For the report, titled “How to Live the Freelance Life—Lessons from 1,000 Independents,” 88 percent said they would keep freelancing even if they were offered a full-time job. That’s a strong statement, and not one everyone would expect.
Collected here are the words of editors at some of the most well-regarded publications around like the New York Times Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. I’ve asked them what freelancers can do when pitching to score a standout writing gig. Here's what they had to say.
As someone who has a brain that constantly tells her to look at an email instead of approaching a possible contact, I’ve found my own ways to network. If you’ve been struggling to make the right connections, these strategies can help your career without breaking your embarrassment barometer.
Last Wednesday, the brightest minds in brand publishing gathered together at the Bowery Hotel in SoHo for the Contently Summit. Throughout the day, we asked some of the brands, publishers, and agencies what qualities they're looking when hiring freelance writers and designers.
Just because freelancers don't have an HR department handling 401(k) enrollment or an employer matching savings contributions doesn't mean we can't plan for retirement.
The unfiltered freedom of freelancing comes with trade-offs. Staff writers may have to answer to the same editors every day, but they have inherent credibility, which comes in handy when trying to gain access to events.
Freelance creatives don't have many people watching their backs. But for 17 years, Brian Scott has been looking out for his contract compatriots. His website, FreelanceWriting.com, offers tutorials, job listings, contests, and an archive of more than 1,000 articles about the industry. It might be the longest running digital asset dedicated to freelancers.