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The Cure for Self Doubt: Satisfaction Guaranteed

Posted by on 9:41 am in Business Basics, Guest Posts | 4 comments

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. You start to wonder if that project you poured your heart and soul into wasn’t as good as you thought. Then maybe you have second thoughts about why you became a freelancer in the first place. That little voice in the back of your head tells you the reason for the silence is that...

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Deja Vu

Posted by on 1:48 am in Freelance Life | 8 comments

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 deja vu in a way. As I get more involved in the fiction writing process and the community, I see so many parallels to other experiences I’ve had when trying something new. Boring Story About My Hair I went “natural” almost two years ago. For those not familiar, going “natural” is...

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Not What I Expected

Posted by on 3:24 am in Freelance Life | 1 comment

Not What I Expected

Every year around this time, I start thinking about what I want the next year to be like. I’m a big believer in visualization. Some people think that means I sit around with my crystals fantasizing about the future. The truth is that I just believe that the first step to making anything happen is to be able to see it clearly in my head. Last year I had big plans for 2012. Most of them fell through. When I tell people that, they get sad for me. Or they make that “Awwww” sound. (By the way, I hate that sound. It sounds like pity to me.) What...

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Freelancers Can Now Accept Payments Over the Phone

Posted by on 12:10 pm in Business Basics | 1 comment

Freelancers Can Now Accept Payments Over the Phone

This guest post is brought to you by WePay, the easiest way to accept payments online. Sign up today for a free account and start accepting payments via phone right now!One of my former clients is dodging me right now. The l last I heard from him, a few months ago, he had every excuse in the book not to pay me. He’d closed his business checking account when the business failed, so he’d have to pay me from personal funds. Sure, he could use his sister’s PayPal, but he’d have to get the password. He couldn’t meet me to run a credit card through...

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Breaking Free of Mental Gridlock

Posted by on 12:44 am in Productivity | 6 comments

Breaking Free of Mental Gridlock

A few weeks ago I took a three-day trip to Mississippi. While I was gone I left my pets with a local pet boarding facility (where they had a great time and barely missed me). When I picked them up the Monday I got back I was totally surprised by the number of cars on the road. It was about around 5:30 — I’d totally forgotten that rush hour even existed. Since becoming a freelancer I’ve pretty much avoided the traffic gridlocks that most 9-to-5-ers experience as part of their daily routine. I work from home, so there’s no real reason to be on...

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Freelance and Zen of Marketing Karma

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Freelance and Zen of Marketing Karma

I don’t talk about it much but I’m not much of religion-y person. It may be that I just can’t find a place to fit in. I’m too much of a capitalist (and clothes wearer) to be a pagan most days. I’m often uninterested in what would Jesus (or Mohammed) would do. I’m not versed enough in guilt to try Judaism. And my temper is far too swift to try Buddhism and meat is still too tasty for me. So I guess if I had to say what I believe in, I’d say that I believe in the religion of Kindness–being as kind to the world as possible, starting with...

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New Pen Drama

Posted by on 11:35 am in Freelance Life | 14 comments

New Pen Drama

Reading the title of this post may make you think I’m a lunatic with no life. You’re wrong. I most definitely have a life. It’s just that I’m a writer. If you get a group of writers in any room, dollars to donuts the conversation will turn to writing utensils at any moment. It’s in our blood. Chefs have their knives. Hunters have their guns. Writers have their pens. That’s not to say that the quickest way to a writer’s heart with a handful of pens. However, any writer you know has a pen preference. Just go ahead and ask a writer about their...

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Online Invoicing with WePay.com: Approximately 1 Trillion Times Faster than a Pony

Posted by on 3:30 am in Business Basics, Guest Posts | 4 comments

Online Invoicing with WePay.com: Approximately 1 Trillion Times Faster than a Pony

This guest post is brought to you by WePay, the easiest way to accept payments online.   Back in olden times, when freelancers like you and me wanted to collect money from clients, we pecked out an invoice on our trusty Underwood typewriter, left an epithelial DNA sample on a stamp, walked it down 5-flights of our Brooklyn walkup to the mailbox (this was when Brooklyn wasn’t “Brooklyn,” mind you), then waited for the mailperson to gallop his pony to your client’s HQ. Then you waited for Ye Olde Accounts Payable Department to flip on...

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Dude, Where is My Money?

Posted by on 3:30 am in Tools and Tips | 11 comments

Dude, Where is My Money?

About two months ago, I was opening the mail when I realized I got a check from a client. The client is a trade magazine I’ve written for about once a month for almost two years. It’s not unusual to receive a check from them. What was unusual was that they didn’t owe me any money at time. I remember staring at the check like it was a trick before deciding that cashing it would be a mistake.  First thing the next morning, I emailed my editor to report the money. A few hours later, I got an email back that said he was very sure that the payment...

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Why Working “Sales” Jobs Made Me Bad At Selling Myself

Posted by on 3:28 am in Business Basics | 2 comments

Why Working “Sales” Jobs Made Me Bad At Selling Myself

Before and during college I worked my fair share of menial jobs. I’ve worked in fast food restaurants and as a server in a steakhouse; I’ve done retail and telemarketing. I even worked summers growing up at my grandmother’s dog kennel, cleaning up dog poop—certainly nothing elegant there. But all of these jobs had one thing in common: at each, I was interacting with the company’s customers, trying to guarantee they left satisfied and often trying to get them to buy a little more than they’d intended. Many people would think that’d be a great...

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