No matter how introverted we are as freelancers, learning how to make good first impressions is one easy way for us to find new clients and get more work.
Freelancers may not have a Secret Santa in an office with coworkers, but what about the editors, agents, and others you work with regularly? Does a gift to a client come across as good cheer or a marketing ploy?
One of the most important tradeoffs for freelancer freedom is loneliness. There's a 2011 Gallup poll that shows self-employed workers reported having lower levels of wellbeing than other workforce groups—even those who are unemployed.
When you think of freelance writers, journalism and blogging often comes to mind. But there's another lucrative field that's easy to overlook: social media management.
Concentrating a majority of your income with a single publication is great when the work is flowing consistently, but that type of relationship can be a double-edged sword when your assigning editor leaves for another opportunity.
Picasso wasn’t a lucky artistic nut at the right place and time; he was one of the most prolific artists of his day. When others waited to see how their paintings would sell, he made more paintings. While others agonized over a single idea, he drew dozens of iterations of the same thing until he got it right.
I spoke with two experienced editors to find out how they really feel when freelancers ask for more money. And based on their insights, it's clear we can ask for better rates, as long as we're aware of a few important details.
I've written a list of the 10 best colleges for creative writers, based on my own highly idiosyncratic metrics: accomplished professors, famous alumni, environments conducive to writing, bizarre course selections, and best of all, any random facts that might add to the writerly collegiate experience.
Considering everyone who works in media is supposed to be plugged in all the time, wanting to protect a source and actually taking the right steps to protect that source aren’t the same thing.