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Part 2: How to Survive and Thrive as a Freelancer

Ducking, diving and surviving as a freelancer can be fun, to a point. When you are younger, it can be a wild, bare knuckle ride, full of highs, lows, near misses and victories snatched from the jaws of defeat. Survive long enough and you get accustomed to it, using your...

Part 1: How to survive as a freelancer without burning out.

At some point, most freelancers worked for someone else. For most, punching a clock and getting a pay cheque is fine, but for creative professionals, it can feel unnecessarily restrictive. Taking the leap into self-employment is a brave one, but not uncommon amongst designers, developers, copywriters and other professional creatives....

5 Youtube Tips To Boost Your Freelance Business

It's hard to believe that only ten years ago Youtube didn't exist, even then it wasn’t an instant smash hit. What eventually made Youtube explode was lo-fi viral content (think cat videos) and young amateur video bloggers outputting interesting niche content. Since then Youtube has grown (with a little...

A Lizard's Legacy - Godzilla Posters From Around The World.

For quite a while now, Japan has been obsessed with Kaiju - which roughly translates as large monsters. It all started back in 1953, when Toho Studios stuck a guy in a rubber suit, and made a film about a huge enraged reptile trashing the Land of the Rising Sun....

The Banksy Guide to Freelancing

Can Banksy's spray can social commentaries say anything about the world of freelancing? We thought we’d cast our eyes over his past pieces. What we found were ten well-known works with ten equally valuable lessons for budding creative freelancers. Lesson 1: Don’t ignore problems Don’t be tempted...

How to Set Freelance Goals and Stick to Them

We're not in the mini league any more kids - this is our livelihood. If we want to achieve our goals, we have to work for them. But how to create realistic ones and more importantly, how do we make sure we're still on target? Well instead of leaving you...

Why the Future Looks Bright if you Freelance

There are times when freelancing's tough and when the work's not flowing you question whether it's something you should be doing. In good times, however, it really is the best type of profession you can do. So we asked the content publishing giant, Contently, what the future looks like and...

25 Star Wars Facts to Help You Become More Creative

When Star Wars was released back in 1977 it marked the beginning of a worldwide phenomenon. The original trilogy was groundbreaking in almost every way, and I think it’s fair to say the people involved were all masters in their field - if not, creative geniuses. Here, we take...

How to Find Freelance Work

After learning your creative craft, learning how to find freelance work is perhaps the most important skill you have to master when you’re self-employed. It doesn’t matter how good a designer, copywriter or (insert your chosen profession here) you are, if you struggle to find new jobs and...

Easy Ways to Make Sure Your Password's Secure

Cyber attacks are on the increase. Just this week, dozens of A-list celebrities had accounts hacked, and private pictures of a ‘personal nature’ stolen and plastered across the net. And it was only a few days before that, hackers attacked Sony’s Playstation Network. True, passwords can be a pain...

5 Tips on How to Start a Student Business on a Small Budget

These days, more and more students are suplementing loans with freelance work or by starting a small business. It's a smart move, as it helps with the rising cost of tuition and lets you build up a body of work while you earn. The extra hours can be tough, but...

#SoloMeet Round-up: What to Do When Work Dries Up

The feast/famine cycle. It's something every freelancer has to learn to manage. Sometimes the amount of work you’ve got on feels overwhelming - other times, weeks can go by without any work at all. And then panic starts to set in. That’s why the theme of this...

The Launch of Team Beta and The Dawn of Solo v3

Big news from the Thrive office - we’ve launched our new app, Team … well, in beta at least. And you know what that means? If you're a Solo user, a bunch of exciting stuff is just around the corner. So what exactly is Team anyway? If you haven’t...

How To Get New Clients Through Cold Emails (And How I Contacted Thrive)

You'll never make it in freelance unless you master the art of finding work, and here to help you out is Karen Martínez with a guest post explaining how she goes about finding new clients using email. Have a read, get sending, then start spending when the cash comes rolling...

The Start is The Hardest Part of Going Freelance

Freelancing's a race - and it's not a sprint, it's a marathon. To help you get off to a good start, overcome hurdles and eventually beat the competition, here's a guest post packed full of advice. If you're just starting out as a freelancer, Art Anthony's advice will help you...

My first year as a freelancer... 12 lessons in 12 months

Freelancing Lessons

If you're thinking of going freelance, this next blog's for you. It's a guest post by Sven Lenaerts - a super talented and (in the nicest possible way) crazy Belgian, currently working in NYC. He's an expert in product strategy and specialises in improving the conversion of digital products. Here,...

User Profile: Siddharth Sharma, Freelance Web Designer

Meet Sidd - a Solo user and freelance web designer living and working in India. He's agreed to answer a few questions and provide you with a little design inspiration for our second User Profile. Take it away, Sidd... Tell the people at home a little bit about yourself. My...

Seven Ways a Time-Tracking Tool Can Increase Creativity

People who use our time-tracking and project management software like to use it in different ways. Some freelancers use is to help them bill their clients. Some to set rates or cost projects. And if you read our last blog, hopefully you’re now using time-tracking to help increase your...

How to Use Time-Tracking Software To Increase Your Freelance Income

For some reason, time-tracking gets a bad rap. Maybe it’s because it feels a little like you’re punching a card at a factory or being watched over by ‘The Man’. The thing is, when you work for yourself that couldn’t be further from the truth. If you...

7 Habits of Highly Effective People Solo Helps You Adopt

So we came across an article in Forbes on the way successful people approach their work. The article was about a book by Laura Vanderkam, in which she’d asked a bunch of high-flyers to use time-tracking software so she could analyse their logs. What she found were seven habits...

What The World Cup Taught us About Freelance Work

Copo Do Mundo is over - Germany are victorious. And with sweepstakes being collected up and down the country, it's time for one final blog post inspired by ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. In our last article themed around Brazil 2014 we took a walk down Batman Alley - The...

Productivity Apps and Online Tools For Freelancers

Productivity App

When it comes to working freelance, Solo time-tracking and project management software is the perfect example of how online tools can lend freelancers a helping hand. So we decided to compile a list of a few other productivity apps we think can also help you get ahead as a freelancer....

How To Achieve a Better Work Life Balance When You Freelance

When you freelance it’s easy to lose sight of why you started working for yourself in the first place. Chances are, one of the main reasons you got into gigging is you wanted to achieve a better work life balance. However, once the jobs start coming in, the bills...

Solo Wins Two Design Awards For Best Project Management Software

We’ll try not to let it go to our heads, but this week Thrive have been quietly celebrating and patting ourselves on the back. Why? Because Solo won two awards at the 2014 UK Mobile & App Design Awards, that’s why!   About The Mobile & App Design Awards...

Home-Office Ideas to Make Your Workspace More Zen

Home Office Ideas

When working freelance, the most important room in your house is your home-office. It’s where you spend most your week, and there that you earn the money to pay for all your other rooms and keep a roof over your head. So anyone working freelance should ensure they have...

A Crash-Course in Social Media for Freelancers

Social Media

This month, we’ve been chatting to our friends over at SproutSocial. They wanted to ask us a few questions about the importance of social networking for a blog they were putting together. During the interview we got to thinking: If you’re a freelancer what social-media sites should you...

User Profile:
 Luke Morgan, Freelance Graphic Designer

Freelance Graphic Design

Luke Morgan is a freelance Graphic Designer who also dabbles in rather cool 8-bit-themed T-shirts. We first noticed his work when we featured a poster of his in our blog, Design Inspired by Concorde; then we found out Luke was a Solo user and well, it seemed only right we...

The Brazilian Graffiti Artist's Field of Play

Brazil Graffiti

Unless your head’s been buried in the sand on a Brazilian beach, you’ll know World Cup 2014 is just around the corner. Love it or hate it, for the next four weeks it’ll be hard to turn on a TV, pick up a paper, or surf the...

The Game of Thrones Guide to Freelancing

freelance

With a new season of the HBO epic about to hit our screens, we thought we’d take a look at George R. R. Martin's impressive saga and see what the treacherous world of Westeros can teach us about the equally cutthroat game of freelancing. The game is brutal and...

Unusual Tools to Help Creative Freelancers

Creative Thinking

Our online project management software is great at helping you track time, plan projects, manage milestones & tasks, send invoices and generally help your freelance business run smoothly - but it can’t help you come up with ideas if you're looking for design inspiration. Luckily for you, the team...

How To Get More Likes on Facebook - The Secret Rules of The Number Game

getting more likes on facebook

Today we start our new series, Tutorial Tuesdays. In the future you’ll find walkthroughs teaching you how to use our simple project management software along with specialist masterclasses like this - How to get more Likes on Facebook. Giving away all his secrets today is Thrive’s very own...