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Don’t Quit Your Day Job: You Can Freelance and Still Work Full Time

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: You Can Freelance and Still Work Full TimeBy Sarah Ratliff

I was raised by parents who lived through the Great Depression. My father was born in 1923, before it began, and my mother was born in 1933, as it was well underway. In both instances only their mothers were able to hold on to their jobs. My paternal grandmother was a schoolteacher and my maternal grandmother worked as a domestic (today we’d call this a combination chef and housekeeper) to a wealthy family.

Both had job security.

Having lived through such extreme economic uncertainty, my parents, along with many others from that era, believed the only way to all but guarantee financial security was to get an advanced education, followed by a job in a financially stable company—ideally a Fortune 500 one. (more…)

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5 Signs it’s Time to Raise Your Service Rates

5 Signs You're Not Selling Your Services At A High Enough PriceBy Saskia Gregory

I remember the moment I realized I was seriously undercharging for my services. The moment when, after years of quietly slogging away, I realized that if I really sat down and calculated how much I was being paid vs how much time I spent working (including time spent on unpaid yet essential business tasks) that my hourly rate was working out below the minimum wage here in the UK. Ouch.

Yes, I was getting the perks of flexibility and freedom that many minimum wage workers can only dream of, but for the level of hard-work, expertise, time-management, and drive that’s required to keep going as a self-employed writer – things were certainly not adding up.

When I look back now, I realize there were warning signals that I ignored for too long – fortunately for you, I’m here to share them so you can be on the lookout for any signs you need to re-package and reprice what you do:

1. Your clients are not completely invested.

One of my biggest frustrations while undervaluing myself was the lack of clients that were completely committed to their investment in me. It’s easy to feel that the ‘customer is always right’ and continue a working relationship despite difficulties in communication and prompt payment, but remember that also: ‘the customer is not always right for you’. (more…)

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How to Make Money Freelancing Online, Even Without Experience

Make Money Freelancing Online, Even Without ExperienceBy Danny Margulies

A couple of years ago I quit my job abruptly and decided to work at home.

My plan? To become a freelance copywriter and make money using Elance, a popular online freelancing platform where hundreds of jobs are posted each day.

Taking advantage of a freelancing platform like Elance seemed a no-brainer to me, because real, paying clients were already there, looking to hire someone who could help them.

That meant I didn’t have to go out and find work, which is the hardest part, especially when you’re just starting out…

Instead of goofing around with cold calling, networking, and marketing myself online (not to mention good ol’ fashioned prayer), I could just start applying to jobs that very same day.

Which is exactly what I did. And I’ve never looked back! I’ve been able to pay the bills and then some with my Elance income since day-one.

Check out my earnings to date:

And given that I started with no formal experience or training whatsoever, I think that earning money on sites like Elance is something that just about anyone can do. (more…)

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What Should I Do First? 7 Ways to Get Your Self-Employment Ducks in a Row

What Should I Do First? 7 Ways to Get Your Self-Employment Ducks in a Row By Diana Schneidman

If you are overwhelmed by your to-do list, be smart and take a few minutes upfront to prioritize.

It takes only moments at the start of your workday, but you will accomplish what most needs to be done while enjoying peace of mind.

When you work at home as a freelancer or consultant, you can structure your day as you wish.

Here is a tremendous opportunity to run your own life, but you must take responsibility and decide what work gets done now and what must wait.

We have no boss to help us figure it out. It’s all up to us.

Priorities: The big picture

Your first priority is to meet client deadlines with the highest quality of work. (If you are not dedicated to doing your best, something is wrong. Perhaps you undercharge and resent it.)

Marketing, longer-term projects and inspired initiatives come in second if you are serious about prioritizing. You can’t focus and do your best on everything all at once. (more…)

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What to Say When a Prospect Says Your Rate is Too High: 9 Tips for Confident Freelancers

What to Say When a Prospect Says Your Rate is Too High: 9 Tips for Confident FreelancersBy Diana Schneidman

It happens to all of us freelancers.

You are talking to someone who may hire you as a freelancer and the subject gets to your pay rate. She asks, you answer. And she says it is “too high.”

It doesn’t matter if you quote a project rate or an hourly rate. Doesn’t matter how much you preface the number with enticing results from your past work. Doesn’t matter how well you understand her project or how many prestige names have loved your work.

Doesn’t matter if you play hard to get and give yourself a day or two to get comfortable with the higher figure you want to quote before responding. Doesn’t even matter if you give a low rate that makes you want to kick yourself.

It boils down to this: There are other people out there who will offer very low rates. As much as we’d like to comfort ourselves with assurances that these low-ball fees result in incompetent, late work, that may not be the case.

It’s not reasonable to compete on price because there is no telling how low some people will go. (more…)

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