Freelance Lifestyle: Best Practices

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Founded Sep 2014

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About this hive

How to make the most of your freelancing lifestyle, featuring tips, tricks, ideas, hints, and topics surrounding freelancer's and their very different lives.

including but not limited too:

how to get work,
how to network,
schedules,
prioritization,
taking care of your health,
staying productive but sane,
time for yourself

 

 

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Hive Leaders

Freelancers Union community team

With all that you've learned during your time as a freelancer, what would you tell your younger self? What would you have done differently?

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  • Deb Counts-Tabor

    I wish I had listened to myself and started earlier, instead of letting other people's ...

  • Diahann Lohr

    I wish I'd have had greater confidence in myself and not let clients dictate my ...

Ginger Strand

Is there a setting that notifies you when someone responds to your post in a Hive? I can't find one....

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  • cassius wright

    not as such, although that is in the works i believe. i try to keep ...

Thomas Jost

Hello, I apologize in advance if this is an inappropriate forum for such a discussion. I have a couple of questions. First and foremost, how ...

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  • Thomas Jost

    Thanks for the reply Curtis. Luckily, or not, the situation I was referencing has come ...

  • Sara Santa

    Thomas, I'm not sure where you are located but you might start by getting involved ...

cassius wright

As a freelancer, I'm often asked to sign NDA's (non-disclosure agreements) and Non-Compete's to ensure that I don't play unfairly with various competitors within my ...

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  • Jessica Grant

    Sorry to hit this topic so late, just joined the Hive! I find NDAs to ...

  • cassius wright

    Terrific points and advice! Welcome to the hive!

cassius wright

When in Rome.....er, BVI.... One of the opportunities I have as a traveling freelancer is to make work into a pseudo-vacation. Example: Here in about ...

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  • Peter Hilton

    I was lucky - all of my work-related travel has been in bands, which makes ...

  • cassius wright

    do you find that the travel dictates the schedule, or vice versa? @PeterHilton

cassius wright

Is your freelance work seasonal or based on weather? How has it impacted your business? I'm in the vast tundra known as Chicago so it ...

Ginger Strand

Hi all! I am employed by a company but am making a plan toward freelancing full time in 2-3 years. I'm curious to hear: 1) ...

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  • Diahann Lohr

    1. Ten years ago, I somewhat impulsively started freelancing as a graphic designer/copywriter. I had ...

  • Ginger Strand

    Thanks for the responses, everyone! I've got to run to my office job but will ...

nikiyo studio

Hi, I'm a full time freelance designer,but not too long ,just my freelance business for 4 months. but I'm so confused how to balance my ...

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  • Dion Lynk

    Don't fret, you'll find balance as you grow. I think its important to appreciate the ...

  • Allyn Alston

    Yeah, this is one of those things that EVERYONE starts off with, but eventually you ...

cassius wright

In preparation for tomorrow's travel..... We'll be shooting several restaurants, events, and private island resorts for about 2 weeks in the BVI. Check out our ...

cassius wright

Do you ever sub-contract work to other freelancers? How do you hire them, and what resources do you use to determine their qualifications for the ...

cassius wright

Special projects are for many freelancers the lifeblood of the industry. We often create our own projects to spur business certainly, but as importantly, to ...

Projects

Billions of happy photos, millions of passionate customers. Gorgeous online photo albums. Protect your priceless ...

http://www.jordanawright.com/Pro...

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  • Heather Flanagan

    I will occasionally offer pro bono copyediting work to non-profits when I want to support ...

  • cassius wright

    I think "balance" is the most commonly used word I encounter when discussing anything with ...

Steven Rose, Jr.

Hi. I'm a freelance journalist and fiction author. I'd like to share tips and advice with other freelancers who are willing to do the same. ...

Bill Meisenzahl

Just joined this Hive, which is a great idea. I've been freelancing for about 12 years now. I'm generally successful but have always struggled with ...

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  • Curtis McHale

    One of the best things I've done is sell a few of my by-products. So ...

cassius wright

Rolling with it.... So I made it to bvi no problem. Jordana on the other hand, ended up stuck in San Juan due to weather ...

cassius wright

Everybody has packing tips and tricks they've learned from trial and error.In our case, we try to pack light so we can pick up and ...

eric sharp

I have just joined.

cassius wright

As we approach the New Year, I thought it might be helpful for some people if we listed our "Freelance New Year's Resolutions" here are ...

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  • Heather Flanagan

    Oh, resolutions! I only have two, but they are important to me: 1. I will ...

  • cassius wright

    quantity isnt as important as quality, as with most things in life lol! These are ...

Geoff Bloom

Hi all, I'm looking for some tips on personal branding. I'm looking to make the leap into full-time freelancer and I'm wondering if I should ...

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  • Sara Santa

    Geoff, I like both! You really could go either way with this but if you ...

  • cassius wright

    if you already have the beginning of a presence with your name, and it doesn't ...

Kat Popovic

I'm working on a series of blog posts about Evernote (blog posts are for a cloud-to-cloud backup company backing up Evernote) and looking for freelancers ...

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  • cassius wright

    message sent @Kat

  • Alaia Williams

    Hi Kat, message sent!

cassius wright

Join me on Google+, where I'll begin sharing the daily hive postings (and they will become daily) to help boost interaction. If you want, please ...

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Cassius Wright - The Traveller. I like to think about, design, and create beautiful things.

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Freelancers Union community team

With all that you've learned during your time as a freelancer, what would you tell your younger self? What would you have done differently?

2 more comments
  • Deb Counts-Tabor

    I wish I had listened to myself and started earlier, instead of letting other people's ...

  • Diahann Lohr

    I wish I'd have had greater confidence in myself and not let clients dictate my ...

Ginger Strand

Is there a setting that notifies you when someone responds to your post in a Hive? I can't find one....

Comments
  • cassius wright

    not as such, although that is in the works i believe. i try to keep ...

cassius wright

Is your freelance work seasonal or based on weather? How has it impacted your business? I'm in the vast tundra known as Chicago so it ...

Ginger Strand

Hi all! I am employed by a company but am making a plan toward freelancing full time in 2-3 years. I'm curious to hear: 1) ...

2 more comments
  • Diahann Lohr

    1. Ten years ago, I somewhat impulsively started freelancing as a graphic designer/copywriter. I had ...

  • Ginger Strand

    Thanks for the responses, everyone! I've got to run to my office job but will ...

cassius wright

Special projects are for many freelancers the lifeblood of the industry. We often create our own projects to spur business certainly, but as importantly, to ...

Projects

Billions of happy photos, millions of passionate customers. Gorgeous online photo albums. Protect your priceless ...

http://www.jordanawright.com/Pro...

Comments
  • Heather Flanagan

    I will occasionally offer pro bono copyediting work to non-profits when I want to support ...

  • cassius wright

    I think "balance" is the most commonly used word I encounter when discussing anything with ...

Steven Rose, Jr.

Hi. I'm a freelance journalist and fiction author. I'd like to share tips and advice with other freelancers who are willing to do the same. ...

cassius wright

As we approach the New Year, I thought it might be helpful for some people if we listed our "Freelance New Year's Resolutions" here are ...

4 more comments
  • Heather Flanagan

    Oh, resolutions! I only have two, but they are important to me: 1. I will ...

  • cassius wright

    quantity isnt as important as quality, as with most things in life lol! These are ...