How to Earn Freelance Income Without Any ClientsI've talked to dozens of freelancers need to find paying clients right now, but there's another way to earn money that most freelancers forget about. In fact, you can earn regular income every month without any… Matt Olpinski • 3 min read Getting ClientsMarketing & PositioningPortfolio Websites
Why Thinking Like a Client Will Change Your Freelancing Career ForeverMost portfolio websites are focused on the wrong person. Thinking like a client might be all you need to kickstart your freelancing career. Find out how seeing myself from the perspective of a paying… Matt Olpinski • 4 min read Client CommunicationProductivity
Teach Freelance Clients to Respect Your Time By Setting Business HoursDo you ever wonder why clients assume that freelancers are available 24/7, over weekends, and after hours? It's because too many freelancers respond to their requests over weekends and after hours. Teach clients to… Matt Olpinski • 2 min read Client CommunicationProject Management
How to Defend Your Design Decisions Without Sounding DefensiveWhen 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… Matt Olpinski • 5 min read Getting ClientsMarketing & Positioning
How I Earned My First $10,000 as a Freelance Web DesignerIt 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… Matt Olpinski • 5 min read Getting ClientsProductivity
7 Lessons from My First Year as a Full-Time FreelancerAfter 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,… Matt Olpinski • 7 min read Payments & Invoicing
How to Properly Name Your InvoicesMost 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… Matt Olpinski • 5 min read Client CommunicationGetting ClientsProject Management
Don’t Break Your Own RulesI 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… Matt Olpinski • 4 min read Portfolio Websites
12 Things You Should Remove From Your Portfolio Website ImmediatelyA 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). Matt Olpinski • 8 min read Career TransitionsGetting Clients
How to Turn One Small Project Into Years of Predictable IncomeThere'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. Matt Olpinski • 9 min read LifestyleProductivityProject Management
How to Stay Comfortable as a Freelancer Even When You’re StressedThere'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. Matt Olpinski • 2 min read News & Opinion
2017 Year In ReviewAfter 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… Matt Olpinski • 6 min read ProductivityProject Management
5 Tips for Managing Sick Days as a FreelancerYou 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. Matt Olpinski • 3 min read Getting ClientsMarketing & Positioning
How to Find More Freelance ClientsIf 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. Matt Olpinski • 7 min read News & OpinionProductivity
How to Find Your Own Success Without Idolizing People in Your IndustryIs 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?… Matt Olpinski • 2 min read Finances & Taxes
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! Matt Olpinski • 7 min read
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