Copyrights for Copywriters and Other Freelancers

Have you ever wondered whether you should apply for a copyright?  What does a copyright cover?  How do you go about getting one? If you’ve ever pondered these questions, the following description of copyright functions and how they apply to freelancers may provide some guidance. 1.   What is a Copyright? Formal copyright protection applies to original works of authorship, including…

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Getting Out of the Procrastination Pit: Time and Space

It’s simply smart business as solopreneurs to devote our most productive hours to client projects. That’s why we don’t book appointments during our A-time. However, sometimes we watch our non-billable hours evaporate as the time we spend on client work extends into nights and weekends. So, between exhaustion and the other showstoppers in our lives, when are we supposed to…

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Top 10 Takeaways on Book Publishing: February Meeting Recap

For years, I’ve pondered writing a book. Now that I’m launching a speaking career next month at SXSW Interactive, I decided now was the time to hunker down and do it. Since writing a book is my No. 1 goal for 2016, I was intrigued to receive an email about Freelance Austin’s February meeting featuring Patti DeNucci’s publishing journey. DeNucci is the…

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Tips for Making a Good Physical First Impression

Is the first impression really that important? I am sure you have heard the phrase “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” several times, most likely recited it yourself. Yet, just because we hear it often doesn’t mean we should ignore it. Research shows that the first impression we form of another is correct 67 percent…

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The One-Page Business Plan: January Meeting Recap

Freelance Austin kicked off the New Year with a January meeting full of helpful advice on how to keep a clear business focus. Solution: Write a ONE PAGE business plan. In her laugh-out-loud presentation, long-time WCA mentor Sheila Scarborough took the angst out of developing a business plan by proposing freelancers stick with a simple solution. The task can seem…

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Tips for Trademarks and a Little Extra

If you currently own a business, or have ever thought about going down that road, intellectual property is an important issue to consider. Even for those who plan to stick with freelancing rather than build your business into something larger, you need to be aware of the legal implications of your work. Depending on the type of business you go…

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