City of Austin Contracts: What You Need To Know as a Woman or Minority-Owned Business: Meeting Recap

Navigating the City of Austin’s certification programs for minority and women-owned businesses can be intimidating, but it can also lead to valuable contracting opportunities for city projects. Elton Price from the City of Austin’s Small & Minority Business Resources Dept. guided us through the MBE, WBE and other certifications at the October 2011 Freelance Austin meeting. He shared with us: how to…

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Are you LinkedIn?: Meeting Recap

Are you one of the millions of people who use LinkedIn? Are you one of the millions of people who do not use LinkedIn? Either way, you’re probably missing out on a bunch of business opportunities. Social media specialist Sheila Scarborough gave  Freelance Austin a lesson in how to get the most out of LinkedIn, a business-oriented social networking site. This was a can’t-miss session…

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How much am I worth?: Meeting Recap

It’s a question freelancers often ask themselves. How do you decide how much your time and talent is worth? And how do you decide what rates you should charge? At the April 2011 meeting of Freelance Austin, these three successful freelancers helped to answer those questions. This was a great question and answer opportunity to learn from experienced professional freelancers who…

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Being a Margaret Mead for Your Freelance Business: Meeting Recap

One of the keys to building a thriving freelance practice is delivering an experience that meets the needs of your clients. At the October 2010 Freelance Austin monthly meeting, Chris Bailey introduced some of the basic tools that anthropologists use to understand their subjects and show you how to apply them to your business. By the end of the meeting, we learned how…

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Being Creative and Creating Cash Flow: Meeting Recap

As freelancers, we all know the deal: Keep marketing yourself, keep working, keep pitching, or the bank account dries up. Get sick, go on vacation, get too busy to market yourself, and your future business suffers. One possible solution is to start creating product offerings that create steady income. You don’t have to create instant best-sellers or blockbusters, just small…

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No You May Not Pick My Brain – Drawing the Line Between Free and Paid: Meeting Recap

Is “Give it away, give it away now!” really a good idea? We share our knowledge by blogging and being helpful; it does not pay the bills, but it can indirectly market our services. How to draw the line between giving away free ideas and possibly attracting more paid clients? Sheila, as always, brought humor and whit to her discussion of…

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