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*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…

What Are the “Disciplines of Top Freelancers”?

What Are the “Disciplines of Top Freelancers”?

I recently came across a thought-provoking article published by TopTal, a freelance marketplace aimed at software developers, designers, finance experts, product managers, and project managers.

The title, “The New Millionaires: Establishing a Lucrative Freelance Career,” is rather misleading since the article is based on conversations with “individuals who have accumulated high six-figure or million-dollar earnings over five or six years.” So, I don’t know about millionaires, but the point the article makes is that freelancing, if done right, can be extremely lucrative.

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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

Some people stay away from working with family members for fear of the appearance of impropriety, but as freelancers who are always on the lookout for new clients, we don’t tend to have time for such compunctions.

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

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

Freelancing by definition means balancing the needs of various employers who each have their own priorities. 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.

Like many aspects of freelancing — such as being your own boss, managing your own time, and having unlimited earning potential — this variability has its upsides and its downsides.

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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.