5 Tips to Building Your Freelance Career

Career Alley

So you want to be a freelancer? Freelancer, contractor, consultant, self-employed – these all have similarities but can be different as well. Working as a freelancer typically means you are self-employed and offering goods or services to others. According to Dictionary.com, a freelancer is “ a person who works. Networking Now’s the time to let everyone you know (business acquaintances, family and friends) that you are now freelancing.

Going Solo—Five Tips for Beginning Freelancers

Resume Bear

So, you’re going freelance? Whether you’re a business consultant, a contractor, a writer, or a photographer, deciding to branch out on your own is a big step. If you’re excited by freelancing, but unhappy to give up the social atmosphere of a traditional nine to five, you might consider co-working—an increasingly popular set-up where independent professionals work in a shared space. And being proactive about gaining costumers is a major part of freelancing success.


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Dressing Up to Work at Home. Am I Nuts?


Sounds trivial doesn’t it, the idea of thinking about your clothing when you freelance from the comfort of your own home? But you’d be surprised how many freelancers put on a suit and jacket to head to their home office. Experienced contractors and freelancers all have tricks of the trade to maintain their freelance work discipline. Choose Your Career freelance dress code freelancing home work at home

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How to Make ‘Bring Your Own Data’ Safe


Many companies now hire contractors and freelancers, and providing them with IT equipment isn’t always feasible for such short-term contracts. You need to ensure workers sign an agreement that they’ll run all recommended updates. Create a list of permissible devices and recommended apps. Bring Your Own Data, more commonly known as Bring Your Own Device or BYOD, allows people to bring their own personally owned technology into the workplace.

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Desk or Labor Jobs Here Today, Consider Them Gone Tomorrow

Competitive Resumes

Studies in recent years say 40% (or a little less) will be contractors or freelancers by 2020. Here’s Why The Freelancer Economy Is On The Rise ) It’s possible everyone will spend time at a desk at some point. I would recommend a mind shift to think about the company you want to work for, deep dive into your “why” and then determine the type of job you’re best suited. Below is a Quora response I wanted to share. The original is here.

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Keep Up The Job Search Wherever You Are

Career Alley

Get out, change the scenery, find a comfortable place and continue your job hunt with these recommended apps. Heavy.com recommends a number of job search apps, including one from a premiere job search engine, Indeed. You can search for full or part-time jobs, contractor positions, internships and freelance opportunities. A dedicated job search takes eight hours a day , writes Career Cast.

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how to turn a request for free help into paid consulting

Ask a Manager

We then talked for around half and hour about my responsibilities, his organization, recommendations I would make for him at this point, future directions he might look into, etc. draft a job description, assist in making a strategic plan) as an independent contractor. freelancing networkingA reader writes: I has a pretty specific niche job. Most people who do what I do have PhDs, and finding a job like mine is rare and coveted.

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short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions

Ask A Manager

Here we go… Figuring out pay as a contractor I have never worked as a contractor but was contacted about a potential contract job and asked to provide my pay requirements plus gas cost. Keep in mind that as a contractor, you’ll be paying your own payroll taxes and won’t be getting benefits like health care or paid time off. Reply Charles March 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm “Figuring out pay as a contractor.&#

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Online Hiring Expected To Double In 2012

Resume Bear

As I know firsthand from working here at Come Recommended, a completely virtual company, working online allows for immediate results for clients. Some important findings of the study: 83% of small businesses plan to hire up to 50% of their workers as online contractors in the next year. nearly 1 in 3 workers began freelancing and pursing independent careers to they could be their own boss.

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update: my employee gave me an “it’s her or me” ultimatum

Ask a Manager

I have a feeling Laura might leave on her own and I’m preparing to bring the shipping contractor back on board if that’s the case. When I hired Laura, she was recommended to me by a close friend of hers who happens to be a close friend of mine.

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13 Things to Hold Onto For Next Year’s Taxes

Ms. Career Girl

Freelancers and self-employed contractors may file a 1099 to report earnings for the year. The IRS recommends keeping documents for at least three years , and, in some cases, six or seven years. The post 13 Things to Hold Onto For Next Year’s Taxes appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. Are you breathing a sigh of relief now that tax season is officially over?

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answers to your questions about the new unemployment benefits law

Ask a Manager

Between now and December 31, many people will be eligible to collect unemployment who usually aren’t: independent contractors, freelancers, gig workers, and other self-employed people, plus part-time workers and people who don’t have a long-enough work history to otherwise qualify. Freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, and the self-employed will be eligible for unemployment though a new program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

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Changing Fields: Advice from a Career Coach

Ms. Career Girl

Would you recommend that I focus on increasing my freelance clientele or do you think it’s better to get some corporate experience in marketing before going out on my own? What has been your experience with your freelance clients thus far? Is there a service that you’d like to offer to your freelance clients that you can’t because you don’t know enough about it? My Recommendations Review the questions I listed above and be honest in your answers.

The Workplace that Employers Will Need to Have in the Future

Corn on the Job

As a remote freelancer or contractor: 8%. Spherion’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. Disclosure: Post sponsored by Spherion, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. As you may know by now, I’ve been provided access to information from Spherion’s Emerging Workforce Study findings.

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asking my boss to reimburse weight loss surgery, company fires people by phone after work, and more

Ask a Manager

I work for a two-person firm—it’s just me and my boss, along withsome freelance contractors. I’ve decided to go for bariatric surgery on a doctor’s recommendation and after struggling with my weight for 20 years.

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Little White eBook of Homeshoring Jobs

Telecommuting Journal

Enough so that I feel compelled to actually recommend this ebook to anyone looking to become a home-based call center agent. It, too, was reasonably priced and it not only listed several valuable resources, it also talked about the telecommuting industry, the difference between being employed by someone as an independent contractor vs an employee, and offered up some ideas for going about your search for actual, legitimate telecommuting work online.

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Little White eBook of Homeshoring Jobs

Telecommuting Journal

Enough so that I feel compelled to actually recommend this ebook to anyone looking to become a home-based call center agent. It, too, was reasonably priced and it not only listed several valuable resources, it also talked about the telecommuting industry, the difference between being employed by someone as an independent contractor vs an employee, and offered up some ideas for going about your search for actual, legitimate telecommuting work online.

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Catching Up with Jason Alba

The Job Quest

Linkedin Twitter Facebook rss Home About Services & Packages Contact Recommendations Resources The Job Quest Helping You Reach Your Job Search and Career Goals Catching Up with Jason Alba Posted by Melissa Cooley on | July 3, 2010 | 1 Comment I recently had an opportunity to talk with Jason Alba!

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Is Penelope Trunk Feeding Gen Y “Career Crack”?

Ms. Career Girl

I myself am a compulsive job hopper, but I’m also a freelancer turned entrepreneur and I can do whatever the hell I want I wouldn’t, however, recommend it for the stereotypical job seeker (which I think encompasses much of Trunk’s audience). But I always viewed this behavior as a reflection of the market– which has increasingly turned to freelance and contract work. Career Girl Marketing to Gen Y Women. Home About Archives Write for Us!

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What Not To Do in Customer Service: Lessons From a Poor Service Encounter (and 10 Elements of Great Customer Service)

Personal Excellence Blog

Even if he indeed had the best price deals, even if his store had the largest selection of camcorders, I found it hard to trust any of his recommendations, because I didn’t know if they were made in consideration of my needs or his agenda. For those of you working as freelancers, agents, contractors, vendors, coaches or consultants, it would be the client (who engages your services). Out of 7 candidates, I narrowed down to two contractors, Candidate A and Contractor B.

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my new employee says he won’t help a coworker, my boss suggested I cry, and more

Ask a Manager

I’m a freelance contractor. Joe continued to call and text me on a regular basis, wanting to “catch up” or pitch me new freelance ideas we might work on together. But they probably just took you at your word when you asked for hotel recommendations. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My new employee said he won’t help a coworker. Today I had my first 1:1 with a new employee.

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resigning when my boss’s wife just died, being paid less than a male predecessor, and more

Ask a Manager

I’m prepared to wait a little while to tender my resignation, but is there a set length of time you’d recommend? How to back out of a freelance job. I have a full-time job but do a lot of freelance work outside of it. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Can I resign when my boss’s wife passed away today? This question is tough and I hope you can help! I came in to work with the intention of resigning.

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how to help an employee in crisis, I vouched for my friend and he’s terrible, and more

Ask a Manager

As the person who recommended him, he seems like a terrible fit for the company’s culture. Second, talk to your boss and say something like, “I want you to know that I didn’t foresee these issues with Bob when I recommended him. The point here isn’t to throw your friend under the bus — it’s to do some damage repair since you recommended him. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go…. How to help a suicidal employee.

2018 26

short answer Saturday: seven short answers to seven short questions

Ask A Manager

For the past 3 years, I’ve been a Freelance Market Research Analyst, working consistently for one main client (an established international market research firm) and frequently for a second client (a local start-up firm that’s little more than a one-man shop). These recommendations have ranged from verbal suggestions on simple formatting changes to formal written project improvements. I guess, at the end, these companies have pretty low expectations of their contractors.

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short answer Saturday: another job search edition — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

As a writer and an artist, this comes up for me every time I look for freelance work. But it will only work for certain positions and skillsets (and industries where contractors are used sometimes, if not common), and if you’re making close to minimum wage anyway you may not be able to offer enough of a discount to make it worth their while. should my boss proactively email a prospective employer to recommend me?

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