Leaving Work Behind

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. 6 Comments

A wallet peeking out of a back pocket.

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

4 Techniques to Improve Your Writing Speed and Earn More Per Hour

Written by Anne Dorko on August 17, 2017. 2 Comments

Typing hands on a laptopWhen you’re paid per word, you can earn more money by writing blog posts quickly. That’s great in theory, but what happens if you’re a slow typist and struggle to get your ideas down quickly in the first place?

Improving your typing speed is a straightforward solution for bumping up your hourly income. If you set aside time to practice, you can train with free tools and go from an average 38-40 Words Per Minute (WPM) to upwards of 75 or more. I can personally type at a (ridiculous) 115 WPM with 98% accuracy, and this singular skill significantly improves my experience as a freelance writer.

In this article, I will introduce you to four techniques and resources you can use to improve your typing speed. By the end, I hope you’ll feel confident about taking your typing skills to the next level. Let’s get cracking! Keep Reading

3 Ways to Choose a Niche for an Affiliate Site

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 15, 2017. 0 Comments

Multiple paint brushes.Affiliate websites are a way for anyone to pick a topic, start writing, and hopefully see a decent passive income down the line. Unfortunately, choosing the a niche without enough potential could leave you with meager results for hundreds of hours of effort.

I’ve given affiliate blogging several chances in my day, and I’ve had a moderate amount of success. Along the way, I’ve learned how to spot niches with some potential, which is a valuable skill.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three ways to choose a profitable niche, the differences between each tactic, and why they work. Time is money, so let’s get started!

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