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Becoming a Business Owner Series Part 1: Staying Balanced While Busy

by Amanda Rappak | August 16/2011 | becoming-a-business-owner, entrepreneur-magazine, freelanceswitch
Becoming a Business Owner Series Part 1: Staying Balanced While Busy

Sure, working more hours is the hallmark of reaching the entrepreneurial threshold, but how can you make sure that you won’t burn out by the sixth month? In this first installment of our 3-part “Becoming a Business Owner” series, you’ll find out how to create a successful enterprise while keeping yourself sane, balanced and happy…


Mentors are key to a successful career

by Amanda Rappak | July 7/2011 | brazen-careerist, freelanceswitch, kristin-fischer, mentors, usatoday
Mentors are key to a successful career

Mentorship can help both new and established small business owners move on to the next step in their careers. Who better to help you get to the place you need to go than someone who’s already there? Mentors can help you move past a plateau, expose you to new clients, and generally help you get…


Infographic: The Freelancer’s Guide to the Galaxy

by Amanda Rappak | June 29/2011 | accounting, freelanceswitch, infographic, retirement
Infographic: The Freelancer's Guide to the Galaxy

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Build your rep and gain referrals from top-notch performance

by Amanda Rappak | June 28/2011 | freelancefolder, freelanceswitch, referrals
Build your rep and gain referrals from top-notch performance
#### 3) Charge The Market Rate The biggest mistake freelancers make, even and especially in a depressed economy, is undervaluing themselves and their work. Charging your clients the market rate or even slightly above it makes you seem in more in demand. In conjunction with a stellar portfolio, it’s a signal to clients that you…

How to determine your hourly rate: Yearly salary method

by Chris Talbot | March 31/2011 | billable-hours, freelanceswitch, hourly-rate, know-your-worth, salary
How to determine your hourly rate: Yearly salary method

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After networking at professional gatherings, cold calling potential clients, and marketing your services to gain attention, you’ve finally landed your first client. The project is explained, you agree to a deadline, and then the dreaded question comes: “What are your rates?” Whether you’re new to freelancing or whether you’re branching…


Fresh Faces: Cyan Ta’eed

by Sunir Shah | November 22/2007 | cyan-taeed, flashden, freelanceswitch, graphic-designer, sydney
Fresh Faces: Cyan Ta'eed

Fresh Faces: Real customers share the real benefits of using FreshBooks

Photo of Cyan TaeedI am the editor and founder of FreelanceSwitch, a resource for freelancers. Our site is a blog with more, so as well as articles, interviews and how-tos, we have resources, a job board and podcasts. FreelanceSwitch gets around 500,000 visits a month and caters to primarily web and graphic designers, followed by programmers, photographers…