What Can Make People Think You're a Jerk

Every once in a while I fall into a trap of overwork. Have you ever been there? If you are a freelancer, chances are you have. Heck, chances are, if you do more than sit on your butt all day you have. It starts with a fear. Fear of having no clients. Fear of having no money. Fear of having an unhappy family. It is followed by an intense frenzy of too much work. Trying to turn around jobs as fast as possible. Trying to win new clients. Trying to keep a spotless house. Trying to take your kid to every event they want to go to. Lather, rinse, repeat....more
@Darcie Thank you Darcie! When I feel overwhelmed I try do do what you suggest. I let myself ...more

Falling Apart

Things are falling apart, and I haven’t got the money to fix them.Last June I wrote about the challenge of job hunting with a chronic illness, and how happy I was that I found a job that pays very little but which allows me to work from home. I’ve been trying to get by on very little money for several years now, ever since I was diagnosed with a chronic illness in 2004....more

How I Stopped Worrying & Learned to Love Being a Freelancer

My plan of someday being my own boss was the same as many people’s, save money, pay down debt and someday, strike out on my own.  Someday came sooner than I thought. The recession came and I lost my job like 1000’s of others.  Well, this was it I thought.  The time had come.   It was a most inconvenient time, my husband and I had separated and I was struggling to live on my income alone.  ...more
After over 20 years in corporate America.  I am a free-lancer, too.  I am.  I am.  Really.  I ...more

Confessions Of A Multitasker

Last Friday, Elaine–my partner at $200K Freelancer–called me while I was in the middle of a trip with my daughter to the National Museum of Natural History’s Bug Zoo. We were talking about e-commerce plug-ins for the site.“Oooh,” yelled the crowd in the background. “Don’t mind that,” I said, or something similar. “The tarantula just ate the cricket.” ...more

3 Reasons Why Your Rates Matter

Humans have weird perceptions - a flea market purchase is synonymous with low prices and possibly low quality, while a purchase from a high end store gives us the satisfaction of owning a high quality product, even if it leaves our wallets lighter. We extend this thought process to all facets of our lives, be it personal or professional, which is why, as a small business owner or a solopreneur, your rates reflect the quality of your work....more

Dawning on me

It's funny... and may be nothing more than coincidence (though I prefer to think of these occurrences as having more import, somehow)... that sometimes everything happening in your life seems to be guiding you, gently, in the same very clear direction. It all started back in December when I decided that one of my goals for 2012 was to become a better writer. ...more

Roundup - 25 Career and Business Women Bloggers Worth Reading

In my role as Section Editor for Career & Business at BlogHer I get to scour the internet looking for quality content to help you succeed. Career and business is central to many of our lives and yet it can sometimes feel hard to find voices that resonate with our heart, provide practical advice, and generally make us feel not so alone in our own journey. ...more
That is so true, Paula. A support is always needed in each and every walk of life. One thing I ...more

Looking for Freelance Gigs? 5 Groups That Can Help

Vblogging is considered the new hotness for social media, because videos give people another way to consume content and searchengines love them. I’m experimenting with vlogging, so I created the video below to share some tips on finding freelance clients. ...more
Do you have any tips on establishing relationships with advertising or marketing agencies? What ...more

You Scare Me: Swashbuckling Tales of Salty Clients & 10 Lifesaving Tips

 I'm going to bare a little bit of my soul here in order to help the hundreds of thousands of freelancers who will be cheated, mistreated, and bleeded today if they remain uninformed....more

Freelancers: Why You're Probably Charging Too Little

Three years ago, when I left my job to freelance full time, I had a hard time shifting my mental math from salary to an hourly rate. When a client agreed to pay $30/hour for my copywriting services, I was over the moon, thinking it was an outrageously extravagant sum. After all, $30/hour x 40 hours in a week x 52 weeks in a year = $62,400, which was way more than the salary I'd just left. (I'm sure some of you are already laughing at that equation, because you know where I'm going with this.) ...more
My move to full-time freelance writing 6 years ago (had already been doing it PT for 2 years) ...more