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How Other Freelancers Can Help You Grow Your Freelance Business and Feel Less Lonely

Other freelancers can give you practical advice, support, and referrals to help you build your freelance business.

When Erin L. Boyle launched her full-time freelance business, she had been specializing in medical communications for 15 years and had held several management positions. So Erin was confident…

Want More Steady, High-Paying Clients? Find Some Freelance Friends

Making other freelancers your best friends instead of your competitors helps you get more referrals and succeed in freelancing.

Freelance writers Kristin Harper, PhD, MPH, ELS and Mia DeFino, MS, ELS met at the annual conference of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) in 2016. Kristin, owner of 

How Professional Associations Make it Easy for Freelancers to Get High-Paying Clients

Professional associations make it easy for freelancers to get high-paying clientsDo you belong to professional associations? If you do, are you active in your professional associations? The answer to both of these questions should be Yes!—because professional associations make it easy…


Freelance Pie (Work): Is There Enough for All of Us?

get more freelance workIf you help other freelancers, will there be less  pie—freelance jobs and clients—for you? Some freelancers think so. Steven Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, calls this the scarcity mentality (or mindset). “People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything…


2 Words to Use to Get More Referrals for Freelance Work

say thank you to get more referrals for freelance workOne day as I was working in my home office, my doorbell rang. Waiting for me on the doorstep was the UPS guy, with a large package. I do order lots of…


6 Tips on How to Dress for Success in Freelancing

how to dress for success in freelancingTwo freelancers met at a coffee shop. The first freelancer was wearing a blazer, a nice shirt, and clean, well-fitting jeans. The other freelancer was wearing frayed sweatpants and a t-shirt and had her hair piled sloppily on…


9 Ways for Freelancers to Make Networking Stress-Free

Networking doesn't have to be stressful for freelancersIs leaving the safe cocoon of your office to go to a networking event stressful for you—or even scary? It is for many freelancers, because we’re introverts. Actually, many of us are ambiverts but don’t…


30 Seconds to Freelance Success or Failure

Networking in person is still the best way for freelancers to connect with people who can help and hire us. But for most of us, talking about who we are and what we do is scary. We’d rather be doing our work than talking about it.

Unfortunately, we do need to be…


How Playing Nice Helps Freelancers Succeed

Freelancers who give more and take less are more successfulRemember when your parents taught you to play nice with other kids? Your parents wanted you to learn to share things with other people, and to grow up to be a kind person.

What…


3 Reasons You Should Give Away Clients

You’re probably reading this and thinking that I’m crazy. Giving away the clients you’ve put time and effort into finding just doesn’t make sense. But giving away clients—by referring them to your colleagues—is actually a great way to grow your freelance business.

What if the Client Stops Hiring Me?

Many freelancers are afraid…