The essential freelancer toolkit

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The thrill of being your own boss, breaking out of the rat race and defining your own 9 to 5 are all perks of becoming a freelancer. If you aren’t freelance or are thinking about taking the leap it can be easy to think freelancers live the easy life – taking work when they need it, creating their own hours, taking unlimited holidays, and the freedom to work wherever. Yes, all of the above is partially true but the reality is ... [Read more]

How to complete with cheaper freelancers

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With content mills offering freelance services for pennies, it can be difficult to see how a freelancer can make any money. Yet there are plenty out there working full time and living comfortably. Do they charge pennies? No, and yet they somehow still get work. If you want to create a lasting business, you cannot expect to do it with tiny fees. You might get plenty of clients but if you’re making less than minimum wage then what’s the point? Many ... [Read more]

How to avoid committing these freelancing mistakes

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There’s a lot of talk online about evil clients, it seems everyone has had one. But what about freelancers? We can sometimes forget that freelancers can make mistakes too. In fact, it’s an essential part of building any business. What do clients want? They want the same as you do, professionalism and reliability. They want someone with experience so that they have confidence in your ability to provide them with value for money. They want assurance that you will do the job ... [Read more]

Want to Be a Full-Time Freelancer? What You Need to Know

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No matter what field you're in, freelance work opportunities are almost guaranteed. Businesses in practically every industry are looking for writers, marketers, programmers, designers, accountants, lawyers and more — all of whom they intend to hire on a contractual basis. It's not just a passing fad, either: A recent study by contingent workforce management company Fieldglass and Ardent Report found that 92 percent of enterprise organizations cite nontraditional talent (i.e., freelancers and contractors) as a moderate-to-vital aspect of their overall corporate strategy, and ... [Read more]

New client? Don’t rush into it, ask these questions first.

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So you’ve landed a client, great news. Whether this is your first client or not, you’re well on your way to building your business, but how do you make sure this experience goes well?  You’re ready to accept the work and take on this new client? Wait, make sure you get as many details as you can. You might end up uncovering something that rings alarm bells. Even if you’re a beginner, you can still choose who to work with. Think you ... [Read more]

December: A Dangerous Month For Freelancers!

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You’ve been so well organised all year. You’ve communicated regularly with clients, ensured all your work is done to the best of your ability and delivered on or before the deadline, filed every invoice, and even kept the receipts for thoseChristmas and freelancing emergency dashes to the local shop for stationery items. The Father Christmas of Freelancers must be smiling down upon you, you think smugly, putting a tick beside the shiny new tablet, Beano Annual and Downton Abbey box set at ... [Read more]

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