Should Freelancers Ever Offer “Friend Discounts”?

Pricing can be a tough conversation for freelancers in any context, but especially when it comes to working with friends.  After six years of working for myself, here’s what I’ve learned about offering “friend discounts.” I work under the name Featherweight Studio and I offer both goods and services. Goods include graphic tees, one-of-a-kind clothing and art objects that I…

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Minimizing Distractions When You Work at Home

Being able to work at home has changed many people’s lives. However, keeping focused on your work can be difficult when you’re surrounded by so many things that you love and enjoy. Here are our top tips for minimizing distractions when you work at home: Have a dedicated workspace Having a separate room to use as your office is ideal….

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July Meeting Recap: Is Your Confidence Showing?

When Darlene Templeton was young, going through a divorce, and unemployed, she figured IBM was a big company that must need secretaries. So she waltzed into the IBM offices in jeans and t-shirt to ask for an application. It was only after she was in the building that she realized she was sorely underdressed – everywhere she looked were people…

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How To Set Up A Website For Your Personal Brand

When you decide to work as a freelancer, you start building a special kind of one-person brand — one that will blur the lines between your professional image and your personal one. In doing so, you have the opportunity to represent your unique self in a way that draws people to your products or services. Unfortunately, even if you’re not…

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June Meeting Recap: Vision Boarding for Business

Freelancing can feel chaotic. Especially for someone new to working for themselves, freelance work can seem like something that keeps happening to you rather than something you have control over. At Freelance Austin’s June meeting, Candace Gerdes of Mamaste led attendees in a project to help us approach our freelance businesses with more intention: vision boarding. Taking A Holistic Approach…

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Working with a Freelancer 101: Important Questions to Ask

Before you can start working with a freelancer, you have to find the right one for the job. When you’ve identified a freelancer (or a few) you think may be a fit for the project you have in mind, scheduling a call or meeting to get a feel for who they are and how they work is an important part of…

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