Wait. When Was the Last Time You Brushed Your Teeth?

Now that I’m in Austin and back to full time freelancing, I guess I’ve been taking advantage of alone time I can get now. My world consists of my bedroom, my office, the mailbox, and the playground down the street. It was so needed after the constant interactions I had to deal with in NYC. I’ve been reveling in it, actually.

But maybe too much.

Meet PJ Tour (Austin Edition)

So a while back, I made a decision to socialize more in person with my various communities than online. It easy for the computer savvy geek in me to limit my interactions to tweets, posts, and likes. But I also believe that forgoing in person connections makes PJ a dull girl. So I push myself to make public appearances when I can.

I Un-Quit

Note: Yes, I made up the word “un-quit.” So what? I like it. I think I’ll use it more often. Have you ever changed your mind about something? What...

I Quit

There is an old saying that quitters never prosper. That’s a lie, though. If you have never quit anything, then you are still dating the first boy you ever kissed, rocking the first hairstyle you ever tried, and working at the first job you ever landed. The trick is...

Need to Network? Tips for Getting to the Right Person

This guest post is brought to you by WePay – the easiest way to accept credit cards online. Looking to expand your business into a new market? Want to take your online store to the next level with some great new products? Simply want a new colleague or business...

Why Specializing Works and How to Start in Your Business

This guest post is brought to you by WePay – the easiest way to accept credit cards online. You don’t want to limit yourself as a business owner. You got into the freelance world because you like to play by your own rules and don’t want to conform to anyone...

Must You Blog to Be a Successful Freelancer? A Minority View

I don’t have a blog. According to my marketing colleagues, this makes me either stupid or a non-entity. Sorry, though, I do quite well for myself without publishing a blog. The main reason I don’t blog is that I love writing too much to do it casually. My...

Time to Play Ball: I’ve Made It To The Big Leagues

So I’ve got big news. See, I’ve made it to the big league. How do I know? First, I’ve turned down a handful of assignments so far this year. Second, I’m firing my first client. Saying No: Getting Beyond Desperate For the first three months of the year I piled on the...

Do You Want Me To Come Over There and Chew Your Food, Too?

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that my business is getting bigger. Big enough that I have to subcontract some work out and I may be doing that more and more over the next couple of months. The bad news is that I have to hire a bunch of subcontractors...

It May Hurt, But Asking for Client Feedback is Essential

This guest post is brought to you by WePay – the easiest way to accept credit cards online. You like to think your business is pitch perfect – after all, who wants to think that the mighty ship they’re steering has a few leaks in it? You need to believe that the...

Freelancaversary 2013–What I Learned

So it’s my freelancaversary and I have to admit that feels good to be still here pounding the pavement and collecting checks about 12 years after I sold my first freelance piece. (Whoa, don’t get too excited there. I’ve only been freelancing full-time for something...

7 Warning Signs a Client Won’t Pay

This guest post is brought to you by WePay – the easiest way to accept credit cards online.I’ve been stiffed by exactly three clients in my five years of freelancing, but the sad thing is that I probably could have avoided all three incidences if I’d listened to...

The Cure for Self Doubt: Satisfaction Guaranteed

It seems like there is one thing all creative people have in common: that nagging feeling of self-loathing and doubt. I’m sure you’ve felt it. You send out a finished project to a client and wait to get a reply email with a raving review… only to get radio silence....

Deja Vu

Recently, I started writing fiction again. (I know. I know. As if I need yet another thing to do.) Before I considered freelancing at all, I used to write fiction all the time in my spare time. Now I’m working on it again and it feels great. But it also feels like...