Making Data Analytics Work for Freelancers: June Meeting Recap

“Do you want more clients? Do you want to keep good clients coming back?” Nearly early every head in the room nodded (rather vigorously) in response to Jed Jones, co-founder and chief data scientist at MindEcology. The key to achieving these goals, he said, is using metrics to match your needs as a freelancer to those of your clients. And…

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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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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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Take the Fear Out of Contracts: November Meeting Recap

Perhaps nothing strikes more fear into the heart of a freelancer than having to negotiate a contract with a client. How do I know what to include? Will a contract hurt or help me? What happens if something goes wrong? To lessen that anxiety, we asked attorney Emily Morris of the Morris Law Firm for some tips. (As any good…

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September Meeting Recap: Peer Mentoring for Business Success

Moderator Julie Tereshchuk, Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lifestyle Magazine Speakers Amy Hufford, Principal, Stellar Communications Jenny Magic, Communications Strategist, Raise Your Hand Texas Julie Wickert, Proposal Manager, Hart InterCivic At our September meeting, we heard from members of the Women Communicators of Austin mentoring committee. These generous mentors — Julie Tereshchuk, Amy Hufford, Jenny Magic, and Julie Wickert — are also long-time…

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