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…]

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…]

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 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…]