On a recent post, I offered five bits of a advice from a five-year veteran to a new freelancer. Taking that step is a a bold and daunting one. It wasn't that long ago for me and most of what happened between January 2013 (when I made the decision) and April (when I left my… Continue reading How to Adapt to a Freelance Lifestyle
I realised just the other day that April 2018 is the five year anniversary of going freelance. I've never looked back and at times I did worry about whether I was doing the right thing. But that month was a lot of change for me - personal and workwise, but it stands as a landmark… Continue reading Five Pieces of Advice from a Five-Year Veteran to a New Freelancer
While freelancing for a living is empowering and gives you control over your work-life balance, the work you do, the clients you work with and the level of work you take on, it's important to maintain professional standards. When you do, clients will want to work with you and will keep coming back for more.… Continue reading My Seven Pillars of Freelancing
Another month, another report on The Future of Work showed that the rocketing number of self employed people is demonstrating no sign of abating. Some reports suggest that by 2022, over 50% of people in the developed world will work freelance. I expect this trend to last the rest of my working life. I expect… Continue reading The Golden Age of Freelancing is Already Here
If there is one internet debate that will never go away, it's the one about ad-blockers. I recently purchased a new laptop. I'm incredibly pleased with it. It has a Solid State Drive which I feel has already been an immense improvement on my daily productivity (more on SSDs in another post though). For many… Continue reading In Defence of Ad-Blockers: A Freelancer Writer’s Perspective
I've had my Galaxy Note 4 for some two years now and I'm due an upgrade next month. I trawled through my choices earlier this week and I'm distinctly unimpressed. Aside from an eye-wateringly expensive Galaxy Note 8, no other phone appeals to me. The 8 is way above what I'm willing to pay, even… Continue reading Essential Android Apps for Galaxy Note Owning Freelancers
Have you just hired your first freelancer? It doesn't matter whether they are a writer, cover artist, web developer or ad marketer. There are some universal expectations that your freelancer will expect. In order to deliver a successful project, they will need you to help them to help you. Here is how you do it.… Continue reading Five Ways You Can Help Your Freelancer to Help You
I recently read an article on Fresh Business Thinking about the problems that big businesses cause small businesses through the late settlement of invoices. Big, profitable organisations are responsible for the overwhelming majority of unsettled invoices and that's problematic for SMEs. The UK government has launched an initiative designed to help small businesses protect themselves… Continue reading Do You Have a Procedure for Late Playing Clients?
Every so often, I'll work with a new client who will tell me something like "I used to work with somebody else, but they stopped responding to my emails". I try not to pre-judge but I tend to build a picture quite quickly about why they simply stopped responding. Sometimes it appears to be the… Continue reading Why Has my Freelancer Suddenly Stopped Responding?
#Freelancing is a simple life, isn't it? You get up, you watch daytime TV until 11:30am at which time you have a three-hour lunch, have coffee, waste some time on Facebook and work at your own pace until around 3pm 5pm. You have the luxury of setting your own hours, but one question niggles at… Continue reading How Many Hours Should You Aim to Work / Write / Produce Something?