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6 Things to do to Reduce Chances of a Tax Audit

John Rampton | Posted 01.04.2017 | Business
John Rampton

For some people, the words "tax audit" can instill fear, if not downright panic. It's understandable. After all, we have all seen headlines where peo...

5 Common Mistakes you should Avoid as a Freelance Writer

John Rampton | Posted 12.05.2016 | Business
John Rampton

You'll agree with me - freelancing is exciting because of the freedom that comes with it. You get to not hate Mondays; to decide how to spend your da...

Why Freelancers are the Secret Ingredient for Our Economy

John Rampton | Posted 11.14.2016 | Business
John Rampton

Freelancers may have had a reputation for being lazy writers living in their parent's basement in the past, but times have changes. Fortune 500 compan...

6 Strategic Business Practices For Freelance Entrepreneurs

Sam Cohen | Posted 11.09.2016 | Business
Sam Cohen

Screenshot: Freelance Entrepreneur The daily life of the freelance entrepreneur can be really filled with lots of irregularities and uncertainties bu...

55 Million Americans Freelance. So Why Don't Politicians Talk About Them?

Stephane Kasriel | Posted 10.06.2016 | Business
Stephane Kasriel

Freelancers are a huge, trillion-dollar economic resource for the U.S., contributing far more than people realize and pursuing careers that they and others increasingly see as more desirable than working for someone else.

9 Tips For Turning Side Projects Into Legit Businesses

John Rampton | Posted 10.03.2016 | Business
John Rampton

There are numerous reasons why people start a side project. Maybe you just want the extra cash or want to finally work on a job that you love. Regardl...

25 Fastest Growing Freelance Skills

John Rampton | Posted 09.09.2016 | Business
John Rampton

People are finally waking up to the fact freelancing is a better option that fighting the daily 9-to-5 rat race. The flexibility, independence, and op...

3-Minute Markting Makeover for Freelance Writers

Rebecca L. Weber | Posted 09.06.2016 | Home
Rebecca L. Weber

The humble email signature is one of the overlooked workhorses of your marketing efforts as a freelance writer. You are more likely focusing on the br...

How to Avoid 'Burning Through' Your Personal Network

John Rampton | Posted 09.01.2016 | Business
John Rampton

When you're just getting a business started, it can be tempting to over-rely on your personal network for business leads and financial support. Howeve...

5 Types Of Freelancers Who Will Boost Your Business

Margarita Hakobyan | Posted 09.01.2016 | Business
Margarita Hakobyan

When you are just starting out as an entrepreneur, it's tempting to do everything yourself. Depending on your business model and how you get started, ...

4 Easy Ways to Accept Payments Online

Michael Carpenter | Posted 08.19.2016 | Business
Michael Carpenter

As a freelancer turned business owner, it seems like I'm always invoicing someone or paying an invoice. At first, when my business wasn't much more than an idea, I used Square to accept online payments. It worked perfectly for the first 6 months or so.

How To Become A Digital Nomad

Megan Brame-Finkelstein | Posted 08.08.2016 | Travel
Megan Brame-Finkelstein

What if instead of working on someone else's terms, you were able to parlay more money to more freedom and live/work on your own terms?

3 Ways to Generate More Leads Without Leaving Your Home

John Rampton | Posted 08.01.2016 | Business
John Rampton

Sending emails, getting free publicity on your own and appearing on podcasts can all be a great ways to attract leads to your business. If used effectively, these methods can possibly land you more clients down the road. Here are some tips to that without having to travel far away.

4 Ways to Attract New Clients

John Rampton | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
John Rampton

It is very important to not only keep close relationships with your current clients, but also find ways to attract new ones. Having too many clients is a good problem to have, you can always find ways to serve each in a timely manner without hindering any relationships. However, if you are struggling to stay busy and need to attract more clients there are plenty of tricks and tips to get you started on the right path. Here are four simple ways to attract new clients.

A Response To Seth Godin's The Freelancer And The Entrepreneur

Rishon Blumberg | Posted 07.18.2016 | Technology
Rishon Blumberg

Seth Godin recently re-published a blog post about the fundamental difference between a freelancer and an entrepreneur. His core thesis is that entrepreneurs create scalable organizations that print money, while freelancers simply exchange their time for money. While we agree with many of the differences he's highlighted, we also think the analysis is much too simplistic.

How Freelancers Can Command Higher Rates for Their Work

John Rampton | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
John Rampton

The good news is there are plenty of ways for you to put yourself in a position where you can command higher rates for your work. Some of it may require a little courage and sweat equity on your part, but it is well worth it.

Why You Shouldn't Let People Pick Your Brain (And What to Do Instead)

John Rampton | Posted 07.08.2016 | Business
John Rampton

The reason people succumb to letting others pick their brain for free for so long is usually because they haven't owned how good they are at what they do. At least not yet. That's why whenever someone asks to pick your brain or grab a coffee you do it with no questions asked. After all, you're being nice and it's not like you're an official coach or consultant, right?

4 Strategies Startups Can Use To Build Credibility

John Rampton | Posted 06.27.2016 | Business
John Rampton

Startups can have a hard time building credibility because they are so new. If you want to increase your chances for long-term success as a new business, you need to find ways to build credibility. Here are four strategies that can help.

How to Stop Worrying About Competition as a Freelancer

John Rampton | Posted 06.06.2016 | Business
John Rampton

Competition as a freelancer is a common concern I hear from blog readers, podcast listeners, and coaching clients. If you've been following my work fo...

5 Ways To Get Smart About Freelancing

Carmella Guiol | Posted 06.03.2016 | Business
Carmella Guiol

As a new writer, I'm learning that freelancing takes a lot of time, between researching, reading, pitching, and writing. And so I've had to ask myself...

How Firms Can Prepare for the Freelance Economy

Rishon Blumberg | Posted 05.26.2016 | Business
Rishon Blumberg

Forbes predicts that by 2020 50% of the US workforce will be comprised of freelance workers. While a large portion of these workers will be non-strategic -- your Uber drivers, etc -- the real shift is with highly skilled, strategic thinkers.

How to Avoid Becoming a Workaholic In Your Business

John Rampton | Posted 05.20.2017 | Business
John Rampton

When you're starting a business it's very easy to fall into some bad habits pretty quickly. Some of these bad habits include taking whatever you can get, working 24/7 and forgetting that you have a life outside of your business. Another bad habit is becoming a complete workaholic.

More VCs Need to Wake Up And Smell The Freelancers

Michael S Solomon | Posted 05.18.2017 | Business
Michael S Solomon

It's true that there is a real shortage of great full-time tech talent but that's not really the case when you look at the tech freelance marketplace.

3 Tricks for Balancing Relationships and Freelance Work

John Rampton | Posted 05.18.2017 | Business
John Rampton

Balance is so hard to find regardless of what type of work you do. We are so connected these days, and it seems like work life, emails, and texts from coworkers seamlessly blend in to kids' school assignments and bake sales and date night.

Hey Buddy! My Portfolio is Up Here - A Pocket Guide for Female Entrepreneurs

Shannon McDeez | Posted 05.11.2017 | Women
Shannon McDeez

Discerning the legitimate prospective clients from the posers with ulterior motives. With a contract signed and a plan forming, I sat there swirli...