Advocacy

Owed over 130k for services, one freelancer heads to court

In many ways, May 2014 was an exciting month for my career. I was working full-time with Estee Lauder and juggling a full-time freelancing role with a promising fashion company…


Creativity

5 tools that will make you a better writer

Writing is a fulfilling but lonely pastime, and sometimes you're not sure as to how to improve your skills. Thanks to the internet, though, there's plenty of help that can…


Clients & Gigs

Don't have money to invest in your business? Here's how you can build it anyway

In a perfect world, we’d have more than enough money to build an epic website, invest in video marketing, run Facebook ads, rent out a massive conference room to…


Clients & Gigs

10 tips for a successful working vacation

We did things a bit differently this year, summer vacation-wise and consequently work-wise. We decided to create a working vacation experience, with recreation and family time reserved for evenings and…


Money & Taxes

3 reasons to get your down payment via check or transfer

When I tell potential new clients that I require down-payments and payment by check (or bank transfer), some of them balk. Can’t I take credit cards? Yes, I can…


Creativity

5 reasons to share your work-in-progress

It is easy to fall prey to the conviction that we can't share our work until it's polished and ready for a formal unveiling. We feel like we need to…


Clients & Gigs

Make your business meetings more meaningful with these 5 principles

The key to having a good meeting is preparation. If you just show up, you're already behind – you'll spend the time working through the task at hand rather than reviewing…


Advocacy

Freelancers included in NYC anti-discrimination legislation

Have you ever been turned down for a gig because of your race or gender? Discrimination among individuals in the freelance workforce isn’t commonly discussed – mostly because there’s…


Advocacy

A freelancer makes fashion week beautiful, one face at a time

Imagine being a line cook, but instead of plating the next course, you’re painting yet another beautiful face to the specifications of a famous fashion designer. That’s pretty…


Advocacy

A freelance hair artist shares her Fashion Week journey

Working at NYC Fashion Week is like beauty bootcamp – it’s intense and it can be stressful and taxing, but it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences in…


Creativity

3 business boosting exercises you can do at the beach, park, or lake

Hip, hip hooray, it’s the final stretch of summer! What are your plans? Wherever you fall on the spectrum of work and play, the last warm weather days of…


Fun

Top ten signs that your summer is over (freelancers edition)

Your impending deadlines cause you to break into a cold sweat whenever you hear a Back-to-School commercial featuring the word “homework”. You find yourself silently judged for eating ice cream…


Clients & Gigs

Feedback from the Inferno: "I have no idea what my niche is – help!"

I don’t have much experience freelancing and I’m confused how to sell my services – what makes me unique? I’m an illustrator, I started freelancing straight out of…


Money & Taxes

Start spreading the news: NY expands tax credit for musical productions

New York City has long been recognized as the epicenter for American musical productions, however, legislators recently passed a bill to support the growth of this industry in other parts…


Creativity

Plagiarism can wreck a writing career: How to avoid it

We all know that plagiarism is wrong. It was drummed into our heads in every English class we ever took, and it’s a sure-fire way to sabotage a writing…


Clients & Gigs

The case for attending your client's conference

Just because you’re not a doctor, a realtor, a teacher, or a [fill in the blank with your client’s profession] doesn’t mean you can’t—or shouldn’…


Creativity Community

How to turn mistakes into stepping stones to success

I have nothing personal against bees; I’ve heard that their lives can get quite busy and that’s fine by me. But this year, the bees in my yard…


Clients & Gigs Creativity

Define your freelance brand in one simple exercise

When we begin freelancing (or when we’re looking to more clearly categorize our work, or retool our careers), the thought of “defining your freelance brand” can be daunting. How…


Advocacy

Copyright infringements plague visual artists on the web - what can we do to fix it?

As the Executive Director of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and an internationally known visual journalist, I can certify that copyright infringement is a massive problem for photographers everywhere.…