The Contrarian

Tips on working with freelancers, and resources on flexible and remote work — from Contra and our global community.

· 5 min read

How To: Create a Website on Webflow

  • Tips for Hiring
· 4 min read

How To: Create Brand Guidelines Using Canva

  • Tips for Hiring
· 6 min read

How-To Market Your Business on Social Media

  • Remote Working & Freelancing
· 4 min read

Hiring a YouTube Editor 🎥

  • Success Stories
· 7 min read

Self-Management: What It Is and How to Master It 🥇

  • Remote Working & Freelancing
· 7 min read

How to Become a Digital Marketer: An Independent’s Guide 🚀

  • Marketing
· 7 min read

How to Manage Multiple Projects Like a Pro 🤹

  • Remote Working & Freelancing
· 8 min read

How Positive and Negative Space Can Transform Your Designs ☯️

  • Design & Creative
· 7 min read

Like a Pro: How to Create a Winning Illustration Portfolio 🎨💻

  • Design & Creative
· 7 min read

Contra’s Guide to Building a Successful Video Editor Career 🎥

  • Design & Creative

How To: Send an Invoice

Meeting a Client: Tips for a Successful First Call 🤙

How to Scale a Freelance Business: Proven Strategies + Tips 📈

How to Freelance as a Web Developer: A Step-By-Step Guide 🪜

How to Get into the Music Industry: Key Steps and Tips 🎸🎵

How to Ask for a Testimonial: A Freelancer’s Guide 🙋💬

A Freelancer’s Guide to Building a Professional Portfolio 🎨🔥

Mastering the Art of Creating a Social Media Content Strategy📱

Web App Development: Everything You Need to Know 🧑‍💻🧰

Understanding Uncle Sam: How to Do Taxes as a Freelancer 🧾🎩

Skyrocket Your Metrics: Engaging Questions for Social Media📱📈

Building a Social Media Manager Portfolio: Tips and Examples 🤳

How to Make Pictures Look Professional: Photo Editing Tips 📸

Persuasive Strategies in Writing: Pro Techniques + Tips ✍️

What Is a Digital Nomad? Working Remotely While on the Go ✈️

The Contra Guide to Creating a Unique Marketing Portfolio 👀

Interactive Post Ideas to Boost Your Social Media Engagement 🔁

How to Become a Successful Independent Graphic Designer 🧑‍🎨

How to Host a Website: A Step-by-Step Guide 🌐💻

How to Be a Freelance Music Producer: Tips for Independents 🎹

Creating Wireframes: A Step-by-Step Guide for UX Designers 💻

Copy Editing vs. Proofreading: Understanding the Difference 📚

What Are KPIs? Marketing Metrics You Should Be Measuring 📈👁️

How to Come Up With a Unique and Creative Brand Name 💡

Long-Term Budget Benefits of Hiring Freelancers over Full-Time

The Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Freelancer 🚀

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring Freelancers

Should you Hire Full-Time or Freelancers? Pros and Cons

How-to: Go Full-Time to Freelance

How To: Find your Freelance Niche

How-to: Gain Confidence as a New Freelancer

Building a Content Distribution Strategy: Tips for Success 🔥

Data Engineering vs. Data Science: Key Differences 📊

The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Right Freelancer for Your Job

How To: Post a Job

How to Be a Creative Director: An Independent’s Guide 🤩📖

What Is Prewriting? Techniques and Tips for Independent Writers✍

What Is Figma? All About the Ultimate Design Tool 🎨💻

The Ultimate Guide to Posting a Job as a Client

How To: Build World-Class Support

The Startup Blueprint: Building a Company + Common Pitfalls

Building Your Initial Team as a Startup: A Guide to Success

Harnessing the Power of Virtual Events: A Guide for Companies

Leveraging Influencers to Boost Your Company's SM Presence

Insta-Success: 5 Tips for Promoting Your Company's Instagram

Top 5 Hacks to Skyrocket Your Company's TikTok Presence

The 5-Step Process to Creating a Winning SEM Strategy

Maximizing your website: Creating an SEO Strategy

Typefaces vs. Fonts: What’s the Difference? 📝

Different Types of Websites and Their Goals 🤓

How to Get on Spotify Playlists and Share Songs Like a Pro 🎵

Questions for Independents to Ask Before Accepting a Job 🤔

What Are Storyboards? A Comprehensive Guide for Freelancers 🎬

The YouTube Community Tab: What It Is and How to Get It 🔓

How to Write a Novel: A Guide to Creating a Future Classic 🐣📖

How to Find Trending Sounds on TikTok 💥🎹

How to Become an Editor: The Contra Guide for Freelancers 🧐

Link in Bio: What It Means + How It Can Help Grow Your Brand 🔗

How Graphic Design Is Used in Video Games 🎮🕹️

What’s the Difference Between Programming and Coding? 👩‍💻

Understanding CGI Animation: What Is It and How to Use It 🎬

What to Know About Different Writing Styles, From A to Z ✍️

Do-Re-Mi! How to Monetize Making Music 💸🎹

A Step-by-Step Guide to Rebranding Your Business 🐛🦋

How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency: The Complete Guide 🏗️

Invoices 101: Here’s What to Know About Billing Clients 🤓🧾

How to Create a Stunning Graphic Design Portfolio 🎨

Need Investors? Here’s How to Make a Winning Pitch Deck 💯

Contra Brand & Product Redesign 2023

How to Make a Digital Portfolio: The Essential Guide 📌

From W-9s to 1099s: How to Pay an Independent Contractor 🫴

How to Make Money on TikTok 🤑

How to Create an Effective Project Plan in Excel 📊✨

How-To: Request an Upfront Payment as a Freelancer

Front-End vs. Back-End Developers: What’s the Difference? 👥

Get Paid What You’re Worth: How to Negotiate Like a Pro🫰

Get Inspired! Websites for Authors Who Want to Write Well 📝

Graphic Designers vs. Web Designers: What’s the Difference? 🤖

How to Become a Social Media Manager📱

Sales Funnel Creation: A Beginner’s Guide 📣

How to Price Your Work: Graphic Designers’ Hourly Rates ⏱

How to Become a Content Creator 🎨

How to Hire a Remote Brand Designer 🏝️

What Is a Product Designer? Everything You Need to Know 📐

How to Set Rates for Freelance Writers 💵

How to Become a Project Manager 💼

What Is a “Tech Stack” and Why You Should Have One 📚

What Is a Niche Market? Examples and Definition 🎯

How to Make Money Online: A Guide for Beginners 🤑

What Is a Front-end Developer and How Do You Hire One? 🌐

Hey, Writers! How Many Sentences Should Be in a Paragraph? 🔢

6 of the Best Work-From-Home Laptops 💻

Here’s How to Get More Views on TikTok 📈👀

How to Invoice: A Beginner’s Guide 💰📬

Tips for Rocking Project Deliverables 🧑‍🎤

6 Types of Graphic Design to Power Up Your Brand ⚡

Data Scientist vs. Data Analyst: Which Should You Hire? ⚖️

10 Signs You’ll Get the Freelance Job After an Interview 🎉

How To Make YouTube Shorts: A Contra Guide 📱👀

Strategic Branding: Building a Successful Brand 🏗️

Independent Contractors: What They Are + How to Become One 🎲

What Does a Film Producer Do? How To Get Started 🎬

How to Create an Impressive UX Portfolio: 6 examples 📁

9 Podcast Recording Software Options for Any Budget 🎙️

What Is a UX Designer and Why Should You Hire One? 💻

How To Be More Confident: 9 Effective Tips for Freelancers 🦸

How To Sell on Instagram: A Step-by-Step Guide 💯

Get Inspired with 7 Style Guide Examples 🎨

How to Boost Ads with the Facebook Ads Library 📢

How To Find Work as a Freelancer: 7 Websites + 4 Tips 🦅

How to write a successful job proposal: The freelancer’s guide🤝

How To Manage Finances as a Freelancer 💵

How To Create Case Studies: Steps and Examples for Freelancers🤓

How To Write a Creative Brief: The Ultimate Guide 💼

The Best Music Production Software to Enhance Your Sound 🎶

How To Become a Better Writer: 10 Effective Writing Tips ✍️

What is a ghostwriter? Everything you need to know 👻

6 Personal Website Examples to Inspire Independents ✨

15 Online Side Jobs: Make Extra Money From Home 🤑

5 Things to Know Before Being a Copywriter with Jennifer Pavlick

How To: Become a Freelance Product Manager with Abidal Alshahri

Wrapping up the Year as a Freelance Designer with Design By Sevd

How To Work for Yourself | Benefits, steps, and job ideas 💼

How To Set Professional Development Goals

How To: Freelance While Having a Full-time Job

End of the Year Freelancer Checklist

How To: Send Bonuses To Freelancers

How To: Start Freelancing Complete Beginners Guide

How To: Start Freelancing with 0 Experience

Why Freelancers Should Have a Scheduling Service

How and When to Increase your Rates as a Freelancer

How to Get Freelance Clients

How to Create a Stable Income as a Freelancer

Connecting your Custom Domain on Contra

Contra vs Webflow

Creating a Portfolio for your Freelance Career

Contra vs Wix

Contra vs Squarespace

Contra for Clients

How to Price your Freelance Services

Top Independents on Contra

Contra vs Upwork

Contra vs Fiverr

Guide to Inviting Collaborators🤝

Guide to Milestone Projects

Guide to Flexible Projects

Guide to Work Preferences

Guide to Discover

Getting Discovered on Contra 🙌

Five Tips for Working Remotely

Contra Terminology

How to Find Freelance Jobs on LinkedIn

How To: Hire on Contra

How to Find Freelance Jobs on Twitter 🐦

Three Reasons Why Test Projects are Useful

Five Tools for Product Designers

Five Signs You Need a Copywriter

How We Work: Janjira

Why You Should Hire a Community Manager

How to Hire a Growth Marketer

Getting Verified on Contra ✅

How to Hire a Backend Engineer

Boost your Reputation with Recommendations

How to Hire a Social Media Manager

Best Practices for Working with Independents

How to Send a Winning Inquiry on Contra

How to Hire a Remote Social Media Creator

30 Independents x ️📝 Ongoing Blog Content

Guide to Crypto Payouts 💸

Switchboard x Diego ⚡️ Promotional Videos

Aluce x Cory 💻 Web Development

Stan x Lauren 📱 Social Media Management

Hiring Your Next TikTok Content Creator 🎥 x Ifeoma Ahuna🎥TikTok Videos

Contra x Haley Hoffman 🤑 Face Filters

Contra x Bonnie Kate 💥 Custom Icons & Emojis

Our $30M Series B + Payments Launch 💸

Building Project-Based Identities + Our $14.5M Series A 💫

Communicating with Clients

Setting Up Payments 💸

Contra’s State of Independence Report 2021 🙌

Find Your Next Opportunity on TikTok 💪

Contra x TikTok Jumps Partnerships 🤳

Time Management for Independents ⏰

How to Write a Winning Pitch 🏆

Everyday Tools for Independents 💪

A Game Plan for Getting Clients 🔥

Guide to Contra Wallet 💰

How to Post a Top-Tier Opportunity ⭐️

Guide to Analytics 📈

Guide to Services 💸

Guide to Projects ✍️

Improving your Contra Profile ✨

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