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For much of his early career, comedian and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno employed a famously tough-as-nails manager — many called her vicious — named Helen Kushnick. Kushnick negotiated ferociously on behalf of Leno and all of her other […]

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Every week, I get emails from people asking how to become a freelance writer. They’re great at writing, but they wonder: How can I turn my talent into a full-time income? Well before we get into the details of how […]

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I remember freelancing in the “old days.” As a writer, I mailed a lot of letters with SASEs (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelopes). Contracts and deposit checks often came by mail, and if I was in a real hurry I could fax […]

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Even the most creative of freelancers can get in a rut. If you’ve been freelancing for a long time, status quo can feel more than comfortable — it can feel “right.” Of course, some of the things you might be […]

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Stress is a common enemy of everyone, from the high school student, to the successful businessman, and to the working mother. However, some careers are more stressful than others. Even though working for yourself may seem like low-stress to an […]

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I used to put off doing web proposals for days. Weeks sometimes. They used to take me about three to four hours each. I lost a client once because I took so long to get the proposal to them. I’d […]

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Everyone has had their fair share of annoying clients during their careers. It’s something all businesses carry on their backs and even though you might think that you’ll never have to face such clients, but sooner or later, it will happen. […]

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Tell 99.99% of online marketers that you want to build up an email list to support your online business and this is the advice they’ll give you: Write guest posts. And honestly, it’s not inherently bad advice. But I don’t […]

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The goal of every business is to make as much profit while spending as little as possible. With all the free tools available to freelancers, running your business on a shoestring is easy. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best […]

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Like many of you, I’ve always wanted to have a location agnostic career. Quite simply, to work from where my laptop is. My goal was to be a freelancer, but how do you start? I knew I had a skillset […]

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Freelancing is becoming an increasingly large business as more and more people decide to work from home. To date, there are almost 53 million freelancers in the United States alone. So it’s easy to see why some people might feel lost […]

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Pricing a logo design and other design services can be tricky. The first thing most freelancers do when tasked with getting a price to their prospect is they ask their freelancer friends what they charge. Or, they Google other freelancers […]

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What do you do when you’re starting out as a freelancer and have no connections? For most new freelancers, the go-to method for getting clients is cold emailing. You find some businesses that look like they could use your help […]

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The anonymous nature of the internet makes it easy for people to hide. While most of us are honest folks, unfortunately not everyone shares our values. Even the most discerning freelancer encounters clients who disappear when it comes time to […]

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CJ Burton is a photographer and illustrator who went from being a starving artists just out of college to now working with companies like Oprah, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, and many more. He has been around photography his whole […]

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A rock hit my car and left a crack a bit smaller than a dime in my windshield. A few weeks later I went to a carwash down the street—the one where they wash, vacuum and wax your car by […]

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Earlier this year, I critiqued about 30 agency websites that sell web design and other design and marketing-related services. By about the 5th or 6th one, I’d already identified patterns in mistakes that persisted, unanimously, throughout the other 25. All […]

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To be successful as a freelancer you have to be smart about how you conduct business. Talent is a wonderful thing. But being the world’s greatest creative doesn’t ensure success. New freelancers quickly learn that you are your own business […]

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Ah, Twitter. It’s a place for political rants, celebrity feuds, and… Winning freelance clients? You betcha. You can totally win freelance clients from Twitter. But don’t expect that your personal Twitter account will magically attract clients just because you’ve decided […]

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Adrienne Thakur was born and raised in Kentucky by entrepreneurial parents who owned and ran an antique store. Which meant she was exposed to a wide variety of unique artifacts from around the world. This exposure planted a deep desire […]

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“How do I gracefully tell a client I am increasing my rates? I’m upping my hourly rate by about 35%, which is approximately a $12 increase. This client is bigger than any of my other clients, and takes up more […]

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You get to choose who you work with. It’s true. One of the awesome things about freelancing is that you get to choose who you work with. You don’t have to and shouldn’t work with whoever walks in your virtual […]

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Contrary to popular belief, you do not need an MBA to be a successful entrepreneur, nor do you need a college degree – provided you have some necessary skills. There are many highly successful entrepreneurs without a college degree. While […]

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It happens the same way every time. Someone starts freelancing, and they’re excited to take any client they can get. But before long, they realize something: Not every freelance client is worth working with. Sounds kind of harsh, right? It’s […]

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No matter how much you love what you do for a career, if you can’t pay the bills with it, it’s not a career, it’s a hobby. And as a freelancer, proper invoicing techniques and policies are so crucial to the […]

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I worked in a small sushi restaurant for years before I started freelancing full-time. It was a tiny little place, the kind that only seats about 20 people and most of them at the bar. Working in such a small […]

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When entrepreneur Bianca Board was young, she used to join her mum every morning on a paper run. She’d sit in the back of a little jeep, driving around the mountains, delivering papers. As she got older, her nana taught […]

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Writing copy that attracts awesome clients is much like fishing – as much as I hate that analogy. I hate that analogy because fishing offers something really enticing to the fish… And then, well, we all know how that ends […]

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Cold emailing. Done right, it can help you grow your freelance business like crazy. Done wrong, it’ll make you seem like a sleazy salesperson with no social skills and no hope of growing a business. Ouch. Let’s avoid the latter […]

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Being a freelancer seems glamorous, even romantic at times. The notion of working when you want, how you want, and only on projects you deem worthy sounds too good to be true. While it’s true that freelancing is pretty darn […]

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When we’re faced with scary situations in business & life, our instinct is often to shy away from them. But what would happen if we didn’t? In today’s video, learn how embracing your fears can help you and your business […]

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From a web designer in South Carolina down to the last $600, to another in Central New York who resurrected his business from the brink of extinction, here are three success stories that will make you believe there are tried-and-tested […]

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You are not right for most people. As I say in my book Work With Clients You Love, working with better paying clients starts with being selective and saying no to the ones who are a bad fit for working […]

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Three years ago, I realized that working at a mind-numbing 9-to-5 corporate job just wasn’t for me. I looked at my boss, and my boss’s boss and noticed that I wasn’t interested in their positions or what they did on […]

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Let’s rewind to mid-April 2015. I’d gone back to my home town to celebrate my mom’s birthday, and to visit my accountant to finally file my taxes. (I’m usually not one to wait until the deadline, but a hiccup with […]

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There are a lot of articles out there about why ConvertKit is better than MailChimp. And while healthy competition is awesome, those articles are way off the mark when it comes to their true portrayal of MailChimp. In the effort […]

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Nate was the only boy in a family of all girls. Which meant he had a chance to spend lots of time with his dad, who worked at home. Greg, Nate’s dad, worked at home from the time his children […]

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Your blog isn’t just for SEO. Get more clients through your blog and social media posts by using these 2 simple post types. (Also – I’m considering a part 2 where I show you how to promote your blog posts […]

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In November 2002, I had a lot of reasons to be more than happy. I had just returned from a trip I had made with my brand-new car, I had a considerable amount in my bank account, I worked as a […]

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You’re a good writer. And you know it. You feel confident that you’ve got a strong portfolio full of writing samples that show off your chops. There’s just one problem: While your samples are well-written, they aren’t helping you sell […]

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A terrible jittery feeling spread through my stomach. The lump in my throat hardened and my head began to spin. ‘How did I find myself in this situation?’ I asked myself, heart sinking. I was on the phone. On the […]

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Courtney Brown has always been a hard worker. At her very first job, she worked at little girls’ birthday parties where she learned from her boss, a female entrepreneur, that anything was possible with determination and hard work. But Courtney […]

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FREE personal training session! FREE phone when you upgrade your plan! FREE 14-day trial of {X} software! 30 days of unlimited yoga for just $30! Even AOL used to mail out CDs with a FREE month of service. Every other […]

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Starting off as a freelancer is terrifying for all who choose this path. No matter the skillset or area of expertise, there’s always that small voice in your head that debates if this was the right decision. Just to give […]

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