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Are you too self-deprecating? How to take due credit without being a jerk

Self-deprecation may be a charming little rhetorical flourish, but a little goes a long way and a lot can undermine your own accomplishments. Unless you’re Louis C.K, who's…


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The traveling freelancer: tips for working on-the-go!

Your bags are packed. Your passport is in hand. And your project is due in three hours. Many freelancers find themselves called upon to work as they travel – but with…


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Do you have Yes-itis?

Do you have Yes-itis? Hmm, I don’t know! Here’s a quick quiz! When asked to do a task that you do not find enjoyable, you: a) say no,…


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Is freelancing your "Real Job"? Then treat it like one!

Anyone who has yelled "This IS what I DO, mom! YES, it's a real job! NO, I don't care that Matty's Mattress Warehouse is hiring!" at a family dinner knows…


If freelancing were a film, it'd be a superhero movie

We all love stories about the underdog with unique gifts who rises above the fray to conquer insurmountable obstacles. That's why superhero movies are so overwhelmingly popular. But if you're…


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How do you know if you’re uncomfortably growing – or just unhappy?

No job, no career, no freelance gig is 100% happy all the time. That is, unless your freelance position is Nitrous Oxide Tester – and that’s probably, er, quite dangerous.…


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How to support your freelance writer friends

Much in the way that you would care differently for a human baby than you would, say, an iguana or, like, a fern, the gloves with which you handle the…


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How to (finally) tackle that pet project

Is it an idea for a novel, lurking around in your brain? Is it that language you’ve always wanted to learn? Is the screenplay you fantasize about completing? Most…


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How to make your clients feel valued

When you’re a freelancer, it’s easy to feel like you’re being pulled in all directions: most of us juggle multiple clients and struggle to meet all of…


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How to back out gracefully when you're overcommitted

Oh, the problem of “too much work.” First of all, let us take a moment and acknowledge our deep gratitude for being overcommitted: lots of people are looking for employment,…


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"We need to talk" – How to break up with a collaborator

A partner can often be the greatest asset you’ll ever have as a freelancer. He or she may be a great champion of your work, ask all the right…


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The bad freelancer's guide to interview etiquette

Interviews! A stressful process, during which we often find ourselves at sea: what’s polite? What’s too pushy? What’s assertive, but not aggressive? What’s aggressive, but in…


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5 ways to turn your commute into a productivity zone

Commuting! Many people think of it as “a pain” or “onerous” or “a slow-moving hellscape tour through our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, illustrating perfectly the wealthy upper classes’ continuing indifference…


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The Four Horsemen of Procrastination

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were the harbingers of some pretty rough stuff: war, pestilence, famine, and death. And yet, all of these pale in comparison with that force…


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How to tell your interviewer you're awesome – without sounding like a jerk

Ugh, interviews. Could there be anything more uncomfortable than the archetypal “Tell me about yourself”? It’s a loaded question, isn’t it? Our ‘selves’ are wildly variable. Should we…


3 lessons I wish I'd learned when I was just starting out

Some people start freelancing with a strong plan: they’ve researched their market, checked out their competition, built their skills, and cautiously, deliberately entered the field. I was not that…


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Comparing yourself to others just slows you down – here's how to stop

As freelancers, we’re always looking for new ways to benchmark success. Whether it’s landing that dream client, learning a new skill, or earning a certain income, having goals…


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Even busy freelancers can't afford to skimp on these 4 things

There are some periods when running a freelance business becomes remarkably full of… busy-ness. You’re running from project to project, barely pausing long enough to breathe. You’re fielding…


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How to make thousands in new income with just a few words

It can be all too easy to talk yourself out of asking a client for a testimonial: It feels uncomfortable to ask for a favor, so we side-step out of…


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3 ways to filter between helpful and unhelpful criticism

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…