Freelancer Tips

 

  • 5 Tips for Maximizing your Income as a Freelancer

    03.09.2015

    Financial struggle is something almost any freelancer will face at a certain point of his or her career. This is not necessarily bad, as you get to learn from your mistakes, improve your business practices and generally become a better professional at what you do. Nevertheless, having financial difficulties is something everybody would like to avoid – but how do you do it?

  • Understanding Key Contract Elements – the NDA

    03.09.2015

    For freelancers, working with a contract is advisable in almost every situation – it usually protects both sides from a number of potential risks that might occur. Freelancers know this. However, legal language is often pretty scary and signing a contract can feel like jumping into something which you don’t entirely understand.

  • Dealing with Client Loss as a Freelancer – 4 tips

    03.09.2015

    “We are sorry to inform you that we will no longer be needing your services”. This sentence and its variations are the prelude to one of the most dreaded situations in a freelancer’s career – losing a client. Unfortunately, most freelancers have to deal with it sooner or later, as it is essentially a part of the job description. We’ve summarized some of the most useful tips on handling the difficult situation of losing a client.

  • Freelancer Discounts – Pros and Cons

    03.09.2015

    It is a dreaded question, which freelancers unfortunately often have to face: “Can my business get a discount?” The answer is never an easy one, it is difficult to determine whether or not a flat-out refusal will lose you a client straight away. A positive answer on the other hand might mean getting less money than your work is worth and nobody wants that. So should you, as a freelancer, offer discounts?

  • 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.

  • 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!