Leaving Work Behind

3 Ways to Know You’re Hiring the Right Freelancer

Written by Alexander Cordova on September 19, 2017. 2 Comments

A woman working on a laptop.Finding and hiring the right freelancer isn’t easy. There are thousands of us out there, but not everyone shares the same excellent work ethic we do, and they’re certainly not as efficient (or humble! 😉 ).

The key to finding the right freelancers is to know what sets the best ones apart from the rest. If you can spot these characteristics, you’ll have fewer problems down the road. You won’t have to deal with missed deadlines, rude messages, or shoddy work because you’ll be working with the best candidates.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three ways to spot top freelancers for your gigs and why they’re so important for new hires. Let’s get to work!

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3 Signs You’re Dealing With a Problematic Freelance Client (And What to Do About It!)

Written by Alexander Cordova on September 5, 2017. 0 Comments

A man holding his head in his hands.Every job is a good job (or so the saying goes!), but experienced freelancers know that’s not always the case. There are some clients that, to put it kindly, can be a source of constant headaches. They may help pay the bills on time – assuming they’ve paid at all – but that doesn’t mean they’re any less troublesome.

If you want to succeed as a freelancer, you’ll need to recognize troublesome clients and deal with them accordingly. In some cases, this may mean opting to cut the relationship entirely. On the flip side, it can also pay off to approach them with a bit more diplomacy when the relationship is worth salvaging.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three signs you’re dealing with a problematic freelance client. For each one, we’ll talk about how they can affect your business and then I’ll teach you what to do about them. Let’s get down to business! Keep Reading

What’s the Best Way to Get Paid as a Freelancer in 2017?

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 29, 2017. 5 Comments

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Figuring out the right way to get paid as a freelancer is one of the most challenging aspects of the job. If you limit yourself to the methods that are more convenient to you, you risk alienating clients.

Your best move is to offer multiple freelancer-friendly payment options, therefore removing logistical barriers when hiring you. Understandably, it can be a pain to spread out your money across multiple services, but it’s all about providing confidence to your clients.

In this article, I’m going to walk you through four of my favorite ways to get paid as a freelancer. I’ll tell you how they work, what their pros and cons are, and my experiences with them. Let’s get to it! Keep Reading

How to Start Freelancing While Keeping Your Day Job

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 22, 2017. 5 Comments

A man working on a laptop.Jumping headfirst into freelancing may be exhilarating, but leaves you open to a myriad of unnecessary risks. The first few months as a freelance can be incredibly tough, so you may quickly find yourself in an uncomfortable position without a safety net in place.

Of course, you can still give freelancing a fair shot! I recommend freelancing on the side at first, waiting for the opportune moment to quit your nine-to-five job. It doesn’t sound as sexy, but offers some stability while you get your freelance career off the ground. In fact, that’s exactly what I did when I started freelancing a long time ago.

In this article, we’re going to talk about how to know if you’re ready to start freelancing full time and how to balance your new career with your ‘normal’ job. Let’s jump right in! Keep Reading

3 Elements Your Freelance Portfolio Should Include

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 8, 2017. 0 Comments

Someone writing a resume.Every freelancer needs his own portfolio. It’s a great way to tell the world that you are available for work and showcase your past projects, all while enabling clients to reach you. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that without a portfolio, landing serious clients will be hard for new freelancers.

Sure, you can always rely on word of mouth, but creating a freelance portfolio shouldn’t take long and requires hardly any upkeep. All you need to do is add the occasional new project, keep your information up to date, and you’re in business (hopefully soon, anyways!).

In this article, we’ll walk through three essential elements every freelancer’s portfolio should include. I’ll explain what makes them critical, and give you a few tips to set you on the right path. Let’s get started! Keep Reading