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Why You Shouldn't Take a Client's Money

Paul Jarvis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Paul Jarvis

I burst a lot of bubbles. Not because I'm a jerk, not because of my ego -- but because I'm relentless in determining fit and value with every client I work with in my business. I only take on projects where it's likely going to be a win-win.

5 (Absolutely Common) Thoughts Which May Distract a Female Freelance Writer Working In a Café

Eva Barros Campelli | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Eva Barros Campelli

I leave the house with the computer in my backpack and move to a café, thinking that after all -- despite the difficulties and fears and insecurities -- my life as a 20-something is not too bad. The problem is, things don't usually go the way we hope. And to work in a café, at least for me, means that I can never find the concentration I need to write good enough.

10 Ways Freelance Life Is Different Than A Day Job

Lindsey Kesel | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Lindsey Kesel

Wouldn't it be grand if you could trade in the tedious predictability of the 9-to-5 grind for 100 percent control of your efforts and the resulting profits, plus the authority to give yourself as much vacation time as you need?

Young and Entrepreneurial: 25-Year-Old Tip'd Off CEO Akshay Oberai -- Building a Social Network for Wall Street

David Ongchoco | Posted 03.26.2015 | Small Business
David Ongchoco

Entrepreneurship runs in the blood of Akshay. His father was a Silicon Valley tech veteran who encouraged Akshay to intern in startups early on starting at 14 years old.

Hacking Elance: How To Make $23,700 In 4 Weeks Freelancing Online

Daniel DiPiazza | Posted 03.26.2015 | Money
Daniel DiPiazza

When people ask me what the best ways to make money are, sometimes I laugh. Not because the question is stupid -- but because, well, there really is no "right" answer.

The Single Biggest Reason Why the U.S. Economy Is Still Bad Despite a 5.5% Unemployment Rate!

Ebong Eka | Posted 03.18.2015 | Small Business
Ebong Eka

Is the economy really getting better for most Americans? It depends who you ask - the unemployed and underpaid would obviously disagree with that question.

Escape From L.A.: Cambria

Gina Hall | Posted 03.18.2015 | Los Angeles
Gina Hall

As many in L.A. are becoming a part of the freelance economy, I thought I'd share some of my favorite travel spots for when you just want to get out of the house to write, code or catch up on invoices.

Stop Doing Shit You Don't Like

Paul Jarvis | Posted 03.17.2015 | Small Business
Paul Jarvis

If you hate doing something, but do it anyway just because you think it'll help in the long run, you might want to think again and think hard about it. You'll start to cultivate some self-knowledge and direction to move you toward doing your own shit, on your own terms.

Young and Entrepreneurial: From Action Figures Collector to Lenda Cofounder & CTO - Elijah Murray

David Ongchoco | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Elijah Murray's entrepreneurial journey is one that was filled with its fair share of ups and downs, along with spontaneous moments that have altered the course of Murray's career. As I asked him to talk about how he got to where he is today, Murray was able to clearly articulate every step.

The Dark Side of Freelancing

Aaron Hurst | Posted 03.18.2015 | Small Business
Aaron Hurst

Sometimes we just don't like some of the tasks in our jobs, somewhat like an artist having to not just create, but also sell their work. We at times find ourselves doing work we aren't sure we believe in.

3 Steps to Setting Client Expectations

Paul Jarvis | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Paul Jarvis

Many years ago, a woman emailed to ask if I could build her new website. She had heard about my work through a friend, saw my name listed on other websites, and gushed about my portfolio.

How Do You Grow An Audience?

Paul Jarvis | Posted 04.30.2015 | Business
Paul Jarvis

I recently gave a talk on audience growth, and while I don't have all the answers, I do know a few things. I've learned both from my own experience and that of the people I work with (some of whom have much larger audiences than mine).

How to Stay Focused While Working in a Remote Job

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

Discipline and focus are the two main things when it comes to being your own boss of a work schedule, because distraction and temptation is all around you, even if you think that you're being loyal and honest with yourself.

If you Had to Make $500 by the End of the Week, How Would you do it?

Tyler Tervooren | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Tyler Tervooren

A few weeks ago, I tried a new method of making money. I built a simple, 21-day course containing quick, daily actions anyone can take to build stronger connections and then put it up for sale.

Why I Walked Away From $65,000

Kate McCready | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Kate McCready

The moral of the story -- sometimes it pays to say no and walk away from the things that are not serving you. And when you do walk away -- reflect back, learn and take that knowledge forward with you for the rest of your journey.

The Signs of a Bad Employer (Or How I Dodged a Bullet)

Alba Brunetti | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Alba Brunetti

Here are some things to keep in mind when interviewing for a job. Each of these raised a red flag for me in a potential future employer.

10 Social Media Tools for Small Businesses and Freelancers

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 04.07.2015 | Small Business
Alex Ivanovs

As far as business owners and freelancers are concerned, social media is an amazing platform for generating extra business (or leads as they might call it), and it also helps to iron out the problems that people are seeking solutions for.

6 Ways to Stay Sane as a Freelancer or Entrepreneur

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 04.06.2015 | Small Business
Alexandra Ostrow

These days, I meet daily with freelancers, founders, and entrepreneurs. So, in addition to my own experience, I hear about their journeys as well. The consensus?

3 Steps to Starting Your First Freelance Business

Daniel DiPiazza | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Daniel DiPiazza

So you want to start a business, but you have no idea where to start. Many beginning entrepreneurs have faced the same dilemma. The answer: start with freelancing.

Think Outside the Office: Why Coffee Houses Are the Millennials' New Business Meeting Spot

Ashley Massis | Posted 03.10.2015 | Small Business
Ashley Massis

In the earlier stages of startups and small businesses, when committing to an office space is not in the budget or unrealistic, coffee shops are substituted for their working and meeting needs. In the new er

New Research: The Top 10 Factors for Employee Happiness on the Job

Jacob Morgan | Posted 02.08.2015 | Business
Jacob Morgan

Employee engagement and happiness is definitely one of the topics du jour for modern management and the future of work. Plenty of studies continue to come out that show how low employee engagement is around the world.

Why I Turned Down 2 Full-Time Job Offers Out of College to Freelance and Travel

Hailley Griffis | Posted 02.08.2015 | Travel
Hailley Griffis

I decided to go and take what I want from the world, rather than take what the world was throwing at me.

Are You Spending Too Much Time Focusing on Millennials?

Jacob Morgan | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Jacob Morgan

Many organizations are concerned about the impact that millennials are going to have on the workplace. However, oftentimes too much of an emphasis is ...

Be a Bulletproof Freelancer: Three Rules for the First Six Months

Greta Perel, Ph.D. | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Greta Perel, Ph.D.

Leaving your daily grind to strike out on your own? Great! Freelance work can be one of the most rewarding, lucrative, and fantastic careers ever. But getting past the first six months is, hands down, the hardest part of freelance work.

5 Secrets to Millennial Happiness at Work (Hint: It's Not About Salary)

Jaleh Bisharat | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Jaleh Bisharat

Beginning in 2015, millennials -- the first generation of digital natives with plenty of creativity and prized technical skills -- will be the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. Here are a few steps managers can take to court and keep this generation.