Do you enjoy your work enough to be a successful freelancer?

Do you like the work you do?
What’s your end goal with freelancing? Do you want to make a living from the comfort of your home? Do you want to live a luxurious life of higher means? I hope those aren’t your reasons for freelancing…

If your mind is set on wanting to work from home or to get rich, then you’re going about freelancing all wrong. Of course it’s possible to make a good living as a freelancer, and one of the biggest perks is that you work for yourself from the comfort of your home, but it’s the work you do that will ultimately get you there. If you don’t have a love for the work you do, or if you don’t enjoy doing it even if you aren’t making enough to live off of, then how can you expect to succeed? [Read more...]

Being a Jack of All Trades Vs. a Master of One

Jack of All Trades Vs. Master of One
A client recently asked me how I decided which services I offer. Initially, I thought it was a silly question, but after giving it some thought, it became more clear. It turned out the client wanted to know why I offer lots of different services, instead of just one or two. I like to call this the “Jack of All Trades” or “Master of One” scenario, and in this post, you’ll learn the advantages and disadvantages of both, and how you can figure out the right path for yourself. [Read more...]

The Daily Routine of a Freelancer [Open Discussion]

My Daily Freelance Routine
I really enjoy reading how other freelancers go about their day. How they start, when they get most of their work done, and when do they do their mundane tasks.

There are countless variations to how you could spend your day, so I would like to start an open discussion in the comments of this post about your daily routine as a freelancer. Much like the Community Challenge post I did a few months ago, I want to focus on you. Think of the comment section as an extension of this post (as you always should.) So now is not the time to be afraid to add your voice and leave a comment!

I’m going to share my typical work day with you first, then you do the same in the comments. To help you out, try answering these questions:

  • What does your daily routine look like?
  • What time do you start working, and how many hours do you put in?
  • How often do you take breaks?
  • When do you find you’re most productive?

I’ll be reading everyone’s comment, replying to most, and checking out your websites, so I look forward to seeing you in the comments below! :) [Read more...]

How I go beyond client work to diversify my freelance income

How I Diversify My Freelance Income
In order to build a reliable income for your freelance business you must go beyond client work. Don’t just trade your time for money. Instead, work hard now. Develop multiple streams of income with the skills you already have and continually reap the benefits over time.

With client work, there’s always the possibility of it drying up – leaving you without money coming in. It’s a scary situation to go through, so don’t put all your eggs into one basket.

In this post I’m going to share how I diversify my freelance income. I’m going to break my different streams of income into percentages based on categories – revealing what’s been working best for me over the year. [Read more...]

How I Manage My Virtual Office

How I Manage My Virtual Office
As a freelance designer and consultant, I’ve come across many SaaS (“Software as a Service”) applications that claim to save me time and effort for any aspect of my business. This means time-tracking apps, project management, invoicing, and even writing proposals. I always like to try out new apps when I come across them. Just maybe they’d be better than what I use now, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to change up my process for the greater good. It’s been many years of trial-and-error, and I think I finally have it down pat.

None of my current clients live near me, or are even remotely close to the same time-zone. This means everything I do is virtual, and it’s important to set up a good system to rely on. I’ve never come across a major logistical issue I couldn’t solve in one way or the other, so I want to share some of the services I use to solve those problems. [Read more...]