6 Key Strategies to Instantly Boost Your Freelance Business

This article has been contributed by Kristen Gramigna. Small decisions can mean big consequences. Every product you put out there can affect your brand. So have you given thought to what your work is saying about you? If you aren’t making the most of your business branding as a freelancer, it’s time to change something,...

Time for a Marketing Reboot?

If your marketing has slowed down lately, you’re not alone — and there are lots of possible reasons why…. It could be the effect of the summer lull. Or maybe you’re coming off a monster project that consumed every bit of your time and energy and you literally couldn’t focus on anything else while it was going on...

Business tips from 4 creative pros who are crushing it

As I mentioned before in this post, recently I interviewed 9 amazing veteran freelancers, each on a different challenging topic they have personal experience excelling in.From hiring employees to overcoming self-doubt, here are bits of the wonderful information four of them had to share (more coming soon):On finding your niche and marketing to itVeteran marketing...

4 Easy ways to free your mind and watch your productivity soar

Do you feel like you’re always working but not terribly productive?Have you ever felt like an unorganized baboon making up an excuse to reschedule yet another obligation that you accidentally double-booked?Does your brain feel cluttered? When you’re really trying to focus, does it spit out distractions like, “don’t forget to…” or “Yikes, it’s already Wednesday?...

What kind of contract should I use for small or ongoing projects?

Have you ever struggled to write a contract for ongoing work?You’re not alone. One GDB reader commented:Love the article you posted today about freelance with a contract. I’m curious, I can’t seem to find much out there for inspiration on writing a contract for revolving work. For instance I’m working with an agency that’s giving me...

Freelancers: It pays to charge what you’re worth

Several years ago I got a call from one of my favorite clients, who I’ll call “Frank” because it’s not his real name. “Tom,” he said, “we’re going to have to start working with someone less expensive. We simply can’t afford your rate anymore.” Was I disappointed? You bet. Frank had been a great client...

How to Start Your Freelance Career With oDesk

For a while, I’ve avoided posting about online freelance marketplaces, but this take on it from freelancer, Jake Jorgovan, answers the real questions freelancers have so you can know who should use it, when and how, as you build a freelance business. Plus, a recent report states that 10% of businesses (up from 3%) are now...

Benefits for Freelancers — thanks to Freelancers Union!

Last month, The Freelancers Union did something no one else has cared enough to do — they launched a National Benefits Platform for Freelancers. The National Benefits Platform will enable freelancers across the country to access a suite of curated, freelancer-focused benefits, including: 401(k) plans Health insurance Dental plans Disability insurance Term life insurance Liability...

What I learned from interviewing 9 successful freelancers

Think of someone you really admire as a freelancer.Have you ever wished you could just contact them out of the blue and ask permission to question them for 20 minutes on a specific topic they’re really knowledgeable in?Last month, that’s just what I did. I interviewed 9 successful freelancers on topics like:hiring employeesovercoming self-doubtworking with...

Freelancers on the term “Freelancer”

More than 3 years ago, one of the posts that got the most comments was one called, “Is Freelancer a Negative Term?” It’s 2014 and there are more and more freelancers taking the leap into full-time freelancing. And this question came up again in the online course I’m teaching through HOW Design University, “How to...

6 Things Successful Freelancers Do Every Friday

Well, it’s Friday again.In some ways, you’re probably totally jazzed about it. A couple days off (hopefully) from the grind of client phone calls, bills, and the other details of running your business. (It’s a love-hate relationship. I get it.)But on the other hand, where did this whole week go!?Remember on Monday, when you were...