Articles for #freelancers

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How to Defend Your Design Decisions Without Sounding Defensive

When you put a design in front of a client, they're inevitably going to have an opinion on it. These strategies move the conversation away from who is right or wrong and re-focus both sides on the business goals the project aims to achieve.

CommunicationDesignManaging Projects
How I Earned My First $10,000 as a Freelance Web Designer

It took me a full four years to earn my first $10,000 of freelance income. Working 15 hours per week for most of each year, that works out to about $1.95 an hour. That's not good even for a college student, but that's where my story began.

Building Your NetworkBuilding Your PortfolioCareer TransitionsGetting More ClientsGrowing Your Business
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.

Career TransitionsGrowing Your BusinessRunning a Business
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
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.

Digital MarketingGetting More ClientsGrowing Your BusinessWebsite Strategy
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 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
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.

Career TransitionsDesign
How to Structure Your Bank Accounts for Massive Financial Success

As a freelancer, getting paid is at the top of the priority list. But what do you do with the money once you have it? It's time to structure your finances.

Financial ManagementHandling PaymentsRunning a Business
How to Market Yourself to Startups as a Freelancer

OverĀ 100 million new businesses each year are trying to stake their claim in the startup world, but with so many businesses trying to create "the next big thing", finding the right startup to work with is tricky.

Digital MarketingGetting More ClientsWebsite StrategyWorking with Startups
Should you call yourself a freelancer or a consultant?

BeforeĀ deciding what to call yourself, it's important to understand how people perceive consultants and freelancers, but at the end of the day, the way you position yourself is more important than what you call yourself.

CommunicationDigital MarketingGetting More Clients
How I Sold a $6,000 Website to a Non-Profit Using Value-Based Pricing

Find out how I sold a $6,000 website to a non-profit using value-based pricing and why they agreed to pay 100% of the total cost upfront.

Growing Your BusinessPricing StrategyWriting Proposals