Have you been thinking about launching a freelance photography career? Do you want to sell your photography online? Owning a photography business can give you a lot of freedom and fulfillment – especially considering you are your own boss and don’t have a work uniform – but you may not be sure how to get things started. Just as with any creative freelancing career, starting your own photography business can be a bit daunting. This post will cover the seven steps you should follow to become a freelance photographer....more
Freelance Writing: Why Does This Feel Just Like Internet Dating?Settling in, booting up the computer, ready to put myself out there for the world to judge. Am I writing or online dating? The comparisons are striking, and not particularly comforting. You gussy up your best. You choose the perfect head shot. The one we all have that makes us look young, and sexy, and just a little wild. Not too wild. Editors don’t like that and it only attracts the wrong men. ...more
Bloggers: Don't trick yourselves into thinking companies value you if they're paying you in merchI have a friend who makes stuff happen. She's been interviewed on TV at least a gajillion times in the three years that I've known her. One of her pieces for Huffington Post has been on shared on Facebook 58,933 times. (When I said "gajillion" I was exxagerating....more
I don’t mean to date myself or anything, but back in the day “gig” was a term used by my musician friends who were playing a Saturday night show downtown at a little bar I know called Drink Beam ‘Til You Puke. (Ahem… *coughs*)Not anymore, my friends. Not anymore.There’s a whole lot of hoopla surrounding the word “gig” nowadays, and especially around the concept of the Gig Economy....more
In honor of NaBloPoMo (or National Blog Post Post Month) I took on Blogher's challenge to write about something I feel I am an "expert" in. To say I am an expert at budgeting is VERY far from the truth, but when it comes to somehow keeping our heads above water while freelancing, I have some experience. So below I have included our tactics for "backwards budgeting!" Woohoo! Unless your a freelance psychic, this is for you...more
There. I admit it. I decided this now, looking back on the hours it took for to prepare for this meeting, looking at my filthy computer screen, smear marks obscuring my view. Somewhere, sometime, I switched from tomboy to woman, but the finer details got lost in translation. I value ladydom. But it's not easy. ...more
You want to make money writing. Specifically, you want to make money writing content. That's EASY to do. Everyone wants content, so content buyers are everywhere.
A couple of days ago I received an email message from a content writer. The message provides a great example of what NOT to do to make money writing content.
In addition to being the News & Politics Editor at Literally, Darling, Bridey is a freelance writer. She’s a contributor at HelloGiggles, Trazee Travel, and WildSpice. She has work forthcoming in BUST, BITCH, as well as at PANK and LARB. She has also appeared atHuffington Post, xoJane, NO TOFU, and A Practical Wedding....more
Freelancing is a very brave choice for a work at home mom, but also can be a great and rewarding thing as well. Working on your own terms, being home for your children and having that flexibility is something that we all dream of, right?...more
Gifts, trips, parties … this time of year, it’s time to start thinking about paying for the holidays. Here are some creative holiday jobs to make some money and have fun!Party PlannerDo you love to plan parties? If so, consider planning a party for someone. Start out small: less than 50 people and see how it goes. Being a party planner would consist of sending out invites, keeping track of RSVPs, hiring the caterer, helping your client plan the menu, etc. It may also include being at the event to make sure things are running smoothly....more