The Importance of Values

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Running a freelance business doesn’t have to be so black and white, and you don’t have to operate like a corporation or brick and mortar agency to make good money. There’s a misconception that freelancers are more susceptible to being taken advantage of by the client. This can be true, but only by your own decision to be taken advantage of.

There’s power to being a freelancer. You have very little overhead giving you complete control of how you operate your business; how you price your projects, who you work with, and how you go about doing your work. This gives you the ability to be perceived the way you want.

No longer should you present yourself as the humble creative that can design a logo for $400. And if you’re thinking, “Woah—Charging $400 for a logo? That’s a lot!” Then this post is for you. [Read more…]

The Best Freelance Advice You Need But Don’t Want To Hear

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The idea of the freelance lifestyle is pretty great. You get complete freedom to work from home on the projects you enjoy, and you get to set your own hours with no boss there to bark over your shoulder. Well, sorry to break it to you, but the reality of freelancing is quite different. For some people, they simply like this idea of freelancing, and that’s ultimately why they end up failing.

I often witness those struggling with their freelancing make excuses like, “If I were freelancing full-time…” or “If only I could find clients.”

Ever find yourself saying the same thing? Making excuses as to why things aren’t going as expected? [Read more…]

How to Deal with Scope Creep

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Have you ever dealt with a client that kept tacking on new tasks and features to their project? First they want a logo, then some business cards, and then all new stationary. You said, “Okay, I can add on a couple of things—No problem.” But, by the end you realized you really should have charged more for all that extra work. If you’ve experienced a similar scenario then you were a victim of scope creep.

It can happen to anyone, even those that have been freelancing for years. Everything is down in writing and both you and the client understand the scope of the project. However, somewhere down the road everything about the project is changing and you’re left wondering how things got to where they are. [Read more…]

10 Tips to Become a Better, More Successful Freelancer

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As a freelancer you’re your own boss, and that entails a lot of mundane tasks that require good judgement on how you go about doing things.

Some of these tips are going to appear as common sense, but they may be the reminder you need to refine your work process. I hope you’re able to pick some value in these tips, no matter where you’re at with your freelance career. [Read more…]

4 Principles That Will Save Your Failing Freelance Business

4 Principles of Freelancing
Has your monthly revenue been slowly decreasing? How about client work – is it sparse? Do you feel like as a result of your freelance business flatlining, you’re going into radio silence mode? As a freelancer it’s embarrassing to acknowledge when you’re struggling. Sometimes you’d rather lay in bed than to face the world.

Trust me, I’ve been there myself many times. When I started freelancing full-time back in 2011 I only grossed around $10,000. That’s not a livable income if you plan on having a mortgage or a family to care for one day. It was my first year freelancing and I was scared that I wasn’t going to be able to pull it off. I had no idea what I was doing, or how I’d get out of the feast or famine cycle. [Read more…]