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The Costs of Being a Freelancer

When I left full-time employment to become a freelancer over five years ago, I never imagined how wonderful it would be. With freelancing comes a lot of freedom and a much bigger paycheck than I could ever make with a full-time job. I also save a lot of money by not having to drive my car every day or eat...

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The Death of a Freelancer

If you follow me on Twitter you’ll notice that I’ve been talking about redoing the way I run my business for a long time. I feel like that time has finally come, especially as things have gotten much more complicated since I moved to London. I’ve been freelancing for well over two years now and over the years I’ve continued...

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Freelance Finances – What to Do with All that Money

Being a successful freelancer means you have the ability to earn a lot more money than you ever could with a full-time job. Therefore, it’s very important that you have a good financial head on your shoulders. Otherwise, you could end up broke, in debt, or even lose your business. It’s quite easy to forget about sticking to a budget or...

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Keeping Up with the Joneses of the Web

You’ve heard the saying “Keeping up with the Joneses,” right? It basically means that whenever your neighbor (or friend or family member) buys some new shiny toy, you have to buy one too. They have a bunch of big screen TVs, trucks and Sea-Doos, so you have to have them too. But have you heard about Keeping up with the...

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10 Tips for Saving Money as a Freelancer

Now that I’ve been freelancing for well over a year, I’ve dealt with my fair share of expenses, taxes and other terrible money sucking things we have to deal with as the self-employed. There are several ways to manage these of course, and ways to save money doing so. Unfortunately, just because we stay at home it doesn’t mean that...

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Set Up Your Business for the New Year

The New Year is the perfect time to take a step back and examine your business and plan some new goals. While you should be working on your business throughout the year, nothing is more important than sitting down and taking a good hard look at where you are and where you want to be. A year ago to the exact date...

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How to Quote Projects for Work You’ve Never Done

Even when we list out our services on our portfolios, you’ll always get quote requests for something you’ve never done before. You can always refuse to do the project or hand these requests off to another freelancer. But, what if you’re actually interested in doing the work? I was recently contacted about doing some work in Expression Engine. Although I’ve...

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How to Get Ahead When There’s No Work

Every freelancer, no matter how awesome they are, goes through slow periods. They often only last a week or two–but when you’re used to getting a lot of checks in the mail, that week can go on for forever. Even though you should be used to it by now, it’s still stressful, but there’s hope yet! If you’re like me,...

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Charging More than the Other Guys

Every freelancer wants to make it to the big time with the awesome clients and the awesome pay. I’ve noticed that there seems to be an interesting division in the freelance world, regardless of what kind of freelancer you are. Our hourly pay (and if you charge by the project like me, you can still break it down to hourly)...

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How To Write Effective Quotes For Clients

A common question I get from both seasoned freelancers and beginners is how to go about writing quotes. Now, most of you know I recommend charging by the project for several reasons, the biggest being that the better you get at what you do, the more you screw yourself by charging hourly. So many of you have wondered, if you...

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