Category Archives: Making the Break

Why Freelance? In A Word: Freedom

For some people, it happens in their 20s. For others, it’s after 30 years in the trenches. They get tired of the whole idea of working for someone else. There are a host of reasons I’ve heard from people I’ve … Continue reading

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Freelancing Is The Ultimate Job Security

I’m in New York City this week working on a new project, a great new web site, Crain’s Wealth, aimed at helping entrepreneurs manage money. It’s a pleasure to spend time with many journalists who work at Crain, one of … Continue reading

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What’s Your Number?

After I wrote an article about secrets of $200,000 freelancers, a reader on LinkedIn commented: “I’d just be happy with $50,000 a year.” Many people feel just as intimidated by the prospect of trying to earn a full-time income when … Continue reading

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Just Say ‘No’ To Unpaid Internships

It’s truly frustrating to read about how many young people are being exploited in unpaid, post-college internships that seem to promise job opportunities but never do. Alex Williams conveys the frustration and sense of futility that many young creative types … Continue reading

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How To Break Into Freelancing

Have you ever responded to an ad for “Native English-speaking article writers” and found that the pay for a blog post was barely enough to cover a cup of coffee? Then you’ll appreciate Brodie Norris’s post on Brazen Life called … Continue reading

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Is It Time To Listen To Your Heart?

If you’re working in a job that fills you with the dreads every Sunday, make 2014 the year that you do something about it. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that getting another full-time position is … Continue reading

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Freelancing’s Winners

Many of us went into freelancing because we want something that has become the ultimate luxury in American society: Control of our time. Even jobs offering a telecommuting option don’t give you full decision making power over the hours you … Continue reading

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Are You Ready For A Freelance Economy?

Every month when the employment report comes out, there’s a lot of finger pointing about why no one is creating jobs to help more Americans get back to work. And each time, I wonder when the public is going to … Continue reading

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Million-Dollar Freelancers

Most free agents don’t go into business to make millions. Usually, they’re looking for a better lifestyle, more interesting work and greater control over their lives. But increasingly, new technologies make it possible for solopreneurs to build a seven-figure business … Continue reading

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Your Declaration of Independence

Often when I write articles for business publications about self-employment, someone will post a comment pointing to the failure rate of small businesses, as evidence that people should stick with traditional jobs. It’s always smart to keep your eyes wide … Continue reading

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