At some point, you’ll have a customer or client that will drive you up a wall. Perhaps they are consistently late with payment, or they have unreasonable demands on your time and skills. My personal favorite is when clients lead you on for weeks at a time, and then disappear, leaving no trace of the […]
You may be side hustling for a while thinking you have everything under control, but taking your hustle full-time is a different ballgame. You’re the captain of the ship. Self-employment can be a lot of pressure since the primary source of income is coming from your business. Here are a few tips to help you […]
You’re probably aware that you have to spend money to make money. The good thing about a freelance business is you can start with a pretty bare business budget and still see results. You can build a solid foundation without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on bells and whistles. Here are important (and relatively […]
A staggering 43 percent of the U.S. workforce is projected to be part of the gig economy by 2020, which is welcome news for swamped CFOs and their overloaded teams. Instead of watching bandwidth burnout destroy their best people or continuously pushing nice-to-do projects aside, CFOs are working with freelance financial analysts, controllers, financial managers, and other […]
You may think of freelance job boards as a place with work that doesn’t pay well. But recently, I saw my highest paying client post an ad looking for more writers on a job board. There were also other companies posting projects that could be worth thousands of dollars per month. Freelance job boards can have […]
When I first became a freelancer, I thought the lifestyle was great. I had control over when I worked, but I also had a ton of projects lined up for the month. I’d heard horror stories about how freelancing is feast or famine and I finally experienced it firsthand just a few months in. Over […]
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 […]
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.