Your Free CoachIt's not often that we get free help in our careers. People make big money coaching, consulting and offering career advice. However, there's one place that exists where a budding writer can get sage advice, lots of help for specific...

Overworked, Week TwoI'm a bit more than two weeks into my working full time plus freelancing. It's been interesting. I love the day job (albeit a temporary day job). The work is interesting and there are plenty of gaps in the day where I can check...

Proof That It WorksA friend of mine was recently telling me how she'd worked for a magazine twice and after a year, still hadn't seen payment for either article. Oh, they had good excuses. They were dancing around the issue - "We sent a check. If...

Projects From Hell (and why you should be pickier)At the moment, I'm feeling the weight of an unending project bearing down on me. The clients want to see it completed. I want to see it completed. But it goes on and on.... and guess what? The amount...

Your Fluctuating CareerWhen your career has taken more turns than a taxi in Manhattan, you may not think anything of it to jump from one job to another. In fact, if you're a freelancer, that's part-and-parcel of your profession. However, there may...

Unreliable ReduxYep, still sporting a bit of a head of steam over the nonpayment from a select few clients. For the record, I have a number of current clients who pay me on time and who get the best I can give them every time because of it. I have...

Relying on the UnreliableThere's one huge obstacle that is a constant threat to your freelance success - your clients.Strange, but true. The very folks who give you work and who rave about you to others are also the ones who don't pay you on time...

Where is Fair?

Echoing yesterday's theme, just where should you set your rate? How high is too high? How low is too low? Oddly, it's not all that tough to figure out.Let me start with an example from personal experience. I had this client who needed a website...

Asking for the RaiseDoes anyone have an easy time asking the boss for a raise? As freelancers, we think we can avoid it because hey, we're self employed! Ha. Self-employment is an illusion under which we work. No, dear writers. Whenever we want a...

Like YesterdayI was fine until a few moments ago, while listening to the radio, the station played U2's "Peace on Earth" behind comments from people who were there that day. They described seeing the second plane hit, or they described seeing people...

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