Preparing Your Freelance Business For The New Year

Preparing Your Freelance Business For The New Year
The end of the year is approaching and it has come time to take a look at how far we’ve come, what experiences we’ve had, and how we can improve ourselves to better prepare for the new year.

In the final months of the year, I myself like to do an in-depth review of my freelance business. I break this process up into four steps:

  1. Review my freelance business and online presence
  2. Revise my freelance business plan
  3. Compile a to-do list based on the review
  4. Plan a fresh content strategy

I make my end of the year review a main priority. I try and wrap up what projects I can and take a one month break from creating content so I can focus on preparing my success for the new year. This way I have no distractions or excuses for when it comes to completing the massive to-do list I’m about to create for myself.

Now, let me go over the finer details for each step above. Follow along, and most importantly, take what notes you need so you can put what I have to share to use. None of what I share will matter if you don’t take action! [Read more…]

5 Tips To Becoming a Location Independent Freelancer

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If you’re a freelancer chances are the idea of being able to work from anywhere is what attracted you to the freelance lifestyle. Most freelancers know the hassle of staying productive when they’re the only ones setting the schedule. But what about those that are location independent and move from city to city? Is it really possible to travel the world and work at the same time? It is if you have some serious self-determination and time management.

I myself currently live in Berlin but travel every so often and make regular visits to the US and UK. With that experience, I’d like to share with you five helpful tips to becoming a location independent freelancer. [Read more…]

Saying “No” To a Great Client So I Don’t Have To Compromise My Business

Saying No
Saying no is something I’ve had to learn over the years. When I first started out I would say yes to every project – taking on things I had never done before. I wasn’t sure I wanted to, but did because I thought I needed to land every project I quoted. I would often start off quoting less than I wanted, mitigating the negotiations, sure, but also leaving money on the table.

In some cases I still do this, but pretty much only for friends and family projects that are nowadays few and far between. I’ve recently had an experience in saying no to a project I really wanted, but in the end had to bail. [Read more…]

Someone stole my logo! Now what?

Someone stole my logo
There will be a time in your freelance career where you really start to make a name for yourself. You’re getting awesome clients, doing awesome work, and it’s only going up hill. However, with success comes scammers, trolls, and the most commonly, people that copy, “borrow”, or blatantly steal your design work. Has that happened to you yet?

Last week I stumbled upon a blatant copy of my logo on a design firm’s portfolio. It was a full page with large images of my logo mocked up on different products, but with a different business name under it. To see this company benefiting on my hard work and personal brand was a serious issue for me. [Read more…]

Boost your freelance business by going the extra mile for your clients

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We all have a favorite place to go shopping. We all have our favorite brand we trust. When you’re treated well and given an amazing customer experience, whether it’s in a store or through a package you receive in the mail, you’re going to rave about it. The same applies to how you treat your clients.

It’s obvious that you should treat your clients like gold, but what I want to share with you are some important tips to go the extra mile. If you can apply what I share here in the work you do, then you’ll only enhance your client’s experience in working with you – bettering your relationship and landing you more work. With that said, let’s jump into it. [Read more…]