How To Cope With Rejection As A Freelancer

"I used to save all my rejections, always thinking, "I'll show them". I always talk about how hard it is, but I also think it's glorious... ...Writers are writers because they can't help but be writers; they have to get it out there. I feel more whole and reassured when I've written something. I try to discourage my students from a writing career most of the time. The ones who get beyond it are really meant to … [Read more...]

How To Weather The Storm By Making Your Money Work For You

Unless you're an extremely successful freelancer, you'll most likely find yourself holding an umbrella at some point or another. One month, you'll have more than enough money to pay the bills. The next, you'll find yourself considering the possibility of throwing in the towel. What do you do when paying the bills each month requires a garage sale? Have no fear, there is one key thing that you can do to … [Read more...]

Why The Delete Key Is My Best Friend When It Comes To Telling Off Clients

I've always prided myself on the fact that I provide impeccable customer service. But bottom line - if you're in the service industry (which we are), you will find yourself dealing with ridiculous clients. Whether you're a waitress being screamed at by an angry customer about a spot on his fork, or you're an IT person explaining the "I-D-10-T" error to a client who won't accept that, every once in a while, … [Read more...]

Is It Okay If You’re Not Qualified For The Job?

What's an expert? I read somewhere, that the more a man knows, the more he knows, he doesn't know. So I suppose one definition of an expert would be someone who doesn't admit out loud that he knows enough about a subject to know he doesn't really know that much. -Malcolm Forbes If I could attribute one idea to my success as a freelancer, it would be this: “You Are Who You Say You Are”. All too often, … [Read more...]

You Don’t Realize How Talented You Are

We, as freelancers, are many times our own worst enemies. Through out my experiences, I've learned that artistic people tend to be the most analytical. Even to this day, I cringe a bit before pressing the send button when e-mailing a proof to a client. Yes, I am always proud of my work, but there is always that little bastard on my shoulder who whispers into my ear, 'You don't deserve to be in this industry. … [Read more...]