Articles tagged 'freelance'

Simple ways to deal with cash flow gaps
Simple ways to deal with cash flow gaps
During my first full year of freelancing, I lost three of my main clients within a week. In turn, my monthly earnings sank from $6,000 to about $2,000. As I was earning a mere fraction of what I needed to get by, I panicked. I wasn’t earning enough...
Managing your time when you're self-employed
Managing your time when you're self-employed
Back when I worked 9-to-5 and in between jobs, I’d go to a nearby coffee shop and work on my passion project: my fiction. With complete control over my schedule, I’d work whenever the mood struck. I had the freedom to take a midday lunch break to...
Making time for career development as a freelancer
Making time for career development as a freelancer
Back when I had a day job as a proofreader at a small publisher, it became obvious that our company sorely needed a social media and content marketing plan. Besides a simple business website, the publisher had essentially zero web presence. My colleague...
How I finally achieved self-care as a freelancer
How I finally achieved self-care as a freelancer
Back when I was part of the 9 to 5, I landed a full-time contract role as a staff writer for a large insurance company. Alongside our in-house crew of writers and editors, we hired an outside freelancer to contribute to the website. During conference...
When your side project gets an interview with Y Combinator
When your side project gets an interview with Y Combinator
“How will you get your users?” I asked my cofounder, Max. We stood in a parking lot in Palo Alto, under a basketball net emblazoned with an orange Y. I was imitating Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator. “Three strategies…” Max starts to answer...
How hiring other freelancers made me a better freelancer
How hiring other freelancers made me a better freelancer
During my second year as a freelancer, I was slammed with work. To lessen my load, I decided I’d hire someone who could help me proofread and research a batch of articles. I thought that finding a freelancer to fit the bill would be a cinch. After...
Why I freelance: Designing a lifestyle-based business
Why I freelance: Designing a lifestyle-based business
A few months ago, I was at a retreat for women when one attendee, a fellow freelance writer, mentioned that she puts her values above any income goals. In the past, she was earning a six-figure income as a freelancer. Now, she lives in a rural part...
Planning for retirement when you’re self-employed
Planning for retirement when you’re self-employed
Retirement planning can feel overwhelming for just about anyone — but it’s especially intimidating for freelancers and small business owners. Between the many possible options and the complex rules, finding the right retirement plan is no easy feat...
How to report and pay taxes as a freelancer
How to report and pay taxes as a freelancer
The number of Americans freelancing is growing rapidly. According to the 2018 Freelancing in America report, the number of freelancers in the U.S. is now 57.3 million. That means 36% of the workforce has freelanced at some point in the past year...
How the freelance economy benefits entreprenerus
How the freelance economy benefits entreprenerus
Over the past couple of decades, there’s been a huge and fundamental shift in the relationship between people and their work; workers and their employers. Freelance workers now make up more than a third of the U.S. workforce, and experts believe...