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Cash flow hack: Get a library card

“I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.” -- former First Lady Laura Bush I’ve had a library card since first grade (first…


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Sir Free-Lancelot: How to be a hero for your children and your clients

Today dads as primary caregivers are still a rare breed, and it’s not due to their unwillingness to spend more time with their kids. In fact, about 50% of…


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Estimated Taxes on autopilot or not even airborne? Take control before September 15

The next estimated tax deadline is coming up in short order on September 15. If you’re one of the many freelancers who tend to put estimated tax payments on…


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Confessions of a former procrastinator: 10 tips for becoming a Time Management Master

Ever agonized over how successful people just seem to get more done in a day? How to they do it all!? Here's the secret: It’s not just about getting…


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Freelancing in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham is literally lighting up innovation-- their LED installation Birmingham Lights is taking requests from nonprofits and institutions to change the light colors in historic downtown train stations to bring…


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Note to writers: Don't read the comments

I will admit that the first time that I was asked to blog for a national outlet, I was afraid. I wasn’t afraid because I doubted my writing skills…


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Are you ready to quit your day job? 10 questions to ask yourself

Thinking about quitting your day job and working from home full-time? Here are 10 questions you should ask yourself first (and then grab the cheat sheet for the top 5…


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Deal with good people, use a contract anyway

In the midst of working with a friend on a contract, he sent me an e-mail with the quote “You can’t have a good contract with a bad person.…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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,…


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Tall tales of marketing

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


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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.…