4 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Working as a Freelance Writer

Working for family for free is just one of them! Find out what other three mistakes you could make that could derail your business. August 22, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Laura Pennington Briggs’ book Start Your Own Freelance Writing  Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound One of the easiest ways to grow your business is to avoid making preventable mistakes. You can speed up your path to success by avoiding the following mistakes. 1. Working for friends and family Many people in your immediate circle might be excited to help you start or grow your business. You might be interested in the prospect of helping them with a project they don’t want to do or don’t have time to do. This is a best-case scenario when working for […]

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Why Companies Should Make Freelancers Their No. 1 Priority

Skillful contract workers have proved the difference between success and failure for numerous businesses. August 19, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Freelancers are among the most valuable workers businesses have access to — and many successful companies simply couldn’t thrive without them. Your company may not need a full-time, 40-hours a week graphic designer on staff, but you could easily reach a point where a great corporate design could transform your business. Just ask the freelancer who created Nike’s iconic Swoosh. Skillful contract workers, including attorneys, programmers and writers, have proved the difference between success and failure for numerous businesses. Yet for all that freelancers bring to the table, many companies — whether large corporations or early-stage startups — fail to treat them nearly as well as they do their full-time employees. Every long-term freelancer has a horror story about jumping through hoops and making 20 phone calls just […]

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An Expert Reveals Smart Rate-Setting Tips for Your Freelance Writing Business

Making sure you get paid what your worth is essential to business success. These tips can help you set your rates so you hit the sweet spot with customers — not too high and not too low. August 15, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Laura Pennington Briggs’ book Start Your Own Freelance Writing  Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound One of the easiest ways to determine your rates for freelance writing projects is to do research and see what’s already out there in the market. Be aware, however, that you’ll find a dramatic price range. You’ll find people who charge the bottom end of the spectrum and are comfortable making that amount of money, all the way up to the people who have a smaller client pool because of […]

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The 4 Steps You Need to Take to Set up Your New Freelance Writing Business

Successfully launch your new business with these four steps. July 25, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Laura Pennington Briggs’ book Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound When it comes to launching a freelance writ­ing business, gaining some confidence and knowing the appropriate steps you need to take can give you the encouragement you need to start your free­lance writing career today. You can launch your business with a few key steps: Researching your marketplace, creating your samples, discovering your unique value proposition and creating your pitch and marketing plan for building your business. Researching the marketplace You can’t launch a freelance writing business without knowing whether there’s a demand for your services. You might have all the passion in the world for writing about a […]

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The 9 Skills It Takes to Succeed as a Freelance Writer

Not everyone is cut out to be a freelance writer, but if you have the following nine skills, you’ve got a better shot at succeeding at it. July 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Laura Pennington Briggs’ book Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound Owning your own freelance writing business requires a specific skill set centered around strong work habits and good communication skills. Before you jump in feet first, take some time to figure out if you have the following skills: Strong writing skills While you don’t need to be an expert on everything to succeed in this field, the most basic tool you must have is great writing ability. You can learn the other skills to succeed with selling your freelance work, […]

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It’s Way Past Time to Get Over These 3 Stereotypes About Freelance Workers

You may be under some misconceptions about the freelance economy. The truth is independent contractors can help you reach your corporate goals. February 22, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Been waffling over whether your company should hire freelance workers or contractors from the booming gig economy? If you think the concept offers more cons than pros, you may have fallen for some common misconceptions surrounding freelancers and the work they do. For businesses from every industry, relying on help from a cadre of remote workers or freelancers can be a boon. In fact, so many organizations have recognized this truth that contingent workers now contribute about $715 billion to the U.S. economy, according to “Freelancing in America,” a study conducted for Freelancers Union & Elance-oDesk. As if those numbers weren’t enough to get your attention, by 2027, an Upwork report predicts that contractors […]

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What’s Your Freelancer Happiness Score? Why Employer Branding Needs to Rethink the Future of Work

Given the seismic shift in the world of work, you’d think employers would place more value on their freelance workforce. You’d be wrong. November 5, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Magic happens when the most talented, rather than the most convenient, people get to work on the right project. That’s how we put a man on the moon and how we built self-driving cars. Related: Why Freelancers Need to Charge Based on Value And, today, we’re seeing that level of innovation happen more and more, as a rising number of people float between companies, between projects and between managing multiple job roles. They’re doing this either by leaving full-time jobs to become independent agents, or building portfolio careers or working on outside projects as a side hustle. More and more people, in fact, are working wherever they want, whenever they want and, crucially, for whomever they want, […]

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This New Platform Aims to Help Freelancers Boost Their Marketing Skills

Fiverr is rolling out a program called Learn. October 17, 2018 1 min read Part of being a successful solopreneur or freelancer is making sure that you are up to date on the latest technology and skills required to make an impact in your field. This week, Fiverr, an online marketplace for freelance services, is rolling out a new platform called Learn. It’s particularly relevant if you’re looking to grow your skill set in areas like branding, viral marketing, SEO, market research, digital copywriting and graphic design, and its instructors have worked with big-name companies like Apple, Unilever, Nike, Girl Scouts of America and Google. Once the courses are completed, if users want to advertise their expertise on Fiverr, they will receive a badge that they can use as part of their profile. The platform was inspired in part by research conducted by Fiverr, which found of the freelancers that […]

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How to Survive (and Thrive) as a Freelancer with Kids

Yes, it is possible to juggle a successful freelance life with motherhood. August 30, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I was 27 years old when I sat on my couch in my living room, staring wide-eyed at the positive pregnancy test in my hands. I was ecstatic about the idea of becoming a mom, and quickly envisioned squishy baby cheeks and stroller walks in the park. However, along with the joy came a long set of worries. I’m a freelance advertising and editorial photographer, and I’ve worked tirelessly to build my career over 12 years. I’d finally reached a point where I was photographing top celebrities and public figures, working with my favorite brands and magazines, and seeing my ad campaigns on billboards in Times Square and in the pages of GQ. I didn’t want to give any of it up — but […]

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How This Freelance Approach Can Produce Full-Time Results

Companies are exploring a workforce model with 10 percent full-time workers and 90 percent freelancers. July 21, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Not that long ago, people viewed freelancers as the people that carried out menial outsourced responsibilities. If companies had a low-skilled, repetitive task such as data entry or phone support that no full-timer wanted, they’d delegate it to a freelancer. But the growing number of highly skilled talent choosing to freelance shows that it’s not just mundane tasks that they’re choosing to take on. In fact, 40 percent of the 1,267 American adults polled in December by NPR and Marist do freelance work in addition to their regular jobs; an additional study, a joint venture conducted by Harvard University’s Lawrence Katz and Princeton University’s Alan Krueger, found that 60 percent of the jobs created in the U.S. from 2005 to 2015 were of the freelance, […]

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The Surprising Reality Is Freelancers Are Happy and Prospering

The gig economy proves that independent contract work is much more than something to do between jobs. It can be a full-time career. March 13, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Freelancers, solopreneurs, independent consultants — whatever you call them, the rise of the gig economy has made them a force to be taken seriously. Some believe this trend is dangerous to society as a whole, but what’s the reality from the perspective of the freelancer? According to WiseBrand‘s recent “State of the Freelance Nation,” freelancing is a sustainable, enjoyable and profitable career choice. The company, which helps freelancers build and promote professional digital presences, surveyed more than 2,000 freelancers to learn what’s really going on with their careers.   Freelancing often is regarded as something to do between full-time jobs, but WiseBrand’s results reveal that’s an outdated notion. “Nearly 55 million Americans — and millions more worldwide — are working in microbusinesses or […]

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