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Have you ever wondered how certain businesses or brands just seem to have their finger on the pulse, perfectly anticipating what their clients want and need? What gives? What secret do they know that you don’t? They know the secret […]

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Are you taking it easy this holiday season? If you run a thriving business, maybe you can afford to take a month off. But the truth is that many companies are doing two things right now: Scrambling to ramp up […]

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Let’s face it, being a one-person show is a tough job. You have to organize your work schedule alone, plan projects, talk with clients, and keep all your books up to date, all the while getting yourself motivated to complete […]

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My accountant slid a piece of paper across his desk to me, and in that instant, my heart sank. I’d gone in for what I thought was a routine meeting of updating my LLC paperwork. It was supposed to be […]

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As I was writing this article, my phone was ringing. I could see from my caller I.D. that it was a client. I didn’t answer it. It takes a lot of discipline for me to ignore a ringing cell phone. […]

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Being a freelancer who travels around can’t be simple and easy to manage. For one, you are always on edge thinking whether or not your next project will make the digital nomad lifestyle viable for another month. This is what […]

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So, you’ve decided to start your own creative agency? You probably need to hire remote workers, right? Since you’ve been part of the freelancing industry for a long time, you know that not all freelancers do things with responsibility and […]

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Here’s a tough truth about freelancing: no one tells you how much of your time you’ll be spending on project management. The upside? There are tons of amazing project management tools for freelancers on the market right now. Way more […]

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Nobody likes writing invoices, but we all like getting paid, don’t we? From web designing to providing digital marketing services, starting up and running a self-owned business requires a fairly in-depth knowledge of the various aspects of working with your […]

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When I first started freelancing, I looked everywhere for a freelance invoice app to help me streamline my online business. See, I used to have this invoice template built in InDesign and stored somewhere safe on my computer. Every time […]

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When I ask my two-year-old daughter to do something she doesn’t want to do, she has no problem telling me no. When I say, “Please put your shoes on,” she says, “No!” When I say, “Stop eating that crayon,” she […]

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Freelancing, as any other job, has its ups and downs. Do you know why so many people are attracted by the idea to do freelance work? Because it sounds so flexible. Do you know why so many of them give […]

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As the old saying goes – time is money. Nowhere else does this saying seems more crucial than in the world of freelancing. For a freelancer or a creative, managing the best out of his/her time is imperative. You’re on […]

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Admit it. You do it too. (But don’t worry, we all do… even the “best” among us.) Each time you decide to write new copy for your website… you don’t know where to start. You have an idea of how […]

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As a freelance writer, there comes a point where you face a dilemna. Should you write on one narrow topic or should you be open to accept different offers and write on almost any possible topic? Both of these options […]

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Tired of writing proposals that don’t get accepted or go unanswered? A common problem I hear is designers who spend a bunch of time and energy on a proposal, only for their prospect to reject it. Or, the prospect disappears […]

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Whether we consciously realize it or not, the truth is that we creative-types have been blessed with skills that not everyone possesses — or, at least, that they don’t utilize. We are, in many ways, special. As such, our skills […]

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One of my earliest clients was a fashion design company in Los Angeles who asked me to create a print ad for use in one of the larger industry trade magazines. Excited to be creating a design with such a […]

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Local clients. If you are a big fish in a small pond and are making it work, good for you. But I see comments like these below from freelancers all the time: “People won’t pay top dollar where I live […]

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Let’s not fool ourselves, inbound marketing is not a quick-and-easy 3-step job. In fact, it’s a process that requires constant attention, analysis and refinement. Maybe for that reason, those that are more likely to get involved in inbound marketing are […]

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It happened to me today. I was talking to a client who didn’t understand the difference between “design” and “layout.” Sigh. In fact, I don’t think a day goes by without a client asking what we in the creative industry […]

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I want to share a few of the common money and pricing mistakes freelancers do that can sabotage their earning potential. These were things I was doing in my design business and didn’t even realize it. I’m going to show […]

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Managing a team of employees is something everyone needs to be good at, but since the working world is changing, you need to learn how to deal with remote teams of freelancers effectively. Transition from an employee driven workplace to […]

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Are you a newish freelancer who’s been told that you have to “get out there and promote your business” in ways that require you to talk to strangers? Well today, I’m going to save you from a world of discomfort, […]

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Let me ask you a question: if you needed surgery would you seek out the best specialist you could afford, or would you go with the nearest general practitioner? Me too! And your ideal clients are no different. During my […]

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Just for the fun of it, type in “accounting software” into your favorite search engine and see what appears. When I Googled it, I found a list of apps, ads and reviews of the top online accounting software programs. Figuring […]

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Thinking of becoming a freelance transcriber? After all, how hard can it be right? Download an audio file. Listen to it on the go. Settle down and type out what you hear in a word processor. Simple right? Well, not […]

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Clients come, and clients go. But as a freelancer running a creative business as your livelihood, you can’t afford the income to go. That has to keep coming. To ensure that it does, you have to continuously build (and rebuild) […]

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As someone who started out her life as a confirmed introvert, I can relate to anyone else’s fear of networking. Walking into spaces full of strangers, I could tell which ones were the power players I needed to connect with. Problem […]

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We all make mistakes. And, if you are a creative freelancer and own a creative business, you have made — and will continue to make — a ton of them on projects for your clients. That’s a given. The variable is […]

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Breaking up is the hardest thing to do—especially when you’re a freelancer. But, sometimes, you just need to do it. The reasons, of course, vary depending on exactly why you decided to become a freelancer in the first place. For […]

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The way you present your work can be the difference between getting your client’s approval and going back to the drawing board over and over again during the project, while both you and your client get frustrated. Below are a […]

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There are more than 50 million freelancers in the United States contributing over $700 billion to the economy. But despite freelancers’ growing ranks and influence, about 70% of them have reported being paid late or not being paid at all. […]

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With the growth in the gig economy, you have more and more people deciding to leave their regular 9-to-5 to become freelancers. However, for many people, this can be quite a transition, as freelancing comes with its own ups and […]

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Five years ago, I discovered I can make money with my writing. I was off to a promising start, having been hired as a regular writer for a popular tech blog. That gig ended abruptly and I was left without […]

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A typical work process for a freelancer is quite simple. The client finds you, a rate is mutually agreed, you complete the service and hand over the bill. But what if you take a break, and decide to go on […]

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One of the scariest parts of freelancing for me is dealing with money. I consider myself an artist, and don’t want to be bothered with things like finances and taxes. But in order to be successful as a freelancer, I […]

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July marks 6 months from switching from my 9-5 office job into a full-time freelance life. In the past 6 months there have been mountain highs, valley lows, and everything in-between. If you want to learn more about first-hand experience […]

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Ever notice how Amazon packages routinely come earlier than expected? They’ll tell you the package will arrive on or by the 27th, and when the package shows up on the 23rd, you are pleasantly surprised. Amazon sets themselves up to […]

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If you’re considering a career in graphic design, you’re probably wondering whether getting a degree is a good investment of your time and money. Graphic design degrees are generally graduate and post graduate degrees which are awarded by schools in […]

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As I’m sure you’ve already discovered by now, being a freelancer isn’t always the greatest thing. That revelation is probably not related to the core of your business, which is your product or service. No, instead it has to do […]

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Paraphrasing what the Beatles once famously sang, we can all get by with a little help. And as that’s true in life, it’s also true of our freelance businesses. A time might come when you’ll be better off accepting help […]

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You started your business because you were hoping for a better life. Life with more freedom. Freedom to hang out with your kids, or go for a run in the middle of the day. You were tired of putting in […]

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Gaining a foothold in a lucrative freelance field is difficult. You may have all the talent in the world, and produce high-quality work, but you may still be forced to sit back and watch as job after job is picked […]

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