The Week In Freelance: October 2nd

Posted: October 2nd, 2009

The Week In Freelance: September 25th

Posted: September 25th, 2009

The Week In Freelance: September 11th

Posted: September 11th, 2009

The Week In Freelance: September 4th

Posted: September 4th, 2009

The Week In Freelance: August 17th

Posted: August 20th, 2009

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.

The Week in Freelance: August 3rd

Posted: August 7th, 2009

  • Web Design Dev has a must-bookmark list of 20 rules all freelancers should follow. Even if you’ve been in the biz a while, it doesn’t hurt refresh yourself on these.
  • Do you use a contract before starting any project? Contracts clearly outline the work you do for a client plus the terms for receiving payment and are a must to avoid potential conflicts later on. Get to know what should be included in a contract too. [from Mayhem Studios]
  • Freelancers have the freedom of a flexible schedule and can sometimes find themselves working the twilight hours of the morning since that may suit them better. Keeping regular business hours may actually benefit you more and here are five reasons why. [from The Freelance Writing Jobs Network]
  • Looking for advice… on anything legal, business or just on life? Here is a good start. [from MakeUseOf.com]
  • Sparkplug CEO on strategies for a down economy: A tip we probably havent thought about; “Make sure that you’re doing all that you can to reach as much of your target market as possible.  I’ve actually seen some entreprenuers pulling back from their usual marketing activities becuase they perceive that their market is cash poor and unlikely to respond. That’s a mistake.”
  • The Logo Factor fills us in on the continued debate between the good and evils of spec work and crowdsourcing.
  • Here’s a new concept. Theme each day of your workweek. Make it fun and you just may be more productive in the process. [from Freelance Switch]
  • Is being self-employed causing you to work seven days a week out of fear you may be passing up opportunities for work? I believe it is just that: fear. Take a day off or a vacation when you need it. Available work doesn’t all of a sudden dry up. [from The Wall Street Journal]
  • If you are a designer and need a boosts once in a while to get into your creativity zone, this “little guide” just may help. [from Zen Habits]
  • Sometimes we are on Twitter too much when we should actually be working (or having a social life outside of it). We can rationalize our use of it better, hoever, with ways to use Twitter for our business. [from Web Worker Daily]
  • Here’s a good laugh for all you programmers.

The Week In Freelance: July 27th

Posted: July 31st, 2009

  • Freelance Folder on seven lies that freelancers tell themselves: We have a tendency to believe certain things about ourselves and our business that give us a false sense of the reality of freelancing. Sometimes they negatively impact our attitude and our bank accounts.
  • Web Worker Daily has five ways to tell if your clients are abusing you and polite ways to prevent it altogether.
  • From Bizzia: Its hard to say no to any work that comes your way. The drawback is that it can pile up, delay completion and stress out you and your client. Therefore, it helps to learn to say no without losing the client.
  • Web Worker Daily on finding the perfect full-time telecommuting job: One of their points that helped me personally; “While many large companies have reputations as great telecommuting employers, there are many small companies willing to consider employees who want to telecommute. While you may need to do a little more convincing, the financial benefits of working with telecommuters can be particularly attractive to small businesses…”
  • From The Simple Dollar: Trent Hamm has an insightful podcast on the realities of freelancing. He discusses his own personal habits and touches on organization, diversifying your income and the process of being able to blog for a living.
  • From The Freelance Writing Jobs Network: In case you still haven’t learned, it is always best keep negative rants and incriminating photos away from any public medium. To reinforce this further, “If you rant about all your clients or former employers on your blog or forums, we can find it. If you’re an incredible gossip, we’ll find it. If you’re stirring up trouble, we’ll find it. This may have no bearing on the job I’m hiring you for but if you’re saying stuff about everyone behind their backs, what will you say about me?”
  • From Sparkplug CEO: Need a good reason to start a blog? How about to get your freelance business found; “Image [sic] you write just three new blog posts a week. […] In a month you’ll have an additional twelve pages published to the Internet where you prospects and customers can find you! […] Now if most of your competitors only have an old outdated five page HTML website you’ll effectively eliminate your competition from the Google Map!”
  • Think you can disconnect from social media for a day and survive? It just may be good for you. [from bkmacdaddy]
  • Zen Habits on three ways to enhance your willpower: “[…] people only have so much willpower. When you have to control yourself, there is less willpower available to you for other parts of your life. This fact is a good one to know because people who lose their will-power often do things that they would rather not. They become aggressive, sexually impulsive, and give up too early on puzzles.”
  • Here are two questions to help you gain perspective on life… and you career. [from Zen Habits]
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