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

Best-Advice
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

scope creep
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

Freelance Success Tips
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…]

How to get the full value from the content you consume

Consuming Content
How many blog posts do you read each week? Why do you choose to read those articles specifically? Chances are it’s because you’re looking to learn something new or to view someone elses perspective on a certain topic.

There’s a plethora of content for every subject you can think of, and it’s all accessible at your fingertips. With all of this content you’re consuming on a daily basis, are you actually taking anything away from it? Are you even consuming the right type of content?

You purposely and sometimes accidentally put in valuable time scouring the web for the perfect answer to your questions. Reading blog posts, listening to podcasts, and watching videos. Maybe one of these pieces of content will hold that gold nugget of information you’ve been looking for!

Reading, listening, and watching content is time-consuming, and for most people, it’s a problem they didn’t know they have. You think you’re spending your time wisely, self-learning, but if you aren’t finding the value in the content you consume, and develop your own takeaway, then you’re inadvertently wasting time. [Read more…]