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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Should You Call Yourself a Freelancer?

The word “freelance” is largely defined by what it’s not. A person who does freelance work doesn’t commit to one company or organization full time in exchange for a salary and benefits. Instead, freelancers work with a hodgepodge of different clients, providing services as needed on a temporary or part-time basis. Over one-third of workers in the United States have…

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Finding the Extra Time You Crave

People often say they don’t have enough time to spend with family and friends or to get more things done. They actually do and, surprisingly, the time is relatively easy to find, according to business coach Sherry Lowry. The key is knowing where to look. Several years ago, Lowry uncovered a unique way of looking at the calendar. She now…

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The Art of Networking: How to Build Bridges, Not Burn Them

I wouldn’t call myself a “networking expert” and I would never pretend to sell myself to someone as a person who “connects” people. However, a lot of people have told me that I know a lot of people, I’m good at bringing people together and I’ve managed to create a rather large network in the past few years. I (maybe…

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