A curated mix of articles on freelancing.


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Friday, Nov 17, 2017

Zulu Alpha Kilo – Spec | #saynotospec

Architects don’t give away their blueprints. Diners don’t fork out free meals. Personal Trainers don’t sign over their intellectual property on spec. This video pokes fun at the speculative creative bidding process in new business pitches.

Monday, Nov 6, 2017

Are We Ready For A Workforce That is 50% Freelance?

If freelancing continues to grow at its current rate, the majority of U.S. workers will be freelancing by 2027, according to projections in the Freelancing in America Survey, released today by the Freelancers Union and the giant freelance platform Upwork. The survey found that 50.9% of the U.S. population will be freelancing in 10 years if a current uptick in freelancing continues at its current pace.

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

Do you have what it takes to work for yourself? (Also: it’s totally cool if you don’t want to.)

I’m sick of thought leaders telling us that working for ourselves is the answer to all our problems, and that it’s the only sure-fire way to get ahead. In fact, I’ve worked for myself longer than most of those people (coming up on 20 years now), but I still don’t think it’s the best option for everyone.

Monday, Oct 9, 2017

Freelancers for life

Getting a full-time job might seem like the ultimate goal. But not everyone really wants to.

Monday, Sep 18, 2017

The ultimate guide to getting paid as a freelancer

Money. It’s quite naturally the biggest concern for any discerning freelancer. You want to earn as much as possible, get paid on time and cover your bills without any hassle or stress. But alas, it’s never that easy.

Monday, Sep 11, 2017

For the freelancers out there: how do you compete with $5/h freelancing marketplace?

The idea of making a living out of internet gigs always sounded cool to me, but every time I check the freelancing websites, the pricing of indian/pakistans etc offering slave work always put me off. How do you it? How do you get decent paying jobs?

Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017

Have anyone traveled the world while working as a freelancer?

If so, what kind of work did you have? How was it? Do you have any tips or suggestions?

Monday, Aug 21, 2017

Freelance Achievement Stickers

Freelance achievement stickers.

Thursday, Jul 27, 2017

You’re More Badass Than You Think – How to Conquer Freelancing Fears

You know the voice of doubt that whispers little unproductive nothings into our ears all across our waking hours? For a good number of new freelancers and aspiring self-employed professionals, this anxiety has a specific name — impostor syndrome.

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.