Starting a Business

Articles about starting a business, organized by topic.

How to Earn Freelance Income Without Any Clients

I'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 clients at all. All you have to do is sell your own work.

Branding & MarketingStarting a Business
Why Thinking Like a Client Will Change Your Freelancing Career Forever

Most 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 client redefined my freelancing career forever.

Branding & MarketingGetting ClientsStarting a Business
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.

Branding & MarketingGetting ClientsStarting a 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.

Getting ClientsProductivityStarting 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.

Pricing & PaymentsProject ManagementStarting 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.

Project ManagementStarting a Business
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.

Getting ClientsProject ManagementStarting a Business
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.

ProductivityStarting 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.

Starting a BusinessYear In Review
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.

ProductivityProject ManagementStarting 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.

Branding & MarketingGetting ClientsStarting a Business
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.

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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!

Starting a BusinessTaxes, Legal, and Insurance
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.

Starting a BusinessYear In Review
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.

Client ManagementGetting ClientsStarting a Business
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.

Branding & MarketingStarting a Business
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.

Pricing & PaymentsStarting a BusinessTaxes, Legal, and Insurance
My Journey Through College, Design Agencies, and Freelancing

In this interview, Lakera's thought-provoking and inspiring questions got at the heart of my college and career life to reveal the path that led me to where I am today. I want to share our conversation with you in hopes that it will inspire you to recognize your passions and pursue your dream career.

Starting a Business
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.

Pricing & PaymentsProposals & NegotiationStarting a Business
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.

ProductivityStarting a BusinessYear In Review