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Freelancers, stop thinking about what your work is “worth.”

Freelancers, stop thinking about what your work is “worth.”

In freelance groups I frequent, I see a lot of commentary about “demanding what you’re worth.” It’s clear from these conversations that this exhortation is meant to be an empowering one to the advice-seeker, an encouragement to value oneself and insist that the market see that value too. I’m all for empowerment. But the bad news is that a “give me my worth!” mindset is a poor one with which to actually negotiate pay.

*Freelance News Roundup* — California AB 5 Law, ‘Chief Freelance Officers,’ and Why Women Shouldn’t be Discouraged from Freelancing

*Freelance News Roundup* — California AB 5 Law, ‘Chief Freelance Officers,’ and Why Women Shouldn’t be Discouraged from Freelancing

Here’s a new weekly feature: A roundup of recent articles and columns about freelancing. I’ll include anything though-provoking or important related to freelancing or the gig economy — news, opinion, laments, jokes, Twitter fights, you name it. Read on for the first edition, which is heavy on a one particular topic…

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What Are the “Disciplines of Top Freelancers”?

What Are the “Disciplines of Top Freelancers”?

Freelance work can be an excellent money-maker. The key to building a lucrative freelance career is treating the venture like the business it is.

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: You Can Set Your Own Prices

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: You Can Set Your Own Prices

Being in charge of your own pricing is one of the biggest challenges in freelancing. It has some major disadvantages, especially for those who haven’t built up their confidence, but it also presents remarkable and exciting opportunities.

How to Find Work: Nepotism

How to Find Work: Nepotism

Here’s the next installment in my series on the many ways to find work as a freelancer. So far I’ve covered the following:

Next up is one that may sound somewhat fishy but can be an excellent source of work if the conditions are right: Nepotism.

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Pros & Cons of Freelancing: A Variety of Work From Many Clients

Pros & Cons of Freelancing: A Variety of Work From Many Clients

Whether you work for two or twenty clients in a given week, your time will be spent managing a cascade of tasks, projects, and deadlines as you work to keep multiple customers satisfied. This variability has its upsides and its downsides.

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

I was reading a chapter book to my seven-year-old at bedtime the other night — a story about a girl named Ruby whose father supports a family of six. Everything turns real all of a sudden when Ruby’s dad loses his job.

My daughter listened intently as Ruby struggled with fears that the family would run out of food or be forced to leave their home. At one point, Ruby overhears her dad telling her mom that maybe they should get rid of Ruby’s beloved dog to save on dog food costs.

That was the last straw for my animal-loving kid.

“Mom, what if you lose your job like Ruby’s dad?” she said, a note of panic in her voice. “Will we have to move to a different house?”

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If You Learn One Thing About Freelancing, Make it This

If You Learn One Thing About Freelancing, Make it This

But amidst all those many, many pages of wisdom you can read in blog and books, I don’t remember ever seeing the most important thing about freelancing, the nugget of truth that — if truly understood — will free you up to take the freelance world by storm in your own special way.