Angela Stringfellow is a freelance writer, social media strategist and complete content marketing junkie obsessed with all things Web, written word and marketing.
According to the Freelancers Union, nearly 30 percent of America’s workforce is now considered independent workers. Some are just working for pleasure while others are striving to build a lasting career. The two groups seem similar enough but there are a few core differentiators: commitment, dedication and hard work.
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There are thousands of books on freelancing, and some of them are quite valuable. But sometimes the most powerful teaching can come from books not written for the freelance audience. With the DoNanza Book Club, we are profiling some of the many books that people read merely for the pleasure, but offer valuable lessons in life and business. This week, Moneyball.
Taking the leap into freelancing can be one of the scariest decisions of anyone’s professional career. It often means giving up a steady income and benefits to take a chance on a passion or a love that can bring greater joys. But, taking the leap doesn’t have to cause you heart palpitations and panic attacks. Several successful freelancers have penned books to help others ready to take the journey into freelancing.
As a freelancer, you're often juggling multiple projects at once, creating one of the most daunting tasks for many: Time management. But if you accurately est
Most charitable organizations have needs that span beyond cash donations. It’s not hard to find a group that could benefit from freelance design, business development or marketing services. Do a Google search for nonprofits in your area, or check out sites like Idealist.org and seek out those with missions in line with your own values. Brainstorm how you can help them, reach out to their director and before long, you could be making a valuable contribution to a local or national charity.
Freelancers have their own niche, whether it’s writing, photography, web development, design or any other field. They are good at what they do, expe
Freelancers face numerous potential problems when dealing with clients. A quick Internet search reveals horror stories of non-paying clients, personality conflicts and unreasonable demands. Forward-thinking freelancers can gauge the worthiness of potential projects and clients by asking the following critical questions in advance of signing an agreement.
Understanding the client’s expectations is crucial. Do not work based on assumptions. It’s vital to gain as much information from the client as possible before beginning and in some cases before accepting the job. Sometimes, a client may know they want an app, but have no idea what kind, what it should be for, or even it’s a reality.
When you first begin the freelance life it’s easy to assume everyone else bidding on a project has more experience than you. You may find yourself second-guessing your work and questioning its authenticity. That’s not always the case. You may have more practical applications for the job at hand or have a more thorough grasp of the concept.