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Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Freelancer Lifestyle, Guest Posts, Personal Freelance Experiences, Productivity | 0 comments

Travel Tips For Freelancers

The following is a guest post by Annie W, the travel blogger for Dobovo, the Kiev-based accommodation search engine:

As a freelancer and an avid traveler, one of the most common questions I get is: how much do you make? But after that, the next most common question I get is: what is it like? My answer is can be anything from ‘wonderful’ to ‘stressful’. It might even just be me ripping out my hair if it has been a particularly difficult week.

Traveling

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 in General Advice, Personal Freelance Experiences | 2 comments

The Freelancer Lifestyle: Why I Love Being Self-Employed

Work wherever you want — one of the priceless benefits of freelancing

The Priceless Lifestyle

Freelancing is not just about the money or the potential to make money. Actually, it’s mostly not about the money. It’s about the fantastic, liberating lifestyle that accompanies it. It’s the magnificent freedom to…

  • Do the work that I love
  • Work when I want
  • Work where I want
  • Work with who I want
  • Be my own boss
  • Have no limits

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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in General Advice, Marketing & Advertising, Productivity | 1 comment

5 Productive Tasks To Do During Slow Times

We freelancers often have an unsteady, unpredictable flow of work to do for clients. One month might be painfully slow and the next crazy busy. If you’re going through a time when you don’t have much client work to do, here are 5 highly productive tasks you can do to improve your knowledge & skills and to attract new projects from new and existing clients.

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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in General Advice, Running a Business | 0 comments

The 5 Biggest Mistakes I’ve Made as a Freelancer and How You Can Avoid Them

1. Underestimating time & project costs

Frustration

Skip the frustration by learning from my biggest mistakes as a freelancer

Underestimating time and project costs is easily the biggest mistake I’ve made, and also the biggest mistake freelancers make in general. Why? Because it’s extremely difficult to calculate how long a project will take when you haven’t completed a similar project in the past to use as a reference.

I’ve found that the largest “unknown” factor that consumes much more time than I expected is communication with clients and making countless revisions and minor changes to a project.

I believe the only truly effective way to produce more accurate estimates is to carefully track time on projects now so that in the future, when you have projects similar in scope, you have some real, hard data to use for calculating the estimates.

2. Accepting equity (shares) in startup companies as compensation instead of hourly compensation

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