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Apple introduces scheme to pay artists per play, pressuring streaming services to pay higher royalties

Last week, Apple submitted an initial proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, taking the first steps to simplify the way music streaming companies pay songwriters and publishers. This…


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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…


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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…


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Scientists discover the antidote to writer's block

Ah, writer’s block. It befalls the best of us. Sometimes it can be as mild as fifteen minutes of banging your head against the desk, but it can also…


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Take an alterna-cation: Cheap, inspiring vacation ideas for creative freelancers

When you are living la vida freelance, summers can come and go without even a hint of a vacation. Taking intentional time off from your day-to-day affairs could be the…


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How to tell when a spark of inspiration is worth pursuing

When you have a creative spark, it’s easy to run with it and get carried away. Unfortunately, not all creative ideas are created equal. When you have a creative…


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How to find (honest) constructive criticism

So you’ve finally finished that passion project! Hours of tears, blood, and sweat, and there she is… your baby novel, or painting, or website. At first, you’re so…


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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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How to use the moon cycle to guide your creative process

As freelancers, it’s in our nature to have several irons in the fire. In addition to projects with our clients, we typically have some sort of passion project in…


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Is reciprocal giving the secret to creative wealth?

As a kid, all of the superhero situations that interested me were similar: Batman and The Outsiders, The X-Men, Super Friends – unique individuals with differentiated powers who relied on each…


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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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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 to Beyoncé our worst experiences into our greatest successes

Thankfully, today we only need to look as far as our reigning queen of pop, Beyoncé, for help in dealing with a big ol’ sack of lemons. More than just…


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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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4 genius brainstorming techniques to yield your brightest ideas

There’s nothing more nerve-racking than the ominous glow of a blank screen staring back at you. Whether you’re a writer, a designer, or an event planner, you’ve…


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Are you too self-deprecating? How to take due credit without being a jerk

Self-deprecation may be a charming little rhetorical flourish, but a little goes a long way and a lot can undermine your own accomplishments. Unless you’re Louis C.K, who's…


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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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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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5 common writers' blocks and how to get around them

Every writer knows the story: You’re on an incredibly tight deadline but you cannot move forward on your piece because you have writer’s block. The stress is getting…


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6 reasons blogging is worth the commitment

Are you still not sold on the value of blogging as a business development tool? Blogging is an extremely effective way of getting your message out to your customers and…