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May 10, 2016

With the launch of Is Freelancing For You, our free course, our editor-in-chief wanted to discuss the characteristics that lead to a successful freelancer. 

Simply put, almost anyone can freelance -- but not everyone should. There are certain traits that position you for success, and there are common habits that will drag you down. 

In no particular order:

  • Being curious enough to listen and learn for clients and your craft
  • Self-discipline and the ability to hold yourself accountable
  • Likewise, self-awareness is crucial when YOU are your business. There's no room for excuses or pointed fingers. 
  • Professionalism -- to a point. You are your business, so don't be afraid to flex your personality. That said, don't be a dick. 
  • Organizational skills. Two words: tax season.
  • Self-confidence. You're going to fail. A lot. 
  • Patience. It's going to be a while before the fruits of your labour are ripe.
  • Flexibility is half the reason most clients work with freelancers.
  • Communication skills. This means clearly communicating yourself, your business, and your craft to clients. 

The episode references an article by Ilise Benun, a former guest who discussed the importance of finding a niche during a Clients From Hell webinar. 

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Are you interested in becoming a freelancer?

We want to help. That's why we built a course that offers everything a first-time freelancer needs to succeed with their budding business.

START FREELANCING

Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 50 students. 

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Are you a freelancer who wants to make more money?

Check out our book all about making more money as a freelancer: Hell to Pay.

It’s everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

GET PAID WHAT YOU'RE WORTH
(use CFHPodcast to save 40%!)

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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May 3, 2016

Our editor-in-chief recently received an email asking for advice. The submitter had questions about:

  • A client who refused to stay in the scope of work
  • A client who overreached into the submitter's personal life
  • Difficulty refusing clients and/or their work

Sound familiar? At the heart of all these issues is a pretty noble quality: the submitter was being far too nice. 

In this episode, Bryce recounts how "being too nice" still plagues his professional life, how he overcame it, and how you can too. 

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Are you interested in becoming a freelancer?

We want to help. That's why we built a course that offers everything a first-time freelancer needs to succeed with their budding business.

START FREELANCING

Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 50 students. 

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Are you a freelancer who wants to make more money?

Check out our book all about making more money as a freelancer: Hell to Pay.

It’s everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

GET PAID WHAT YOU'RE WORTH
(use CFHPodcast to save 40%!)

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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Apr 26, 2016

Mojca Mars of Super Spicy Media shares her experience of being fired from an ad agency and becoming a successful freelancer -- all in less than a year. 

In this episode, we discuss first steps and the value of investing in yourself. Check out my chat with Ryan Waggoner on My First Million From Freelancing for more on that. 

Mojca just launched a course intended to help you master facebook marketing. Check it out here!

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Are you interested in becoming a freelancer?

We want to help. That's why we built a course that offers everything a first-time freelancer needs to succeed with their budding business.

START FREELANCING

Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 50 students. 

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Are you a freelancer who wants to make more money?

Check out our book all about making more money as a freelancer: Hell to Pay.

It’s everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

GET PAID WHAT YOU'RE WORTH
(use CFHPodcast to save 40%!)

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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Apr 19, 2016

 

Giselle Clarkson joins me to discuss how she became a freelance illustrator who produces art for children, drawings for grown-ups, editorial illustrations, prints, comics, and more. 

Interested in transitioning from university to working for yourself in a few years? This conversation is a good place to start. 

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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Self-employed? Want to make more money?

We have a new book out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

CHECK IT OUT

(use coupon code CFHPodcast to save 40% on the non-discounted price!)

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Apr 12, 2016

Sean Frangella joins me to discuss when -- and how -- to walk away from a client. 

Don't forget to check out my other chat with Sean, "Creepy Clients and Scope Creep."

A special shoutout to the webinar participants who requested this topic. 

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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Self-employed? Want to make more money?

We have a new book out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

CHECK IT OUT

(use coupon code CFHPodcast to save 40% on the non-discounted price!)

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Apr 5, 2016

Ryan Waggoner discusses what it took to make his first million as a freelancer, and how he currently makes $250k a year as a freelance mobile developer. 

What we discuss on this episode:

  • LetsMakeApps, a curated list of freelance gigs for developers, designers, and other freelancers. 
  • How to become a six-figure freelancer (sign up for the newsletter at the bottom to check out Ryan's short ebook on the lessons he learned making his first million)

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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Self-employed? Want to make more money?

We have a new book out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

CHECK IT OUT

(use coupon code CFHPodcast to save 40% on the non-discounted price!)

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Mar 29, 2016

Jonathan Raymond has 20+ years helping businesses develop across a variety of businesses. The founder of refound, Jonathon has a new book coming out called Good Authority. It's all about creating a workplace that works for everyone. We discuss some of his ideas, and we ponder what makes a good client, a good employer -- and yes, a good authority. 

 

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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Self-employed? Want to make more money?

We have a new book out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

CHECK IT OUT

(use coupon code CFHPodcast to save 40% on the non-discounted price!)

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Mar 22, 2016

Nick Disabato has a Kickstarter called Draft Evidence: Essays About Design & Independent Business. It's a book that provides clear steps on how to create a durable, sustainable solo design practice.

Last year, Nick made over USD $200,000 revenue running his own remote design practice. If you're interested in his business model and design practice, and he shares it all through one-on-one coaching, a podcast, and weekly letters

Other useful things to check out:

 

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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Self-employed? Want to make more money?

We have a new book out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

CHECK IT OUT

(use coupon code CFHPodcast to save 40% on the non-discounted price!)

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Mar 15, 2016

Prescott Perez-Fox, host of the Busy Creator podcast, joins our editor-in-chief Bryce Bladon to discuss the habits and processes that make up our day-to-day work lives. 

Also worth checking out:

 

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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Self-employed? Want to make more money?

We have a new book out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

CHECK IT OUT

(use coupon code CFHPodcast to save 40% on the non-discounted price!)

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Mar 8, 2016

Our editor-in-chief Bryce Bladon decides to address the most common question from our recent webinar: How do you get started freelancing? 

In this episode, Bryce recounts the best practices for someone who's just getting started, relaying his experiences, mistakes, and suggestions for success. 

We've also covered this topic with Brennan Dunn. Check it out here! 

We'll be revisiting this topic down the line, likely in a much more comprehensive book or course offering. Let us know if you have any comments, concerns, or questions you want addressed in it!

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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Self-employed? Want to make more money?

We have a new book out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

CHECK IT OUT

(use coupon code CFHPodcast to save 40% on the non-discounted price!)

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Mar 1, 2016

Paul Jarvis explains how he uses email to meet his audience, market himself, and make serious money. In this episode, we explain why email marketing works and how you can get started doing it yourself. 

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Want to make your own newsletter?

Chimp Essentials will tell you everything you need to know.

Throughout Paul's lessons, he explains how to get started, get subscribers, automate your processes, and make the most of your email newsletter. There's even a preview option if you want to try it out without paying anything!

USE DISCOUNT CODE CFH TO SAVE $30

CHECK IT OUT

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon (our Editor-in-Chief and host of the podcast) on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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Self-employed? Want to make more money?

We have a new book out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

CHECK IT OUT

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Feb 23, 2016

Karl Sakas explains his formula for saying no to clients without burning any bridges.

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon (our Editor-in-Chief and host of the podcast) on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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Self-employed? Want to make more money?

We have a new book out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

CHECK IT OUT

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Feb 16, 2016

Talented artist Noah Bradley, best known for his work on Magic: The Gathering, offers his insights and experiences to explain why aspiring artists shouldn't go to art school -- and what they should do instead. 

Want more from Noah? 

Find Noah Bradley and Bryce Bladon on Twitter. 

If you found this episode at all helpful, please leave us a rating on iTunes.

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Self-employed? Want to make more money?

We have a new book out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

CHECK IT OUT
(save 50% for a limited time!)

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Feb 9, 2016

Attorney and negotiation expert Katie Lane explains what you can do to win bigger projects and better clients.

We discuss the ideal way to make project proposals, what price anchoring is, and how you can use both to win better, higher paying work. 

If you found this episode at all helpful, please leave us a rating on iTunes.

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Self-employed? Want to make more money?

We have a new book out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

CHECK IT OUT
(save nearly 50% for a limited time!)

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Feb 2, 2016

Marcus Blankenship and Bryce Bladon discuss the pros and cons associated with each way to bill your client. From hourly to monthly, there's a correlation with how much money -- and how much stress -- you can expect with each. 

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Freelance? Want to make more money?

We have a new book out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least time. 

CHECK IT OUT
(save nearly 50% as we celebrate the launch!)

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Jan 26, 2016

Marcus Blankenship joins me to discuss how finances can give you the freedom to fire crappy clients. 

Financial fallback is important for peace of mind and personal job security. A war chest is what you need to ensure you and yours are taken care of.

How much is a good amount of savings? How do you even save that much? This and more is discussed. 

If you found this episode at all helpful, please leave us a rating on iTunes.

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Want to make more money?

We have a new book coming out called Hell to Pay.

It's everything a freelancer needs to know about money, like how to bill clients, negotiate rates, and make most the most money for the least amount of time. 

When we release it, look for the link here. 

LAUNCHING FEBRUARY 1ST

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Jan 12, 2016

Oliver Gwynne joins me to discuss the various obstacles and issues young freelancers have to face – high failure rates, a lack of business skills, perception issues, and pursuing fruitless shortcuts – and what they can do to overcome them. 

If you found this episode at all helpful, please leave us a rating on iTunes.

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Jan 5, 2016

Robert Williams runs Let's Workshop, a service that delivers qualified client leads directly to your inbox. He discusses what you can do (and what you should say) to win a client's business.

Check out Robert's articles on the one thing that always repels clients and what you should do before you update your portfolio again

If you found this episode at all helpful, please leave us a rating on iTunes.

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Dec 15, 2015

Marcus Blankenship once again joins the show to discuss the biggest (and most common) mistakes freelancers make. 

Check out our other episode with Marcus, How Client Porn Ruined My Agency

If you found this episode at all helpful, please leave us a rating on iTunes.

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Dec 8, 2015

Michael Bower, CEO of Sellry, offers advice for saving a client relationship when it starts to go sideways. 

Check out Michael's free email template for when a client raises an issue. For more on the topic of email etiquette, check out Bryce's conversation with Kurt Elster

If you found this episode at all helpful, please leave us a rating on iTunes.

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Dec 1, 2015

Producing a quality podcast doesn't need much of a time or money investment. With that in mind, Paul’s article on creating a podcast for people who don’t want their lives taken over by podcasting is here.

I used Pat Flynn’s complete step-by-step podcasting tutorial (here) when I started this podcast.

Quick notes on best practices for podcasts (mostly via x):

  • People have 18-minute attention spans.
  • 22 minutes is the ideal length for a podcast episode.
  • Most podcast episodes are uploaded earlier in the week; Tuesday is the ideal day.
  • Weekly is the ideal frequency

For Mac users:

For PC users:

That's it! A good mic, a few free (or cheap) programs and you're all set! Throw a blanket over your recording station if you're feeling reeeally opulent. 

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Paul runs The Creative Class, an online series of lessons aimed at empowering and educating freelancers. 

Use coupon code CFH to save $50 on it.  

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Nov 24, 2015

Julia Kelly details how she went from minimum wage to running an incredibly successful company.

In this episode, we talk about how checking in with a client post-project and asking specific questions lead to great testimonials and even more work. Check out what to do after completing a client’s project in the Freelancer’s Guide, under “Post-Project: What Now?” The questions there are a little vague for a sizzling testimonial, but between that and Julia’s advice, you’re primed to start succeeding in the wrap-up realm.

Julia’s website – which I can’t stop fawning over – was created by the talented Corey Tiani.

Nov 17, 2015

122,500,453,020 emails are sent every hour. 72% of consumers say that email is their favored method of communication with who they do business with. It's important. Do it right. 

Kurt Elster is an e-commerce consultant and freelance business coach. He helps teach freelancers and consultants how to earn more money and work with better clients. You can follow him on twitter here

His email templates for freelancers are 50% off here

In this podcast, we discuss Five.sentenc.es and Inbox Pause.

If you found this episode at all helpful, please leave us a rating on iTunes.

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Nov 10, 2015

If you can choose between finding clients yourself and having clients find you, I strongly suggest the latter. 

Nick Disabato runs Draft Revise and he wrote Cadence & Slang, a book about interactive design. 

Here's some other stuff from Nick that you may find valuable:

If you found this episode at all helpful, please leave us a rating on iTunes.

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Nov 3, 2015

Keith Perhac and Bryce Bladon discuss how they manage to work remotely. 

Keith runs Segmetrics (analytics for people who use infusionsoft) and Summit Evergreen (online courses for product creators).

Check out our previous episode on travelling while working here: http://clientsfromhell.net/post/129137352708/travel-while-working-without-scrubbing-toilets

If you found this episode at all helpful, please leave us a rating on iTunes.

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