Event Recap: Turn Adversity into Your Superpowers

Fayruz Benyousef’s first taste of adversity started when she was eight. Born in Tripoli, Libya, she moved to the US with her parents so they could attend graduate school when her father was diagnosed with leukemia. Living in a foreign country, facing complicated emotions surrounding her father’s illness, and trying to fit in among her peers, Fayruz internalized a message:…

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Event Recap: Everything You Need to Know about Pricing  

When I started freelancing full-time in 2016, figuring out how to charge clients fairly for my services at a rate that would allow me to live comfortably was a mental hurdle. It almost made me run back to my cushy corporate job, tail between my legs. If I started out too high, I’d risk alienating potential long-term clients and, if…

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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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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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