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7 Lessons from My First Year as a Full-Time Freelancer

After one year of full-time freelancing, I share the observations I made, lessons I learned, advice I have for anyone interested in becoming a full-time freelancer. Make sure you have a desire to freelance, not just quit your 9-5 job. A false motivation can quickly lead to failure.

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How to Make Your Invoice Names a Little Less Awful

Most freelancers don't spend time thinking about the best way to name an invoice, but caring about the seemingly trivial aspects of your business (that other freelancers ignore) is what will set you apart in the eyes of your clients.

Handling PaymentsManaging ProjectsRunning a Business
Don’t Break Your Own Rules

I only experience problems with clients when I break my own rules. Accepting that position, attitude, and perspective is what enables you to learn and grow from your mistakes and make better decisions in the future.

Growing Your BusinessManaging ProjectsRunning a Business
12 Things You Should Remove From Your Portfolio Website Immediately

A collection of brutally honest tips for what you should remove from your portfolio website immediately before someone decides to not hire you (and what to replace them with instead).

Building Your PortfolioDesignGetting More ClientsStudents
How to Turn One Small Project Into Years of Predictable Income

There's nothing more valuable than having predictable income when you're a freelancer. Unreliable income holds us hostage to our business even if we've managed to free ourselves from past employers.

Financial ManagementGrowing Your BusinessManaging ProjectsPricing Strategy
How to Stay Comfortable as a Freelancer Even When You’re Stressed

There's no avoiding stressful and uncomfortable situations when you run your own freelancing business. The key to staying comfortable during stressful situations is to maintain control of your business from every angle.

Growing Your BusinessLifestylePersonal DevelopmentRunning a Business
2017 Year In Review

After over two years of freelancing full-time, my business has finally started to run itself. It's become more organized and efficient. I know what to expect from it. The kinks and quirks have been ironed out and that helped make 2017 my best year of freelancing yet.

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5 Tips for Managing Sick Days as a Freelancer

You aren't allocated a specific number of sick days each year as a freelancer. That's why it's important to have a plan for sick days before they happen.

LifestyleManaging ProjectsPersonal DevelopmentRunning a Business
How to Find More Freelance Clients

If you're trying to find more freelance clients, you've got it all backwards. Instead, spend time giving potential clients more ways to find you.

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Find Your Own Success Without Idolizing People in Your Industry

Is there anyone in your industry you really admire? Anyone you follow intensely on social media? Blogs you read religiously? If only you could be more like them, your career would be better, right? Not necessarily.

Growing Your BusinessLifestylePersonal Development
What Do You Need to Start Freelancing, Legally?

What are the minimum legal requirements to start freelancing? You don't need contracts, tax forms, or a legal business entity. Just pay your taxes!

Career TransitionsFinancial ManagementRunning a Business
How To Build A High Performance Lead-Generating Website

You can't expect your website to attract and convert more leads just by making it look better. Many other factors contribute to your website's success.

CopywritingMobile StrategySEO TipsWebsite Strategy
How to Write Great Copy When You’re Not Actually a Copywriter

Learn how to write great copy for your website that converts viewers into customers even if you don't have experience with copywriting, sales, or marketing.

CopywritingDigital MarketingWebsite Strategy
The Ultimate Guide to Getting More Clients From Your Website

Can't seem to make your portfolio website generate enough leads to grow your design business? This is the ultimate guide to getting more freelance clients.

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2016 Year in Review

2016 wasn't filled with many professional achievements or accomplishments. It was quiet and more refined. My business grew naturally, and it grew a lot.

AnalyticsPersonal DevelopmentRunning a BusinessYear In Review
Reduce Referral Spam in Google Analytics Without Using Filters

Referral spam can pollute your Google Analytics account and make it impossible to track user data accurately, but you don't need to use complex filters.

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How to Decline a Project While Helping The Client Succeed

You won't be a good fit for every project, but don't leave your clients empty-handed. Learn how to decline projects while guiding them towards success.

CommunicationGrowing Your BusinessQualifying Leads
25 Simple Design Terms Every Client Needs to Know

Have you ever worked with a designer and felt like they were speaking a totally different language? Every industry has it's own vocabulary. Before you invest thousands of dollars into a designer, you should familiarize yourself with their language.

CommunicationManaging ProjectsTerms & Definitions
15 Simple Development Terms Every Client Needs to Know

Have you ever worked with a developer and felt like they were speaking a totally different language? Every industry has it's own vocabulary. Before you invest thousands of dollars into a developer, you should familiarize yourself with their language.

CommunicationManaging ProjectsTerms & Definitions
So You Want to Be a UX Designer?

If you want to be a UX designer, you'll have to be more specific. In this article I'll explain what UX design really is and how to make a career out of it.

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