Freelance Austin Finds New Resources at Austin’s New Central Library

Though Freelance Austin meetings are connected by a theme, monthly meetings don’t always follow the same format. This month, we took a field trip to Austin’s new Central Library for a special guided tour. Austin Public Library (APL) research librarian Meg Holle led our select group through all six of the library’s floors before providing a hands-on session searching online…

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3 Cool Places to Work Remotely in Austin

As I write this, I’m watching a blazing orange sunrise from my window seat on a Southwest flight to Chicago. One of the joys of freelancing is our ability to work wherever and whenever we choose, and I must say this is one of the best places I’ve found: a tray table with a 10,000-foot view of Austin. Some freelancers…

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Trade Secrets: The “Dark Side” of Intellectual Property

Trade secrets are just that….secret. They help you do business by giving your products or services an edge over the competition’s. I call them the “dark side” of intellectual property because the term applies to information kept in the dark to outsiders. And it sounds cool. Here is a brief explanation of trade secret basics and how they can apply…

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The City of Austin’s Resources for Freelancers: October Meeting Recap

Austin is a great place to be a freelancer. It was even ranked #4 in the nation for freelance work by NerdWallet. The City of Austin government does its part with a wealth of resources available to help freelancers and other small business owners. Their Small Business Development Program (SBDP) offers free and low-cost classes on a variety of topics…

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The Tao of Freelancing

I’m in the freelance business—freelance fiction copyediting, to be exact. It isn’t exactly a profession where I can expect to retire with a gold watch (did I mention I’m writing a novel, too?). The book world—and the future of work in general—have been undergoing rapid change. Flexibility and, in turn, uncertainty are the name of the game, now more so…

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