Creativity

Apple introduces scheme to pay artists per play, pressuring streaming services to pay higher royalties

Last week, Apple submitted an initial proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, taking the first steps to simplify the way music streaming companies pay songwriters and publishers. This…


Creativity Community

5 tips for creating a slogan with distinction

As a freelancer, you are likely more than aware of the fact that it’s important to find a way to focus a lot of attention on your business and…


Creativity Community

5 ways to find and embrace your unique talent

Do you ‘get’ the concept of finding your passion and building a business around it, but are struggling to make it happen? I get it. Being told to find your…


Clients & Gigs Community

5 client red flags you should never ignore

As a freelancer, you are bound to come across all types of clients. Some are terrific: They know what they want, the money arrives on time, and everyone walks away…


Creativity

Scientists discover the antidote to writer's block

Ah, writer’s block. It befalls the best of us. Sometimes it can be as mild as fifteen minutes of banging your head against the desk, but it can also…


Clients & Gigs Community

5 mistakes I made in my first year of freelancing

Over the course of my first year, I made a lot of dumb mistakes and didn’t reach out for help. Why? I was thinking like a customer rather than…


Clients & Gigs Community

8 tips for writing your freelance services webpage

Stuck on how to write about yourself or what to say on your freelancer services webpage? Here are a few tips that will help you out (plus grab the worksheet…


Community

What's SPARK? Your guide to our monthly local event series

What’s a SPARK and is there free parking? SPARK launched a year and a half ago, igniting (if you will) entrepreneurs across the nation to come together and help…


Money & Taxes Community

How to combine business and pleasure for a tax break

Summer. It’s the perfect time to get away from it all for a few days, or preferably, longer. Of course, when you’re running a freelance business, it’s…


Community

Your guide to freelance living in Madison, WI

Freelancers in Madison, Wisconsin may spend most of the year under a blanket of snow, but that doesn’t make them sleepy… Quite the opposite, they’re making magic, spreading…


Health

Ways to avoid the dreaded "keyboard slump"

So, you’ve been putting in long hours on a project and are feeling pretty good about yourself and your progress. You look up from your computer screen, catch a…


Health Community

Your standing desk won't save you

You’ve heard it and it’s catchy: “Sitting Is The New Smoking” (this seems overly unkind to sitting but the idea is clear). And for freelancers, especially writers, designers,…


Advocacy

Hillary Clinton speaks out against deadbeat clients

In a briefing that went out on Thursday, July 7, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton committed to cracking down on big businesses that regularly stiff small businesses. Clinton asserts that late…


Clients & Gigs

Upwork releases report on fastest-growing freelance skills in the U.S.

Upwork recently released their first-ever quarterly skills index revealing the 20 hottest freelance skills on the market. Development and content creation skills rank highest on the list, indicating that future…


Clients & Gigs Community

Tall tales of marketing

What a 7-foot basketball player and a writer who specializes in white papers have in common.


Clients & Gigs

How to effectively and consistently tell your brand's story

Brand messaging is a business MUST. If your brand’s message is well-developed and cohesive, it’s a lot easier to communicate with your customers and call them to action.…


Community Money & Taxes

How to settle credit card debt

Americans struggling with credit card debt isn’t a new thing, but recently it seems as if we’re racking up more debt on our credit cards than ever before.…


Clients & Gigs

A handsy client, a complicated work triangle & and stolen graphics – this month's Feedback from the Inferno

Feedback from the Inferno is hosted by Bryce Bladon, the editor-in-chief of Clients From Hell, a collection of anonymously contributed client horror stories. Got a burning question for the inferno?…


Advocacy

Is America over – or just beginning? How the new American Dream is shaping the way we live and work

“Is America over?” the folk singer Bill Callahan idly queried a small group of Brooklynites in an intimate concert venue. The crowd didn't seem to know. Wikipedia defines the American…