Being a freelance writer isn’t easy when you have to spend a significant amount of time and energy scrambling for gigs. Unless you write for the same blogs on a regular basis, maintaining a steady flow of writing gigs can be a challenge. You can only reply to so many Craigslist posts before wondering if anyone ever checks their email. [Read more…]
Depending on your field, freelancing doesn’t need to have a lot of expenses. All you really need is a computer, internet access, and plenty of coffee. One cost you can’t avoid as a freelancer, though, are your tax bills. Unlike typical W-2 employees, freelancers have to pay quarterly taxes at a rate of just over 15%, and that’s a big bill, especially if you’re not being paid on a regular basis. This leads many freelancers to fall behind on their taxes. [Read more…]
Whether you’ve always wanted to be a travel writer or you simply enjoy the flexibility of freelance work and the ability to manage your writing career from anywhere, you may be one of those people who’s taking their career on the road.
But, though you’re apt to find a WiFi connection almost everywhere, some real challenges remain to working outside a traditional office. That’s why the most successful freelancers are the ones who’ve mastered the art of mobile writing … the ones who keep a bag packed and ready to go at all times. [Read more…]
There’s always something for everyone in the saturated podcast industry; you can bet that as a freelancer, budding or otherwise, you’ll find more than a handful of podcasts that can help you or your writing.
Several of them stand out for being convenient and even life-changing for many freelancers who may be struggling, looking to improve, looking for ideas or inspiration, or just want motivation. [Read more…]
Over the last couple of years, the freelance and digital nomad movement have proven to be some of the hardest working, innovative, and inventive group of people out there. Most of them are driven by an urge to explore and live life to the fullest, while also running successful freelance careers and even start-ups.
However, and as we all know, the life of a freelancer and especially a traveling freelancer is far from perfect, and all too often the lack of income is the biggest hurdle. Therefore, this lifestyle often makes people creative in the ways they make money. [Read more…]
The best freelance writers (and pretty much every other freelancer: designers, developers, photographers, content marketers, etc.) have creative portfolios where they showcase their work. This is their business card that potential customers will carefully check before sending them an email.
A great portfolio will quickly demonstrate to potential clients and/or employers what kind of work you can do, and keep in mind that your portfolio itself is a project that you can use to showcase your skills. [Read more…]
As of 2016, there are 2 million freelancers in the UK. With this in mind, we want to make sure that those living in the UK who have taken the self-employed route are making the best choices for their income and mental wellbeing, particularly when it comes to contracts between freelancer and client.
After all, you aren’t working as a freelancer because it’s easy. Most freelancers do what they do for: passion, a level of flexibility that can’t be experienced in an office or the possibility of great disposable income and financial freedom. [Read more…]
One distinct advantage of being a freelance writer, blogger or web developer is being able to bring your work along with you, on trips or just nearby for a change of scenery. And with free and public WiFi available in many places, you don’t have to pay for internet connection.
Public internet has had some improvement, in terms of speed and availability. And you don’t have to spend for it. Great, right? Well, actually…not really. Unless you’ve been a hermit in the Himalayas, you’ll know the dangers of using the public WiFi’s that are in airports, coffeeshops, hotels, public libraries, and city WiFis. [Read more…]
Perhaps the biggest buzzwords when it comes to the latest trends in employment are “working in a gig economy.” Today, more than ever, people around the world are choosing to leave traditional employment behind and instead choosing freelance projects, contract work, and short-term assignments.
Workers are shifting from working a classic 9 to 5 job to freelance work, making the transition from being employed by a company to working for themselves. This shift in employment puts workers more in control of their work environment, all the way from when they work to what types of jobs they choose to do. [Read more…]
In this era of super-fast internet, information is available all around, and every piece of data is competing to make itself visible to a broader audience. SEO or search engine optimization is widely used by freelancers to make their content stand out and gain organic traffic.
But sometimes, good content is not enough to get a high search engine ranking. The latest method of perfecting SEO is by using expired domains, and it is being used by freelancers very commonly. [Read more…]