In my zeal to make a legitimate living as a writer, there was one activity I did exceedingly more than anything else: I read. I bought stacks upon stacks of books all geared toward getting my freelance career off the ground. After all, these purchases were considered tax deductions—a handy bit of info I’d picked up in one of my many resource books. I was hungry for information, so I feasted.
I've been working as a freelancer for about three years, but if I were to start my business all over again with just $100, I would spend money on a few important areas to make an immediate entrepreneurial impact.
Crafting the best pitches and article hinges on knowing the right people, so writers would be wise to use courting and wooing tactics to build bonds with sources. Here are a few methods I've used to find contacts for my work.
Airtasker isn't revolutionizing the freelance marketplace, but that's the point. While TaskRabbit has changed from an open marketplace to an agency model, Airtasker promises a return to the platform so many hustlers grew to love.
Everyone who sits in front of a computer should take note: It’s been shown crappy office chairs create a slew of back issues, and many people aren’t properly trained to use a chair's features for better support.
Overcoming payment issues is possible, as long as you know how to climb the tower of bureaucracy that is the American legal system. For those who have been shorted on cash and need to solve payment problems, I'm here to help.
Earlier this week, I spent a day on Craigslist New York City researching gigs related to writing, editing, and design in order to report back on the quality of the available jobs. Because even if there's a lot of bad, and too much ugly, there had to be some good, right?
One of the few advantages of full-time work is the glorious benefit of having...benefits. Freelancers, especially those thrust into self-employment, don’t immediately think about what life is like without health insurance. Fortunately, as the gig economy continues to grow, Freelancers Union has created a new benefits system specifically for lances who need to be freed (of debilitating medical costs).
It's possible to squeeze out extra dough, as long as you know a few psychological tips. Subtle and sometimes counterintuitive pricing strategies can have meaningful effects on sales, and whether you're a copyeditor for hire or a newly enterprising designer, understanding how to get the most out of your pricing is one of the few freelancing areas you can always control.