Freelance

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Monday, Aug 5, 2019

I was owed about $5,000 from late-paying publications. I tried to hold them all accountable. Here’s what happened.

hadn’t worked much in about a month and — perhaps against my better judgment — I looked at my checking account, hoping that all my outstanding payments had been made in the time I was away. They had not… Looking at my bank account statement, I was first shocked, then panicked, then livid. After I cycled through those emotions, I decided to take action.

Friday, Jul 5, 2019

Why I Won’t Freelance: Freelancing isn’t for everyone.

I make sure that I take the time to create, at least something, nearly everyday. I want to be a writer. I want to write essays and books and journals and articles. I want this to be my life. I need it to be my life. But I also find that I do, as much as it pains me to admit it, enjoy some of the perks of traditional employment.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

How much money can you actually make writing articles on Medium?

In a world where people exploit freelancers to ghostwrite a 1000-word article for as little as $5, making a living from writing isn’t easy. And Medium might be onto building the first ever platform where writers can finally blog and get paid by doing what they love.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Upwork: Banned me after 3 years and $50k earned, for being unshaven

Seems Upwork can ban you just for not looking your best in the morning. Or they use facial recognition software that does the banning for them. And maybe they wont even officially notify you about it.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Money + misdirection: the shadow side of “charge what you’re worth” pricing culture

If you’re a freelancer or creative entrepreneur, you’ve probably seen this before: You’re zooming around a forum or Facebook group for your professional focus, and someone brings up — dun dun dunnnn — pricing.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Loneliness of Freelancing

Perhaps the quality of alone time has decreased with the rise of the internet and technology. Maybe we have forgotten how to make the most of that time. Whatever the case, it is clear that time alone can result in existential angst. Freelancing brings this into sharp relief.

Thursday, Apr 11, 2019

Everything I know about freelancing

You’ve probably read a lot about freelancing: Feast and famine. Where to find clients. How much to charge. These topics are fundamental, but it seems like most freelancers burn out before they get over these hurdles. Can freelancing be a stable, long-term career?

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019

The Downsides of Freelancing

Most of us know freelancing comes with the obvious not-so-fun stuff like an unstable income, invoice hunting and finding clients. Here we’ll get into the challenges that may be less obvious, but are still important to keep in mind when deciding to work for yourself.

Friday, Feb 22, 2019

How bad is freelancing?

My working life changed recently after leaving my last role just before Christmas. I’ve done freelancing on and off for a few years and I just feel like the whole process of freelancing is fragmented and broken.

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019

Why Freelancing Creates Anxiety About Money

My paycheck was just a byproduct of going into an office every day, and a pretty arbitrary one at that. But once I started freelancing, things changed. I became hyperconscious of how much money I could (or should) charge for my time, and this made me unhappy and mean when my nonworking hours didn’t measure up to the same value.

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

The Secret to Getting More Done When You Are Your Own Boss

Staying focused and productive when there’s no one around to hold you accountable can mean the difference between success and failure.

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019

We studied freelancing for five years: Here’s how work is changing

Working for one’s self used to be the definition of the American dream–and, apparently, it still is.

Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019

Working Alone: 10 Lessons for Freelancers, Contractors, and Consultants

I have learned a lot of lessons along the way. I share them here in hopes that others might consider freelancing or contracting as an option — and that, if they do, they can be prepared.

Friday, Dec 28, 2018

You Should Freelance.

Think about it. You make your own hours. Work as much or as little as you like. Part-time or full time, your choice. Decide who you want to work for. Get paid a lot for your work. There’s no downside!

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Introvert freelancers, how do you find the willpower to network?

My biggest hurdle though is that I am an introvert and would much rather stay at home than going to an event with dozens or hundred of people and introduce myself. I dread it, and it sucks the energy away from me. But I’ll never get enough business if I don’t. How do you fellow introvert freelancers deal with this?

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

New 5th Annual “Freelancing in America” Study Finds that the U.S. Freelance Workforce, Now 56.7 Million People, Grew 3.7 Million Since 2014

The five most notable findings reveal: Americans are spending more time freelancing. Technology is making it easier to find work. Lifestyle matters most. Freelancers are more politically active. Freelancers place more value on skills training.

Friday, Nov 2, 2018

The Post-Freelancing Manifesto

For some, freelancing is a trampoline launching them toward the career they’ve been dreaming of. For others, it’s a destination. In an age when moving up the career ladder isn’t what people want, when bullshit jobs are everywhere, that hunt for meaning is more important than ever.

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

Working for a Company vs. Working for Yourself

Thinking about working for yourself? Do it! But read this first

Friday, Oct 19, 2018

Quitting my job has been the best thing I've done for my career

Why I decided to take a sabbatical in my 20s, and what I’ve learned from having complete freedom. This post is not meant to be prescriptive. It’s also not intended to be another “Quitting Google to pursue my passion for X” article because, well, I haven’t been able to pass the interview there yet. This is a telling of my story that I hope will inspire those who are thinking about quitting to take the leap.

Thursday, Oct 11, 2018

Going It Solo: The Complicated Financial Lives Of Freelancers

Working on your own can have its rewards, such as being able to set your own hours. But being self-employed also brings with it the headache of handling taxes — something a traditional employer normally does.

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