Do you have what it takes to become a successful freelancer?

Do you have what it takes to become a successful freelancer
FAIR WARNING: What I’m about to share with you is harsh. I get real and I share actual numbers. Hopefully by stepping outside of my comfort zone, I can motivate and inspire you to have the right mindset to succeed at freelancing.

By the end of this post, you’ll walk away with a fresh perspective and a mindset that will fuel your desire to accomplish goals and succeed. [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…]

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…]

Step-by-Step Guide to Building the Foundation to Your Freelance Business

Building Your Freelance Foundation
Freelancing is exciting and liberating – yet – daunting and difficult.

You’re either held back from the fear of taking such a huge risk with your career or you’ve already taken the leap, but things don’t seem to be going anywhere.

Isn’t it frustrating? You know succeeding as a freelancer can be done, but, how do you get there?

It’s not easy and it takes a lot of hard work, but you’re right, it is possible. Although there may not be a paved road, there is a general process you can follow to get to where you want to be. [Read more…]

The financial struggles of being a freelance graphic designer

Finance-Struggles
In 2011 I left my part-time job to freelance full-time. I was fresh out of college, still living with my parents, and could barely keep over $500 in my bank account. I had yet to find my voice or really establish myself as a freelancer.

I continued to struggle with finding client work. I had no idea where to start looking, who to reach out to, or even how to reach out to someone and ask for work in the first place. When it comes to money it’s a scary thing – especially if the odds aren’t in your favor (e.g. you’re already out living on your own or have a family to provide for.)

As you can see, I’m still here freelancing full-time – three years later. I stuck with it.

When all odds were against me I persevered through the struggles. I’ve jumped many hurdles, made many mistakes, yet I never gave up. Why? Because I enjoy doing what I do so much and would never want to go back to working a dead-end job. [Read more…]