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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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How to Be Fairly Paid as a Freelancer

How to Be Fairly Paid as a FreelancerBy Yohana Petrovic

Has the siren call of the flexibility and autonomy of a freelancer’s life gotten to you? If it has, and if you have already ventured into those rough but exciting waters that make up a freelancer’s journey, you now know how easy it is to underbid yourself just so that you can get a contract – just so that you can make that next small paycheck. More often than not this feels like the only way. After all, the market is competitive. There are probably ten other people out there that look just as attractive to potential clients/employers on paper as you do. If you are just now looking into becoming a freelance writer you might think that the best way to break into the market and establish a reputation for yourself is by underbidding everyone else so that you can get a contract or win over a client.

Please don’t sell yourself short! Just don’t do it! It really isn’t worth it. When you try to sell your services for less than what everyone else is selling theirs for, you are just shooting yourself in the foot. How, you might ask? After all, you could get the contract, right? Isn’t that all you want? No. Absolutely not. You do want to get a contract (or a client), yes, but you only want to get a client (or contract, or project) that will be beneficial for you. (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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How and Why You Should Make Freelance Friends

How and Why You Should Make Freelance FriendsBy Anneke Steenkamp 

One of the things that leave me envious when talking to my 9-5 friends is the office antics and bonding with fellow colleagues. Don’t get me wrong, most of the time this is counter-productive and in my case, irritating – but in some way they all have ‘the office’ in common.

As freelancers we might be on first name basis with the local coffee shop owner, or that ‘guy’ that gives you the WiFi password – but we don’t have that sense of camaraderie. That’s why I feel that is important to find your ‘peeps’ within the freelance industry, even if they are on the other side of the world.

Here are some of my reasons for making freelance friends:

1. Support

I cannot begin to explain how many times I’ve had try and convey what it is that I do on a daily basis. Even though your friends and family are trying to be supportive it just doesn’t always sound that way. I’ve gathered that most people in my life think that I do ‘work’, but that I’m always available. This is a common misconception – and one which you can complain about with your freelance friends. (more…)

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From Employee to Freelancer: How to Cautiously Make the Leap

From Employee to Freelancer: How to Cautiously Make the LeapBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Hi Holly,

At the beginning of the year I will be making a huge switch from my full time position to freelance in order to get rid of my long commute and be closer to home and my two year old. To say I am nervous for the transition is an understatement. Do you or your readers have any tips? Freelance is a new venture for me and brings tons of anxieties around benefits, 401K, how to withhold for taxes, ahhh!

Thank you in advance for any suggestions, Rebecca

Hi Rebecca,

I know what you mean about anxiety and fear! It took me many months to get all my ducks in a row, before I felt confident launching my business. Even then I still made mistakes along the way. But with a little pre-planning and the right tools you’ll prepared to handle whatever comes your way.

Health Insurance:

Before you give up your existing coverage, you’ll need to have a plan for getting coverage, whether it’s through your spouse’s plan, COBRA, or another provider. This is one area where I was lucky, because I was able to get on my husband’s insurance plan without any wait or issues. (more…)

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