It’s inevitable that as a freelancer you’ll meet other freelancers and start making friends. Someone will ask you what you do for a living and then tell you about their other friend who does something similar. One friendly email exchange later and you’ve promised to share leads and work when you can. This is great. A casual collection of freelancing friends creates an instant network. When one of you gets too much work, you pass it on to someone else. The referral, and approval, of a fellow...Read more
The Pros and Cons of Collaborating with Friends
Being in a Book Club is Making Me a Better Writer
For the longest time I avoided book clubs. I had a bad attitude about them. I mean, with hardly any time to read for fun, why would I let someone else pick the books for me? What about my ever-growing list of books I wanted to read? I saw book clubs as a deterrent to finishing my own reading list, but then I got a little lonely. Suddenly, book clubs became a way to spend an evening with a group of interesting and intelligent people, talking about so much more than books. I was hooked, but I...Read more
Why Are You Blogging?
Intent has impact
This month marks two-and-a-half years for my freelancing career. Thankfully, it continues to provide enough work for me to feel relevant in the ever-changing world of content creation. The majority of my assignments, these days, are for blogs. This isn’t how it started out. The first months as a freelancer, I did some blog content, but most of the focus was on catalog copy, email copy and long-form online content. Today, I have about six regular clients — all asking for blogs.
Not everyone...Read more
Is there a Ripple Effect to Saying ‘No’?
There are many reasons to say ‘no’ to a project as a freelancer. You might not have time to complete it on schedule. The money might not be right. It doesn’t fall into your wheelhouse. You simply don’t want to do it. Regardless of the actual reason, what happens when you say ‘no’ to someone? Does it sever the connection? Will they offer you work down the road?
These questions trip me up any time I even think of turning down a project. It’s hard. You worry. I’ve only really said no one time,...Read more
Who is the Gig Economy Best Suited For?
I know, I know, I just wrote a headline that ended in a preposition. Yes, it’s bothering me, but this is an important question all us freelancers should ask, especially those considering making making a permanent shift from full-time work. It may not be the best way to word the question on paper, but in your head, that internal voice needs to consider whether or not being a gig worker is right for you.
Why it’s right for me
Formally speaking, the gig economy is an entire labor market...Read more