You get up to receive your fax.
The bespectacled personal assistant at the next table is muttering into her laptop.
Two writers are talking about the crazy demands of their clients.
You feel a part of something, happy to be around people going through the same thing you are.
This is the essence coworking spaces, office areas owned by a company or organization and used by freelancers as their office space.
They make use of resources such as photocopiers, fax machines, even coffee makers. Coworking is becoming more accepted, popular, and available.
One does have to pay periodical fees to use coworking facilities. So what justifies the price? Here are some good reasons to consider taking your home business into coworking spaces. Click Here to Read Article …
The biggest pro of being your own boss is just that — not being a cog in the machine.
Just about the only time this is a con is when travel comes up.
That machine often pays your travel expenses when you’re on a short overnight trip.
You’re going to have to go it on your own as a freelancer, but there are ways to save money and make it as painless as possible.
After all, when you decided to strike out on your own, one of the things you signed on for was the satisfaction of finding creative ways to make things work for you. Here are some very creative ways to work the hotel system and keep the Benjamins in your pocket. Click Here to Read Article …
The best part of the life of a freelancer is pulling in the digital Benjamins.
Clicking that button and bringing in funds makes it all worthwhile.
If there’s anything about your current payment processor that bugs you — and it may be that your business is expanding beyond this processor’s capacity — here are a few payment processing tools you may consider.
These vary from simple to complex, starting with those that are good for freelancers with simple, streamlined businesses and progressing to those for entrepreneurs with a line of goods for sale online. Click Here to Read Article …
In the middle of the 20th century, Toyota began implementing principles called Lean Methodology.
This system became commonplace in Japanese factories, helping that nation to so much of its success in the automotive, electronics and other industries.
Lean Methodology is all about keeping everything in a workplace trimmed and clean — setting aside and casting off anything unnecessary.
This streamlines processes, with efficiency leading to speed and higher productivity. Click Here to Read Article …
We aren’t evaluated in a vacuum.
We don’t encounter people in a vacuum, but in the midst of their lives, when they’ve had experiences we can only guess at.
Whatever interactions we have with them they compare against those they’ve had with others.
Their expectations for the work we do with (for) them come from their experiences with other freelancers, whether they be graphic designers, wedding photographers, ghost writers or anyone.
Some clients have had some misgivings with some of the work they’ve commissioned, and they may have written these off as reflecting the limits of what they can possibly expect. That’s why a freelancer can benefit so greatly from giving clients the things they aren’t getting elsewhere.
Understanding what other freelancers are getting wrong and being sure to do that thing can get you some good reviews, referrals to new clients, decent pay and lots of appreciation. Click Here to Read Article …
If you’re a morning person, this post is not for you — you’re blessed.
And some entrepreneurs have the luxury of sleeping in and getting work done at midnight, when they’re nice and peppy.
But some of us have to see kids off to school before we can start our day.
Or maybe we have to do our work-at-home jobs during traditional business hours.
So what do you do when you’re feeling groggy and uninspired in the morning? Click Here to Read Article …
Other freelancers? What?
Freelancers are solelancers.
We are lone wolves, howling under silent moons.
However, collaboration among freelancers does happen more frequently than you might think.
Here are some of the benefits of collaborating, as well as a look at how one can go about it. Click Here to Read Article …
We freelancers perform without a net. We are constantly taking plenty of risks with potential clients — one of them being simply not getting paid.
This can mean getting stiffed, or it can mean having your work deemed unacceptable and facing the threat of not getting your much-needed compensation.
However, we also risk such frustrations as facing inefficient working styles that slow us down and make our overall freelancing life less successful than it should be.
Or we experience unpleasant interactions that hurt morale and thus threaten our freelancing career in general.
It’s true that in every field there are annoyances, and there may be some good personality traits associated with being able to put up with these. To some extent they’re unavoidable. But here’s a guide to minimizing things that slow you down or that detract from the success — financial and spiritual — of your freelancing life.
If you have enough available work to be able to avoid potential clients who look like trouble, it’s a matter of heeding certain warning signs. Here are the ones of which I’m aware. Click Here to Read Article …