Freelance Austin Members Spill Their Success Secrets

As freelancers, we often turn to experts for answers about taxes, marketing, and technology, but when the topic is freelancing, we don’t have to go very far to get the wisdom we seek. During an unconventional monthly meeting on April 14, Kara Myers, VP of Freelance Austin, moderated a discussion – based on questions submitted in advance – in which…

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Event Recap: Tips for Creating an Effective, “On-brand” Website

As virtual connections are increasingly the norm, effective websites have shifted from a freelancer’s “nice to have” to a necessity. Traci Synatschk, the speaker at Freelance Austin’s September meeting – Does your website reflect your brand? – explained, “You have to ask yourself: is my website really saying what I want to say and does it match who I am?”…

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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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