Resources and Guides

Looking for a bit of advice on how to jumpstart your freelance career? You’ve come to the right place. Below you will find popular resources and guides on how I launched my 6-figure freelance business.

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Behind every small business success is an individual who dared. Dared to leap into the unknown. Dared to ignore the naysayers. And dared to get back up, again and again, no matter how many times they were told to stay down.

Morgan Overholt

Freelance Resources & Guides

Freelancing 101

Freelancing 101: A Starter’s Guide to Self-Employment

Freelancing refers to the practice of working as an independent agent on a per-project or contract basis for various clients, without being tied to a single employer. Freelancers are their own bosses …

how to get started as a freelancer

How to Start Your Freelance Business: A Step-By-Step Guide

Becoming a freelancer involves several steps, including identifying your skills, setting up your business, finding clients, and managing your finances. Here’s a general roadmap to get started …

Morgan Overholt Upwork

10 Freelance Tools and Services I Can’t Live Without

As a seasoned freelancer, I depend on a selection of tools and services to streamline my daily tasks and boost productivity. In this article, I’ll share the exact tools and services I use to succeed in this competitive freelance landscape …

Morgan Overholt Upwork

How I Handle Taxes as a Freelancer in the United States

In the United States, you are required to file an income tax return if your net earnings from self-employment are $400 or more in a calendar tax year. If you earn less than $400 in gross income a year your “business” is considered to be more of a “hobby” …

Frequently Asked Questions

How does freelancing work?

Freelancers work independently on a project-by-project basis for clients or companies. Freelancers have the freedom to choose the projects they want to work on and the clients they want to work with. They also set their own rates and are responsible for general daily administrative duties like invoicing, paying taxes, managing customer lists and more.

What types of jobs can freelancers do?

Freelancers can do a wide range of jobs, depending on their skills and expertise. Popular freelance jobs include writing, graphic design, web development, social media management, and virtual assistance, just to name a few.

Which platforms are best for finding freelance work?

At the time of this writing, the big three freelance platforms are Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr. Each of these platforms allows freelancers to create a profile, showcase their skills, and bid on projects that match their expertise. While I’ve personally found the most success on Upwork, no single platform is better than the others. I always suggest trying them all when you’re just getting started.

What are the benefits of freelancing?

There are loads of benefits to freelancing. Like the ability to decide the kind of clients you want to work with, the ability to set your own hours and the ability to set your rates. Freelancing allowed me to ditch the morning commute, move to my dream city and sleep in most days – all while earning more than double what I used to at my last salaried job.

How can someone get started as a freelancer?

To get started as a freelancer, I recommend identifying your best skills and areas of expertise and choosing a niche where those skills can be put to use. You’ll also want to build a portfolio – or many – and create a profile on multiple freelance platforms. I also suggest reaching out to your personal and professional network and letting people know you’re available for freelance work. Be persistent in your efforts to find work.

Are freelancers typically compensated for their work?

Yes. The “free” in “freelancer” refers to FREEDOM, not FREE WORK. Professional freelancers should always be fairly compensated for their work.