Creativity Community

5 tips for creating a slogan with distinction

As a freelancer, you are likely more than aware of the fact that it’s important to find a way to focus a lot of attention on your business and…


Creativity Community

5 ways to find and embrace your unique talent

Do you ‘get’ the concept of finding your passion and building a business around it, but are struggling to make it happen? I get it. Being told to find your…


Clients & Gigs Community

5 client red flags you should never ignore

As a freelancer, you are bound to come across all types of clients. Some are terrific: They know what they want, the money arrives on time, and everyone walks away…


Clients & Gigs Community

5 mistakes I made in my first year of freelancing

Over the course of my first year, I made a lot of dumb mistakes and didn’t reach out for help. Why? I was thinking like a customer rather than…


Clients & Gigs Community

8 tips for writing your freelance services webpage

Stuck on how to write about yourself or what to say on your freelancer services webpage? Here are a few tips that will help you out (plus grab the worksheet…


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What's SPARK? Your guide to our monthly local event series

What’s a SPARK and is there free parking? SPARK launched a year and a half ago, igniting (if you will) entrepreneurs across the nation to come together and help…


Money & Taxes Community

How to combine business and pleasure for a tax break

Summer. It’s the perfect time to get away from it all for a few days, or preferably, longer. Of course, when you’re running a freelance business, it’s…


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Your guide to freelance living in Madison, WI

Freelancers in Madison, Wisconsin may spend most of the year under a blanket of snow, but that doesn’t make them sleepy… Quite the opposite, they’re making magic, spreading…


Health Community

Your standing desk won't save you

You’ve heard it and it’s catchy: “Sitting Is The New Smoking” (this seems overly unkind to sitting but the idea is clear). And for freelancers, especially writers, designers,…


Clients & Gigs Community

Tall tales of marketing

What a 7-foot basketball player and a writer who specializes in white papers have in common.


Community Money & Taxes

How to settle credit card debt

Americans struggling with credit card debt isn’t a new thing, but recently it seems as if we’re racking up more debt on our credit cards than ever before.…


Clients & Gigs Community

Why the "Fail Fast" mantra will kill your business

The design community has fully adopted Design Thinking as a tool for conducting rapid and efficient product innovation. At the heart of this lies the chief mantra “Fail fast, fail…


Clients & Gigs Community

7 survival strategies for socially anxious networkers

Honestly, I don’t know anyone who actually enjoys networking events… but then, most of my friends are fellow introverts who would prefer to be at home, sipping tea (or…


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Blogging survival guide for the Type-A personality

A few months ago, I started my own blog. This is a long overdue bucket list item I had been putting . Despite my experience as an in-depth reporter a in…


Creativity Community

The maker's guide to markets

When you’re just starting out as the creator of something handmade, or a “maker”, getting your product out there can seem a little daunting. Website? Check. Etsy account? Check.…


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5 tips for freelancing while parenting

On the face of it, freelancing and parenting seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. Where office hours restrict parents from participating in daytime activities with their children,…


Clients & Gigs Community

8 tough questions to ask yourself before going freelance

Oftentimes, people think that freelancers have it made. They think we just schedule our own hours, charge our own rate, and live the easy life. That’s rarely the case…


Creativity Community

How to protect your freelance design work from copycats

As freelance designers, getting our work seen by as many people as possible is paramount to our success. We can tell people we’re designers all day long, but if…


Fun Community

The most important 'F' word

Speechwriters make our living with words, so we’re not usually at a loss for them. But recently I turned a group of speechwriters into a slack-jawed, inarticulate mess when…