Creativity

How to tell when it's time to move beyond the editing stage

As anyone who’s ever sat through a 25-minute Best Man speech or read through a first draft of a novel will tell you, edits can be good. They keep…


Health Latest

3 signs you're a people-pleaser – and how to break the cycle

People-pleasing is a dangerous game. It's just too easy to justify people-pleasing behavoir: You're not being a doormat; you're being generous. It's not a one-sided conversation; you're listening. You didn't…


4 must-dos before the holidays take over

Ah, the end of the year and its attendant luxuries: Holidays! Cookies! Parties! Gifts! Alcohol! Friends! Family! And the almost-inescapable headaches for freelancers: Disrupted client schedules! Delayed invoices! Budget woes!…


Creativity

3 simple tips to structure your workdays

This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a…


Clients & Gigs

3 easy resume fixes

Like many part-time copywriters, I have done some work as a resume-writer – both privately and as a freelance contractor for big companies. Over the years, I reworked resumes for people…


Clients & Gigs

How NOT to write a pitch email

Most freelancers will, at some point, have to write a pitch email to a prospective client. Sometimes, it’s an acquaintance – someone you’ve met at a networking event. Sometimes,…


Should you be friends with your clients?

Recently, a freelancer friend asked for some advice. A client invited her to her birthday party in the city. They had a perfectly lovely working relationship, but never hung out…


Money & Taxes Latest

10 "valid" reasons not to pay your freelancer

Clients! I get it - sometimes paying on-time (or indeed, even paying at all) is soooo onerous. But there are a few cases wherein a client is completely justified in…


Clients & Gigs

What to do when a client "dumps" you

It will happen to every freelancer, at some point. You’ve had a long and fruitful relationship with Client X. They like the work you do, and you like their…


Clients & Gigs

Should you work with a temp agency?

Temping is a relatively controversial practice within the freelance community: Some freelancers swear by it, while others would rather take a conventional job than temp. So what are the pros…


Ask Kate: How do I tell a client goodbye?

Hello! Welcome to the first-ever post of Ask Kate, a recurring series, in which I – a freelancer with both experience AND an uncanny ability to burp the entire alphabet -…


Creativity

The productivity paradox: Quality vs. Quantity

We live in a productivity-obsessed society. You can’t swing a cat meme on the Internet without finding an article about how to up your output. There are a million…


Health Latest

3 symptoms of freelance burnout

Has your work become a bit of a slog? Maybe that project has lost its savor or you just can’t seem to focus! It’s normal to and ups-and-downs,…


Money & Taxes

Simple budgeting tips for the math-averse

There are lots of people in the world for whom budgeting is second-nature, who can quickly calculate how and how much they ought to be spending at any given time…


Fun Latest

You're Invited: The Bad Freelancer's Labor Day BBQ

Dear Friends: (and by “friends” I mean “potential and current clients” and by “current clients” I mean “Mom” – hi, Mom): This friendly email is to remind you that YOU (yes,…


Clients & Gigs Latest

The myth of the 40-hour workweek

Recently, a friend who’s interested in freelancing asked me to coffee (I’m never one to turn down a free Danish in return for a little brain-picking). Just when…


Clients & Gigs Latest

Why following-up counts

Let’s play a game, shall we? Which freelancer is more likely to get new clients? Freelancer A: Bob, a freelance designer, goes to a networking event. He talks to…


Fun

The Bad Freelancer’s Guide to Client Meetings

Client meetings can be a real pain for even the most experienced freelancer. Check out 5 must-haves for a killer client meeting... and add your own below! 1.) Confidence The…


Clients & Gigs

What happens when you #FreelanceFail?

Once, many moons ago, I was flailing around in that sticky state of transition between lame-o gigs taken out of beginning-freelancer-desperation and slightly better gigs. I had recently raised my…


Should I Freelance? (a primer for beginners)

If you’re peering, uncertain, into the murky waters of freelancing: welcome! Before you consider diving into the freelance world – ask yourself these 4 questions: 1. Have you “dipped your…