Freelancers’ success depends on their organizational skills – both when it comes to finding/delivering work, and especially when it comes to getting paid. After all, “The cornerstone to getting paid is more effective invoicing.” So says freelance financial journalist Miranda Marquit – and she’s right.There’s a vast array of freelancer-friendly invoicing tools out there, with a variety of features to please every solopreneur:...more
I get emails from women all the time, asking "is it too late for me to learn how to code?" and "how can I possibly switch careers now when I'm in my 40's/50's/60's?"Here's the thing.It's NEVER too late to learn how to code, or to start freelancing as a self-taught coder. Just because many people doing this are in their 20's, doesn't mean nobody else can.One could even argue that freelance coding is the ideal field to break into when you're in your 40's, 50's, or 60's....more
Recently a friend of mine asked how I was able to write so often. While loving what I do makes it more fun, producing that much content week after week can be very challenging. I've learned a few tricks that keep me productive without getting burned out.
About Author: Katelyn Bourgoin is the founder of Vendeve—the world's only skills marketplace for women.Rumour has it people change their careers roughly seven times throughout their lives. Although that seems like a crazy high number, it is definitely plausible....more
Every once in a while I fall into a trap of overwork. Have you ever been there? If you are a freelancer, chances are you have. Heck, chances are, if you do more than sit on your butt all day you have. It starts with a fear. Fear of having no clients. Fear of having no money. Fear of having an unhappy family. It is followed by an intense frenzy of too much work. Trying to turn around jobs as fast as possible. Trying to win new clients. Trying to keep a spotless house. Trying to take your kid to every event they want to go to. Lather, rinse, repeat....more
My plan of someday being my own boss was the same as many people’s, save money, pay down debt and someday, strike out on my own.
Someday came sooner than I thought.
The recession came and I lost my job like 1000’s of others.
Well, this was it I thought. The time had come.
It was a most inconvenient time, my husband and I had separated and I was struggling to live on my income alone.
Last Friday, Elaine–my partner at $200K Freelancer–called me while I was in the middle of a trip with my daughter to the National Museum of Natural History’s Bug Zoo. We were talking about e-commerce plug-ins for the site.“Oooh,” yelled the crowd in the background. “Don’t mind that,” I said, or something similar. “The tarantula just ate the cricket.”
Humans have weird perceptions - a flea market purchase is synonymous with low prices and possibly low quality, while a purchase from a high end store gives us the satisfaction of owning a high quality product, even if it leaves our wallets lighter. We extend this thought process to all facets of our lives, be it personal or professional, which is why, as a small business owner or a solopreneur, your rates reflect the quality of your work....more
It's funny... and may be nothing more than coincidence (though I prefer to think of these occurrences as having more import, somehow)... that sometimes everything happening in your life seems to be guiding you, gently, in the same very clear direction.
It all started back in December when I decided that one of my goals for 2012 was to become a better writer.