Running a freelance business isn’t always as easy as it seems from the outside. I know. I’ve been running a freelance business for more than 13 years, and it’s not always easy to make sure I’ve got money coming in. But there are some things I’ve found that can help me improve my business. Here […]
In the freelancing world, sometimes it can be easy to focus on the negative. We spend our time trying to run away from bad clients rather than focusing on attracting the great ones. The good news is, there are many great clients out there that I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the past […]
Freelancing full-time is something many people hope to do. I enjoy freelancing and love the flexibility that it gives me now that I work for myself. But to be successful, there are a few critical details that you need to consider first before taking the plunge. Doing quite a bit of preparation beforehand will make the […]
The internet is a wonderful tool to find out all kinds of information. Almost any topic imaginable can be looked up and researched. But that doesn’t mean everything on the internet is true. There’s lots of bad advice out there. There’s bad information on topics from raising kids to home improvement and everything in between. […]
There are more than 233,300 industrial robots in the United States, and that number could quadruple by 2025. By 2033, nearly half of all jobs in the U.S. will be at risk of automation by industrial robots, one of which can do the work of more than five people. And the threat isn’t contained to […]
It’s been said that we spend the majority of our time not with family, but with coworkers. Out of 168 hours in a week, over half of them are spent between sleeping and working (assuming a 40 hour work week and 8 hours of sleep each night). The time that is left, 72 hours, is […]
Two simple sentences can cause business owners a lot of anxiety: “Your rates are higher than this other person I know.” “You charge too much.” At the beginning of my career, I would always get cold sweats before naming a price. I was always scared of what the prospect would say. Interestingly enough, I agonized […]
The summer is one of the most challenging times to freelance. Having to juggle multiple projects is part of our job description. Juggling various projects with clients who are off on summer vacation or less responsive can be pretty tough. Then there are vacations that you want to take, and you have to make sure […]
From time to time, we run into people who want to “pick your brain” but don’t want to pay. Disclaimer: This is different from brainstorming chats with friends and business buddies who you already have a relationship with. In my opinion, this is valuable masterminding, and I enjoy it. I’m talking about prospects or sometimes […]
This year has been a breakout year for business. June was the first month that I invoiced clients for close to five figures worth of work. Billing for this much in one month feels like a landmark in my career because it’s been a long time coming. The exciting part about the business growth is […]
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.