Ah, Christmas and the New Year – a time for reflection, reminiscing, and getting screwed along the way. Huh? As the new year approaches, I’ve been inundated with “You’ve been accepted!” notices from associations and organizations I’ve never heard of. In one case, I know it all too well.
I suggest you hand-select your own association to join. Don’t let them come to you. If you actively search for, research, and locate your own group, there’s less chance of paying substantial amounts for little benefit.
Also, it’s the time of year when the job offers come out of the walls. I’ve had about a dozen this last week, all from places promising “We need writers!” and “Work at your own pace!” Do yourself a favor – delete. If there’s no clear indication who the client is, what the work entails, and if they know your name (big clue if it’s addressed “Dear Writer”), it’s not an offer that promises your rate on your terms.
What’s been in your in box lately?