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A simple formula to nail your elevator pitch every time

How long does it take to describe your freelance service? If you started out with an “uh” or an “um”, or if it’s more than a sentence, you’re…


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3 ways to build confidence – even when you're not feeling it

The foundational gig fell through. Then, the secondary gig began to wobble. You’ve been sending out your resume and portfolio – but you seem to be shouting into the void.…


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The best time to find a new gig

There’s a certain amount of ceaseless hustle that comes with being a freelancer. If you’re not working your tail off for your current clients, you’re looking for…


Creativity hacks for people who think they're not creative

First of all, stop saying you’re “not creative” – because you’re wrong. Think back to when you were a kid: did you sit blankly looking at walls? Or did…


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4 comments from the peanut gallery freelancers are sick of hearing

Every freelancer has encountered it, whether via an awkward conversation at a cocktail party, or a chance comment from a new acquaintance: You explain what you do for a living,…


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3 ways freelancers give up negotiating power – and how to get it back

Negotiation can be a tricky process. On the one hand, most freelancers are eager to please prospective and current clients; we don’t want to be difficult, and we want…


Facilitate growth with 3 simple practices

Growth is key to a happy, fulfilling life – both personally and professionally. Even if you’re in a particularly cushy freelance rut, after a while the monotony begins to wear.…


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Make more dough: when to raise your rates

Freelancers should raise rates with some regularity – but it’s hard to know WHEN to do so. Fortunately, there are a few key indicators that will let you know it’…


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3 signs waste is taking over your freelance business

“Waste” is such an ugly word. But as freelancers, we are our own business – and it’s worth taking a look at how (and why) we lose opportunities and misuse…


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The bad freelancer's Valentine's Day email marketing strategy

Dear Valued Client: Happy Valentine’s Day! Today, as you know, is the time-honored commemoration of either a mass execution or ancient Roman goat-flaying ceremony, and I thought, “Hey, what’…


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4 unexpected realities of dating a freelancer

Ah, Valentine’s Day! The perfect time to celebrate the gruesome martyrdom of two different saints… er, I mean, romantic love. Since this is the Freelancers Union, I thought I…


Danger signs: How to know when a client is going under

Most freelancers have experienced it once or twice. You’re whizzing along, working consistently, and everything seems stable! You’ve got this freelancing race down, and it’s looking like…


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Should you charge for emotional labor?

Emotional labor – and the toll it takes on human beings – is often undervalued in contemporary culture. This is especially true because women and disenfranchised people traditionally tend to work in…


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How freelance pros increase their response rate

So you’re looking for a new gig. You’ve shaken your network’s tree and seen what fruit falls. Now you’re sending out inquiry pitches left and right……


You were rejected: Should you reapply?

You tried. You tried really, really hard. You got your materials together, wrote a killer cover letter, and landed an interview. It went well, you got your hopes up… and…


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Don't let your application land in the trash

So you’re starting off the New Year with a bang; chasing your dream gigs and sending out pitches, resumes, and samples left and right. Good for you, you freelancing…


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Does your social media presence reflect you?

Freelancer are often told that they should maintain a healthy social media presence; that doing so helps us attract clients, build networks, and land gigs. But what’s rarely mentioned…


How to "winterize" your freelance business

Unless you own an ice cream parlor, you may be confused about the relationship between dropping temperatures and freelance woes. But the truth is that many freelancers feel the effects…


Who's your freelance hero?

As children, it's perfectly normal for us to hero-worship a little bit. Whether it's a famous ball player, a leader of the people, or an expert scientist, children don't have…


3 workspace essentials for the creative freelancer

It's tempting to view your workspace as merely a utlitarian arrangement: desk, chair, computer, and lamp. But, investing a little in the environment from which you produce your life's work…