Red Flags for Freelancers: Watch Out For These 11 Clients

Bad clients come in many forms. The longer you work as a freelancer, the more you see the wide variety of clients—good and bad—that exist. Often (although not always), bad clients provide some kind of warning sign early on that there are likely to be problems. The tricky part is knowing how to recognize the red flags when they arise…

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How to Break Up With a Client (Without Burning Bridges)

One of the benefits of being a freelancer is having the ability to walk away from a professional relationship that isn’t working. If you’re still new to freelancing, you may find yourself hesitant to end things with a client, but if working with them is causing you needless stress or requires more energy from you than the pay is worth,…

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8 Tips to Help Sell Your Freelance Services: July Meeting Recap

“Is this prospect qualified to work with me? Am I qualified to work with them?” These are just two of the questions Nick Weynand prompted freelancers to ask themselves at our July Freelance Austin meeting. Weynand, who is the founder, president and strategy director at TradeMark Media, was armed with fascinating, field-proven insights on Selling Yourself: Persuasive Communications for the…

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Intellectual Property for Freelancers: I Created It, So I Own It …. I Think

As a freelancer, you probably encounter a variety of relationships where the ownership of your work product or another party’s work product may be in a gray area. To make sure that you and the parties you work with are on the same page, it’s best to clearly address the ownership issues at the beginning of the relationship. That way…

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Working with A Child at Home

It’s summer time, and the living is easy, right? But if you work from home, you may find yourself struggling to get your work done, with a kid or kiddos who are out of school and daycare around to distract you. If you are like me, your work—and therefore income—is unpredictable, which sometimes makes it difficult to plan and pay…

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Is Ghost Writing Unethical?

“You’re a business ghost writer? Isn’t that…shady?” If I had a dime for every time I heard that response at networking events I’d certainly not need to freelance any more. But I’m used to it. You see, I spent most of my career in public relations, a field with its own negative connotations. It seems the people who think all…

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