The Week In Freelance: August 10th

Posted: August 14th, 2009

  • oDesk has a great post on ten ways to make more money from future clients. Take note since this was written by an employer who hires freelancers and was was once a freelancer himself.
  • Web Worker Daily has 7 things you can do boost a stagnant freelancing career. I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that most freelancers go through a period where they experience boredom in their careers. Taking it out to the open by starting a blog or offering tutorials, as the post suggests, will give it a new dimension when other people are involved and positively affected by what you do.
  • More Web Worker Daily: I like to write in a journal to keep my writing somewhat fresh. The problem is consistently keeping up with it until you eventually quit only to start over again later down the road. A solution to this: just write one-sentence entries.
  • And… Web Worker Daily: Raise you hand if you find it difficult to keep up with your social media and have time for work and a life beyond that. OK, me too. Maybe improving our social media efficiency can help us out.
  • Freelance Folder: Probably the most important step a freelancer should do before starting out is to discover your purpose for freelancing (then create your USP after). It is this reason that stays in the back of your head when times are good and especially when times get a little rough.
  • The Freelance Writing Jobs Network: A fear that is common among freelancers is worrying about your competition when applying for projects. Its a fear that really goes unfounded. The real issue is confidence, not competition.
  • Freelance Switch: If you are a freelancer, eventually there will come a time where you have to provide proof of income to rent an apartment or do anything financially related. It helps to prepare yourself beforehand.
  • Zen Habits: As freelancers, it is easy to take for granted that we can make our own work fun and not think of it like we’re in a job. Leo, not beating around the bush, put it best; “Well, the fun of learning and doing was drilled right out of us. And as adults, we were told we had to work hard to get ahead, that work wasn’t fun but that’s just how life is. Bullshit.”
  • Smashing Magazine: Has an interesting list of specific TV episodes that inspire creativity. They are also a great return to the past when you were glued to the television as a kid (ahem… for those who were kids).
  • The Simple Dollar: Some good advice for life… buy experiences instead of things that end up in a dusty corner.
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Johnny is the founder of The Freelance Rant and a freelance web programmer with 8 years in the business. Have a visit at his company Oscarrr!web or see what he's up to on Twitter.

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  • Dan Ronken

    August 14th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    This is a nice list post with some great links. I especially appreciate the link to Leo Babauta from Zen Habits. That is one dude I could promote all day long. Many times, I’ve experienced a shift in consciuosness while reading his stuff. Great information Johnny!

  • Johnny

    August 15th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for the nice words Dan! Leo really keeps my head in check too. I consider him my career spiritual advisor.