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Freelancing 101: Watch for commitment flags early on

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This post is the second in a 4-week series that will focus on advice, tips and tricks from long-time freelancer, Andy Haynes. Andy shares some of his biggest mistakes made during his first year freelancing to help first-time freelancers navigate their first year with success.

Early in my freelance career, a tough experience with…


Invoice like a pro: Advanced tips and tricks for using FreshBooks

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As a Support Specialist for FreshBooks over the last five years, I’ve received a lot of calls from customers wondering if there’s more to FreshBooks than what they see. It’s true, FreshBooks likes to keep it simple—with the goal of making running your business as easy as possible. But, we’ll let you in on a…


Freelancing 101: The importance of becoming a sticky vendor

by Andy Haynes | October 3/2014 | client-relationships-2, first-time-freelancing, freelance-advice
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This post is the first in a 4-week series that will focus on advice, tips and tricks from long-time freelancer, Andy Haynes. Andy shares some of his biggest mistakes made during his first year freelancing to help first-time freelancers navigate their first year with success.

In my first year as a freelance writer and business…


Introducing: Payments by FreshBooks

by Faraz Shafaghi | October 1/2014 | accept-credit-cards-online, credit-card-payments, online-payment
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Ever tried to set up online payments? As it turns out, what should be a simple task is actually quite the nightmare. Whether it’s choosing the right payments company for your billing habits, figuring out how to navigate the complicated maze of setup forms, creating all types of different accounts, or trying to integrate it…


7 ways FreshBooks can help you save time

by FreshBooks | September 29/2014 | accept-credit-cards, enter-receipts-on-phone, track-time-on-phone
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Raise your hand if you could use a few extra hours in your day.

From dog-walkers to graphic designers, we could all use more time to put the finishing touches on a project, run some personal errands or squeeze in a little time to recharge. Time is more than just money. It is where we…


Freelancing: a challenging emotional journey

by Ritika Puri | September 25/2014 | freelancer, freelancer-stories, freelancing
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Freelancing: a challenging emotional journey

When I decided to make my side-gig my full-time business last year, I launched myself into a challenging emotional journey. While I knew I was signing up for hard work—I regularly wake up before sunrise and work 14 hour days through the week and on weekends—I wish I knew beforehand how to manage my emotions…


How FreshBooks can help you get paid faster

by FreshBooks | September 22/2014 | accept-credit-cards, get-paid-faster, small-business-billing
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Congratulations! You’ve taken the leap and you’re following your dreams. You’re your own boss—a freelancer, an entrepreneur. Times were tough at first, but then you got some clients. And you’re working hard to make sure your clients are happy. Things are looking pretty good.

But then one day an invoice slips into “overdue” status… then…


Can you sue over a bad review?

by Nellie Akalp | September 18/2014 | bad-reviews, defamation, suing-a-customer
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Can you sue over a bad review

From Yelp to Google Places, Health Grades, and Angie’s List, people are sharing their experiences on anything and everything. If you run a business, chances are that someone has reviewed your service or product… and that review may be good or bad, fair or unfair.

In the online review world, reputations are made or destroyed…


Why I stopped compromising with clients

by Andy Haynes | September 15/2014 | client-relationships-2, compromise, negotiation
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How compromise messed up a great relationship

At times in my career I have found myself sitting across from a client trying to figure out how to resolve a sticky situation—one in which we seem to have completely opposite needs. Early on I followed advice from a veteran salesman who always stressed that relationships were based on give-and-take—that both sides needed to…


Inbound marketing: 10 ways to get clients to come to you

by Kristi Hines | September 12/2014 | inbound-marketing
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Inbound marketing

Do you enjoy searching for customers on a regular basis? If not, then inbound marketing may be your solution. Inbound marketing is simply the strategy of helping your ideal customers find you. The freelancers that I know who do it well get to sit back and watch the leads for their business roll in, taking…