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Are you up for a promotion?

We’ve seen it over and over again on television shows: an employee is called into her boss’ office for an evaluation. Trembling, she awaits her fate – only to find…


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Who's your freelance buddy?

Have you ever seen a group of kids on a field trip? As teens, they’re too busy texting and flirting to have any distinct physical formation. As toddlers, they’…


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3 things freelancers should just let go

Freelancers tend to have a lot of projects going on at any given time – and that means our minds are always at work. With all of that frenetic mental motion,…


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Social Media Do's & Don'ts

Ah, social media! The newish frontier. Can we all take a collective moment and think about how quickly the world has changed? … welcome back. Social media has changed the way…


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Fight procrastination with a warm up ritual

I have never understood those people who jauntily stroll into the gym, put down their jacket, and hop right onto a treadmill. Where is your valuable half-hour spent lolling around…


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Are you a slave to your devices?

Thanks to technology, it’s now easier than ever to be a freelancer. With a few clicks, you can coordinate work schedules, invoice automatically, and manage projects. You can collaborate…


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What to do when a current client disappears

Need help dealing with a legal issue? Download the Freelancers Union app to connect with a lawyer committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life. Protect your work:…


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But isn’t this illegal? When a gig becomes an ethical minefield

EXAMPLE A: Once upon a time, an innocent young freelancer worked for a big, bad freelance writing company. To work for this company, she was supposed to have a very…


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Prepping for the pink slip

“Let go” is such an evocative euphemism, isn’t it? It suggests a kind of sweet, newfound freedom– I let that baby bird **go **free from my hands and oh…


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What to do when your potential client pulls a disappearing act

Note: this will be the first in a two-part post – in next week’s post, I’ll discuss what to do when an existing client suddenly drops off the radar.…


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5 Questions NOT to Ask Your Client

Last week, I covered 5 Questions not to ask freelancers – but that road goes both ways, my freelance friends! Here are 5 questions to avoid asking clients; whether they court…


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4 Reasons to Start Building a Team

A common freelance question – especially amongst freelancers who’ve been working for a while – is when to find help. Whether you’re considering a subcontractor, or finding a partner, it’…


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Perfection is the enemy

You know what I hate, with the fire of a thousand suns? Most televised talent competitions. American Idol, and its many imitators. I don’t hate them for their often…


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The freelancer in its natural habitat: a very special safari tour

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to our tour – we’re so pleased that you’ve chosen Metropolitan Safari! Just a quick reminder before we start to please keep all hands within…


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Why setting a routine is key to your sanity

If I had a dime for every time someone said “That must be nice!” when I explained that I do most of my writing work on my own schedule, from…


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5 questions NOT to ask a freelancer

Working as a freelancer is often interesting, and people are vaguely interested in your trade, which is always gratifying! It makes for easy dinner party conversation. However, there are five…


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3 short strategies for long-term projects

Ah, the long-term project. Is there any more giddy feeling of ambition and self-confidence than when you decide to take on a huge, whopping, large-scale project? And could any sensation…


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Boundaries: good for you, good for clients!

Any therapist will tell you that healthy boundaries are key to a good relationship. This is certainly true personally, but it’s also true professionally – especially for freelancer/client relationships.…


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The bad freelancer’s guide to asking for raises

There comes an awkward, irritating point in almost every freelancer’s working life – wherein you must ask a client for a raise, or inform them that your rates are going…


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How to break up with a client...without burning bridges

So things haven’t been good between you two for a while – or at least, not like they used to be. The magic is gone, and lately you find your…