The 3 Keys to Freelancing Success 86

The 3 Keys to Freelancing Success

This is a guest post by Kate, the Community Coordinator at Invoice2go—a mobile invoicing application that offers a suite of helpful products for self-employed entrepreneurs, including free services such as invoice templates.

The world of freelancing and self-employment is growing larger and larger every day.

Entrepreneurs now see freelancing as a viable way to pursue their passions with a manageable amount of risk. Freelancing offers the ability to ease into the world of self-employment without taking the full plunge and putting everything on the line.

A recent study done by Upwork and Freelancers Union found that nearly 84% of freelancers say the best days of freelancing are still ahead. The same study also reported that one in three Americans now freelance as a career while 60% of them say that they now earn more as a freelancer than they did through traditional employment.

With all of these apparent upsides to freelancing work, it’s no wonder we have seen such a rapid increase in interest in the freelancing world.

As alluring as self-employment may look to those on the outside looking in, it is important to remember that freelancing isn’t just full of endless prosperity.

The path to freelancing success is full of hurdles which can be challenging to overcome on your own. Thankfully, for anyone looking to make the leap into the world of freelancing, there are plenty of great resources.

Invoice2go, a mobile invoicing app, has recently put together a crowdsourced infographic complete with great tips from real freelance professionals.

What were Invoice2go’s findings? When asked the simple question, “what are your top tips for starting out in freelancing,” professionals from a variety of fields gravitated towards three distinct categories: networking, time management, and self-motivation. Here’s a more

Here’s a more in-depth look at what the community had to say:

  1. Networking.

It’s no secret that networking can help you succeed, but when it comes to freelancing, networking can be your lifeline.

Finding work and income stability are some of the top barriers that freelancers encounter.

By having a strong network of contacts (both with other freelancers and past clients), you have a larger net to cast for when you’re looking for that next project.

The freelance community recommends venturing outside of your typical workspace. Find a co-working space or a coffee shop; they’re great for extending your network.

  1. Time Management.

As a freelancer, you have the freedom to create your own schedule. For the most part, this is seen as a huge plus over the typical 9-5 workday. However, freelancers have to be aware of the pitfalls that come with this responsibility.

Be sure to set up designated time for work so that your free time and work time don’t become one and the same.

The community recommends keeping track of data from previous projects so that you can better plan out how long future ones will take.

  1. Self-Motivation.

As freelancing is often a solo effort, it can be difficult to stay motivated. Motivation is a crucial aspect when it comes to producing your best work or finding your next client—so how do the professionals keep motivated?

The community recommends celebrating small goals as you work your way towards the big ones. They also noted that rejection is part of freelancing process, so you shouldn’t let it deter you.

Anyone who begins their journey into the freelancing world will undoubtedly have many questions. It’s best to remember that you are not alone in your endeavors and there are people out there who are willing to help.

Take it from the professionals in the infographic below, they all got their start somewhere and have learned a lot along the way.

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Do you have any tips that have been crucial to your own success? Let us know in the comments section!

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Data Is Important to Your Business’s Operations: Keep It as Safe as It Is Accessible 4

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Computers have been able to move files between one another since the technology’s very early days. The first File Transfer Protocol (FTP) technology emerged in 1971. Back then, network administrators only needed to move data from one place to the next; security was not an issue. Furthermore, since the computers were probably in the same room, the data did not have very far to go.

Today, there are many ways to move data efficiently and safely over long distances. MOVEit by ipswitch is a good example. It’s very robust yet also very easy to use. It also has a number of audit trail and compliance features that really make it a useful program.

How do you know for sure whether Moveit or some other program is the right one for your business?

What is Secure File Transfer?

FTP still works very well when there is absolutely no need for security, but these instances are few and far between. Some of today’s most popular file transfer options are:

  • Secure File Transfer Protocol: As the name implies, SFTP is FTP plus encryption. The combination is very fast and prevents network eavesdropping. SCP (Secure Copy) is a closely related protocol.
  • Managed File Transfer: MFT is a much more complex option. In addition to file security, it adds a variety of audit, management, reliability, and other features.
  • Email Encryption: Instead of transferring the file as an attachment, a secure email sends a link. Then, the recipient can download the document from a secure site. Moreover, email encryption enables users to send very large files with little drama.
  • Hosting: Originally, file hosting services supported document collaboration and nothing else. Lately, security features have emerged as well, making network hosting a viable secure file transfer option.

All these methods rely on access control. Typically, that involves a username and password. Depending on the organization’s needs, the access control can be much tighter. Usually, this process involves an Identity and Access Management (IAM) system.

Some File Transfer Features

In its most basic form, secure file transfer relies on command line interfaces. This system is automated and not designed for user interface, so there are very few additional features. On the other hand, command line interfaces are very low-cost and allow organizations to maintain control over file security even if they use cloud providers.

SFTP is still the best option for most businesses, but SFTP by itself often falls short. Consider adding additional features like:

  • Auditing: Sometimes, auditing functions are available as an add-on. But organizations that also have compliance issues in this area, such as those that handle Personal Identifying Information (PII), may be better off with MFT.
  • Scheduling: This need is not as common but it’s still out there. Sometimes, users need to send documents at certain times of the day, usually to avoid bandwidth conflicts. Customers with scheduling needs almost always need MFT, because its systems are very robust.
  • Indirect Transfer: Only MFT allows users to send documents to an intermediary server when then forwards them to the recipients. The user and recipient are isolated from each other, and such transfers are easier to track.

Consider the options carefully before making a decision. Then, go with an established provider who stands by its products.