Event Recap: Seeing the Bright Side During Challenging Times

As temperatures soared in August, Freelance Austin members met virtually to share their coolest tips for thriving during challenging times, the resources they find most helpful, and what they’d like to change about their freelance lives. Three breakout groups featured two questions each, for a total of six questions: #1: Are you happy with where you are in your freelance…

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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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7 Steps to Better Financial Management as a Freelancer

One of the trickiest parts of being successful as a freelancer is figuring out how to manage your money well. Financial management is hard for most people, but when your income is inconsistent and your tax liability is higher than it is for the average person, it gets even more complicated. If freelancing is your goal for the long term,…

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September Meeting Recap: Peer Mentoring for Business Success

Moderator Julie Tereshchuk, Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lifestyle Magazine Speakers Amy Hufford, Principal, Stellar Communications Jenny Magic, Communications Strategist, Raise Your Hand Texas Julie Wickert, Proposal Manager, Hart InterCivic At our September meeting, we heard from members of the Women Communicators of Austin mentoring committee. These generous mentors — Julie Tereshchuk, Amy Hufford, Jenny Magic, and Julie Wickert — are also long-time…

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Freelance Graphic and Visual Designers Spill it on Their 2015 Earnings Outlook

We recently released the results from our Freelance Austin 2015 Pricing Survey, digging into how Austin’s freelancers are earning. Now that summer’s officially kicked in, let’s take a closer look at how our friends and colleagues doing freelance work in the Austin design industry are poised to do this year. 46 survey respondents (21%) identified themselves as part of the…

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