One of the thing freelancers love most about their jobs is the flexibility. You can work from just about anywhere on whatever schedule suits you best. Sounds good, right? Usually it is, but for some freelance writers, this degree of flexibility can be a drain on productivity and lead to a frustrating degree of isolation. Luckily, with the advent of coworking spaces, it no longer has to be that way. [Read more…]
Depending on your niche and how hard you hustle, being a freelance writer can be relatively lucrative. For many writers, though, finances are tight and quick cash infusions are welcome.
Luckily, there are a variety of ways to boost your freelance income without going on a pitching spree or turning to a content mill. From contests to tutoring and transcription, these 4 side projects can help increase your earning potential and add some variety to the daily grind. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]