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I Quit

Posted by on 2:54 pm in Freelance Life | 4 comments

I Quit

There is an old saying that quitters never prosper. That’s a lie, though. If you have never quit anything, then you are still dating the first boy you ever kissed, rocking the first hairstyle you ever tried, and working at the first job you ever landed. The trick is to learn how to quit at the right time for the right reasons. Let me go ahead and get to the point: I’m quitting Diary of a Mad Freelancer. That’s hard to type. Which is also the reason it has taken me so long to make this decision. Every time I decide to close down the site, I...

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Need to Network? Tips for Getting to the Right Person

Posted by on 3:39 am in Connections | Comments Off

Need to Network? Tips for Getting to the Right Person

This guest post is brought to you by WePay – the easiest way to accept credit cards online. Looking to expand your business into a new market? Want to take your online store to the next level with some great new products? Simply want a new colleague or business rival to communicate with on occasion? All it takes is the right person, so go out and find them! Obviously it isn’t that simple. If it were, every business would succeed wildly. While it’s true the right individual can get you what you need, actually contacting this person in...

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Why Specializing Works and How to Start in Your Business

Posted by on 3:49 am in Business Basics, Productivity, Tools and Tips | Comments Off

Why Specializing Works and How to Start in Your Business

This guest post is brought to you by WePay – the easiest way to accept credit cards online. You don’t want to limit yourself as a business owner. You got into the freelance world because you like to play by your own rules and don’t want to conform to anyone else’s standards. It’s part of your passion to make your own way. This fire is commendable but it can also get you into some hot water. For one, you may see limiting your prospective audience as a bad thing because it goes against your business ethos. On the contrary, specializing...

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Must You Blog to Be a Successful Freelancer? A Minority View

Posted by on 3:01 am in Connections | 2 comments

I don’t have a blog. According to my marketing colleagues, this makes me either stupid or a non-entity. Sorry, though, I do quite well for myself without publishing a blog. The main reason I don’t blog is that I love writing too much to do it casually. My overall writing output outdoes that of most bloggers. However, I prefer to spend my energy on carefully crafted books, articles and opinion pieces that have structure, coherence and style. The blog format encourages spontaneous sharing and minimal editing for quality. Throughout...

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Time to Play Ball: I’ve Made It To The Big Leagues

Posted by on 3:37 am in Business Basics, Freelancing 101 | 2 comments

Time to Play Ball: I’ve Made It To The Big Leagues

So I’ve got big news. See, I’ve made it to the big league. How do I know? First, I’ve turned down a handful of assignments so far this year. Second, I’m firing my first client. Saying No: Getting Beyond Desperate For the first three months of the year I piled on the work—as I shared last year, I knew I had a large tax payment coming up and didn’t have the cash in reserve to pay for it. That meant taking what I was earning on average each month and increasing it so that I’d have enough saved to pay Uncle Sam in April. So early in January I...

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You Need to Quiz Yourself About Your Freelance Business – Immediately

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You Need to Quiz Yourself About Your Freelance Business – Immediately

This guest post is brought to you by WePay – the easiest way to accept credit cards online. Pop quiz, hotshot! If someone were to come up to you today and ask you very specific details about your freelance business, do you think you could hand them over? Do you have a real grasp on the details of your company or are you flying by the seat of your pants? Of course nobody is going to rush into your office one day and quiz you on your business. Mainly, it’s because nobody else cares that much about your company. So it’s time to face up to...

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Do You Want Me To Come Over There and Chew Your Food, Too?

Posted by on 1:50 pm in Freelance Life, Freelancing 101 | 3 comments

Do You Want Me To Come Over There and Chew Your Food, Too?

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that my business is getting bigger. Big enough that I have to subcontract some work out and I may be doing that more and more over the next couple of months. The bad news is that I have to hire a bunch of subcontractors to do some work for me, which really isn’t all that fun because I’m still in charge of what goes wrong. At one point, I put out a Craigslist ad to round out the recommendations I was getting. I was surprised by some of the resumes that were showing up in my inbox. I’m being...

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It May Hurt, But Asking for Client Feedback is Essential

Posted by on 11:27 am in Business Basics, Connections | Comments Off

It May Hurt, But Asking for Client Feedback is Essential

This guest post is brought to you by WePay – the easiest way to accept credit cards online. You like to think your business is pitch perfect – after all, who wants to think that the mighty ship they’re steering has a few leaks in it? You need to believe that the job you’re doing is the best you can possibly do, or you’ll start to doubt yourself. However, there does come a point where believing you’re perfect can hurt your business. If a problem does come up, it can seem like it’s from nowhere, when really it’s been building up for quite...

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Freelancaversary 2013–What I Learned

Posted by on 3:54 am in Freelancing 101 | 8 comments

Freelancaversary 2013–What I Learned

So it’s my freelancaversary and I have to admit that feels good to be still here pounding the pavement and collecting checks about 12 years after I sold my first freelance piece. (Whoa, don’t get too excited there. I’ve only been freelancing full-time for something like six years.) This year has been tough. (Seriously, I say that every year. But it’s always true. I guess the life of a freelancer is just tough, huh?) But as usual, I learned some stuff about myself and my career. The Worst Thing That Could Happen Isn’t So Bad I’ve heard of all...

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7 Warning Signs a Client Won’t Pay

Posted by on 10:41 am in Business Basics | 1 comment

7 Warning Signs a Client Won’t Pay

This guest post is brought to you by WePay – the easiest way to accept credit cards online.I’ve been stiffed by exactly three clients in my five years of freelancing, but the sad thing is that I probably could have avoided all three incidences if I’d listened to my instincts. Before you’re tempted to do what I did and let a client walk away with the money they owe you, look for these warning signs: They’re a Person of Mystery – This person has contacted you through email, but hasn’t given you a company name, a location, or maybe even a...

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