When Your Client’s Baby Is Ugly

So often we freelancers forget that the project means a lot more to the client than it does to us. That’s because it’s their baby. They created–gave birth–to it. They nurtured it and put in the hard work to get it where it is today. And then they realized they could only do so much for it and handed it over to us to give it a push to get it to the next level.

Group Therapy On Facebook

So if you’re familiar with Diary of a Mad Freelancer, you know we used to do Group Therapy on Twitter monthly-ish. (And we are going back to that soon.) But I also realized how hard it is to ask questions and talk about things you wouldn’t want a client to see on...

Dear Bitter Freelancer

You don’t know me. Well, maybe you do. But the way you know me is because your previous client asked you to email me some files because they are my new client. So when I got your email with unusable files and the snarky message, I was a little surprised. I mean, it seems like you’re angry at me for some reason. Again, we’ve never interacted before this. You had a lot to say about the client. You had a lot to say about me. And now I have a few things to say.

CreativeMornings Austin

So remember when I said that I needed to find reasons to brush my teeth and leave my home office more often? Well, I wasn’t just writing that so I could tell you about a three year old’s bad breath. I was serious about getting out and about. I started with a lecture with CreativeMornings Austin.

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.

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

Networking isn’t that simple. If it were, every business would succeed wildly. While it’s true the right individual can get you what you need, actually contacting this person in the first place can be a bit of a challenge. Here are a few ways to make it much easier so you can work on improving and expanding your business.

Why Specializing Works and How to Start in Your Business

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 else’s standards. It’s part of your passion to make your own way.

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

Throughout history, authors have kept journals, written letters and dashed off occasional broadsides on the issues of the day. Normally, though, the best of such spontaneous writings got published after the author’s death. They weren’t themselves considered the author’s body of work or judged as indicative of his or her talent.

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 to do some work for me, which really isn’t all that fun because I’m still in charge of what goes wrong.

It May Hurt, But Asking for Client Feedback is Essential

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 job you’re doing is the best you can possibly do, or you’ll start to doubt yourself.