The New Freelancer’s Guide to Starting Strong

Freelancing can be unnerving. You’re paid to put your work - your soul - out into the world for all to see. That said, freelancing can help you grow personally and professionally. Whether you’re looking for a full-time career or a side income, the freelance life can provide. I’m not going to sugarcoat it: beginning a freelance career is hard. It can take time to build a network, find clients, and create your brand. But believe me, it’s worth it! You get to work with people from around the world and every day is different. If you're thinking about...

The power of focus in your freelance business

As freelancers, it can be increasingly difficult to sit down and focus on the ever-growing to do lists. Especially with the constant connectedness of today. Social media, email, and the latest iDevice can easily grab your attention from your current project. While each of those elements are important to a business’s success, there is a time and a place. That being said, here are some tips I hope you’ll find helpful in this new year to help you remain focused and present!

15 books every successful freelancer should read

If you’re anything like me then you probably devour educational material. There are an abundance of resources out there for freelancers, but sometimes nothing beats getting away from the desk and sitting down with a good book. So whether you’re a designer, developer, student, social media or sales consultant, check out our collection of 15 books every successful freelancer should read.  If there are any books you feel should be on the list, be sure to leave a comment below. All excerpts are taken from the books' sales pages. Stop thinking like a freelancer  Author: Liam Veitch. Read? Not yet....

Essential software for designers

I recently put the question to the designer folk of Twitter: "Which software do you use on a daily basis, what's essential?" And what do you know? I got a response! Every designer has their secret arsenal of essential design apps, so I thought it would be useful to share some of them in a "best of" post. Feel free to add any I've missed in the comments. So in no particular order; here's the "Essential software for designers" list, 2014.

Getting clients to behave during projects

In my seven years of freelancing, I can't recall having any client that caused me a lot of headache. I've had several prospects that did, but none of my clients really caused me trouble. Most of them paid before the invoice due date (and those who didn’t paid shortly after), they were always responsive and provided things in a timely manner, and I never had to hunt them down to get them to do something.

How branding can help your freelance business

Going head-to-head with established freelancers can be a daunting prospect. How do you get clients to notice you and then choose you over a competitor? Regardless of your experience, a brand can help set you apart from the crowd, make you memorable and lend credibility. If it’s targeted at the right clients, it might just help land you that first freelance contract.