How to Avoid a Media Crisis (Or Be Helpful During One): April Meeting Recap

The Academy Awards. Chipotle. EpiPen. Uber. Ryan Lotke. 2016 was a banner year for media crises, and 2017 is off to a great start. So getting crisis management tips from Libba Letton at Freelance Austin’s April meeting was timely, useful and definitely fun. Libba has built a career in the media crisis trenches, including in her work with Whole Foods,…

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Mari Ramirez’s 5 Most Forgotten Tax Tips for Freelancers: March Meeting Recap

Tax day is April 18 this year. Even if you’ve already filed, CPA Mari Ramirez undoubtedly shared something you didn’t know at the March Freelance Austin meeting, including these five frequently forgotten items on our personal and/or business returns. #1. “You ain’t giving away right!” When you drop off a trunk load at Goodwill, The Caring Place or another charity,…

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3 Cool Places to Work Remotely in Austin

As I write this, I’m watching a blazing orange sunrise from my window seat on a Southwest flight to Chicago. One of the joys of freelancing is our ability to work wherever and whenever we choose, and I must say this is one of the best places I’ve found: a tray table with a 10,000-foot view of Austin. Some freelancers…

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7 Steps to Better Financial Management as a Freelancer

One of the trickiest parts of being successful as a freelancer is figuring out how to manage your money well. Financial management is hard for most people, but when your income is inconsistent and your tax liability is higher than it is for the average person, it gets even more complicated. If freelancing is your goal for the long term,…

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Live Mobile Video & Social Media: February Meeting Recap

Need tips on how to create live videos on your mobile device for your active social media accounts? These highlights from my recent talk for Freelance Austin (plus a few extras) can help you get started. You can find the full presentation with more information here:   Live mobile video and social media from Michelle Stinson Ross There are several…

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Video Brings the Freelancer to Life: January Meeting Recap

Should freelancers use video to market their businesses? The answer, says photographer and videographer Matthew Lemke, is an unequivocal yes. “Video is a very powerful storytelling medium because it uses more than one modality: sight, sound, text … the more we use, the more we retain,” Lemke told a crowd of us at the January meeting of Freelance Austin. Matt…

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