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Frazzled Freelancer: 10 great articles every freelance pro should read

Freelancing can be a daunting prospect, especially as you’re responsible for all the decision-making. How much do you charge? What’s the best way to market your business? How do you go about taking a holiday?

Luckily there’s a great many advice articles out there on the web to help navigate you through your freelancing career.

Here’s ten that every freelancer should read.


1/ Eat the Frog: What Successful Freelancers Do Before Lunchtime by the Freelance Strategist

Author Laura Vanderkam explains how to begin every day in the most effective way. Start your day right and you’ll notice an improvement in your productivity.

Best piece of advice: Mark Twain said: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”


2/ National Freelancers Day – 21st November 2012 – 7 business building tips!

Enterprise Freelance Fair editor Neil Lewis explains how to turn the upcoming National Freelancers Day in your favour.

Best piece of advice: Use the national freelance day event to get to know local freelancers. The more freelancers you know, the easier it is to co-operate and form teams to solve bigger challenges.


3/ 101 Ideas to Get More Freelance Work and Generate New Client Leads by Freelance Switch

Want more work? Of course you do – we all do. Here’s 101 quick-fire ideas that may unlock the true potential of your business.

Best piece of advice: Keep in touch with freelancers that will offer clients a complementary service to yours and throw each other work


4/ 10 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Brain While You Work by Time

Time magazine explores the science of productivity and explains what habits might be holding you back, and which you should adopt.

Best piece of advice: Focus on one task at a time, and you’ll accomplish each better and faster–without killing anybody.


5/ Freelancers – who do you sound off to? by Diane Hall

Freelancing can seem like a lonely venture. But it doesn’t need to be. Surround yourself with the right people and it can be great fun. Here’s a piece about finding the right peers and how best to engage them to benefit your business.

Best piece of advice: Employ a specialist consultant/coach. There’s no one who could give better advice than someone who has ‘walked the walk’ and learnt from their own mistakes.


6/ Does Your Freelance Business Have the “Wow” Factor? by Freelance Folder

Doing business in a crowded marketplace? Sometimes it’s not just enough to be the best, sometimes you really need to stand out to get noticed. Here’s a few ways to really impress the customers you want.

Best piece of advice: How would you feel about eating a restaurant that has peeling paint on the walls and holes in the upholstery on the seats of the chairs? Your freelance business is the same.


7/ 5 tips to successful freelance networking

Whatever your chosen profession, you’ll find yourself in a ‘people’ business and you’re going to have to get out of your chair and make some new contacts. If you’re new to the idea, we’ve got a bunch of tips that’ll help you realise it’s a loss easier than you might be imagining.

Best piece of advice: Talk about the weather, if only to break the ice, and make it your aim to find out more about them. You’ll be nattering away like fishwives within minutes.


8/ What happens if you fall ill? Why recurring income matters…

Fancy a holiday? Worried you’ll fall ill? Want to work fewer hours but keep your income at a level you’re happy with? It’s not all about pay-by-the-hour work. In fact, there’s plenty of ways you can keep the money rolling in without you even switching on your email in the morning.

Best piece of advice: A steady source of recurring income – a bit like an author’s royalty – is what will get you through the most difficult days.


9/ When and how to say ‘no’ when freelancing by Creative Boom

Saying no. It’s not fun and many freelancers fear the day they’ll have to. What if you upset somebody? But everybody has to turn down an offer at some point, so here’s some tips on how to go about it.

Best piece of advice: Whatever you do, don’t be defensive or feel guilty for saying no.


10/ 3 choices for freelancers who want to advance

Freelance business ticking along nicely but hungry to take that next step? Here’s an in-depth look at the pros, the cons and the how-tos.

Best piece of advice: Freelance workers with established and reliable clients have greater freedom and have more fun.


If you’ve read any more useful articles that have helped improve your business – or just made life easier or a bit more fun – we’d love to know so share them in the comments box below.

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Written by Tim Aldred on November 20, 2012 and filed in Frazzled Freelancer, Freelance Jobs, Opinion , , , , , , ,

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