Freelancing is not a Dirty Word

Freelance. The word conjures a dichotomy of examples. On one hand you have the pajama-wearing, bed-headed, self-employed worker bee, spilling milky cereal on their netbook while sitting on the couch. On the other hand, you have the dedicated professional, full of confidence, giddy with the thought of never sitting through rush-hour traffic every day, fiercely independent. The former is usually envisioned by those unfamiliar with self-employment. The latter is enjoyed by those who thrive as independent freelance professionals.

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Tips for the Newly Published Freelance Professional

You’ve finally done it. Congratulations! You’ve published your first book. If you are like many writers, it has taken you years to craft your novel. You have written and rewritten it a dozen times. You went through the publishing process and probably picked up a couple of rejection letters along the way.

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Secret Life of the Freelance Professional

There are some little known facts about people who work as freelance professionals. Their work and schedule can be much different from someone who works a typical 9-5. To be a better freelance professional, consider these three secrets to optimize work and your personal life.

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Specialize and Thrive

When I started working as a self-employed designer, the services I offered read like a directory of all things creative: brochures, catalogs, logos, marketing materials, interactive, posters, packaging...

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Why I No Longer Charge By The Hour

When deciding on how to approach pricing for your business' services, you have a lot of decisions to consider. One of the most important factors is determining your hourly rate. Once that's accomplished, you'll have to think about how you estimate prices to clients. Do you charge by the project? Or, do you calculate price based on the number of hours required to accomplish the task?

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Revenue and Profit: The Heartbeat of Business

Revenue and profit are the lifeblood of any business. They have a direct impact on a business' ability to invest in future growth, stay competitive and deliver the best possible service and product.

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What it Means to be an Independent Creative

Thinking about ditching the day job for something much more exciting and flexible? Then being an independent creative may be just the thing for you. But before diving in, make sure you know what you need.

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Is the customer always right? How to avoid difficulties with clients

There are many things that the life of freelancing can offer you, from flexibility, more down-time with your loved ones and of course the freedom of being your own boss. However, there’s one thing that any freelancer no matter their industry can never escape despite the fact that you’ve given up the office life, and this is walking through the potential minefield of dealing with difficult clients.

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Tips To Be a Successful Freelance Professional

Many people would love to be a successful freelance professional. They dream of a day where they can leave their boring (or highly stressful) job behind and work from home or in a location of their choosing.

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Ten Steps to Creative Independence

I hosted a workshop at the 2010 Create Denver Expo on April 10, titled Ten Steps to Creative Independence. What makes some freelancers thrive, while others struggle? What are the traits that make creative independents succeed?

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Collaboration Helps Independent Creatives Learn from Success

People are always talking about learning from failure, but collaboration between independent creatives lets you wise up the easier way. Participating in a collective of freelance professionals gives you more opportunities to learn from success.

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Creative Collaboration Can Help Turn Your Initial Failures Into Eventual Success

All great business models involve high levels of innovation and creativity. Unfortunately, thinking outside the box always involves a certain level of risk. When you think creatively, you have a lot of exciting new ideas, but not all of them are going to work. Failure is part of the equation when it comes to innovation.

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Turning Potential Clients into Established Clients

One of the biggest challenges when working with a new client is getting them comfortable with you, your capabilities and your prices.

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Getting Paid as a Freelance Professional

If you're a freelance professional, chances are that you're preoccupied with thoughts of increasing your client base, managing your time, and exceeding the expectations of your current clients. Even during your leisure time (if you can even remember what that is) your thoughts bend toward finding ways to improve your business.

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Minimum Fees and Why You Should Have One

Minimum fees are a necessary component of any profitable business. Let's explore what minimum fees are and why I believe you should always rely on them.

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Charge More to Work Less

As I’ve proceeded down the path of being an independent creative, one thing has become readily apparent: increasing my rates has led to better projects and better clients. In addition to better projects and better clients, I’ve found that I actually work less. Sure, per-project hours tend to be more, but the actual number of hours I’m working per week has decreased.

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Four Common Fears About Starting a Freelance Business

Thinking of going freelance? Scared out of your mind? Most freelance professionals have been where you are. It's normal to feel this way and don't worry. Relax. You've got this.

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Tips To Avoid Burnout As a Freelance Professional

It can be hard to be a freelance professional. You often spend days or weeks by yourself. You may find yourself with no one to talk to as you create your masterpieces and finish all of your multiple projects. Many business owners and freelance professionals burnout because of this. However, they can easily avoid it with the following tips:

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Prequalify Your Prospects

I recently was asked by a friend about my thoughts on pre-qualifying prospective clients. Here are my thoughts and why I believe pre-qualification is a very important part of becoming a more successful, profitable business.

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