Posts tagged freelancing
How I budget with irregular freelance income

I had big plans to start this article off with a witty song lyric about making money but then so many songs came to mind that I couldn’t pick just one! So, if you want some lyrical inspiration to help you bring those dollar bills in, here’s a list of songs about making money to kick things off.

As a web designer/developer, I’m part of the freelance and contractor economy. I quit my salaried job a few years ago to go travelling, worked for a few startups, then finally branched out on my own. At this point in my career, I’ve pretty much done it all! As such, I have experienced many types of payment in exchange for my work so I know how important it is to create and follow a budget.

Freelancing can be the best job in the world, but it can also be stressful with all the ups and downs. One of the biggest learning curves that all freelancers face (no matter the industry) is how to handle irregular income. Some months you could be rolling in cash where as other months will be much leaner.

I know that money isn’t always the most popular topic to discuss with friends and co-workers so let’s get a little weird and discuss it with strangers on the internet instead!

I am a huge believer in creating and following a budget, especially as a freelancer, so I wanted to share my methods with you. Without further ado, here are four strategies I use to budget with irregular freelance income.

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9 Tips for the Newbie Freelance Web Designer / Developer

As someone who has made the leap to freelance web design/development fairly recently, I wanted to share 9 tips that I took to heart when I started out that have helped me out enormously. 

There is SO much information out there covering topics of interest to established web designers/developer, but for those who are just getting their feet wet there's a noticeable lack of useful content. 

Freelancing is a totally different ballgame from in-house salaried work, my friends. When you break out on your own and start freelancing, you'll be thrown into a world that is equally wonderful and exhausting. You might have the technical skills covered but that's only a small percentage of what it takes to make a sustainable business for yourself. 

Without further ado, I'd like to share the 9 tips I've found helpful for building a successful business so soon after starting out as a freelance web designer/developer. By no means is this list exhaustive but it does focus on the points that had the greatest impact for me and I believe they can for you too.


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