Tag Archives: freelance

You Can Do More Than You Think You Can

14 Jul
Clouds Jump Rainbow

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Since I’ve traveled with kids a decent amount, people often ask me for tips.

My most frequent advice is:

You can do more than you think you can.

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Top 10: Seattle Places to “Work from Home”

23 Jan

Seattle Coffee Shop ChocolatiYou probably know that Seattle is a coffee town. But you might not know that hordes of nomadic workers use its cozy, caffeinated haunts as offices.

Whether you’re a fellow Seattle freelancer (like me), a local looking for a good place to read the day away, or just someone daydreaming about Seattle coffee culture, this Top 10 list is for you.

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Get Things Done

5 Sep
Photo adapted from "Spring" by Katie Brady, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo adapted from “Spring” by Katie Brady, Flickr CC

What is it about the change of the calendar to fall that makes us itch to get things done? Maybe it goes back to our gather-and-hibernate instinct…

Regardless, I happened upon this TED Talk video yesterday, and it’s an excellent follow up to my post about stress-free productivity last week.

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Work Better

29 Aug

CrashTestDummyAs we approach Labor Day, I’d like to make this public service announcement:

You don’t have to work harder to work better.

If I read that before I started my freelance business, I would’ve thought, “Yeah, right.”

But five years of being my own boss has taught me many surprising things about true productivity, all of which have nothing to do with stress and cashing in valuable personal time for more work time.

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So You Think You Can Freelance? Part 4: Q&A

4 Mar

In Part 1, we discussed the mindset. In Part 2, we explored the ground work, and in Part 3 we talked money.

Now let’s get down to specifics. Here are some questions I received from others taking the plunge. Both new and experienced freelancers (and their clients) should find good info in here. So let’s dig in …

Photo courtesy of Scott McLeod, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Scott McLeod, Flickr Creative Commons

Wishy-Washy About Payment

Q: A client approached me about a project, but ducked my questions about payment. What should I do?

A: It’s okay to gather details about the project without talking numbers. Certainly don’t let that stage drag on, and never confirm your participation or sign anything until that is a part of the discussion. Work, by definition, pays. This is your livelihood. Good clients will understand and respect that.

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So You Think You Can Freelance? Part 3: Money

25 Feb

Before you read this, did you read Part 1: Mindset and Part 2: Ground Work? Both are critical before you even think about the money. If you have…

Photo courtesy of Anna Magal, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Anna Magal, Flickr Creative Commons

What do you charge?

Be honest. It’s what you want to know, right? If you’re going to take this dive, you need some assurance there will be a little money waiting when you land.

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So You Think You Can Freelance? Part I: Mindset

11 Feb
Photo courtesy of slworking2, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of slworking2, Flickr Creative Commons

Have elaborate fantasies of spending your days in pajamas, checking Facebook, sipping lattes in coffee shops … and maybe jumping into the occasional Slayer match on your lunch break?

Sure. It’s a little of that sometimes.

But I can tell you from five years of experience, you better be able to hang with the following tough guys, or as the saying goes: Don’t quit your day job.

So you think you can freelance? Meet your new work force.

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