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Evaluating Freelance Services: How Kerri Konik Adapts to Client Needs
December 4, 2018

Evaluating Freelance Services: How Kerri Konik Adapts to Client Needs

There comes a time in every freelancer’s career when they need to re-evaluate their services and offerings. Markets change, customer demands shift and the value you bring to the table evolves. Whether you’re seeking to grow your revenue or recapture your passion with a pivot, there are several points in a business’s growth cycle when[…]

A Freelancer’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays
December 4, 2018

A Freelancer’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays

It may be the most wonderful time of year, but for a freelancer like me, the holidays season can also be one of the most stressful. My flexible schedule means that more of the family tasks–attending the kids’ school holiday parties, making sure we’ve purchased gifts for everyone on our list, baking for various potlucks–fall[…]

5 Freelance Networking Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)
November 21, 2018

5 Freelance Networking Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Networking is essential for freelancers to grow and sustain their business. Establishing the right relationship can lead to a myriad of opportunities, but there’s a fine line between making valuable connections and coming across as a spammer, or insincere. Here are five networking mistakes you should avoid both online and in person. Don’t be too[…]

The Six-Step Beginner’s Guide to Paying Quarterly Estimated Taxes
November 20, 2018

The Six-Step Beginner’s Guide to Paying Quarterly Estimated Taxes

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the other side. You’re your own boss now and you get to call the shots. But you also have to do the other “jobs of the job” that keep your business running, like doing taxes, managing your books, marketing, finding clients, etc. You may find that the time to live[…]

5 Misconceptions That Freelancers Have About Quarterly Taxes
November 20, 2018

5 Misconceptions That Freelancers Have About Quarterly Taxes

Successful freelancers know that they need to play many roles to keep the business running smoothly. One day you’re pitching your services to a prospective client, the next you’re working on a marketing plan to build your brand, all while also completing projects on a regular basis. One role you may not relish as much:[…]

The Secret Lives of Freelancers
November 15, 2018

The Secret Lives of Freelancers

With great freedom comes great misunderstanding. So many of the popular myths about freelancing as a career—about our schedules, our occupations, our income, and more—bear little resemblance to our actual daily lives. Here, we’ll bust some of these misconceptions with research. Let’s begin with the very bad idea that freelancing is a euphemism for part-time[…]