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21 Lessons On Finding Work, Landing Clients, & Earning More As A Freelancer
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How To Ditch Upwork, Fiverr & Find Work Without Freelance Platforms

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Depending solely on marketplaces like Upwork to find work is one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a freelancer.

Why? Because you can’t trust these big corporate websites.

You’ll never know when a marketplace will change their platform fee, change the terms of service, or even ban your account for no reason.

Ditching Upwork and freelance marketplaces was the best decision I’ve made and it’s the reason why I was able to earn more as a freelancer.

I’ve included an entire chapter in my book, Freelance Like Pro, about ditching freelancing sites. But I wanted to shed more light on the topic through this article.

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8 Advantages And Disadvantages Of Being Self-Employed

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Freelancing and being self-employed is not as glamorous as most people make it out to be. It comes with both advantages and disadvantages.

If you’re thinking about getting started in freelancing or going back to a day job after struggling with freelancing, give this post a read for a list of pros and cons of being self-employed. Hopefully, I can help you make a decision.

If you’ve seen pictures of digital nomads traveling around the world living a laptop lifestyle. Or Facebook posts saying freelancing is a lonely road. Let me reassure you, it’s all true.

Freelancing comes with many benefits and also downsides. However, I see it as a healthy balance of both. It’s certainly much better than the downsides of working at a day job. Here’s why.

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15+ Lesser-Known Freelancing Sites with Low Competition for 2021

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Most experienced freelancers will likely tell you not to rely on freelancing marketplaces to find work.

It’s good advice because those sites, like UpWork, pressure you to compete with other freelancers and lower your rates to win jobs.

But, the truth is, we all have to start somewhere and the chances are even the most experienced freelancers have used a freelancing site at some point in their career to score a project or two.

The first freelancing site I used was Elance (now UpWork). I didn’t get many jobs on this platform, but I used it to connect with clients and build long-term partnerships. At the time, there wasn’t too much competition on Elance so landing a job was easier than it is today.

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Interviews

Interview: Ben Coltrin, Founder of Remote Tech Jobs On Freelancing As A Programmer

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Coding or programming is one of the hottest industries in the freelancing market.

Coding is also one of the highest paying freelancing jobs right now.

I reached out to Ben Coltrin, the founder of the new tech jobs board Remote Tech Jobs, to pick his brain about what it’s like to work as a freelancer in the tech industry. As well as to talk about the best ways to get started as a freelance coder. He also shared valuable advice on how to impress your clients as well.

Even though Ben is now the CEO of Custody X Change, he’s a coder at heart. He started programming for fun in his high-school years and worked as a programmer at a local company before achieving so many great things.

His new startup, Remote Tech Jobs, aims to help fellow programmers by providing a curated board full of jobs in the industry.

Read the interview below for the full conversation.

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8 Best Freelance Skills To Learn In 2021

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If you’re looking to switch to a better career this year, the first thing you should do is find and develop a skill.

In this post, I’m showcasing some of the top freelance skills you can learn this year to start a new career and earn more money as a freelancer.

My previous post about the highest paying freelance jobs outlines the categories for earning the highest income as a freelancer. The list below goes to the barebones of those categories to suggest specific skills you should start developing right away.

If you’ve read my book or followed the getting started guide, you’ll notice that one of the first steps I suggest for beginners is to find a marketable skill that has good demand.

For this list, I gathered data from two surveys (from Flexjobs, Indeed, and UpWork) to find the skills with the highest demand.

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How & Why To Take Safe Risks As A Freelancer

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If you hate Mondays and feel bored out of your mind while at work, you’re not alone.

It’s natural for you to feel bored and unsatisfied even while doing something you love. This happens when you keep doing the same type of work over and over again every day.

After a while, you’ll get so used to the work you do that most part of it will happen in automation.

Just like driving a car or brushing your teeth in the morning.

When it comes to your job and work, the boredom creeps up when you’re not challenged enough.

In order for work or anything in life to be more interesting and engaging, it needs to be challenging. Not too challenging. Just a little to ensure that you get to activate your brain and keep growing.

Finding this balance is not that tough. Here are a few things I did to make this happen.

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