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August 5, 2015

4 Mistakes You Should Never Do As a Freelancer

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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:

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August 4, 2015

What Does It Take To Succeed As a Freelancer?

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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:

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August 3, 2015

3 Instances Of Bad Freelancing Advice [What You Should Do Instead]

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Look up the web and you’ll find a sea of advice on freelancing (across all genres) and not all of that advice is good.

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:

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July 30, 2015

5 Irrefutable Freelancing Laws You Should Obey, While Starting Out

Freelancing Laws
Freelancing is hard, as it is and you don’t have to make it harder than it already is.

“I wish I knew better”

“You only learn from experience”

“God, How did I not see through this?”

“I didn’t realize it’d turn out to be this way”

Statements like these are common, but you don’t have to go through this if you knew better. As it is for every kind of business, freelancing has some irrefutable laws you should obey.

Note that you don’t have to agree, like, or see the point with these laws. Some of them might make sense to you, and some won’t. In fact, some of these rules could be counter-intuitive to what you know. Yet, these are laws. They exist to make you a happy, rich freelancer.

Here are some of those irrefutable freelancing laws from our experience:

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July 29, 2015

Freelancing Lessons From the Avengers: Are You a Superhero or What?

Lessons from The Avengers

If you’ve had enough of watching The Avengers and the sequels, the interviews, and burnt enough cash on the Marvels Merchandise, it’s time to do something else with it.

Let’s start with this, from IMDB summary of The Avengers:

Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

Guess what? There are lessons for everyone from the movie series. That includes hardworking, worried about-that-elusive-paycheck, and industrious freelancers just like you.

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July 29, 2015

Freelancing Isn’t for The Faint Hearted: How To Handle Uncertainty

Handling Uncertainty in Freelancing

Rachel L. Swarns of The New York Times writes about How Freelancers in the Gig Economy find a mix of freedom and Uncertainty.

She writes a story about Josh Springer – a New York City based freelancer – a member of The Freelance Union, and one of those many freelance workers hoping to find gigs to support their fledgling freelance businesses.

When asked about handling uncertainty, this is what Josh has to say:

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July 28, 2015

How Is Freelancing Better Than a Job?


So, what do freelancers really do? Do they really wear pajamas? Are they the hidden workforce that the world believes they are?

Alex Altman of Time.com believes that the future of work is like no one’s ever seen before — it could be a bit of cloud computing, nanotechnology, or even Genomics.

While no one can predict the future accurately, the Internet has brought in a revolution of sorts, where the nature of work is concerned.

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