Clients & Gigs

Suck it up: when to stay with the unpleasant (or uncomfortable) gig

I’m a big believer in pursuing things that make you happy – whether professionally or personally. I think too many people are pressured into settling for jobs that make them…


Fun

The bad freelancer's guide to invoicing

Invoicing! Without it, you’d be a volunteer. Preparing and completing invoices can sometimes be onerous, stressful, and frustrating, but a few simple tips will smooth the way. Just follow…


Fun

What's your freelance kryptonite? Ridiculous perils that threaten your freelance powers

There Superman is – getting his freelance hero stuff done, kicking butts, writing cutting-edge newspaper articles, wooing sassy girl reporters. Then, a singular object appears in front of him: an alien…


Clients & Gigs

How to handle needy clients

The signs are clear. A thin, reedy voice on the other end of the phone – or a bark, harsh with tension. Painfully long or overly curt emails, vibrating with stress.…


Clients & Gigs

Attention, companies: here’s 4 easy ways to attract great freelancers

I’m going to depart a bit from my normal blogging content today, and speak directly to clients – hello, clients! You are the lifeblood of this workforce. Thank you for…


Clients & Gigs

What to do when you hate your assignment

There’s something unusual about this project. Every time you sit down to work on it, you suddenly remember an important call you have to make, an email you have…


Fun

The bad freelancer’s master list of excuses

So you’ve been a naughty, naughty little freelance bunny – and that project is going to be late. How shall you explain it to your client, whose calls you’ve…


Money & Taxes

How transparent should your rates be?

This is one of the most common questions I get asked as a freelance writer and editor, and one of the more difficult to answer – it’s really a personal…


Clients & Gigs

Don't sweat: how to take the angst out of client meetings

Maybe it’s the first time you’re meeting a potential client – and you’re feeling nervous about making a good impression. Maybe you’re meeting with a current client,…


Fun

Melt recruiters' brains: the bad freelancer's application advice

It’s a crazy world out there, freelancers. For every gig, there are dozens of applicants – and that means you need to make your resume and portfolio stand out from…


Clients & Gigs

Why you should put everything in writing

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:…


Clients & Gigs

8 things I learned from 8 different freelance gigs

Like most freelancers, I cobble together a hybrid-living from several different gigs at any given time. In my day, I’ve had many many jobs; some vaguely glamorous, and some…


Clients & Gigs

You should break these 5 freelancer rules

When you begin to freelance, advice-givers seem to spring at you from every corner. Books, magazines, blog posts, your great Aunt Millie: they all seem to be telling you things…


Fun

A freelancers guide to vacation

If you’re like most freelancers, it’s been awhile since you took a real, prolonged vacation. Your great-uncle’s funeral doesn’t count; neither does that weekend lost to…


Clients & Gigs

When to stop taking on new projects

Recently, a (very busy) freelance filmmaker friend of mine asked for some advice: “How much is too much - ” she said, “ – how do you know when to stop taking on…


Fun

The freelancer’s post-project dinner party

Recently, I finished a large project – the kind that makes you burrow down, mole-like, into a dank hole of productivity, and emerge weeks later, unshowered and triumphant. As part of…


Clients & Gigs

The client shuffle: how to handle multiple clients at once

There are not many things I miss about conventional jobs – free bowls of candy, an endless supply of coffee, the opportunity to steal paper from the office printer. But occasionally,…


Clients & Gigs

4 ways to deal with freelance panic

Someday, it will probably happen to you – maybe not now, maybe not tomorrow – but someday. Maybe it’ll come in the form of a tight deadline, or an overloaded work…


Health

5 things you need to work from home (without going bananas)

I’ve worked as a freelancer for 5 years; much of that time has been spent working from home. Over that period, I’ve learned a lot about what makes…


Creativity

The single best tip for finding inspiration on demand

The world is full of advice about how to find inspiration – both in the short and long-term. Artists have pined and fretted relentlessly about it for millennia. Entire religions have…