August 30, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Freelancing

A lot of people ask me “What’s it like to freelance?” I could spend weeks — even months — talking about the nuances and challenges of working independently. It’s a bit like asking “What’s it like to work in a 9-5 job?” There are thousands of different ways to do it, and the answer depends on whom you ask.

That said, there are some pieces of universal wisdom that helped me transform my freelance aspirations into a thriving career. One of them is simple: learn as you grow. I believe there’s always room to evolve, and I write a lot about that growth.

I spent a year documenting these freelance lessons for the publication IndyLife. These short and sweet articles serve as my very own FAQs. I derived almost all of the topics from questions in my inbox or conversations with freelance colleagues. Together, they form an anthology on working for yourself, regardless of your professional focus.

Without further ado, here’s the full collection listed by topic. I hope they help you learn a little something new today:

Just Getting Started

Independent Contractor Responsibilities: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

The Pros and Cons of Moonlighting as a Freelancer

Fair Work Agreements — Why You Should Say No to (Almost All) Free Work

How Do The Top Freelancing Platforms Stack Up?

Running A Business

The Benefits of Tiered Pricing

4 Business Tools for Freelancers Who Are Their Own Assistants

How to Earn Steady Income as a Freelancer

How to Create Passive Income Streams as a Freelancer

How to Manage Quarterly Tax Payments

Upselling to a Customer as a Freelancer

An Extension on Your Taxes Is Fine, We Promise

Freelance Payment Options: How to Pick the Best One for You

Motivation & Work as a Freelancer

How to Stay Motivated as a Freelancer

4 Books About Self-Employment for the Growing Freelancer

Adopt the Positive Habits of Productive Workers

3 Freelancer New Year’s Resolutions

5 Tips for Working On-The-Go as a Freelancer

Don’t Panic — Here’s What You Can Do When Business Is Slow

Building a Brand

A Lesson in Personal Branding Strategy

5 Ways to Improve Your Professional Reputation Every Day

A Strong Online Store Strategy Can Boost Your Brand — and Sales

What I Learned About Business Card Design From My Rebranding Process

Personal Finance

How to Make a Budget When Your Income Dips

11 Money-Saving Techniques for Freelancers

These tips are suggestions, but by no means are they requirements for success. Ultimately, no two freelance businesses are alike — what works for me may work for you (or not) depending on the day. That’s a good thing. The best freelancers carve their own path forward. 

But how do you get started? One way is through mentorship.

If you want to learn how to build your own business, send me a note. This fall, I’m coaching aspiring freelancers and solopreneurs a few hours a week. There’s nothing I would love more than to help you build a one-of-a-kind business.