Striking Out for Freelance Gulch: An Extended Metaphor for Starting a Freelance Career

Striking Out for Freelance Gulch: An Extended Metaphor for Starting a Freelance Career

Perhaps you live in the big city of corporate workplaces. Things are logical and centrally planned, you’re told what to do and when to do it, you receive money for going through motions, and everything is calm and predictable. Your decision-making power is limited; it…

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: Your Time Is Your Own

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: Your Time Is Your Own

I’m writing this monthly series about the joys and challenges of full-time freelancing, and it turns out that in many cases the joys are the same as the challenges — usually two sides of the same coin. That is certainly true with the question of…

How to Find Work: Asking

How to Find Work: Asking

In my post about the 10 ways I find freelance work, I list one thing that seems like it’s too obvious to write down: “Asking.” I can hear the skepticism now: “Right, so I’ll just nip out and ask someone for some work and come…

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.…

5 Essential Pieces of Advice for Beginning Freelancers

5 Essential Pieces of Advice for Beginning Freelancers

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

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…

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 10 Ways I Find Freelance Work

The 10 Ways I Find Freelance Work

There are many topics to consider and discuss when it comes to freelancing, but none seems to loom larger than the difficulty of finding quality gigs. It’s one of the questions I see asked most often, and one of the questions I myself have pondered…