Month: April 2019

Q&A: Should I Choose a Business Name or Operate Under My Own?

Q&A: Should I Choose a Business Name or Operate Under My Own?

Q: I’ve been holding myself back from growing my freelance business because I haven’t been able to find the perfect business name yet. I want to present myself in a professional way and attract good clients, so I thought I should have an “official” brand.…

How to *Not* Choose a Niche as a Freelance Writer

How to *Not* Choose a Niche as a Freelance Writer

Find your niche! It’s one of the hottest pieces of advice in freelance writing these days. “Trying to do everything for everybody leaves you doing nothing for nobody,” say the freelance gurus. “If you don’t niche down, don’t bother starting up!” This growing emphasis on…

5 Essential Pieces of Advice for Beginning Freelancers

5 Essential Pieces of Advice for Beginning Freelancers

Being a beginner is hard. I see people floundering all the time, asking “How do I get started?” Or “What do I do first?” Or “Can someone just send a client my way already?” 

There is no magic freelancing bullet that will get you in the game without a lot of hard work, tenacity, and persistence (read: relentlessness).

But there are some important things you can do at the start to make your chances of quickly revving up your business much more likely.

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How to Find Work: Magnetism

How to Find Work: Magnetism

I recently wrote a post on the 10 ways I find freelance work and want to elaborate on the brief description I gave of each method. One of those methods I call “magnetism.” By magnetism I mean anything that causes people to come to you…

Why Successful Freelancers Are Like the Sun

Why Successful Freelancers Are Like the Sun

Because we’re hot. Jkjkjk. No, the reason is that successful freelancers are reliable.   Our clients can count on us without question. They turn to us again and again because they know that we’ll execute what they want by the deadline they need.

How to Find Work: Listings

How to Find Work: Listings

I recently wrote a post on the 10 ways I find freelance work and want to elaborate on the brief description I gave of each method. The first thing on the list is gig listings.

I have gotten a fair amount of work from responding to gig listings on job boards. In fact, my very first freelance gigs came from job boards, and those in turn led me to all sorts of other things.

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Q&A: How Do I Figure Out What to Charge?

Q&A: How Do I Figure Out What to Charge?

Q: How do I figure out what to charge? A potential client has asked me my rate for a 500-word blog post. I’ve heard of freelancers making $30/hour and others making $250/hour. What should I ask for?

The Truth About Freelance Pricing

The Truth About Freelance Pricing

One question I hear frequently from freelance writers — both new and experienced — is: “What price should I quote for this particular project?” Variations on this question are “What’s the going rate for this?” and “What do other people usually charge for this?” When…

How To Figure Out Your Required Hourly Rate — and Then Hide It

How To Figure Out Your Required Hourly Rate — and Then Hide It

It is one of the core principles of freelancing that it’s generally better to seek flat rates than hourly rates when pricing your work. Unless you work very slowly or the project is not what it at first appears, flat rates will likely end up allowing you to make more money.

In fact, if you do things right, setting flat rates can allow you to make a lot of money.

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How Freelancing Works: Flat-Rate vs. Hourly Pricing

How Freelancing Works: Flat-Rate vs. Hourly Pricing

One of the most important things I’ve learned over my decade as a freelancer is to charge flat rates instead of hourly rates for my work. This is a particularly good strategy for me because I work quickly, but I believe that in most cases…