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  • 5 Things Every Freelancer Must Know about Typography

    02.01.2017

    By 2020, one in two people working in the UK and US will be working freelance. So how do you stand out? One answer is using great typography to showcase who you are and what you do. After all, even in 2020 we will still be selling with words.

  • How to: Make New Year’s Resolutions work for Freelancers

    26.12.2016

    2017 is knocking on the door and we all secretly ask ourselves the same question: Is it stupid to have New Year’s resolutions? Most people just ignore them after a couple of months or even weeks, isn’t it just setting ourselves up for disappointment? Will anything change?

  • How to Use Colors to Increase Your Freelance Website Conversions

    19.12.2016

    Are you a freelancer? Then you should be aware of the invaluable power of running your own personal web page. In order to attract a wider audience and motivate people to order your services, you need to build a strong and compelling online presence. How do you achieve that? How do you create a positive first impression and make people want to hire you? In this blog post, we will find out how to boost your freelance website conversion rates by means of the clever use of color psychology.

  • Freelancer’s checklist: Preparing for 2017

    19.12.2016

    Wow… those last twelve months sure went by fast, right? As a freelancer, it’s easy to lose track of time. As the year comes to its end, we have the perfect opportunity to think about all that has happened and what we would like to happen in the future. The holidays and the typically reduced workload allow you to take a step back and think – here are five things you should focus on:

  • How to set up the Scrum framework in your Freelance projects

    12.12.2016

    Yes, I know, clients are problematic. They don’t understand this or that, they aren’t tech savvy, they have UX solutions that you think are dangerous and can hurt people, and all of them want to build a new Google or Apple with $1k budget. And you can probably count dozens of situations when you ran into trouble, I’m guessing, just because of a client. But what have you done to limit the risk of getting into conflict with clients?

  • 8 Great Techie Gifts for IT Freelancers in 2016

    12.12.2016

    There are few things more satisfying than finding and giving the perfect present. And looking for gifts can be a bit tricky, especially if ideas elude you. To help you out, we gathered up the best things you can give to people who like nifty gadgets, new technologies or maybe just useful little devices. Tech is all around us nowadays and it can be extremely cool.

  • 5 Freelancer Marketing tips for the holiday season

    05.12.2016

    As the holiday season approaches, there are many marketing opportunities that present themselves to freelancers. And while throughout the rest of the year, marketing might be a pain, it can be surprisingly fun during the holidays. Injecting a bit of holiday spirit into your customer interactions helps you nurture your business relationships by spreading some of that end-of-the-year joyfulness. So, here are a few marketing ideas for the winter festivities:

  • How to Get Unstuck and Finish Your Freelance Project

    02.12.2016

    Have you ever been really excited about a project, but then find yourself at a stand-still with your progress? Your original interest seems to fade and your motivation lost? As a freelancer, it’s crucial to finish the projects that you start and essential to find that motivation to meet your deadlines. Without it, you’ll lose credibility and potential new clients. So, how can you stay motivated?

  • How To: Decide on Pricing Models for your App

    28.11.2016

    So you have a new mobile application that you want to sell on the market. Congratulations! It’s a booming marketplace, you’re part of a very dynamic and often profitable environment. However, that does also mean there’s a lot of strong competition.

  • 5 Mistakes I Made as a Freelance Writer That You Can Avoid

    28.11.2016

    When I first started freelancing, I made plenty of mistakes. Blunders and missteps are to be expected in the first year or so, especially since you have to be your own boss. But remember: Working independently absolutely does not mean you shouldn’t seek out knowledge and advice from more experienced people in your field. Presumably, that’s why you’re here. Here are five mistakes I made as a freelancer that you can avoid:

  • 5 Steps to Landing Valuable Clients for Freelancers

    21.11.2016

    A freelancer is defined through the people he or she works with. And while at the beginning, virtually any work that lets you pay the bills and you’re not embarrassed about is good work, this changes as your career progresses. As time goes on, you’ll want to refine your client base. This will give you a lot of benefits, both financially and morally. Valuable clients help your business grow financially and keep you happy as a result. So, what are they and how do you find them?

  • 5 Tasks which Freelancers Should Consider Delegating

    21.11.2016

    Delegating tasks makes a lot of sense as your freelancing business grows. There is a lot to do – and nobody can do it all by themselves. Delegating not only saves you time, but lets you spend it where it matters, namely the core strengths of your business. In this article, we discuss five areas where most freelancers should consider delegating tasks.

  • 5 Questions You Should Ask Every Client before Starting a Design

    17.11.2016

    How many questions should you ask to your client? A lot. Before starting any design process or even before giving any quote you’ll need to ask your client questions and as I already said a lot of them. Well, maybe not a lot, but at least some precise questions to get a clear understanding of what your client needs or what he thinks he needs. And let me tell you this, you will need to clearly understand what your client “thinks” he needs. Having that in mind, you can then decide if you are going to deliver exactly what he wants or if you would like to present him some alternatives or ideas that you think could be better for him.

  • 6 Habits to face the day with the best mood

    14.11.2016

    As freelancers, we know the importance of training our minds for self-discipline. Without a fixed routine and no one to watch what we’re doing, it can be easy to become distracted with a bad mood and that can be all the more apparent when we set off on the wrong foot. Habits can be hard to establish but they are not impossible and the benefits we achieve from forming positive habits can be the difference between facing the day in a negative and detrimental way or a positive and encouraging one.

  • How to win Email Subscribers: Do’s and Don’ts of Freelancer Email Lists

    07.11.2016

    Last week, we covered the reasons why email lists can work really well for freelancers. People check their inboxes every day and they go there to do business – that’s a great place to win over clients. Moreover, emailing feels more personal than “social” networks if it’s done right and it doesn’t have to cost a dime. But how do you find people that want to get your emails?

  • 4 Reasons why Email Lists are a Good Marketing Strategy

    31.10.2016

    I could almost hear you wonder as you read the title: “Email lists, is that really a thing?” Yes, it is, and it’s still one of the most efficient ways to communicate with your clients. Email is the one channel of communication that is always on, arrives directly to the recipient and is actually controlled by you, instead of, say, a social media company.

  • 5 Ways Freelancing as a Student Jumpstarted My Engineering Career

    31.10.2016

    When I started college I had plans of working as much as I could with hopes that doing so would put me on track to have a job I’d be proud of by the time of graduation. However, one thing that stifled my aspirations was the lack of engineering internships and part time positions available during the school year. So I turned to something I never thought would have as great of an impact on my career as it had—freelancing.

  • 73 Must-read books for freelancers from freelancers

    26.10.2016

    Last September, we hosted a blog carnival on the topic “book recommendations for freelancers” at freelancermap.com. Today, thanks to the participation of 22 freelancers from all over the world we are able to present a great collection of books that will help every freelancer to thrive on their business and stay inspired.