Spring Cleaning: 5 Things for Freelancers to Do This Season

Spring Cleaning: 5 Things for Freelancers to Do This Season Now that tax season is over, the next biggest chore for freelancers is spring cleaning — okay, we know it’s summer now, but stay with us! While you can hire someone to clean your home, mow your yard or work on your car, spring cleaning…

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Time Management Tips for Full-Time Freelancers

Time Management Tips for Full-Time Freelancers It has now been more than eight years since I got laid off from my job and decided to give full-time freelancing a shot. I learned a lot of valuable lessons during my first couple of years of self-employment, but none was more valuable than learning how to manage…

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A Simple System for Paying Your Freelance Taxes

A Simple System for Paying Your Freelance Taxes Did you just have to write a big check to Uncle Sam for taxes on your freelance business? If you’re an independent contractor, you’re responsible for setting aside enough for taxes so that when the Taxman holds out his hand, you have what’s needed. There’s nothing less…

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Why Sales is Far More Than a “Necessary Evil” for Professional Freelancers

Why Sales is Far More Than a “Necessary Evil” for Professional Freelancers Sales. The very word (along with “marketing”) is enough to make the bulk of freelancers—and especially artistic “creatives”—break out in hives. “Why can’t I just create, and leave the sales to others?” Yeah, take a number. For better or worse, the success of…

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As a Freelancer, Do You Need a Website?

 As a Freelancer, Do You Need a Website? When I wrote the headline for this blog, my first thought was, “Duh, of course you need a website as a freelancer! It’s 2017, not 1997!” So I started to kill it and write another headline. But then I thought about all the freelancers who don’t have a…

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When and How Should You Raise Your Rates?

When and How Should You Raise Your Rates? It’s one of the trickiest parts of being a freelancer: Knowing when and how to raise rates on your current customers. I’ve been freelancing full-time for eight years now and I can’t say I’ve got this one completely figured out. On the one hand, if you’ve had…

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Niche vs. Generalist: How to Choose Your Niche

Niche vs. Generalist: How to Choose Your Niche In my last blog, I talked about the long-running debate in freelance writing circles about whether it’s better to be a niche freelance writer or a generalist. I believe that niche beats generalist hands-down. I started freelancing full-time in early 2009 after spending the previous 24 years…

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