Prepare to Freelance
How would you like to fire your boss? Many people have thought about
leaving their current job and starting their own small freelance business. If
you work for yourself, you create your business to suit yourself. Work when,
where and how you want! Sounds great, right?
Being a freelancer has many benefits. But like any other worthwhile endeavor,
you'll need to do some research and make a plan. Do this before you
quit that steady job!
Begin your research by reading our article on Preparing To Freelance, presented
below. Also read our article on Home
Offices. Then, follow the Related Links we provide to other
informative web sites where you can see what kinds of freelance work is available
and what others are freelancing in. We also link to several forums where you
can discuss your plans and get your questions answered.
Also, please buy and read a few of the Books we recommend below.
Many times, it is easier to read a book or books where all the information you need
is organized and in one place, rather than hunting all over the web. Check these four
books out. We think you'll be glad that you did. Thanks!
According to their web site, "Guru.com is
the world's largest online marketplace for freelance talent. Through our free service,
employers find top freelance and contract talent locally, nationally, or globally.
Created in August of 2000, Guru.com's web-based marketplace directly connects businesses
with over 520,000 freelancers who specialize in over 160 professional
categories including: website design, programming, graphic design, business consulting,
and administrative support."
According to their site, "All Freelance
Work is a freelance jobboard, freelance community, small business article base,
& home business information zone. All Freelance Work has been around since 2000
and is the freelance home to over 130,000 freelancers. With 100s of freelance articles
& 30,000 registered employers of freelancers, we have helped 1000s of small business
owners find the perfect freelance job."
Wikipedia has a great introductory
article about Freelancing
on the Internet. It provides an overview of how freelancing works and provides
links to many freelance job web sites. Wikipedia also
has a brief article on the Freelancer occupation.
If you are a freelance writer, there are several web sites that
buy articles. We're one of them! Read our Writer's
Guidelines for more information.
Other sites that buy or broker articles from freelance writers include Constant
Content and Associated Content.
There is a new company that just started, called Article
Distribution Services. According to their site, they "believe writers should
be paid a decent amount for their hard work. By a decent amount I mean no less than
$.10 per word on unpublished articles or other content, and no less then $.05 per
word on reprints..."
A popular and helpful site is WAHM.com, the
Online Magazine for Work-At-Home Moms (or anyone who works from home). They
also have an active forum (Message Boards).
Forum sites for freelance writers include Absolute
Write Water Cooler and Writers
it possible to give up your nine to five job and make more money as
a full-time freelancer? Absolutely. Six-Figure Freelancing shows writers how
to make the most of the ballooning freelance industry by adopting a business-like
approach to their craft, while offering insightful, first-hand advice to help maximize
time and profit.
Includes worksheets and templates to assess and establish the best possible business
Advice on time management and repurposing material for multiple markets, as well as
how to gain a competitive edge in a growing market.
is one of the fastest-growing job trends of the day, but starting up a freelance
business involves more than just hanging out a shingle. In this user-friendly, up-to-the-minute
guide, veteran freelancer Marian Faux explains everything you need to know. Topics
include establishing a business plan; setting up an office; negotiating fees; handling
contracts and agreement letters; tax, insurance, and benefits planning; expanding
your business; advertising, publicity, and marketing; and measuring your success. Both
new and experienced freelancers - in every field - will find the information they
need in order to run a successful, profitable business.
mean I can decide what projects I take on, make my own hours, and jump from job to
job if I get bored? Where do I sign up?" The world of freelancing does offer
enticing professional freedoms unlike any other work environment. Whatever your ideal
freelance gig might be, this is the book to help you get it.
Because the Internet is the only place that can truly encompass the breadth of freelance
job opportunities out there, you need to know the best sites for finding what you
want--who's hiring, how to design and post a professional-looking resume, and how
to get special benefits even if you're not a full-time employee. You'll find
all the information you need in this book.
* An overview of how freelancing works and how to break into particular fields.
* Ratings and descriptions of 30 job-related websites.
* Formatting tips for posting your résumé online.
* Creating a knockout online portfolio.
* Personal profiles and success stories from freelancers.
Internet Freelancing contains the most up to date information on how to use
the Internet to make a little, or a lot, of extra money on the Internet.
The book covers a host of easy to implement opportunities available on the Internet
including getting paid to surf the web, test new Internet products and services, freelance
writing, part time consulting opportunities, affiliate programs, or simply getting
paid on a monthly basis by having an extra task bar on your browser. Whether you are
looking to make an extra $25 a month or an extra $2,500 a month, this book will pay
for itself many times over within the first month alone.
our exclusive Feature Article:
Take This Job and Shove It
Hope Clark 12/23/05
The second most popular American dream is leaving the nine-to-five job for the freelance
home career. The thought of being at home all day sounds so inviting with the freedom
to be with children, handle household needs, and work when you desire without battling
the rush hour traffic and intra-office politics. But you must carefully plan to take
the plunge. I jumped out of the rat race three years ago and have not looked back
The key to becoming your own boss while having the means to pay the bills is to plan
ahead. Way ahead. I created my exit plan three years before I walked out. While
this delay sounds depressing, in the long run you increase your chances of success
while giving yourself a goal to focus upon during the wait. Note the key points of
my escape plan:
1. Work part-time at the job you wish to work at full-time in the future. Utilize
as much time as possible to groom your self-employment. Build clients and market yourself.
I did not want my boss to know my long-term plan, so I used a different name for my
business by including my middle name. I worked nights until midnight and through the
majority of the weekend hours to establish my business. When I had a steady amount
of income that I knew would follow me when I leaped into full-time status, I knew
I had a bottom-line figure to pay my bills. These customers were my safety net, but
that did not stop me from perpetually seeking new clients.
2. Save emergency money. Three years before I quit, I started paying
off every bill I could. I quit eating out and squandering money, even taking my lunch
to work and drinking water to avoid the cost of 75-cent soft drinks. If I received
a promotion or inflation increase, I diverted it to savings. I set up an allotment
at the bank so the savings was taken out before I received the paycheck. I paid off
all bills but the mortgage, and I saved up enough emergency money to sustain me for
six months even if I had NO income from my new self-employment. This way I knew if
someone became ill, a tire blew on the car, or a compressor went out on the air conditioner,
I could still make ends meet.
3. Arrange for insurance. I knew I would lose my life insurance at
work, so I purchased a term insurance policy outside of my employer. I did not wait
until I left the job to do so because the younger you are, the cheaper insurance can
be. I had the option of carrying my health insurance with me, but my husband also
had an insurance plan at his work. We chose to use his plan to cover our family. Do
not leave a secure health insurance plan without having another. Medical issues destroy
a tremendous number of entrepreneurs.
4. Respect the part-time work as legitimate. Your family may look
at your part-time work as a hobby, but if you give it the respect and attention of
a full-time job, your friends and family will begin doing so as well. That means having
designated work space, designated time to work, and off-limits rules for the times
you need to concentrate. If your family would not come by the office and spend time
talking about their needs and complaints, then they should not do so at your home
office, either. Assure them this new life of yours is best for all of them. At least
you are there for them if a serious need arises.
This plan served me well. At the end of the three-year period, I left work without
looking back. The looks on people's faces when I walked out of a managerial position
at age 46 to be my own boss, was priceless. Today I manage FundsforWriters.com, an
online service for career writers, and I awaken each morning when I comfortably desire.
I work in my jeans with bare feet and thoroughly enjoy my life. You can, too. Just
take the time to plan now for your wonderful future. It is possible with a little
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Looking for a new Flat Screen TV? Read our review of the Visio 42 inch 3D Television written by a woman who owns one! Read about the clarity of the display, the 3D aspects of the set, accessories, internet ability, sound and gaming suitability. If you are looking for a new TV, this might be the one for you! In any case, you'll learn about features that are now available in the latest models of flat screen 3D TVs!
Like the Twilight Saga? Read Etude!
There is a new Young Adult book series that lovers of the Twilight Saga will probably
enjoy as well. Etude has a similar theme and similar characters. Both
are about teen girls who meet and fall in love with immortal guys. What things
about Etude are the same as Twilight and what are different? Please read our
interesting review of Etude, the first book in the Birthright Legacy series.
It provides an insightful analysis of how Etude is the same as Twilight and how Etude
is different from Twilight!
What can Middle Earth say about Real Earth? Have you read or seen the Lord Of The Rings books / movies? The Hobbit is a book that has the same kinds of characters, themes and settings but came out first.
Read our article on the upcoming Hobbit movie. The author talks about the themes in The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings, and presents the idea that they can be viewed as a commentary on the Environment!
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Online Dating First Impression! If you are one of the many people who have joined online dating sites, or if you are thinking of joining an online dating site, then you will need to make a good first impression with a perfect
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