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Study Shows Entrepreneurship Gap Based on Attractiveness

successThis just in…if you’re a good-looking guy, odds are stacked in your favor if you’re looking to get an investor to buy into your new business.

As per a piece in The Telegraph, a study by Harvard University revealed that investors were more likely to invest in a business if the guy pitching it is handsome. Attractive women entrepreneurs weren’t more or less likely to be successful than less attractive women. Read more

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Six Questions to Ask Yourself Before Negotiating Freelance Gigs

moneyIf you’re a freelancer, raise your hand!

If you’re hesitant to negotiate, don’t be shy. By sheer definition of being a freelancer, we’re always hustling. And always negotiating. Seriously. Sometimes we don’t even realize we do it and yet, we’re still doing it.

According to a post on Freelancers Union, there are a few tips to keep in mind when negotiating. For starters, never say “um” and don’t let nerves take hold of your emotions. Stay calm, cool and collected and better yet, keep these six questions in mind. Read more

Five Ways to Cultivate More Time for Creativity

vision If you’ve ever hustled to meet deadline after deadline, submitted invoice after invoice or timesheet, you’re not alone. Who has time to create new content when you’re constantly cranking it out?

That’s why this piece from Forbes is oh-so-important. Here are five ways to carve out more time for creativity. Read more

Temp Bill Rates Expected to Rise This Year

SixFigureFreelancerTemp labor is certainly here to stay. Need proof? Per ERE.net, last year employers across the country worked with 2.8 million temp employees. That’s an increase of 7.9 percent compared to 2012.

Plus, staffing firms beefed up their jobs to the tune of 16,875 per month last year. That’s the fastest pace since 2010! Although temp bill rates have remained flat, per the piece, rates will rise this year. Read more

Decrease in Number of Self-Employed Workers Since Recession

LifeAsFreelancerAccording to a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder, self-employment grew tremendously between 2001 and 2006 but has been on the decline lately.

There are approximately 10 million self-employed jobs in our country representing 6.6 percent of all jobs but that number is down from 7.2 percent in 2006. Read more

Six Business Lessons for Freelancers

LifeAsFreelancerWhen we read this piece on Forbes, we nodded in agreement.

After all, why should freelancers learn these lessons the hard way when they points have been outlined for us? ShortStack asked their Facebook fans, “What is one business lesson you learned the hard way?”

And away we go…here are their answers, as per ShortStack’s CEO Jim Belosic.

1. You can’t do it all on your own. If you’re setting up shop as a freelancer and creating your own site, social media accounts, the works, chances are you’ll get burned out. Fast. Belosic points out, “Building a team is essential because there are only so many hours one person can devote to a business.”

2. Do one thing incredibly well. As a freelancer, you’re an entrepreneur wearing many hats. If you’re a generalist, will that hurt your chances as a writer compared to say, specializing in financial markets? The piece suggests specializing and then providing a skill or service that makes your core even better. Read more

Three Steps to Make a Killing as a Freelancer

SixfigureFreelancerWe all know that being a freelance writer is an unpredictable career, filled with many monetary ups and downs. Although writing isn’t typically considered a six-figure career, it most definitely can be.

Our latest Mediabistro feature highlights three steps freelancers should take in order to earn a major paycheck this year. The first (and some would argue, most important) step: plan in advance.

The key to an effective income earning strategy, says Kelly James-Enger, a 17-year veteran freelancer, is to focus efforts on what you can control and to stop stressing about what you can’t. “You can’t control how many assignments you get, but you can control how many pitches you’ll send out each week,” she said. “Even if you haven’t seen those [pitches] turn into [an assignment], you know that you’ve met [your] goals. And there’s plenty of research that shows that meeting goals makes you more confident and spurs you on to meet more goals.”

For more tips, read: How to Become a Six-Figure Freelancer.

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Networking Is Key to Being a Successful Freelance Travel Writer

Travel WritingTravel writing as a genre stirs up plenty of emotion in people. Let’s be honest, it’s mostly jealousy. Getting paid to travel the world sounds like a pretty sweet deal, and it is… and isn’t. The reality of life as a freelance travel writer isn’t as glamorous as it’s made out to be. You’re constantly hustling to find work and it can be stressful at times.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, a freelance travel writer discusses the ups and downs of following her passion. One thing’s for sure: networking helped her land work:

Networking continues to be key, as with any profession. I’ve found that travel writers and bloggers are a strong community, and many of us introduce our colleagues to editors we work with if the fit is right. I’ve had the opportunity to write for a large daily newspaper, thanks in large part to a fellow writer I met on a press trip. And don’t forget to use social media for connections. I recently e-introduced myself to a new editor and her publication I’d read about on Twitter and made a few pitches I thought would be a fit — we’re now in conversation about assignments. It’s all about making the right pitch!

To hear more tips on how to cultivate your travel writing career, read: Embarking on My Greatest Adventure: Freelance Travel Writing.

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A Freelance Web Designer Turned CEO Explains His Road To Success

GabrielShaoolianGabriel Shaoolian‘s success story is at once familiar and entirely unique. He moved to NYC in 2001 and set up his business with nothing but a laptop and some web design experience. Since then, his company, Blue Fountain Media, has generated over $2 billion in revenue by building sites for everyone from AT&T to AOL.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s Hey, How’d You Do That?, Shaoolian talks about how he went from a freelance web designer to CEO:

Describe the early days of your freelance life.
Well, let me tell you, and I’ll tell anyone out there. It’s crazy. You know, doing this without funding, you lose a lot of sleep, and you lose your life, really. The company becomes your life. It’s not easy. It’s not for someone who wants weekends and who wants vacations. I tell people that you go on vacation and you are still thinking about work every second of every day.

I had no idea what I was in for. I just wanted to build something small. But I realized that I can’t do everything on my own. If I want to do good work, I need team members that are specialized. As Blue Fountain Media grew, I started working on an infrastructure for the company.

To hear more about Shaoolian’s career, as well as his advice for freelancers and entrepreneurs, read: Hey, How’d You Build Profitable Websites For Brands Like AOL and AT&T, Gabriel Shaoolian?

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How Adopting A Uniform Could Help Your Freelance Career

MinimalismFreelancers who work from home understand the need to minimize better than most. When you’re constantly surrounded by your own junk, the endless distractions can become paralyzing and your work may suffer as a result.

So how can freelancers create a minimalist lifestyle? One of the easiest things to do is to adopt a daily uniform. In the latest Mediabistro feature, one freelancer shares her story about how simplifying her life helped her writing:

I love a comfortable, practical pajama as much as the next freelancer, but I’ve found that having a set uniform has two powerful results: First, I don’t waste any time deciding what to wear. I grab one of two black shirts, and one of my two pairs of pants. I don’t have to rifle through hanger after hanger in my closet, because I’ve whittled down my wardrobe to about 20 items — shoes included, gender stereotypes be damned. And because I wear my uniform during work hours, I get the satisfaction of changing into my beloved sweatpants at the end of the day. The other result of my simplified wardrobe is that I take myself seriously. If those in offices are told to dress for the job they’re striving to have, where does that leave freelancers?

For more on how this writer simplified mind and matter, read: The Minimalist Freelance Life.

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