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Working With Freelancers: 4 Steps For Success

Rishon Blumberg | Posted 05.05.2016 | Business
Rishon Blumberg

Over the course of placing hundreds of freelancers in contract positions at some of the biggest and smallest companies in the world, I've observed that certain companies know how to work with freelancers more effectively than others.

6 Signs Burn Out Is Starting to Take Its Toll

John Rampton | Posted 05.05.2016 | Business
John Rampton

A few years ago, I broke down. The pace of my freelance writing became untenable and I burned out. I'm not sure I ever truly recovered to "machine" level since that time. I learned a valuable lesson about taking breaks and taking care of myself.

The 4 Tools Every Freelancer Needs to Succeed

John Rampton | Posted 05.04.2016 | Business
John Rampton

Since I've been freelancing for many years, I've definitely cultivated a list of tools I absolutely cannot live without. The four tools below make working so much easier and allow my business to run much better and faster. Here they are.

5 Regrets from My First Month of Self-Employment

John Rampton | Posted 04.29.2016 | Business
John Rampton

Self-employment is a victory for people who value setting their own priorities and schedules. But it's not without shortcomings. Drawbacks include la...

What to Do When a Client Treats You like a Salaried Employee

John Rampton | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business
John Rampton

Successful freelancers have lots and lots of clients. They go where they are needed. They tackle one project after the other, not stopping for anything.

I Left My Career to Become a Waitress, and I've Never Been Happier

Rachael Yahne | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

I had a good income, holidays off, and full health insurance. My career helped me afford a reliable car, a drink in my hand by 5:00pm, and all the stability and safety I was always told to go after. But I wasn't happy.

Leading Teams: You Can Deliver Bad News to Your Team Without Crushing Them

Michael S Solomon | Posted 04.22.2016 | Business
Michael S Solomon

Our job and the job of our tech consultants that we contract out to the world's best and most innovative companies, is to shoot straight. This often requires addressing issues and problems that people would rather leave uncovered.

How to Let Go of a Client That Is No Longer Working

John Rampton | Posted 04.21.2016 | Business
John Rampton

At some stage in your freelancing business you're probably going to have to let go of a client that is no longer working. In fact, don't be surprised ...

How to Value Your Time as a Freelancer

John Rampton | Posted 04.20.2016 | Business
John Rampton

Early in your freelancing career, your time is likely valued close to $0. At this stage, you're focused on finding clients and making a name for yourself. When no one knows who you are, you can't possibly think your time is worth much.

3 things that successful business owners do

Curtis McHale | Posted 04.15.2016 | Business
Curtis McHale

Pick a day of the week and at some point you're likely to dream of the success you want to have. The book you're writing will sell millions of copies and you'll be whisked around to speak at conferences for high fees.

6 Tips for Managing Contract Tech Talent

Michael S Solomon | Posted 04.14.2016 | Business
Michael S Solomon

Working with contractors can make a lot of sense for companies of all sizes. Sometimes the full-time hiring process takes too long.

Creatively Embracing My Heroin Past

Stephen Grant | Posted 04.12.2016 | Books
Stephen Grant

It doesn't matter if you have been using heroin for six months or six years; it is dangerously dark from the beginning and it only gets darker as you continue to use.

How to Take Your Freelancing to the Next Level

John Rampton | Posted 04.12.2016 | Business
John Rampton

First off, congratulations on freelancing! If you're wondering about leveling up, you've obviously done pretty well. You've moved up in the world and ...

The 21st Century Marketing Guru: All You Need is a Laptop and an Internet Connection

Ahmad Raza | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Ahmad Raza

Yes, it is absolutely possible to clear 6 figures while working from home. The Gig Economy has empowered anyone to earn money from home, if they're wi...

The Myth of the Tech Talent Shortage

Michael S Solomon | Posted 04.08.2016 | Technology
Michael S Solomon

If companies were making offers to technologists that were commensurate with what they pay their attorneys, I think we would find the supposed "tech shortage" would rapidly disappear for those companies.

How to Bootstrap Your Freelance Business from Zero to Mid Five Figures

John Rampton | Posted 04.04.2016 | Business
John Rampton

If you've ever tried to get a business loan you know it's not that easy. That's why it's likely that you are looking to bootstrap your freelance business  - meaning you're using the revenue coming in to reinvest back into the business. Let's be honest, in the beginning, it probably looks like using your own money.

How Freelancers Can Find Ideal Clients With a Welcome Packet

Nia Hughes | Posted 03.28.2016 | Business
Nia Hughes

I've learned so many lessons as a freelancer. One of the biggest challenges was setting boundaries and managing expectations with clients. I was so focused on the grind coming out of the gate that I had no idea I needed a welcome packet.

How I Made $10,000 in One Month on LinkedIn (And You Can Too)

Diana Mitchell | Posted 03.18.2016 | Business
Diana Mitchell

Two years ago I was feverishly working to help pay for my dream wedding in Walt Disney World (modest for most, but a dream wedding for me - marriage w...

6 Ways The Freelance Economy Can Affect The Presidential Election

John Rampton | Posted 03.10.2016 | Business
John Rampton

There has been a major shift in the American (and global) economy over the last few years. People are forgoing the traditional employment model and creating the freelance economy. As it stands, over 53 million people are self-employed and studies project the number will continue increasing.

4 Things All Freelancers Should Know To Get Ahead

Jamie Sutherland | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business
Jamie Sutherland

The decision to work independently requires freelancers to stay organized and on top of things most full-time employees don't often think about. Whether that's deduction of business expenses or saving for retirement.

Freelance - The Double-Edged Sword

Nina Griffin | Posted 02.23.2016 | Parents
Nina Griffin

Freelance. It requires a lot of patience and a lot of faith but it affords me the time to be with my family and to continue to pursue creative work. Now I'm writing plays instead of chasing them. After all these years I've learned that if you focus on working with honesty and heart there will be a return.

How Having a Side Hustle Can Ease Those Post Layoff Blues

Angela Tung | Posted 02.22.2016 | Business
Angela Tung

Do you know someone who's been laid off? More than one someone? Has that someone been you? If you said yes to any of those questions, you're not alon...

Freelance Writers: How to Write a Query Letter in 2016 That Gets a Response (Also in 2016)

Amy Segreti | Posted 02.23.2016 | Media
Amy Segreti

The query letter is the gatekeeper of publishing at higher-tier magazines and respected online journals and websites. It's also the bane of some writ...

4 Reasons You Shouldn't Have an Hourly Rate

Curtis McHale | Posted 02.15.2016 | Business
Curtis McHale

Most consultants and freelancers are under the mistaken assumption that their prices should be determined by their monetary needs divided by the number of hour they have to consult.

Why Proposals Only Go to Buyers and How to Find Them

Curtis McHale | Posted 01.28.2016 | Business
Curtis McHale

Did you know that there are a whole bunch of people that you shouldn't be sending proposals to? In fact there is only one person in an organization that you should be sending a proposal to and it's likely that many times you're not even sending it to that right person.