Designer's Log

A review of Collective.com

Collective review: An honest review of the S Corp, back-office tax platform

I hate keeping up with taxes and bookkeeping. And “hate” is an understatement. I didn’t even like doing taxes when I was a regular salaried employee with a handy dandy W2 and a couple of 1099s from my weekend freelance side hustle. When tax time arrived each year, I marched myself over to H&R Block, … Read More

Home Office Setup Checklist

Home office setup checklist: Must-haves for work from home professionals

I left my corporate career behind in 2017 before it was the popular thing to do. Back then, my friends and family thought I was crazy.  “I could never work for myself,” they said. “And I could certainly never work from home!” Yet, by the end of 2020, over 36% of the American workforce had … Read More

Best Freelancer Tools and Resources

Best tools for freelancers 2022: 14 essential resources for your business

The only thing I like more than freelancing is knowing how to get in on the ground floor with trending SEO terms before the playing field becomes too crowded.  With that tip in mind, welcome to my “Best Tools for Freelancers Guide, 2022”. For first-time readers, allow me to introduce myself.  I’m Morgan Overholt and … Read More

Collective promo codes and discounts

Collective promo codes and discounts: Save up to 50%, receive a free S Corp e-book

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I absolutely despise doing my own taxes. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade freelancing or running a small business for the world.  The benefits to freelancing are numerous. I work on my own schedule, get to be my own boss and I set … Read More

Freelance Graphic Design Rates

Freelance graphic design rates 2021: How much should you charge?

Rates are a subjective thing, especially for a freelance graphic designer. And there’s no “right way” or “right amount” to charge.  At the end of the day, every freelance graphic designer should figure out what works best for themselves and their business. But with that said, it can still be a tricky topic even for … Read More

My Upwork Wishlist

My Upwork wishlist: 11 ways to improve the platform from a $500k freelancer

Hi, I’m Morgan. I’m an Expert Vetted freelancer who has earned over $500,000 on the Upwork platform since joining 2017. I’m also a self described fan-girl and Upwork evangelist. Upwork has changed my life in ways that I never imagined possible.  And I largely credit the Upwork platform, which continues to make up about half … Read More

How to increase your hourly rate on Upwork

How to increase your rate on Upwork: Step by step instructions (2021)

There are currently a couple of different ways to increase your hourly rate as a freelancer on Upwork.  First, I will walk you through the official method recommended by Upwork. After that, I’ll share a slightly more unconventional method (that I personally use) and the rationale behind it. But before we begin, there are a … Read More