The Value of a Freelance Community

I remember visiting a house a few years ago for an end-of-the-year 5th grade graduation party for my oldest daughter. It was beautiful; tastefully decorated and filled with old paintings from an Inn in Maine the child’s grandparents used to own. “Wow, I wonder what this mother does?” I thought to myself, mostly wondering how she could work and put…

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How Often Do You Replace Your Freelance Business Computer?

I’d originally planned to blog about Macs vs PCs because I knew there would be some pithy things to say about this heated debate topic. Our house is divided, for what it’s worth. So I asked a few friends about their preference (ok fine, I posted on a Facebook group for local freelancers) and used a funny cat meme –…

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5 Good Reasons to End a Client Relationship (And How to Do It)

One of the really great benefits of freelancing is the option to be picky about who you work with. We’ve all heard horror stories about toxic work cultures – or have our own! –  that drive home how much of a privilege it is to be able to walk away from client relationships that aren’t working. But freelancers often second…

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The Freelance Parent Life

I really should have titled this article, “Can you have your cake and eat it too?” But I have questions about this cake. Are the kids awake? …. meaning, do I have to “share”? Can I eat it for breakfast? … instead of my 5 year old’s leftover jelly toast? Do we have enough milk? … or do I need…

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Freelancing for Work Life Balance with Kristen Dunn

Faces of Freelance Austin is a monthly feature to get to know one of our many members just a little bit better. For this month’s installment, we check in with Kristen Dunn, Project Board Chair of Freelance Austin. Want to nominate a member to be interviewed for this feature? Let us know! Name: Kristen Dunn Business name: Kristen Dunn Media,…

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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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