Clients & Gigs

How to kick-off your year with annual review

Being a freelancer is a beautiful thing. It means never having to say “I’ll be back 15 minutes late from lunch, Todd. Hope that’s okay. I have a…


Clients & Gigs

Tips for saying "Thank you and Happy Holidays" to clients

The bad news? You should do this, and it will take a little effort – yes, that’s just one more to-do in an already packed season. The good news? It…


Creativity

3 simple ways to self-care during stressful times

Whew! So it... is an extremely interesting time, in America, and some of us have barely gotten through Thanksgiving intact. With so much scary, troubling stuff going on in the…


Community

3 concrete ways freelancers can give back

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day designed to beat back the displays of rampant consumerism on Black Friday and Cyber Monday – and remind us what the holiday season is really…


Fun

The bad freelancer's guide to fall

Fall is my favorite season - especially as a freelancer! Why? 1. Back-to-school motivation Remember that feeling, as a kid, when you were facing a whole new academic year’s…


Fun

Perks of being a freelancer during an election season

Presidential elections are unruly animals, and they seem to become more feral and less easily housebroken every four years. The 2016 election season has been especially intense, of course, and…


Fun

Top 10 reasons why Halloween is the perfect freelancer holiday

You can wear whatever ridiculous thing you want all day long, and nobody gets to say a word about it. You're perfectly free to eat candy all day long, and…


Fun

On being taken "seriously" as a freelancer

Remember Rodney Dangerfield? He was the goofy-looking, freewheeling, “new money” life-of-the-party golfer in the movie “Caddyshack” – a great stand-up comic whose heyday was back in the 1980s, and who became…


Clients & Gigs

How NOT to overshare with your clients

"T.M.I." may be a dated cultural reference (that's right, I said it, and I'm sure those I've offended are no doubt imploring me to talk to the hand)…


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 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…


Creativity

Making time for relaxation (even when you're overworked)

Finding time for relaxation when you’re juggling multiple freelance projects or staring down the barrel of a deadline may seem like a fool’s errand (“A MOVIE? YOU THINK…


Fun

10 signs you're multitasking way too much

The glow from the number of active screens in your home means you neglect to notice you haven't bought a lightbulb since 2014. You find you're unable to brush more…


Clients & Gigs

Is this shady? What to do when you're facing a moral quandary at work

We all face uncomfortable moral quandaries every day: Should we tell the Dunkin Donuts guy he gave us back a five instead of a single, or should we go around…


Clients & Gigs

How to stop email from taking over your life

We’ve all been there. A deadline looms, but before we dive in, we decide to do a little electronic housekeeping. One thing leads to another (and then to another)…


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…


Creativity

How to find (honest) constructive criticism

So you’ve finally finished that passion project! Hours of tears, blood, and sweat, and there she is… your baby novel, or painting, or website. At first, you’re so…


Clients & Gigs

4 reasons giving back is good for business

When we hear the term “giving back”, we often imagine professional athletes or corporate moguls reaching out to their communities, or the institutions that helped make them the wildly successful…


Clients & Gigs

Is it time to hire some help?

As a freelancer, if you’re feeling overworked or stretched thin, you’ll probably find that few of your peers will be climbing over each other to offer their sympathy.…


Clients & Gigs

Networking tips for the small-talk phobic

I HATE small talk. The word “networking” used to fill me with a cold, creeping dread. But I’ve made great freelancing contacts by learning how to network painlessly – and…