First off, congratulations on freelancing! If you're wondering about leveling up, you've obviously done pretty well. You've moved up in the world and it's just a matter of doing even better. That's awesome.
What this post will do is give you ideas on how to take your freelancing business to the next level. The tips offered will be about how to bring in more income. Because web design, attending conferences, using the proper project management systems, etc. is all rubbish unless it actually produces more dollars. After all, this is a business. Let's get going.
Freelancing Means Negotiating
Do you have any contracts that have remained the same for a year or more? It may be time to renegotiate. After all, if you were working a salaried position, you would likely get at least a cost of living increase each year.
Renegotiating doesn't have to be difficult. What helps when renegotiating is to be in a position to walk away.
To renegotiate, simply inform your client that your rate has gone up. Tell the client that they are great. It's just that your skills have become more valuable and it's been some time since you've talked money. Tell the client you would love to stay on board but understand if your new price is out of their budget. Read more about negotiating before beginning as this post isn't in-depth on this specific topic.
Find Bigger Clients
Work More Hours
Work More Efficiently
Maybe hardware or software is an issue. What improvements could you make in order to really bring in more bacon? A new laptop? Faster internet? A new piece of software? Whatever it is - you should probably get it. In order to take your business to the next level, you need the right tools. Have you ever tried preparing a nice dinner using disposable utensils? I have. And it's difficult. I know spending is hard at times, but it's also necessary at times. If you want to make money, you must know when to spend it.