freelance

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Of course Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a well-known environmental slogan. It’s less well-known as good freelance business practice. While freelancing may not always be about saving the earth, some of the same things that make the eco-friendly slogan powerful apply equally as well to the freelance life. Let’s take the three components individually. Freelancers should: 1)  Reduce – the time you put into each project As an individual freelancer, there are really only two ways to make more...
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One of the most desirable aspects of being a freelance writer is that you can work from the comfort of your own home. There can be several problems associated with working from home enticing beds, terrible daytime television, and a fully stocked refrigerator being just a few of the obstacles. However, for the most part working from home rocks. With the freedom to design a completely personalized home office, freelance writers have no excuse for working...
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In my experience as a freelancer I have found there to be several mistakes which all freelancers make. I myself have made some of these errors and have seen friends make some of the other mistakes. With this in mind I have compiled the common freelancing mistakes along with possible solutions. Before Getting the Job Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true. Lester R. Bittel (The Nine Master Keys...
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It’s that time of the year when we say, Out with the old and in with the new. We’ve entered the new financial year and as promised Freelance Shack has been updated with a fresh new design. The old clip art logo has been ditched for our new mascot, freelance monkey, we’ve cut back on the useless clutter and gone for a stronger type face for articles, hopefully making them easier to read. The goal was to stick to the default feel without annoying e...
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Unpredictable. That one word underlines pretty much everything to do with your freelance life, especially when it comes to managing cash flow. The uncertainty surrounding your income – the size of it, the frequency of it, the search for it – is an ongoing issue but with planning and foresight, that uncertainty can be reduced and you can even introduce a touch of predictability to proceedings! Look ahead Do a financial forecast on a regular basis. L...
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If you are a freelance writer, not working in-house with a company, then you probably realize how important it is to get the communication with the customer right.  It is better to have this settled from the start.  This is especially true for customers who have a stable group of repeat customers providing frequent gigs.  Encouraging the customer’s attachment to you as an employee is one of the keys to freelance writing success. However, for freel...
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One of the coolest things about being a freelancer is that we have the ability to work as much or as little as we want. We can look at this blessing in two ways. Either this means that we can spend more time with our families, or more time to manage projects and make money. My private school teacher worked from 8:30am-6pm and then one hour in the night. He did not mind working almost 12 hours of being bossed around by the bitchy principal simply for hi...