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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.…


Creativity Community

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!


Money & Taxes Community

3 legal issues freelancers can't afford to ignore

When I first moved to California from Florida, without a job, I would tell people I was a “freelancer.” When they asked “in what?” I would tell them I freelanced…


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10 ingenious ways for freelancers to find work using social media

In an era where technology plays a pivotal role, finding work through social media platforms has never been easier – and harder at the same time. It’s easier because there…


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9 questions to ask before you build your business

Identifying your market – meaning the pool of potential clients to whom you will sell your products – is an important first-step for freelancers of all industries. You don’t want to…


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The second-best time to invest for retirement is now

You’re having drinks with a friend after an opening, and the topic turns to money. Life is expensive, the city is expensive, and the distant menace of retirement? Forget…


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The marketing 4-step, or how to cultivate a sense of completion

“It smells like burning metal.” I haven’t done any research, but I’m pretty sure that this statement is not among the top three things you’d hope to…


Creativity Community

How intuition and synchronicity can revolutionize your business

Working for yourself involves making pivotal decisions all the time. Should you launch a business? Do you need a lawyer or CPA? Who’s your ideal client? Is this or…


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Are you an employee or an independent contractor?

Need help dealing with a legal issue? Download the Freelancers Union app to connect with a lawyer committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life. Protect your work:…


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How to be kind to yourself as a freelancer when times get tough

As a long-time consultant, I’ve learned a lot of lessons such as: Hire an accountant. Set up a designated office space, if you work at home. Working in your…


Creativity Community

4 reasons why you should communicate more visually

We’ve all passed these around a meeting table: Long reports and internal documents stuffed with stock phrases, numbers, percentages, lines of reasoning and disclaimers. Even thinking about it is…


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10 things to make clear in a new client relationship

So, you found a new client? All those hours spent networking and exchanging business cards finally brought a high potential project with good revenue opportunities? Congratulations! ...Oh wait, not yet!…