Category Archives: Growing Your Business

Why Freelancers Need To Do A SWOT Analysis

When I interview very successful entrepreneurs, they often mention the SWOT analysis they did on their business. SWOT is short for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. They look at advantages they can shore up, gaps that make them vulnerable to … Continue reading

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What’s Your Number?

After I wrote an article about secrets of $200,000 freelancers, a reader on LinkedIn commented: “I’d just be happy with $50,000 a year.” Many people feel just as intimidated by the prospect of trying to earn a full-time income when … Continue reading

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A Freelancer’s Resolutions

One of my closest friends just passed away unexpectedly, and I have spent the past couple of weeks trying to process this news. I was going to try to write about her here, but my feelings about this are so … Continue reading

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Freelancing’s Winners

Many of us went into freelancing because we want something that has become the ultimate luxury in American society: Control of our time. Even jobs offering a telecommuting option don’t give you full decision making power over the hours you … Continue reading

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Promoting Articles Via Twitter

My pitch landed! A few months ago, I wrote about my first-ever attempt to pitch a personal project onto a major media outlet. Yesterday, my story, Suicide and the Economy, appears on the Atlantic.com. It’s about the suicide of my … Continue reading

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Million-Dollar Freelancers

Most free agents don’t go into business to make millions. Usually, they’re looking for a better lifestyle, more interesting work and greater control over their lives. But increasingly, new technologies make it possible for solopreneurs to build a seven-figure business … Continue reading

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How To Form An LLC

In the 200kfreelancer’s latest post on AARP’s Life Reimagined, we offered five questions to ask if you’re thinking of forming an LLC. Most entrepreneurs form LLCs to protect themselves from liability. An LLC creates a separation between yourself and your … Continue reading

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Path To A Successful Pitch

I’ve been a writer/editor for 25 years, since the day I walked up the stairs into the office of the diamondback at the University of Maryland. I’ve been freelancing for the past 12. I’ve never, in all that time cold-pitched … Continue reading

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Working With Demanding Clients

You’ve just arrived at your hotel on a long-awaited vacation, and an email message from a client shows up in your inbox. He’s working this weekend and wants to brainstorm about a project. You know it isn’t particularly urgent and wonder … Continue reading

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Protect Yourself from Nonpaying Clients

There’s nothing more draining than chasing down payments for projects you delivered on time, months ago. The best way to avoiding doing so is vetting clients carefully from the get-go, to make sure they can actually pay you. But, as … Continue reading

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