Freelance

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Hubstaff's 2017 Freelancing Trends: Insights on Finding Clients, Setting Rates, and Landing Gigs

Freelancing is here to stay. And many people seem to have picked up on this fact. But there are a lot of things that are less clear. What are the industry trends? How much do freelancers really make? What factors go into a successful career? What does the data say about all of this? That’s what we set out to learn.

Friday, May 5, 2017

How to start freelancing and get clients

I get asked how to start freelancing and get clients more than any other question, so I’m going to give away all of the techniques and secrets and gotchas I’ve learned as a freelancer and as a manager/customer hiring freelancers.

Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017

Freelancers what is your average monthly income?

I am contemplating on full time freelancing as an alternative to a regular developer job. The unstable income is the main barrier that is stopping me at the moment. Would be very grateful to hear from experienced freelancers.

Monday, Dec 12, 2016

Bitcoin on a mission to make freelancing truly borderless

In every essence it appears that online freelancing is indeed the future of work. But where do Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies stand in all this? It turns out they are a solution to a problem online freelancing is facing.

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016

Someone stole my identity on Upwork and all I got was this lousy blog post

From one freelancer to another — don’t use Upwork. Don’t hire people through Upwork.

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

How To Have Clients Find You (Rather Than You Chasing Them)

Chasing clients can be a pain, no matter if you’re a small agency or a solo consultant. Since I went on my own 10 years ago, this has been the most frequently asked question: How do you find clients & contract gigs? The trick is I mostly do not search for clients. Instead, I “plant little seeds” online.

Monday, Nov 7, 2016

Freelancers Now Make Up 35% Of U.S. Workforce

A large-scale survey of the freelance economy shows that the number of freelance workers is growing quickly, with the number of U.S. freelancers hitting 55 million this year, up from 53 million in 2014 and 53.7 million last year.

Friday, Nov 4, 2016

6,000 freelancers talk about money, happiness, and their hopes for the future

More than 6,000 US-based freelancers responded to a new in-depth survey. I dug through the data and pulled out the most interesting insights, which paint a picture of optimistic professionals who have taken control of their own destiny.

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016

Why you should never use Upwork, ever.

I never wanted to write something like this, or expose the people involved. However, I feel that’s it necessary for something to get done for my own ends, and also for those thinking of foraying into the world of freelancing and in particular, using Upwork’s platform, to seriously reconsider.

Friday, Oct 14, 2016

First tiny freelance job questions

I don’t know what to charge, how to invoice, or what kind of contract I need to write up. There is lots of info about this around the Internet, but it seems to be aimed at more established developers doing larger projects in higher cost of living areas. If I walk in with a 10 page contract asking for $300/hour they’ll probably politely decline. That in mind, does anyone have any advice on how to proceed?

Friday, Oct 7, 2016

Here's how I just landed a $5,000 project through UpWork

I just want to share my most recent experience with UpWork, in which I was I was hired by a client to do a $5,000, two-month project. I’m hoping that sharing my process will help others understand how to use the platform more effectively and get the most value from it.

Friday, Sep 16, 2016

Freelancer's Field Guide: A How-To on Living in a Modern Nomad's Paradise

In this living document, I will maintain a compendium of ideas, techniques, actions, and data which will hopefully ease the trials of a new, or experienced freelancer/nomad. I aim to create a discussion with and help build the global community of freelance and remote workers.

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016

If the 'gig economy' is booming, why is 'freelance' still considered a dirty word associated with failure?

Although Stats Canada reports that self-employed workers consistently earn more than “standard” workers, freelancing is widely dismissed as being one step away from unemployment and destitution.

Friday, Jul 15, 2016

Any advice for switching from self-employment back to employee?

I’m wondering if those that have made this switch back to being an employee of a larger organization after a period of self-employment have any advice. I’m finding it difficult to even compare self employment to an employee role when it comes to basics like salary requirements considering most jobs include a benefits package that don’t always have direct corollaries in a self-employment scenario. What’s your best advice for how to approach this transition and evaluate whether it might be the right time to change?

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016

The freelancer and the entrepreneur

It’s possible to switch hats, to have side projects, to have two ‘jobs’. But we can’t wear both hats at the same time, can’t freelance our way to entrepreneurial success.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Why freelancing is dominating the workforce

This ability to earn an income through a variety of sources and arrangements has become a popular option over the past decade or so. But given that freelancing has been around in one form or another since the beginning of time, why has it become so prevalent in recent years? Let’s take a look.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Being A Freelancer Is Hard Sh*t

Quitting your 9 to 5 job, being your own boss and rolling out of the bed to work in your PJ’s is the dream for many people, but it doesn’t come easy. A lot of sites out there talk about how to become a Freelancer, so I figured I’d share what my Life as a Freelancer looks like.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Working in the Gig Economy Is Both Desirable and Detestable

Independent contractors and temp-agency workers see things very differently.

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016

The Ultimate Freelancer's Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Jobs, Getting Paid, and Getting Ahead

We analyzed hundreds of online resources and spoke to a wide swath of experts so we could gather everything there is to know about freelancing.

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016

Can Handwritten Letters Get You More Clients?

Here’s what I did to get my freelancing business going again. Instead of sending cold emails, which are effective in bulk but have a terrible response rate, I snail-mailed handwritten letters to all of the companies I wanted to work with. The letters were mailed to design and digital marketing agencies throughout the U.S.

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016

Here's How You Get Me to Work For (Almost) Free.

A step-by-step guide to paying freelancers with respect instead of money.

Sunday, Mar 13, 2016

How to Become a Freelancer & Digital Nomad

This is not the moment where I spam you and offer an e-book on lifestyle design and entrepreneurship, but rather just a collection of sites and services you may find intriguing and useful.

Saturday, Mar 5, 2016

You're not an Island: Why Freelancers and Remote Workers Need Communities

But working from home has its downsides as well, from the potential whiff of body odour to the whiff of madness that comes from spending too much time on your own. Sure, you can shower regularly, go for walks, or meet up with friends to satisfy your social needs. But working as a solo show leaves out one vital aspect that isn’t remedied by nipping out for a coffee — and that’s a sense of community.

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016

How to Earn Trust Without Social Proof

In this quick post, I’m going to explore four things you can do to make a connection with customers and get them to trust you, even if you can’t show them social proof. I’ll also show you real examples of each one that I’ve helped clients implement.

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016

The Freelancers' Roundtable

A conversation between freelancers Eva Holland, Josh Dean, Jason Fagone, and May Jeong about pitching stories, negotiating contracts, and breaking into a tough industry.

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016

Qualifying clients

Not enough freelancers know that projects are a two-way street. Meaning: you’ve got just as much say in what you do or don’t get hired to do as the people and businesses that offer you projects.

Monday, Feb 15, 2016

Common Freelance Mistakes

I want to share with you the biggest mistake I think I made starting out as a freelance designer. I didn’t correctly position myself in the market. Based on the inquiries that I get every week, I’m going to bet that you too are making the same mistake. It’s okay, there are mistakes freelancers make. I’m excited to help. Here’s my story.

Friday, Feb 5, 2016

How I went from $100-an-hour programming to $X0,000-a-week consulting.

Nobody ever shows up at your door and says “Welcome to the Illuminati. You can now charge $20,000 a week. Here’s a list of clients.” Assuming you have some valuable skill, like being able to program, turning it into a successful consultancy just requires exercising a bit of business accumen. Let’s peek behind the curtain at some things which have worked for my business and those of my friends.

Friday, Jan 29, 2016

How do you find freelance/contract gigs?

I spend a lot of time “cold-emailing” local businesses and messaging other companies who are actually looking for applicants. The result is always the same: “we are not looking for freelancers/contractors right now”. I have also used freelance sites before (unsuccessfully) like ODesk and Elance, and I have really hated how they work… So ultimately, my question for HN is how do YOU find or establish new freelance/sub-contracting/contracting gigs?

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016

Why an Ex-Google Coder Makes Twice as Much Freelancing

Amid an accelerating war for tech talent, big companies and startups alike are paying top dollar—as much as $1,000 a hour, according to a person who gets coders gigs—for freelancers with the right combination of skills. While companies still recruit many of the best minds, they’re turning to independent software developers to get a stalled project moving or to gain a competitive edge. In some cases, the right person can be the difference between a failed and successful product.

What sites do you use to find contract work?

What sites do you use to find contract work.

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016

How to survive your first year as a freelancer

If you’re a little anxious about your first year of freelancing, don’t be. Aside from the obvious advice of ensuring you have plenty of savings before you take the plunge, follow my tips and you should be well on your way to establishing yourself as a successful business owner…

Monday, Jan 25, 2016

Advice for the Freelance Developer

I was a freelance developer for 7 years before taking my first full-time position with a company and never once had a dry pipeline. Here are a few bits of wisdom I collected over that time I thought I’d pass on to whomever it might help.

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

Working remotely like a badass

I’m an independent freelance consultant who often works remotely. A friend asked for some tips, I wrote the below based on a few years of growing my biz and keeping clients happy. Since many folks here, especially the freelancer crowd, are likely working remotely, I thought I’d share.

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016

You're good. Way too good to be on UpWork.

When I left my previous company in 2014, I started out as an independent developer building mobile and web sites and apps. I needed to find work. UpWork (formerly oDesk) was one of my first places to look.

Monday, Jan 11, 2016

Upwork vs Freelancer: Why It's a Battle YOU Won't Win

On the surface, Freelancer.com and Upwork look like they’re great places for quality contractors to make money. They also seem like they’re great places for businesses to save money and get the services that they need. Yet there are a lot of horror stories out there about these sites.

Friday, Jan 8, 2016

Drawbacks of Freelance Web Development

During this time I went through different phases: from being excited about starting up my own business, to learning how to deal with clients, how to charge the right price, how to find new projects, etc. I also went through different levels of happiness.

Wednesday, Jan 6, 2016

The Freelancer Generation: Why Startups And Enterprises Need To Pay Attention

Freelancing is becoming the accepted norm of the startup world. As more startups are starting to use the millions of freelancers, it’s driving more and more people to join the freelancer generation. Regardless if you’re a startup or enterprise, it’s in your best interest to pay attention to the freelance movement if you want to succeed in this new economy.

Sunday, Dec 20, 2015

Thinking about self-publishing a bestselling book? Here's everything I've learned so far after writing five Amazon best-sellers as a nomad in 2015 and after talking to six-figure Amazon authors

Lately I’ve been getting a bunch of e-mails from people, asking about how to write and self-publish a best-selling book. I’ve now published several books over the last 10 months, all of which have reached #1 spot during their launches, and so I wanted to share what I’ve learnt as a result.

Friday, Dec 18, 2015

How to Sell Without Selling

The truth about freelancing is that getting hired as a freelancer has exactly nothing to do with your abilities as a freelancer.

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015

Where do you see yourself after 5-10 years of freelancing?

I ask this at 37 years old, because I wish I would have asked myself this when I was in my 20’s. I can see now that I didn’t have any real plan and it has led me to a pretty bad place.

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015

The Art of Working for Yourself

To have a long-lasting freelance career that you’re happy with, you’ve got to pay attention – not just to the work you’re doing, but also to how you’re doing business.

Monday, Dec 7, 2015

17 life lessons from professional freelancers

Freelancing full-time can be a scary concept to think about. It’s a risk to leave your stable job with benefits to become responsible for your own time, invoices, deadlines and paychecks. We get it, just the sheer thought can be overwhelming.

Ditch your desk (and your guilt): A freelancer's guide to beating stress

We depart cubicle nation to become our own boss… but what we don’t realize is that we’re now our own employee, too. And wow, does our boss suck sometimes.

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015

What freelancers should know about liability and their assets

This on-demand economy has major implications for workers, who now bear full responsibility for things once handled by an employer: income tax withholding, health insurance, vacation/sick leave and retirement. In addition, the independent status of workers raises the question of liability — a topic that is currently playing out on central stage with ride-sharing drivers.

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015

Freelancers Give Advice On How To Screen Clients

When freelancers talk to prospective clients, they’re sometimes so eager to land the assignment that they skip a crucial step: making sure the client is actually someone they want to work with.

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015

Is it possible to transition from corporate job to self contractor?

Has anyone ever transitioned from the enterprise world into contracting successfully? Is it possible to do it over a period of time? (keep current job and moonlight freelance gigs). What did you do to get your initial clients?

Friday, Nov 6, 2015

Wanna quit your job and become Upwork freelancer? Do not do that!

Almost every day I receive job offers on my 5 star odesk (upwork) profile. I do not search anything manually, clients contacting me directly. But most of these job offers are really garbage.

Thursday, Nov 5, 2015

How to Travel Stress-Free While Freelancing

I share the major changes I made to my client communication and project management that made my epic travels possible. I then dive into the mechanics of actually going away and keeping your freelance business or agency running…

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015

How To Price Your Freelance Work

Every project is unique in the sense that it has it’s own unique requirements, assets and course corrections. So let’s talk about a few approaches to cost estimation and some tips on how to approach a new project/contract.

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