March 2010

Seven easy ways to stop working weekends.

DesignLuv runs a busy creative design company, a blog and juggle some personal side projects and a wife. Sure, sometimes he’ll do some work on his blog or side projects on the weekend as he really does enjoy these things but he doesn’t do anything that relates to paid client work. How does he get away with it? Read the post.

Taking a job for less than your rate.

Times are tough and it is even tougher trying to find jobs if you are a self-employed consultant, no matter what the field. Wages and fees for projects just keep going down. TRCB looks at the problem, and offers a few suggestions to this dire predicament.

The importance of Customer Service to your Freelance business.

As freelancers, we have to pay special attention to the customer-relations part of our business if we want to build and maintain our client list. The problem is that many of us have spent most of our time throughout the years working for someone else, possibly far from the reach of our employer’s customers. So, our customer service skills may be rusty, or even non-existent. Noupe is here to help.

I wish I would have known: Answers from 11 top freelancers.

GuerrillaFreelancing have got an awesome article for any first time freelancers. They’ve rounded up a few of the top freelancers out there and had them answer the question “What do you wish you would have known starting out as a freelancer?”. Needless to say, this article is full of over 2 thousand words of wisdom. I hope you find use for this article and if you know someone who might benefit from it, I’d love if you shared it with your Twitter followers and Facebook friends.

Delegating and Saving Time as a Freelancer.

There are several reasons why a freelancer delegates tasks to a fellow freelancer or to someone else. Whatever the reason for delegating a task there is surely one thing which you should achieve by delegating a task and that is to get more time. This article at FreelanceApple will illustrate the advantages and occurrences when you should delegate tasks and the manner in which to do so.

How to succeed in Freelancing: Say NO to Fast Work.

Ah, the rush job. A client emails you in a panic and the tone is so urgent that you feel the need like it’s your own. You drop everything. Stop the presses! There’s a fire to put out – you can’t just let it burn! Well, actually, yes. Yes, you can. There is no job on this earth so important that you have to drop everything right now to resolve it. MenWithPens explain how to say no to rush jobs.

How to convince your clients that they need Usability.

So you’ve built all this knowledge of usability. You’ve read and keep up to blogs like UX Booth, UserFocus, et all, and you’ve built up a nice little toolbox of all these tricks and tools you want to use on your next client. You feel inspired and you’re excited to put all this extra time into the next big project, but then when you pitch it to a client, they give you a blank stare. ThePhuse explains what to do next.

Not Getting Paid: One Freelancer’s Story (and Solution).

An anonymous LA-area freelancer has posted a cautionary tale that will prove valuable to anyone who works for hire. One extremely helpful bit of advice is to require confirmation via deal memos before agreeing to work for someone. In this freelancer’s case, that practice ultimately helped him win a court case. Whoever you are, we salute you for sharing this information at Motionographer.

How to succeed in Freelancing: Say No to Low Pay.

New freelancers don’t really know the value of their skills, or feel they can’t charge more because they don’t have experience, or they can’t figure out what the current industry rate for what they do might be. So they pick a rate they think is the right one… and after working a while at that rate, they realize that they’re unhappy, they’re not making enough, and they can’t seem to figure out a way to get out of the rut. Someone mentions they should raise their rates, and these freelancers think, “How?” MenWithPens have the answer.

Doing Pro Bono work brings in big money.

If you are looking for a way to break into a whole slew of businesses, start contacting non-profit associations who may be suffering right now. The work will be hard up front, but the payoff down the road can be huge. And even if the payoff isn’t huge, if the non-profit is something you believe in, then you did a good deed! Woorkup describes their experiences.