Working in my business full-time is one of my greatest accomplishments. I set my own hours, I work from home, and I get to choose what projects I work on. Despite my satisfaction with the career choice, I always tell aspiring full-time business owners to proceed with caution. Don’t quit your job in a hurry. […]
Late invoices are the bane of all of our existences. Income from a freelance and consulting business can naturally ebb and flow. Late invoices during an already slow period can cause serious panic. I generally give people the benefit of the doubt. Invoices aren’t always running late because they don’t want to pay you. Sometimes […]
We all want to hire freelancers who turn in great work. But every once in a while, there comes a time when the work you get isn’t exactly what you expected. I’ve worked with a few freelancers and creative agencies over the last few months for a book I’m publishing. Most of the time, I’m […]
Missing a deadline is a freelancer’s worst nightmare. Meeting deadlines ensure the workflow keeps moving smoothly and it also keeps clients happy. However, every once and a while, even the most efficient freelancer can miss a deadline. This tends to happen often around the holiday season. During this busiest time of year, meeting deadlines matters […]
Community is important when running a business. Without the support of peers and customers, you’re a ship without a sail. I’ve been part of masterminds for several years. Masterminds are fantastic for group support. I’ve also worked directly with paid coaches who taught me a certain skill. My favorite type of people to take advice […]
When it comes to small business accounting, most people know that it is important to keep your records updated for taxes. However, there are many more benefits from small business accounting that you can use to grow, improve, and expand your business. Here are some of the most important accounting reports for your small business […]
Difficult clients can make you want to pull your hair out. I’ve been fortunate for most of my freelance career. Most clients have respected me and my time. But there have been a few that were difficult to work with during a project. They didn’t give me much direction. In one instance, the client held […]
According to a recent study, workers feel a greater sense of anxiety and lower relationship satisfaction when they check emails during non-working hours. I found this study coincidently after coming to the conclusion that my own work-life balance has been suffering lately because of how often I check my email. The stress of the constant […]
As a freelancer, it’s hard to turn down work. We feel like we need to take on everything that comes our way because what if we don’t get another chance? Someday, though, you’ll reach a point where you do need to turn down work. Here are three signs that it’s time to turn down freelance work: […]
It’s not uncommon for freelancers to work diligently from project to project. Lining up work consistently is how we earn the real money. However, working so hard for our clients can mean we’re neglecting our own business. Building a brand is what can lead to longevity and increased income. I hear quite often from my […]
Now more than 53 million strong, the freelance industry is growing and offers incredible potential for those willing to work in a new radical way that steps outside of the bounds of the 9-to-5, Monday-Friday employee model and creates a flexible way to work for yourself while potentially getting more out of life. As a widely accepted and in-demand way to work, freelancers are getting more attention than ever by companies seeking their skill sets and the ability to hire on a temporary basis without having to cover training or benefits.
More people are realizing that they don't have to work in the traditional model and are actually more comfortable working as freelancers because they have unique personalities that allow them to do so. For example, a successful freelancer is typically identified by their ability to be self-motivated, expert communicators, quick responders, adept time managers, responsible and trustworthy, adapters and flexible workers.
There are now organizations and associations dedicated to serving freelancers as well as multiple online marketplaces for locating projects and clients. This incredible support system is even expanding to include specific products just for freelancers, including health insurance, loans, tools and technology. While these business areas all provide a good framework for resources and assistance, freelancers continue to have unique career, business, and professional development issues that need to be addressed.
Since such a large part of our customer base at Due.com are freelancers, we knew that it would help to add to the resource library available to help more small business owners get help with a wide range of business issues, including those that impact the general business environment as well as those specific to the freelancer personality, mentality, and business model. Working with many freelancers ourselves, Due.com has collected a diverse set of insights on the freelance industry. Our library of articles on the business of freelance includes a wide range of interesting topics:
- Industry impact articles like how the freelance economy is changing the business environment.
- Marketing strategies, including how freelancers can get featured in major media outlets and how to leverage online and offline networking.
- Professional and personal development tips like how to learn new skills for free and the qualities of successful entrepreneurs.
- Money management recommendations, such as how to get a month ahead of your bills, three financial realities to address before becoming a freelancer, whether buying a home is compatible with a freelance lifestyle, how to fund a retirement account, tax deductions to take, how to get paid upfront or on-time, why electronic payments are great for freelancers and how to save more income.
- Productivity tips like how to stay on task despite working from home, where to work outside of the home to change-up the environment and perspectives about how to stay motivated.
- Life-balance suggestions, including how to protect your time, how to balance work and family, and how to address issues that arise from working at home.
Numerous other subjects are also being added to the Freelance category on a regular basis as more issues and trends arise, including feedback from our freelance customers about what they are most concerned with in terms of their businesses.