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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What I Did This Summer

The summer flew by for me. My celebrated my 32nd birthday. I bought my husband a new puppy for his 34th birthday a week later. I hung out in Brooklyn a lot. I walked the Brooklyn Bridge like a tourist. I forgot to use that Cold Stone gift card I got for Christmas last...

On Dreaming Big

The amount of skepticism in the industry is, to me, unsettling. When you dream big dreams (of the I want to be a New York Times bestselling author variety), experienced writers practically jump up to tell you how unlikely it is. Well, of course it’s unlikely....

September Group Therapy

This month, we’re having another Twitter chat for Group Therapy. Last month, we got into a lively discussion about websites and branding so I think we should talk about that this time. We’ll meet up on Twitter at 6pm on September 19th, using the #DMF hashtag. We start...

5 Crazy Ways I’ve Found Clients

I’m not typically a big believer in karma but there is one kind of karma specifically that I’ve come to believe in whole-heartedly: the karma of marketing. The idea isn’t even truly mine. A few months back I was doing a big marketing push to bring in new clients. In...

The Wimp’s Guide to Protecting Your Office Hours

Sometimes all this advice about what you should do as a freelancer is just too much. It’s “You should put your foot down” and “You should just say no.” Even if you know that’s what you’re supposed to do, it can be hard to stand up for your business. Sometimes you have...

August’s Group Therapy

August’s Group Therapy will be old school and swing back to a Twitter chat. (#DMF) We’re doing it August 30th at 5:30pm. I hope you all can make it. Here are the topics this month: Q1: What memberships, associations, etc have you joined to further your freelance...

The Business of Freelancing

I don’t think it’s a secret that I am more business-minded than writer-minded. (Just look at the way I butchered that sentence.) I don’t think of the two as mutually exclusive. but I am less concerned with whether an editor has completely rewritten my lede than...