the only thing holding me back is concern about the amount of available work. I asked … [Read more...]

How To Prepare Your Business For A Kick-A$$ 2008

While most people are winding down for the holidays, you should be making December an action-packed month to build your business so that you hit the ground running in 2008. Here are 5 great tips that will put you ahead of the competition on January 1 - and beyond. Tip #1 - Plan Out Your Yearly Goals in December, and Look At Them Every Freakin' Day. Here's a tip: "Do better this year" doesn't count. If you want … [Read more...]

5 Simple Ways To Get Repeat Business

Everytime you get a new client you probably want to prove him or her you can do the job, you want repeat business. And if you don’t have that feeling you'll get business from a client again in the future, then there are some things you may need to work on. #1- Be Committed Being committed doesn’t mean that you have to leave everything else and cater to the needs of one client and forget about the others. It … [Read more...]

Tricks For Dealing With Difficult Clients

If you work as a freelancer difficult clients are as common as stars in a cloudless night. Okay, you shouldn't take my poetic analogy too literally, but still once in a while you end up working for a client who you wish didn't exist in the scheme of the universe. But the sad reality is that there are all sorts of clients for whom you have to work because they are an integral part of your work and if you … [Read more...]

Dealing With Dark Moods Of Freelancing

Dark moods of freelancing have got nothing to do with the times your work isn't going great or when you don't turn in even a single project on time. You might be getting ten business inquiries per day (which for most, if not all, of us is a lot) and traffic to your website may be reaching new heights, dark moods can hit you just out of the blues; you suddenly lose interest in every work-related activity … [Read more...]

Improve Your Professional Productivity – Get Rid Of Distractions

Do you often feel that you are doing everything under the sun but the actual work? You know, the activity that gets you money? Distractions can be a big problem when you work on your own: although you have deadlines and commitments there is nobody breathing down your neck to see what you are actually doing. You never realize when you stop your work and start playing an online game, chatting with someone you … [Read more...]