News & Updates
August 14, 2015
We’ve all bee taught to be humble, nice, and forgiving. We’ve been taught to believe in others, work your socks off, and be the best you can be.
Things are rarely that nice in the real world, especially in business. When you deal with clients and vendors, you are literally out there on the street. You are working with a bunch of unknown parameters. You are literally in the thick of wilderness and operate around thousands of blind spots.
You key to freelancing success and to make sure you have a sustainable freelancing business is to negotiate and make more money for every hour spent.
As for most things in life, you can learn the art of negotiation skills for freelancing. You’d just have to start with the following:
August 13, 2015
Freelancers trade time for money. While it’s not the best way to make money, it’s a definite starting point.
As Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha write in their popular book, The Startup of You, it makes sense to have three plans to do well in your career.
Plan A – This is what you do, at this time, right now.
Plan B – a slight pivot of what you can do. This includes anything experimental you might want to do. If you were a web designer, for instance, you’d want to try your hand at writing. Or develop a new web language.
Plan Z – This is the ultimate backup for you. Whatever this plan is for you, it’s built to hold your life together and give you ultimate security.
The book advocates these plans for everyone – including people who hold full-time jobs, freelancers, self-employed professionals, and entrepreneurs.
We believe that freelancers and self-employed professionals along with entrepreneurs need these plans more than anyone else.
Fickle, dicey, and unpredictable that your life as a freelancer can be, it makes sense to build plans that hold ground while other plans are likely to fail. Here’s how you can ensure freelancing success:
August 12, 2015
That’s just the way it is.
There’s no escaping the rigorous routine and the constant battle to get projects. You’d forever be under the mercy of destiny if you don’t embrace the fact that you’d have to move the earth to grow your business.
Freelancing today needs you to marshal enough firepower. How do you do it? How do you make sure you get the best of freelancing success?
August 11, 2015
Freelancing is your entry point to the new era of work – the kind of work where there are no geographical boundaries, no commute, and no fixed time frames for work, and there are no 9 to 6 jobs, and there’s no boss looking over your shoulders.
According to Dana Ardi of Fast Company, everything we all knew about the workplace is already outdated.
The talent pool – your fellow peers – has already grown. Marketing automation, the presence of marketplaces, a global talent pool available on the human cloud, and projects are all done online today.
That’s where your freelancing world lies. Online is where the market is (because offline eventually gets online), and remote collaboration will be the new norm.
As such, what you needed just about10 years ago to succeed with freelancing has changed. What you need today with freelancing basics is different, and is changing.
Here’s what you need as a freelancer:
August 10, 2015
A freelancer doesn’t have a regular income. Even retainers don’t seem like regular income since you never know when clients run out of budgets or stop projects.
Living paycheck to paycheck is exactly the thing you wanted to get out of. However, due the nature of freelancing, it might just be what you’d subscribe to. Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shows how to stop living paycheck to paycheck, and you should read that blog post first.
While everyone should plan finances, save or invest money, freelancers have the greatest need for it.
Here’s how to plan your finances as a freelancer:
August 7, 2015
Time is money, and it’s all right if it’s clichéd or if you have heard that a million times.
Time is still money and hourly projects are a good testament to that. Productivity is important not because it’s a measure of how effectively you use time to your benefit but also because productivity determines how much you get paid.
The more work you pack into an hour and the better you do it, the more you make. So here’s how to do productive freelancing and how to make sure you can control your time:
August 6, 2015
Small is underestimated.
Our society looks up to the “big”. Bigger is usually better. Big is flashy, gets us attention, and big is preferred.
Anything big starts with small though.
So, it goes like this in reality:
Small gives way to big.
Simplicity is hard to achieve.
The power of compounding helps your saving corpus grow huge despite small sums of money invested periodically.
In freelancing too, you can achieve humongous gains by doing those hundred little things you never thought were “that” important.
Here are some of those small things that give you huge gains and the path to succeed with freelancing:
August 5, 2015
Freelancing is the single best answer to non-capital intensive, location-independent, global business opportunity you’d ever get your hands on. It’s the best answer to be on your own and never have to sell your soul, mortgage your home, and go neck-deep in debt.
It’s also disaster-prone.
If you don’t get your marbles in the bag right from the start, you’d be spending a lot of time wading through the muck your mistakes would leave you in.
While doing mistakes in freelancing isn’t expensive money-wise, they can damage the energy, gusto, and the enthusiasm you started with (plus, a lot of time and a little money here and there).
Here are some freelancing mistakes you should avoid:
August 4, 2015
It’s the neo economy you are in, and it’s time to disown anything to do with the old.
Freelancing is the new normal. It’s the ultimate answer to an ever-growing need for many entrepreneurial souls to stand on their own feet and to start their own thing.
What was once a fancy job is a reality today. Millions, who were once a part of the regular workforce, now throng to the bright prospects of freelancing.
According to Quartz,
“ In the EU, 14.5% of the workforce fell into the category “self-employed” in 2010. In the US, every 3rd person was self-employed in 2006, and forecasts predict this will increase to 40% by the year 2020.”
However, freelancing is just as anything entrepreneurial. It has its share of ups and downs. Freelancing can prove to be draining, exhaustive, and downright scary.
Not if you knew what it takes to succeed:
August 3, 2015
Thanks to the ease of putting up information (and consuming it), it’s easy for almost anyone to write up anything they like.
If thousands of freelancers do something, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good thing to do.
A lot of freelancing advice you see on the web is all right. Some of that advice is terrible. Your job is to take stock of your own situation and carefully wade through that advice taking each snippet of advice with a pinch of salt.
We did some of that muck wading for you. Here are at least X instances of bad freelancing advice and what you should be doing instead: