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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.…


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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…


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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…


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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,…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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Freelancing isn’t for everyone, but it will be soon

Let’s get this out of the way. I work in a very insular world known as advertising. I mention this because it informs my point of view on labor…


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10 early career mistakes every freelancer makes

When people find out that I’m a self-employed professional writer, I can see their faces light up. People love the idea of working from home and setting their own…


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3 reasons it pays to create personalized, branded images for your business

It's no secret using images in branding increases just about everything: clicks, open-rates, sales, engagement... I could go on. Images can say so much more than words. Plus, people are…


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How the recession built a freelance revolution (and my career)

In 2007 I graduated with my BFA ready to take on the world with my avant-garde mixed media paintings, no one could stop me – except oh yeah, all of sudden…


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28 life hacks that every freelancer should do now

Whether you’re earning your stripes or have years of experience as a freelancer, it’s easy to neglect your personal life and focus on taking care of your business.…


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How to sell like a CIA negotiator

Imagine facing an armed madman who has a hostage in a headlock and is threatening to kill himself and everyone in the room. With your heart pounding and thoughts racing,…


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It’s summertime and the billing is NOT easy—5 tips to avoid a cash flow crunch

Summer — it’s a great time to take a vacation and let things slow down a little on the work front. At least that’s what your clients are thinking.…


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10 productivity hacks for procrastination-prone writers

Although most people envision freelance writers as a bunch that gets up whenever they please, sits in front of their computer with a hot cup of coffee, works for a…


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5 reasons clients don't want to work with you (and how to fix it)

Few things are more frustrating for freelancers than making an introduction with a potential client, feeling like things are going well, and then never hearing from the prospect again. Pitching…


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Reality-check your design projects before it's too late

The life of a freelance web designer can be incredibly rewarding. The independence of working for yourself is alluring, but working by yourself comes with more than a few drawbacks.…


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Interview horror stories: The "lunch" meeting

When there's food on the table... but not for you!