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Running a Freelance Business Takes Purpose – 3 Questions To Help You Find It

While social media may tell us the lie that running a freelance business is more about photos of yourself working in exotic locations than hard work, it is a lie. There is freedom to be found in running a freelance business, but also much hardship. There will be times that your finances aren’t working out as hoped. There will be times when you’ve got hard problems to solve and no idea where to start. There will be late nights that look like a waste of time the next morning. Running a freelance business is hard, and to succeed, you...

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Lonely No More: 4 Freelancer Networking Tips for Stay-At-Home Professionals

We grow up amongst a bevy of school friends (and not friends). There’s always a crowd around us, a cohort of classmates so to speak. Then some of us enter the world of work, the island of cubicles, the continent of open office space. Throughout our journey we are surrounded . . . and then we drop into the world of freelancing. At first we may relish the silence, or delight in the kitchen dancing to our choice of music without fear of judgement or ridicule — except for the cats. The cats are always judging, always sniggering. We...

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How This Freelance Illustrator’s Business Thrives On Great Client Relationships

Susan Szecsi is a freelance illustrator and designer living in California. A classically trained artist, Szecsi attended two prestigious private art schools in Europe and holds an MA in English Culture and Literature. Szecsi has been creating and selling art since her twenties and became a full-time freelancer illustrator and designer about 5 years ago. She has worked with Scholastic, Hunter House Publishers, Hodder Education Publishers and UCSF (University of California San Francisco) among many other notable businesses and institutions. Tell us about your design services and your clients. What’s your specialty or niche? I do a lot of...

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Freelance Portrait Photographer Describes His Start As A Photographer’s Assistant

Michael Oliver graduated from Saint Petersburg College with a major in Photographic Technology and works as a freelance portrait photographer. Oliver was born in Florida, but also grew up living in Trinidad and Tobago. In this interview, he offers some fascinating detail that other aspiring freelancers can learn from about paying dues in a less glamorous role. What freelance photography so you specialize in? I’m honestly still trying to put a finger on that part. I shoot weddings when they come my way. For now it’s safe to say that I call myself a freelance portrait photographer. For now...

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Get More Freelance Consulting Jobs By Saying “No”

It sounds counterintuitive, but the best way to win high quality clients and get more freelance consulting jobs may be to convince them not to work with you. This thought flips the general psychology of business owners on its head. Usually you talk to a prospective client about how awesome you are. You tell them about the amazing projects you’ve done and the problems you’ve solved for past clients. You do this all to make them believe that you are indeed the best freelance consultant to complete their project. Once they’ve heard how amazing you are, clearly you’ll be the choice...

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