The best project management tools for freelancers

The best project management tools for freelancers

Tired of keeping track of everything in spreadsheets, post-it notes, or your inbox? Project management software can help you save time, collaborate effectively, and prevent important to-do’s from slipping through the cracks.

Here’s a run-down of some project management programs that we recommend. In addition to running on...

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Business school for freelancers: How to design your own education

Business school for freelancers: How to design your own education

Most freelancers are do-it-yourself types who learn by doing and haven’t had any formal business training. They may have college and advanced degrees in their chosen field, but when they take the leap into self-employment, they barely know an LLC from a C-corp.

First things first: No, you don...

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How I lived like a pioneer in the concrete jungle

How I lived like a pioneer in the concrete jungle

Secretly we all want to live in the middle of nowhere, grow our own food, and have a successful blog like this pioneer. Amirite? Just me? Well perhaps you have little interest in life on the open plains. Or perhaps like myself, you live nowhere near a plain, open or...

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12 Cool t-shirts designed by freelancers (support fellow indie artists!)

It's (finally) springtime, and that means t-shirt season!

Rather than heading off to the local mall, support your fellow independent artists by buying t-shirts from an online shop or in your local neighborhood. 

Where you can buy t-shirts designed by freelancers:

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Why freelancers should specialize (not generalize)

Why freelancers should specialize (not generalize)

What if I told you that you could charge more money as a freelancer, be more memorable to clients -- and save time?

You’d probably think I was selling you a fancy app. This is a lot simpler. It’s the ancient art of specializing. For example, you wouldn’t...

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Forget what the experts say...How do YOU stay productive?

Forget what the experts say...How do YOU stay productive?

I’m obsessed with productivity.

There. I said it.

I have a hard time relaxing. It takes a concerted effort for me to do anything that doesn’t have some palpable goal or reward at the end that is somehow linked to my career goals.

I also know this because...

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15 Ideas for your next freelance act of kindness

15 Ideas for your next freelance act of kindness

We talk a lot about how to build a more fulfilling freelance life. But it’s long been known that the best way to become happier is to give happiness to others.

So here’s your next great gig: Freelance Giver of Small Bits of Happiness!

Here are just a...

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Bartering for beef: 3 tips for swapping goods and services

Bartering for beef: 3 tips for swapping goods and services

Bartering for delicious grass-fed beef or homemade soap can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Just ask Dylan Benito.

The Portland native and charismatic freelancer has a penchant for swapping to support her eco-friendly lifestyle. Over the years she has discovered that community connections are powerful forms of social...

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Success isn't just about talent. It's also about resilience, new study finds

Success isn't just about talent. It's also about resilience, new study finds

New studies show that resilience -- “the ability to withstand and quickly overcome adversity” -- is one of the most important factors in predicting the success or failure of a business.

Freelancers who expect that starting their own business will be easy are quickly proved wrong. Even if it goes well in...

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Don’t get mad, get paid: 6 Invoice apps for freelancers

Don’t get mad, get paid: 6 Invoice apps for freelancers

Doing work that you love and working for yourself is one of the greatest perks of being a freelancer. However, that means you are responsible for getting yourself paid for that work that you love. This can be a tedious and often times annoying process as it is frustrating to...

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