Event Recap: From Distraction to Intention

As Maura Nevel Thomas noted during November’s Freelance Austin meeting, “Empowered Productivity: Win the War Against Information Overload,” most of us start our days simply by looking at what’s in front of us. But according to Maura, if our goal is to increase productivity and reduce stress, that’s all wrong. Instead, she advocates for a system. “When we apply a…

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My Review of SolidGigs

Does SolidGigs Really Deliver Solid Gigs? I wanted to see if the service that touts “getting freelance leads on auto-pilot” and “hand-picked job alerts for the best 1% of freelance jobs on the web” was legit enough to let you know about so I signed up for it myself. I’ve tried various job boards and found most of them pretty…

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Event Recap: Three Steps to Unapologetic Confidence as a Solopreneur

Christina Glickman – a Chicago mom of four and self-described “Type A hustler” – has a stock reply when her kids complain they cannot do something. “Tell me what you CAN do, not what you can’t.” It is this philosophy that helped Christina – after 15 years in advertising – to customize a career and life that she is joyful…

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Event Recap: Sell More with Case Studies

Emma Siemasko started off Freelance Austin’s September meeting with a discussion about …wait for it, toilets. She explained that her friend raved about her recent purchase of a bidet, touting its life-changing qualities, to the point where Emma went and purchased one for herself. Emma, founder of Stories by Us, said, “You may be asking yourself what a bidet has…

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Event Recap: Seeing the Bright Side During Challenging Times

As temperatures soared in August, Freelance Austin members met virtually to share their coolest tips for thriving during challenging times, the resources they find most helpful, and what they’d like to change about their freelance lives. Three breakout groups featured two questions each, for a total of six questions: #1: Are you happy with where you are in your freelance…

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The PRO Act: Why You Should Care About It

The PRO Act may threaten the right to work as an independent contractor, freelancer, or consultant in America. The July 2021 Freelance Austin session was a nonpartisan deep dive discussion of this complex issue with a panel of experts. The “Protecting the Right to Organize Act” or PRO Act is not a law yet but passed in the house and is…

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