Category Archives: Growing Your Business

Protect Yourself from Nonpaying Clients

There’s nothing more draining than chasing down payments for projects you delivered on time, months ago. The best way to avoiding doing so is vetting clients carefully from the get-go, to make sure they can actually pay you. But, as … Continue reading

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Give Your Freelance Clients A Fair Shot

I recently told someone I work with that I’d give a new situation a fair shot. The same day, I told my daughter that she had to give her new softball team a fair shot. Now I’m struggling to define … Continue reading

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When Clients Aren’t Honest

One of the best parts of freelancing for me has been all of the clients who’ve become friends over the years. If I had continued working for one company, I may never have had a chance to meet all of … Continue reading

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Your Perfect Work Schedule

Sometimes, when my three-year-old son is sleeping at night, I’ll talk to him. “I’m sorry I didn’t have time to play with you in the morning,” I’ll say, if I was working on a deadline project and he spent that … Continue reading

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Avoid Toxic Clients

One of the best parts of freelancing is that you’re free to work with people you enjoy. While corporate friends may have to endure bad bosses to earn a living, you’re free from that slow suffering. If you work hard, … Continue reading

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Write Short: 3 Classic Stories To Remind You Why

One of the best and worst elements of the web is that it’s freed us from worrying about word count when we write. I don’t know about you, but I can be pretty lazy about writing tight — which, as … Continue reading

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Do What You Love–and Still Make a Living

Many of us have heard the advice, “Do what you love and the money will follow.” It’s not always true. As a freelancer or solo professional, part of your job is figuring out how to make the money follow when … Continue reading

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The Value Of Multiple Drafts, With Input From George Saunders

The immediacy and the economics of writing for the web have steadily reduced the number of drafts produced on any given story. When I worked for a weekly newspaper, there were at least four or five drafts of a piece, … Continue reading

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Love and money

If you’re lucky enough to be really busy these days, you may be thinking about making a giant leap: hiring your mate. It can be a tidy solution to some big problems, like a spouse’s unemployment or underemployment. And in … Continue reading

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Start Your Engines

January is often a big month for freelancers. Clients are at the start of their budget year, so it’s a good time to pitch new projects. It’s also a good time to win new clients and reconnect with old ones. … Continue reading

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