Walk Away From Work

If there’s one single action I can point to that had made my life less stressful, it’s been walking away from work when I’ve had issues. There’s been times I have been working on really difficult projects and I just can’t figure out why something isn’t working and I'm frustrated with it. Taking … [Read more...]

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Freelancing Retainers

Having a retainer sounds awesome doesn’t it? Guaranteed work, who doesn’t love that? Because guaranteed work is guaranteed income. But you have to dedicate that time back to them. So for X hours a month, you better be available. Here’s where the problem lies...you book a few projects and time … [Read more...]

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Let me guess, you shipped code Today?

I follow a lot of other freelancers on Twitter and I can count on one hand the ones I notice that actually don’t work all the time. I see so many that consistently and almost exclusively only talk about the work their currently doing. “I shipped code today!” again and again. I guess that’s great, … [Read more...]

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When a client asks about time

Watch any social media venue for more than a week and you’re bound to see a freelancer bemoaning the idoicy of a client asking for an accounting of time. On the surface we think that the complaint is valid. You’re a professional and should be trusted. Asking for an account of time is the … [Read more...]

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Quantifying Expertise of Others

Lately it seems like a new freelancing site pops up everyday with someone who wants to share their knowledge with other freelancers. That’s great because it shows movement for freelancers as a whole — it’s growing. But how do we know if we should listen to them or not? Hell, why should you even … [Read more...]

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Don’t Stress What You Can’t Control

There are times in freelancing where I get stressed or annoyed by things outside of my control. It doesn't really make sense to stress over something you can't control but it is what it is, it's how we deal with it that matters. I think you may know the feeling, some part of a project is held up … [Read more...]

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