Freelancing Survival Tip:  Learn to Say No!

Freelancing Survival Tip: Learn to Say No!

When I first thought of freelancing, I thought of all the things I would be able to do if I wasn’t tied to a 9 to 5 — lazy mornings with a crossword puzzle and a latte, lunch dates with some of my stay-at-home-mom friends, volunteer at the kids’ school, all while maintaining a perfectly(…)

5 Things I’ve Learned in My First Year Blogging

5 Things I’ve Learned in My First Year Blogging

    Happy first birthday to FreelanceStyle — I can hardly believe it’s been a year already! It’s been a crazy year for me — personally more than professionally. But through all the ups and downs, I’ve had a great time writing this blog and connecting with new people! And I’ve learned a few things(…)

Freelancing Survival Tip:  Have A Set Quitting Time

Freelancing Survival Tip: Have A Set Quitting Time

Running a freelance business takes time — time to build your brand, time to market your services, and time to actually produce your product. Trying to fit everything in creates some pretty long days, even without the hassle of a commute! You may be tempted to work through the evening, perhaps well into the night(…)

Top 10 Ways To Really Get More Time Into Your Day

Top 10 Ways To Really Get More Time Into Your Day

If there’s one universal truth today, it’s that we are busy! There’s always way more on the to-do list than there is time to complete the list! We all could use a few more hours in the day. But the sad truth is you can’t make more time. There’s only 24 hours in a day.(…)

Freelancing Survival Tip:  Plan for the Unexpected!

Freelancing Survival Tip: Plan for the Unexpected!

I’m a big believer in scheduling my day. I like to have a plan — actually, I need to have a plan! If I leave my day up to chance, then its pretty likely that nothing of value will get done. So each night before bed, I make a list of what needs to get(…)

Freelancing Equals Freedom

Freelancing Equals Freedom

  First of all, I would like to say happy Independence Day to all my American readers!  Growing up as a Navy brat, the Fourth of July was always a favorite holiday for my family, and I enjoy celebrating with them still.  In the midst of family fun, food, and fireworks, I like to reflect(…)

Freelancing Survival Tip:  Work With Your Body Clock

Freelancing Survival Tip: Work With Your Body Clock

Just a few more hours until the start of summer vacation, and I’m as excited as the kids. Not because I will get 11 weeks off (I won’t) or because I love having my kids underfoot 24-7 (I actually enjoy some peace and quiet). My favorite thing about summer vacation? Sleeping in! I’m not a(…)

5 Steps For Moving On After A Freelancing Disappointment

5 Steps For Moving On After A Freelancing Disappointment

I’m a relatively easy-going person and it usually takes a bit to get me rattled, but I’ve been in a bit of a mood these past few weeks. I’ve been suffering from a case of freelancing disappointment — I got stiffed for the first time. The money that I lost wasn’t going to break me,(…)

Freelancing Survival Tip:  Give Your Tasks a Deadline!

Freelancing Survival Tip: Give Your Tasks a Deadline!

Have you ever had a day where you woke up late and had to be out the door in 40 minutes, when it usually takes you an hour to get ready each morning? I have and, to my surprise, I was out the door, completely ready, in 40 minutes. So why can’t I get ready(…)

Too Busy To Do It All?  5 Tasks No Freelancer Should Ignore!

Too Busy To Do It All? 5 Tasks No Freelancer Should Ignore!

It’s been a crazy busy month for me — not that I’m complaining. Freelancing can be a feast or famine existence, alternating between too much and not enough. And while I enjoy the busy times, sometimes it’s just too busy! Working sun-up to sun-down just to meet deadlines for client work just doesn’t leave much(…)

Freelancing Survival Tip:  Use A Planning System That Works For You!

Freelancing Survival Tip: Use A Planning System That Works For You!

  As a freelancer, you probably already know the importance of time management — after all, for us, time is money!  That is why it’s so important to have a planning system that works for you! Us freelancers have a lot to keep track of — appointments, to-do’s, client information, goals, projects and ideas that(…)

The Good Freelancing Advice I Didn’t Follow — And Was Better Off For It

The Good Freelancing Advice I Didn’t Follow — And Was Better Off For It

  Looking for good freelancing advice?  The internet is full of people willing to pass on their golden nuggets of tips and tricks.  Truthfully, I wouldn’t be doing what I love without the guidance of other freelancers who generously gave away their secrets of success. But any advice you come across must relate to you(…)

What Do You Do When The Client Isn’t Always Right?

What Do You Do When The Client Isn’t Always Right?

The client is always right.  The number one rule of business, right?  Yeah, except for when it’s wrong.  I’m not talking about a picky client, one that asks for one too many revisions; I’m talking about the client who is just, well, flat-out wrong. As a freelance writer, I’ve had my fair share of finicky(…)