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How to Win Retainer Clients

At a certain point in building a freelance or consulting business, you may find that you’re doing more and more work for a few important clients. Eventually, one or more of them will realize it makes sense to offer you … Continue reading

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Survey: Freelancers Thrive in 2012; Optimistic about 2013

Traditional job seekers may be taking a beating in the current employment market, but for freelancers, the picture is a lot rosier. At least that’s what an annual poll released today by the Elance suggests. Results are based on a … Continue reading

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The State of Freelancers on International Freelancers Day

As you may know if you’re on the same email lists as I am, today is International Freelancers Day. I’m going to set aside some time to attend the free, virtual International Freelancers Day Conference, which has some interesting sessions … Continue reading

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How Much to Charge for Blogging

If you’re wondering what rates to seek for blog writing, you’re not alone, judging by the search terms used to find our site. The confusion is not surprising, given that rates are all over the map. I’ve found that clients typically … Continue reading

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The Scoop: High-Paying Contract Work

If you’ve been fantasizing about leaving a nightmare job to go out on your own or have discovered that your days on the corporate mothership are numbered in this tough economy, you won’t want to to miss the latest New York Times … Continue reading

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Stop Being a Victim of Your Company!

In the New York Times this past weekend, Alina Tugend told the story of three friends who had suffered unemployment–twice–in “Laid Off More Than Once, And Seeking a Career.” One of Tugend’s friends lost two Wall Street jobs, one during … Continue reading

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Freelancing: An Economic Shock Absorber

Though the number of new jobs created in June was considered disappointing, individuals contemplating opportunities in the world of freelancing may find encouragement in the most recent employment figures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey includes … Continue reading

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Rethink Your Client Mix

When you’re a freelancer, it makes sense, business-wise, to focus on the work that’s in the greatest demand from clients. But most of us aren’t just freelancing for the money. We’re looking for other things, too, like the ability to … Continue reading

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The Secret to Freelance Happiness … Lies at Machu Picchu

Life as an indie professional sometimes reminds me of a ride I took back from Machu Picchu on a tourist bus. Shrouded in fog that made everything seem mystical, the ancient Inca site connected us to a reality far from our … Continue reading

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How I Landed My First Gig: A Cautionary Tale

Freelancing was supposed to be easy. No bosses, no boring work (unless you want to get paid) and no unreasonable deadlines (Ha!). When I decided to take the plunge into full-time freelance writing, I had a few fairly unrealistic expectations. … Continue reading

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