Curious about what a freelance editor actually does? The truth is that you'll hear the term applied to many different types of roles and levels of depth that the editor is going into to complete the work.Read More
Is your business mostly relying on one-off jobs and not retainers yet? Are you feeling like no one is posting jobs on Upwork or out there in August? If so, you’re totally normal. Most people don’t realize until they’ve been in business for some time that August can be a bit of a quiet time. There’s a lot of reasons for this, but I don’t see any sense in trying to throw spaghetti at the wall when all the numbers show that it’s not worth your time to market during this period.Read More
This post is going to be helpful whether you are a new freelancer or if you have been at this for a while. I am going to dive into all of the psychological and business tactics I have learned, experimented with and proven over years of being in business and marketing many different types of freelance projects.Read More
Many of you know that I have a pretty solid niche that I work in quite often but I also take projects outside of my niche and I coach freelancers, beginners and those working to get to the six-figure level. You can go either way, being a generalist or being really specialized in a niche. In this post, I’m going to explain what a niche is, the pros and cons of niching as a freelancer, why it can be helpful to start as a generalist before moving into a niche, and my three part winning formula for choosing your ideal niche.Read More
Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite tips and tricks for making sure you keep track of everything without exhausting yourself. Decision fatigue and mental exhaustion are really common with entrepreneurs and freelancers because of how many decisions, choices and strategy calls you have to make over the course of a given day.Read More
Today on the blog - Heather Hummel, Founder and Creative Director of PathBinder Publishing. Heather shares with us her journey from teacher to freelancer, as well as what her life as a freelancer looks like now.Read More
I have always made my decision about letting clients go based on money or just general workability, but what about those clients who are easy to work with, they pay on time, they pay decently, but the work just doesn’t light you up?Read More
I wanted to share my experience of a test project that I did recently with a new client and how that can help you as you're growing your business. Test projects are pretty common these days. Most clients want to see that you can do the work before they begin on a long-term contract or a retainer with you.Read More
Let’s talk about balancing multiple freelance skills in one business. Perhaps you started off your business by branding yourself with one particular freelance skill set but you've been asked to jump in and do other types of projects or you're looking for ways to expand your income.Read More
Today I want to touch on something that drives me crazy when other people say they'll do it, even freelancers that I'm thinking about hiring - when you're in the initial contact with a prospective client and you mention upfront that you're willing to negotiate. This is a critical mistake that causes people to question your value immediately.Read More
In this week's post, I'm going to address whether or not it makes sense to trust a freelance mentor who is no longer freelancing. This is actually one of my pet peeves in the freelance economy with freelance coaches and course creators. There's nothing wrong with transitioning out of a freelance career and working with products, courses and coaching packages for freelancers. However, there can be a real danger to those freelancers if they are not aware of the fact that this person is no longer active in the freelance marketplace.Read More
Have you ever had a client that pushed your personal boundaries big time?
In the U.S., it is illegal for someone to hire you as an independent contractor (i.e. you signed a W9 and are being given a 1099 each year) and then treat you like an employee.
While it might seem like there are clear lines because you call someone a freelancer or contractor, this post draws your attention to instances where the lines might not be so clear.Read More