I’ll admit it — I used to take it personally every single time someone decided to unsubscribe from my email list. Sad, right? Unsubscribes always felt like a hit to my ego, and I constantly second guessed my email content. I convinced myself that unsubscribes meant that I was doing something wrong so I spent […]
This year I’m focused on increasing my income — and the focus is paying off. One thing that has been a significant help in increasing income is no longer seeing myself as an hourly worker. I stopped charging clients a long time ago based on an hourly rate, but for some reason I still thought […]
Economist Tyler Cowen has argued that Americans are less adventurous than they were just a few decades ago. They move less often, they divide themselves by socioeconomic lines more frequently, and they stay in their jobs longer and don’t take the time to network or attend business events. And, this shift toward complacency hasn’t avoided […]
Aspiring business owners are usually in awe of what I do. They wonder how I’m able to land jobs and make a full-time living from home. I’ve been there. I’ve seen my friends and other freelancers I admire making way more money than me. For quite some time, I couldn’t figure out how they were […]
At some point, freelancers hit a crossroads. You start getting so many job requests that you can’t handle them all on your own. It’s tough to turn money away, but there are only so many hours in a day. Trading time for money can eventually lead to a dreaded income plateau. You simply don’t have […]
After being in the freelance game for many, many years, I can tell you that current clients can be a huge missed opportunity if you’re not tapping into them as a resource. Time and time again I’ve been able to increase my income and portfolio with work that’s been referred to me by present clients. […]
While working from home and telecommuting continue to grow in popularity, commuting to work every day is still the norm. The average commute in the United States has grown to 26 minutes each way, or nearly an hour every day in the car going to and from work. According to data from the Census, more […]
There are all kinds of people in this world, all with unique personalities and traits. When you work closely with the public there are certain people you instantly connect with. Although you may have just met it feels like you’ve known them for years. Still, it isn’t that way with everyone. There are instances when, […]
Working for yourself comes with a lot of temptations, especially if you work from home. There’s tv, website after website, and even housework to put before your actual freelancing work. Plus, when you need to do all your own marketing, accounting and the actual work, it’s easy for your work day to get derailed. You’re […]
So you want to freelance? Getting started is one of the hardest parts. You often need to present work samples to establish credibility if you can’t score a one-on-one interview to try to sell your service. If you don’t have samples yet, don’t worry. You can also obtain some starter gigs or do a quick […]
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.