Month: July 2019

You Don’t Need an Achilles’ Tendon to Be a Freelance Writer

You Don’t Need an Achilles’ Tendon to Be a Freelance Writer

I felt pretty much zero panic about how I would continue to earn my living and support my family. I honestly didn’t give a single thought to my livelihood in that crisis moment. And that’s because I’m a freelance writer.

Why My Daughter Never Has To Worry About Me Losing My Job

Why My Daughter Never Has To Worry About Me Losing My Job

There seems to be a general perception that freelancing is inherently insecure, that no matter how long or successfully you’ve been doing it you’re always just a few beats away from a devastatingly bad month. But this isn’t true.

If You Learn One Thing About Freelancing, Make it This

If You Learn One Thing About Freelancing, Make it This

There are a lot of people out there with a lot of advice about freelancing. Me included. 

You can read scores of blog posts about how to drum up business, how to choose a niche (or not!), how to fight impostor syndrome and isolation and feast-or-famine and the urge to procrastinate by dressing your cat in adorable, Instagrammable costumes.  

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How to Find Work: Piggybacking

How to Find Work: Piggybacking

The better the relationship you have with those you work with, the more likely they will be to hire you again … and again … and again. At each new job they go to, they always hire you whenever the need for a freelancer of your kind arises.

Can You Really Freelance During Your Kids’ Naptimes?

Can You Really Freelance During Your Kids’ Naptimes?

Just because the career is amazingly flexible doesn’t mean it’s magical. It’s pretty dang hard to design and execute a full-fledged career as a freelancer while simultaneously parenting.

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: Customized Costs and Benefits

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: Customized Costs and Benefits

Freelancing is exciting because you do it however you want to. You can be your own boss, manage your own time, and make as much money as you are able.

Similarly, you are also able to set up your lifestyle how you’d like to, including the costs and benefits of your job. You can decide what work-related expenses are worth it to you to take on, what benefits and supports you need to live happily and securely, and how much time you want to take off to devote to leisure or family.

Like all the other pros/cons I’ve covered in this monthly column so far, this ability to customize your costs and benefits is both a pro and a con.

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