Running a Business
Articles about running a business, organized by topic.
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.Freelancers 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.Freelancers 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.Freelancers 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.Everyone 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.Freelancers 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.Freelancers 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!Everyone 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.Freelancers 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.Everyone 2015 Year in Review
After two amazing back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014, I wasn't sure if 2015 would be able to top it. But it totally did. I hope that by sharing my accomplishments I can inspire you to do great things in your personal and professional life too.Clients Which Mobile Solution is Right for Your Business?
With mobile devices becoming increasingly integrated into our daily lives, it's safe to say that a mobile web presence is going to benefit your business. The real question is, which one is right for you? Believe it or not, a fully responsive website is not always the right option.Freelancers How to Maximize and Manage Your Time as a Freelancer
Freelancing awards us the freedom to choose the hours we work, but it is important to have a plan for your days and weeks, even if that plan changes from time to time.Freelancers 12 Essential Freelance Tools That Will Keep Your Business Running Smoothly
Being in business for yourself comes with a lot of added responsibility. Gone are the days when you can focus on your work and leave the billing, scheduling, client management, project management, and new business development to someone else.Clients 5 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Hiring a Freelancer
Freelancers often underestimate the amount of questions you have and the number of objections you need to overcome in order to hire them. The best thing you can do before hiring a freelancer is take the time to identify and define the purpose of the project.Freelancers Boonle: A New Type of Freelancing Platform
Imagine a world where freelancers pick their clients on a first-come, first serve basis without any bidding or approval process. A world that allows them to enhance their skills, experience, and reputation while also turning a small profit for quality work. And what if it was totally free?Freelancers How to Write a Winning Proposal
Did you know that writing a winning proposal starts long before the proposal is written? When you get a new lead, it’s up to you to ask qualifying questions that determine if the client and their project are an ideal fit for you and your business. This is called “qualifying” your lead.Freelancers The Golden Question No Other Freelancer Is Asking
The freelancing market is more oversaturated now that it has ever been before. If you really want to stand out from the crowd, simply asking this question will tell the client that you know what you are doing and that you care about their business.Clients How Much Does a Website Cost?
It’s surprising how many clients ask for a ballpark quote. Unfortunately, answering that question requires more information as each quote should be tailored to the clients specific business and needs.