Freelancer Tips

 

  • The Freelancer NOT-to-do List

    03.09.2015

    To-do-lists for freelancers can be found all over the Internet and offer lots of good advice. However, if you try following all of them, you’ll soon come to the conclusion that 24 hours a day are by far not enough to get all the work done. That’s why you, as a freelancer, should not only focus on the things that have to be done, but be aware of the ones that don’t. There is work to be done and you should cut off as many unproductive time-wasters as you can.

  • 4 Simple Steps on Managing your Freelancer Budget

    03.09.2015

    Freelancing is known for its financial ups and downs. Some months it might seem like you have enough clients to put you through the entire year without even worrying for a moment. Others might unfortunately see you desperately scrambling for your last dollars to cover for rent and food.

  • Job Interviews as a Freelancer – Do’s and Don’ts

    03.09.2015

    For some reason, many people believe that job interviews are not something freelancers have to face. Quite the opposite. Freelancers face job interviews much more often than regular employees. Whether they are formally called such or not, conducted face-to-face, per mail or via Skype, job interviews are an essential part of the freelancer’s business life.

  • Four Signs That You Are Underpricing Your Freelance Services

    03.09.2015

    Setting your rates is one of the greatest challenges in the everyday life of freelancers. There is a balance between charging too much and too little which is very difficult to achieve. Figuring out whether you are charging too much isn’t hard – you just won’t get hired for a job or will outright receive complaints about your pricing. But how do you know if you are earning less than you should?

  • The 4 Top Reasons for a Freelancer’s personal Website

    03.09.2015

    Many freelancers disregard the idea of building their own website for various reasons. Lack of time, knowledge or doubts about how much benefit the page could have are some of these reasons. Neglecting the idea of a personal website, however, robs you of one of the most powerful online marketing tools. A personal website can be a great way to promote your work. Still, many freelancers doubt its impact.

  • 4 Tips for successful Brainstorming

    03.09.2015

    Any freelancer working in a creative field knows that awful feeling of being stuck. Whether it is about coming up with a new idea for the logo you’re designing, finding a creative topic to write about or just looking for inspiration on a new project, brainstorming can be the key to success. It isn’t some magical way to get ideas, I like to see it as a collective term, describing different strategies and techniques which could help you get inspiration or consider an idea which you otherwise wouldn’t have.

  • The 3 Main Freelancer Payment Options – pros and cons

    03.09.2015

    All over the world, freelancers have the universal goal to get paid. As such, they have to take their picks from various payment systems. There are many aspects to consider when making this decision for your business. Do you go for online or offline payment services? Which platform do you trust more? And last but not last, what fees are you willing to pay?

  • Reasons to become an IT-freelancer: freelancermap.com users have voted major reasons to start freelancing!

    03.09.2015

    Freelancing is getting more and more mainstream in the IT-industry. It brings a huge amount of freedom, satisfaction, independence, and control over the balance between work and life. But what are the “real” motivations behind IT-experts pitching themselves in the role of a freelancer?

  • How to get referrals by earning them instead of asking

    03.09.2015

    Referrals are one of the best ways for finding new clients as a freelancer. When someone you have worked with recommends your business, the chances of getting the job or project dramatically increase.

  • Dos and Don’ts of Freelancer Self-Promotion

    03.09.2015

    Self-promotion is an essential part of the successful freelancer’s skillset. Putting your name out there and showing people what you can do and how great you’re at it is a great way to get more clients. As a freelancer, you are the CEO, the manager, and the intern of your marketing department all at the same time. That means self-promotion can be time-consuming and difficult to master, but it is well worth it. And if you don’t tell people about your product or service, who will? Here are some of the most important things you should and should not be doing when it comes down to advertising the business of you:

  • Beating the Writer’s Block in 4 simple steps

    03.09.2015

    Every writer has experienced it. Whether we call it procrastination, lack of concentration or motivation, or we simply run out of ideas to put on paper, there are times when we sit in front of that empty page and can’t figure out what to write next. This issue is a natural part of the writing process and any freelance writer is bound to face it sooner or later. We’ve comprised a list of four tips which will help you overcome the so-called writer’s block.

  • How to Find a Proper Name for your Freelancing Business in 5 Steps

    03.09.2015

    Finding a proper name for your own business is one of the most creative and exciting things you get to do when starting out as a freelancer. However, it can also be a very stressful process, since the result you get is likely to stick around for at least a couple of years. Finding the right name that sits perfectly between interesting, attention-grabbing on the one side and understandable plus simple on the other, is going to be tricky at best.

  • Coping with your Workload as a Freelancer - 4 Tips!

    03.09.2015

    Those new to freelancing often tend to think that working as your own boss means having much more free time than you had as an employee. This couldn’t be less true – yes, you have the freedom to tailor a time schedule suited to your specific needs, but as a freelancer you obviously have a lot more responsibility as well. The feeling that everything depends on oneself leads to putting a lot of hours in and often struggling with your workload.

  • 4 Tips on New Year Goals for Freelancers

    03.09.2015

    It’s that time of year again. People all over the world look at the past twelve months, think what they could have done better and make their annual resolutions. Whether it is working harder, eating healthier or doing more sports, people just can’t resist the temptation to soothe their conscience by convincing themselves that it’s all going to be better next year.

  • The Perfect Freelancer Christmas Wishlist

    03.09.2015

    Christmas is just around the corner, with as little as a couple of days to go. Most freelancers have probably been too busy getting gifts for their relatives and friends. Between that and work, because even during the holidays there is something to do, you probably didn’t get the chance to think about what you actually want for Christmas. For those of you who are getting gift-cards or would just like to buy something for themselves as a reward for sticking to freelancing for another year, we comprised a Christmas list for freelancers. Here are the top 4 things the self-employed want most!

  • How to send some Christmas Cheer to your clients

    03.09.2015

    The winter holidays are just around the corner. Whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah or the winter solstice you celebrate, it is a time of joy, cheerfulness and good spirit. What better time to remind your clients that you, as a business, personally care for them? Sending a card with holiday greetings is a simple way to show those you’re working with how much you appreciate them. It’s not only a source for positive emotion, but could be a competitive advantage which sets your business apart from others as well.

  • How to go on a truly relaxing vacation as a freelancer

    03.09.2015

    Taking a holiday can be extremely difficult for the self-employed. Being your own boss, marketing department, and human resources manager all at once can stress you out. It will often lead you to believe that your business will suffer dramatically as soon as you turn your back on it. But any freelancer has to realize just how important a vacation can really be.

  • 5 Awesome Tips for Writing Emails which won’t be ignored

    03.09.2015

    Emails have revolutionized business communication. Information can now be send quickly, efficiently and to multiple recipients with great ease. However, this means that any professional literally gets buried in emails, a large amount of which are bound to be ignored. Therefore, as a freelancer writing an email about a possible new position, feedback, tips or just cold mailing a company to offer your services, you want to make sure your emails don’t land straight in the “deleted” folder.