Tag Archives: Freelancing

2 essential rules for working online with remote clients

Working with remote clientsAs a designer, you might go through school or online training with the expectation of working face to face with your clients. While this is usually the case, especially if you work in-house, you should still be prepared to work remotely with clients. It’s more than a little different from working with a local client.

When you start your own business, or even if you freelance on the side, you’re going to need a website. This isn’t anything unexpected, but this is one of the likeliest ways to get remote clients. Advertising locally will bring you local clients, but the web is open world-wide. This means that if your site ranks well enough, or you’ve built enough backlinks to your site from other places, people all over the United States will be contacting you. I’ve never really cared where my clients came from, as long as they were pleasant to work with, and paid me on time. Continue reading

How to Increase Profits as a Freelancer

increase-profit-freelancingIn my previous post about freelancing, I listed the top 6 freelancer services in this ever growing and competitive industry. Once you’ve picked a portfolio of services to focus on and your freelance career has taken off, the next step is working more efficiently and increasing your profits. The freelance market is not for everyone – there are no guarantees of security or benefits like in an employed position. As an independent freelancer you also need to handle one the most difficult aspects of any business: the cash flow. You can check out this infographic that illustrates the expenses deducted from the business income and the net profits.
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Career Choices You Will Regret In 20 Years

career-choiceEvery day we are faced with choices in our careers that will affect us over the long term. Should I volunteer for that new project? Should I ask for a raise? Should I take a sabbatical? Should I say yes to overtime? But sometimes we miss the biggest choices that will cause us to look back on our careers 20 years from now with pride and contentment — or regret. Here are some of the career choices we often make but will regret deeply in 20 years’ time:
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10 Companies That Are Hiring Like Crazy in May

hiring-companyIf a career change is on your mind, we know it’s not the easiest thing in the world to find a company you can feel at home at—which is why The Muse is here to help!

We’ve rounded up some great companies that are looking to hire like crazy this month. Check out the listings below to get a sense of why they’re awesome, and see how you might have the chance to work for them. Continue reading

How to Find New Clients as a Freelancer

earn-money-on-webWhether you’re brand new to freelancing, or you’re just trying to build your clientele, the most difficult problem is finding clients. Since you’re basically the product, you must learn how to sell yourself and get the business you deserve. While it might seem frustrating when you don’t get hired on projects you’re clearly made for, don’t give up. Continue reading

How to Make Money on Your Lunch Break

earn-money-on-webHow do you spend your lunch break? Taking a turn round the park? Checking Facebook? Catching up on the work you should’ve done in the morning? All of these options have their place, but here’s something else you can be doing: Making money.

There are more ways to earn some extra dollars from the comfort of your office chair than ever before, thanks to the all-encompassing power of the internet. That said, there’s no magic formula here—you’ll need a bit of persistence and imagination to start turning your lunch break into dollars and cents. Continue reading