Leaving Work Behind

Is It Possible to Scale Your Freelancing Business?

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 1, 2017. 2 Comments

A man rolling a boulder up a hill.As your freelance career takes off, you may find yourself with too many clients and not enough time to take care of them all. At this stage, you have two choices; you can either hire more people and try scaling your freelancing business or lose out on those opportunities.

Growing your freelance team can be complicated. It’s not as simple as bringing a few new people on board – in fact, there can be a lot of trial and error before you find the right teammates. However, it can also increase your earning potential exponentially. In many cases, far beyond what you could earn on your own.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three major benefits and one important challenge of hiring other freelancers. By the end, you should have a good idea of whether this is the right path for you. Let’s get started!

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3 Clauses Your Freelance Writing Contract Should Include (And Why)

Written by Alexander Cordova on June 27, 2017. 6 Comments

A pen next to an agreement.If you’re a freelance writer and you’re not using contracts, you could be taking on unnecessary risks. A good contract can (and should!) protect you from not-so-trustworthy clients and give you peace of mind. However, what clauses should yours include?

I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve been around long enough to know a few basic clauses every freelance writing contract should include. The most important thing is to protect yourself from clients who don’t want to pay, and from those who could waste your time.

In this article, I’m going to talk to you about three key clauses your next freelance writing contract should include, and how I learned about them the hard way. I’ll even throw in some tips to get you started, so let’s get on with it!

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How to Raise Your Freelance Rates in 4 Steps

Written by Guest Author on November 29, 2016. 7 Comments

A pile of money in a box.Tom: The following is a guest post written by Chelsea Baldwin – the Founder of Copy Power, where she teaches freelancers how to reverse engineer their copywriting for more conversions and sales to grow their businesses. She’s written a free e-book with five easy to implement copywriting tricks to help you reduce your bounce rates, keep people on your site, and increase your leads.

Even before I quit my job, I knew I wanted to offer premium-priced services. I’d tried my hand at freelancing just after graduating college, and figured churning out 8–10 articles per day at $15 a pop wasn’t going to do me any good in the long run. The work was hard to find, and there was always someone willing to do it cheaper. What’s more, even though clients were spending little, they were endlessly picky.

However, working in an office setting showed me something: business owners shell out top dollar to get a good service. I also learned that price is the representation of a service’s value. It’s incredibly empowering to know, but how to do it is another thing entirely.

There are no hard and fast rules for how to go about positioning yourself for premium pricing, but in this post, I’ll walk you through how I did it in four steps. However, first let’s discuss your attitudes to your market value.

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How to Be Your Own Boss (5 Invaluable Tips)

Written by Ransom Patterson on October 4, 2016. 6 Comments

An empty boardroom.One of the best things about self-employment is the flexibility it gives you. There’s no boss or company telling you when, where, or even how to work. This freedom lets you do cool things like go on a 30-day solo bike tour or move abroad to learn a new language.

However, it’s not all fun and games. Working without a boss means more flexibility, but it also means more responsibility. As a one-person operation, it’s up to you to plan, assign, and create high-quality work. With all of this additional management responsibility, it’s easy to let your creative output suffer – especially if you’ve never had to manage your own work before.

Don’t worry, though. In this post, we’re going to show you how to strike the right balance. We’ll give you five invaluable tips for being your own boss, while still producing outstanding work.

Let’s get started!

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The Art of Over-Delivery: How to Be More Than Just a Writer for Your Client

Written by Kaya Ismail on May 17, 2016. 13 Comments

Parcels wrapped with string and tags.Finding worthwhile freelance writing gigs can be a struggle, but I’d say the real test of a writer’s character comes after they’re hired. After all, nobody wants to get comfortable on the first rung of their client’s ladder.

Let’s face it – we all want to progress, we all want to gain more responsibility, and ultimately, we all want to earn more money. The key to advancement, however, isn’t just to become a better writer – it’s also to become more than a writer. In short, you need to over-deliver.

I should know – I’m now the editor of my biggest client’s website, but the journey to my current post was riddled with over-delivery. I had to consistently demonstrate my value, and I made sure I always provided solutions rather than problems. Eventually, that attitude paved the way for my progress.

In this post, I’ll demonstrate the art of over-delivering in a way that won’t hurt your bottom line, and yet will impress your client enough to get you climbing the ladder.

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