The Pros and Cons of Starting an Online Freelancing Business

Although Dictionary.com defines a freelancer this way: Freelancer: A person who works as a writer, designer, performer, or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer. I simply define freelancing as selling your own skills without ties to any one company with full freedom to choose what, who, and how you want to work with your clients. In a nutshell, freelancing is successfully earning income with your own skills. Freelancing is ideal if the idea of working for yourself resonates with you and you have …

Getting and Managing Clients for Your Freelance Writing Business

As a freelance writer, especially a new one, one of the hurdles you have to get past on a fairly regular basis is finding new clients to keep yourself busy and profitable. Although there are a number of mainstream websites that freelancers of all types can frequent to find jobs, such as Elance or Freelancer, here are a handful of sites you can visit to specifically locate freelance writing jobs. Content Divas Pros: You get a wide diversity of projects on this site, so you can build a better resume. Writers also get direct access to editors, clients, and a …

Attention Graphic Designers: Tips for Finding Clients and Pricing Your Services

When you’re first staring out as a freelance graphic designer, you won’t have the valuable resource of referrals. So let’s talk about how to get your foot in the door and start building a client base who can refer you to others. There are many ways to drum up business online, but here are some that have been proven effective over time. Compete for Work Sites One of my favorites is 99designs. I had logos for both my companies done here. Other sites I haven’t used but that get good reviews are: crowdSPRING – crowdSPRING is a tra­ditional crowdsource site for graphic …

How to Manage Clients When You Own a Freelance Graphic Design Business

An initial consultation with a freelance graphic design client is extremely important and, in most cases, it will be your first contact with the client. The consultation allows you to hear directly from the client about their needs, which will not only help ensure your final product is in line with what they’re looking for but will also help you determine how much work the project will involve. Next step: creating your proposal. This project proposal is essentially your sales pitch and should clearly convey three important items: First, your proposal needs to convince your prospect that you thoroughly understand …

How To Successfully Hire Outsourcers For Consistent Results – Part 2 of 2

Outsourcing Success is creating Win/Win Scenarios Hiring an individual or a company to do some work for you is never fool-proof. There isn’t really a way to 100% mitigate your risk that is a win/win for everyone involved. Some people say, “Well, I’ll only hire outsourcers if we don’t have to pay them until after they have successfully completed a job.” That school of thought may seem great at first, but actually it’s terrible and most highly qualified outsourcers will not work for you. A good outsourced Solution is a reasonable balance of risk/reward ratio for both sides. If you …

Moonlighting on the Internet Is Now Available!

Moonlighting on the Internet

I’m proud to announce that the baby is born! Moonlighting on the Internet finally arrived this past week, and is currently doing very well on Amazon! This has been a labor of love for me, covering the last 18 months or so, and I’m very proud of the final product! Moonlighting is a continuation of my original mission to bring meaningful opportunities to moms (and anyone really) who is in need to developing additional income streams to help themselves and their families. That’s why I created Content Divas years ago, and it has helped many do exactly that! Moonlighting takes …