Freelance & Contract Work

Finding your way as a full-fledged freelancer can be tricky. Between getting your name out there and scoring a steady stream of clients, the road to a freelance career isn’t always easy. Related: How To Determine Your Niche As A Freelancer Here are five ways to brand yourself as a freelancer—and enjoy the flexibility, freedom, and financial gain that comes with it.

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Freelancing is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's prized for being a great way to take control of your own career and professional destiny. You control the work you do, the clients you work with, and the money that you make. Of course, all of those things come with caveats, but it’s easy to see the benefits. On the other hand, freelancing can mean working far too many hours, handling difficult clients, and being responsible for all of the not-so-fun aspects of owning your own business. Related: How To Brand Yourself As A Freelancer How can a freelancer manage their time to be effective and successful, all while retaining work-life balance? Here are four steps to take.

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You may be wondering whether temporary work should have a place on your resume. When job security is hard to come by and job openings are limited, employers are accepting that more applicants are keeping themselves current with temporary work rather than having a gap in employment. Related: Transform Temp/Contract Work Into A Permanent Job Find out how to best position your temporary work to showcase valuable and relevant experience for the new job you apply for.

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42% of employers intend to hire temporary or contract workers as part of their 2014 staffing strategy - a 14% increase over the past five years. [Career Builder] Related: 4 Ways To Get More Freelance Work This new trend is troublesome because contract jobs typically don’t offer the following:

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Online freelancing communities for academic freelance writers are highly competitive workspaces where writers can sign up, create a profile, and bid on assignments that customers post to the site. With this kind of intense competition, it can be difficult to be awarded an academic writing assignment, especially when you are up against more experienced and highly-reviewed freelancers. Related: How To Find Clients As A Freelancer But never say die! We’ve interviewed the best freelance academic writers from ThePensters.com and compiled top five must-follow tips to become the freelance academic writer that customers will love.

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After years and years working for other people, you’ve decided that you want to call the shots and be your own boss. After all, at this stage of your career (and life), being a freelancer would not only give you a more flexible schedule, but better work-life balance, too. (Do you feel stuck in your career? In this webinar, career expert J.T. O’Donnell will show you exactly what you can do get out of your career rut and into a more satisfying career.) But just because you’re ready to start your freelance career doesn’t mean that you’re going to have a steady supply of clients right away. Here’s how to find clients as a freelancer.

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