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 […]
A blog is a marketing tool that can help you sell products. If you’re a freelancer, a blog is a way to showcase your skills to potential clients. If you sell a physical or informational product, a blog is a way to familiarize people with your business so they feel comfortable forking over cash. Do […]
As a freelancer I can tell you that there are a lot of great benefits to being your own boss. You can set your own prices and work as much or as little as you want. There’s also nobody else looking over your shoulder or telling you what to do. There are drawbacks too, of […]
Whether or not to charge per hour for freelance services is a hotly debated topic in the freelance community. I lean towards charging a flat fee instead of hourly per assignment because of how I work creatively. I don’t sit down to do a task all at once. Instead, I brainstorm, write, research, edit, and […]
Almost two years, ago I did something surprising. I accepted a remote position with a startup company. I kept some of my freelance clients, but I let go of the majority of them. The remote company offered a good salary and good benefits. Plus, I got to largely keep to my own schedule. I still lived […]
Do you ever feel like you are constantly seeking out new clients as a freelancer? Some would argue that this constantly selling your services and hunting down leads is natural for freelancers. However, constantly trying to keep up with the hustle can leave you feeling like you’re just another person stuck on the contractor hampster […]
Airline pilots have a long list of tasks before each flight, but getting to the pilot seat is a feat in its own right. Through hard work, discipline, and a systematic approach, American aviation continually sets records for flight safety. Much of this success rests on the shoulder of the pilots who gracefully navigate massive […]
Freelancers wear many hats. We’re salespeople, bookkeepers, and consultants all rolled into one. We also juggle multiple freelance projects at any given time to keep the income flowing. Managing administrative duties while serving clients can be a logistical nightmare if you’re not organized. I had a rude awakening recently because I didn’t have the appropriate […]
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.