Archive for the ‘freelance’ category

How to Start Freelancing While Keeping Your Day Job

January 4th, 2010

It’s generally a good idea to start freelancing while you are employed, that is, if you have the option. Some people have no choice but to jump right into freelance work. Others have a steady job and therefore the luxury to start freelancing with more flexibility.

I could write a few points here taken from the article I found at Lifehacker that tells you how to start freelancing without leaving your job, but it’s so darn good that I’ll just send you over there. Click the link.

9 Tips to Market Yourself as a Freelancer and Make Money

December 23rd, 2009

freelancer-at-workI read a great article at Vandelay Design Blog about 9 tips on how to start marketing yourself as a freelancer.

It’s definitely worth a read because it has a few tips any entrepreneur or freelancer will find valuable–that is, if you actually put them to use.

That’s the hard part right?  There is no shortage of advice out there, but there is a shortage of action after receipt of said advice. 

The three tips that really stood out to me in this article are the following:

#1 Consider Your Ultimate Goals.  Many entrepreneurs, me included, rush right into the work instead of taking the time to set goals and figure out just where they want to be at the end of the year or at the end of five.  It makes it hard to get anywhere without a roadmap.  Taking time to set goals and milestones is well worth it because it gives you something to aim at.  You’ll know better which work to focus on and which to ditch.  It will start to become clearer where you should put your marketing efforts and where you shouldn’t.

#4 Consider Your Ideal Target Market.  Taking the time to figure out who can benefit from your work and more importantly who will pay for your work is incredibly helpful.  When I started taking more time figuring out who I could sell articles to and writing them with these people in mind, I sold 4 the next day.  It helps to know your market.

#9 Consider Blogging.  A blog can be a great way to get attention to your portfolio.  It’s also a great networking tool and a good way to establish yourself as someone who knows what he or she is doing.  Plus you can impress people with your amazing writing skills!  You can start a free blog at Blogger.com or WordPress.coms

Your blog may also open up additional revenue streams–it’s almost impossible that it wouldn’t.  Either you’ll meet a new client or another freelancer who wants to team up on a project or you find an advertiser.  Blogging is a great way to show others what you are doing and what your are about.

Read also, 9 Ways to Be a Better Blogger and Marketer.

Freelance Resources at Freelance Switch

October 28th, 2009

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Freelance Switch is a website I check out at least once a month to find up-to-date articles about how to manage the freelance lifestyle–and folks, it is a lifestyle.

There are always useful articles about things that concern freelancers and internet business owners written by people who know first-hand what they’re talking about.

Here are a few posts that have helped me and may help you.

Freelancers: Do you need a business plan? Maybe

9 Ways to Make Your Writing More Compelling. Grab onto your readers with a vice-like grip.

Marketing Your Website with Search Engine Optimization. This is as good a basic primer on SEO for your web business as I’ve seen anywhere.  It is a very uncomplicated look at making your site more accesible and attractive to your visitors and the search engines.

You would do well to subscribe to Freelance Switch’s feed or email list to get up to date info about freelancing.

10 Freelance Tax Deductions

February 4th, 2009

If you’re like me and you do freelance work and maybe own an online business, then you probably are not looking forward to April 15.  Unless you’re very organized or have been in the game for a while, then you probably owe some taxes.

Working in the freelance capacity is really more than just a work style–it’s a lifestyle.  You really have to learn how to take care of everything yourself.  There is no HR manager telling you what forms you need to fill out or suggesting certain health plans.  It is all on your shoulders.

This can be a liberating thing, but it also can come back to haunt you if you’re not prepared.  Paying taxes on your earnings is probably one of the most important things you will do if you work for yourself.  This is something you need to plan for, save for, and keep in mind as you conduct business throughout the year.

If you can keep track of expenses, receipts, and earnings, then your April 15th date with destiny won’t entirely suck.

Read this list of Tax Deductions to get the gears moving.