‘Advice’

The Cost of Saying Yes to Every Gig

How turning down projects can help you build your freelance writing business.   by Miranda Miller Opportunity cost dictates that even when you make the best choice possible, you lose out on the benefits of the next best option. We see this constantly as we move through life, in everything from grocery shopping to deciding […]

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Spring Cleaning for Freelancers

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? Your input is welcome in the comments. With the coming of Spring (sorry, Maritimes, but your Spring will eventually arrive too – I hope) there is no better time to reappraise and […]

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Simultaneous pitching – views from the other side of the desk

by Lesley Evans Ogden For freelance journalists and producers, pitching is a make or break activity. And the traditional advice doled out to freelancers pitching their stories has been that simultaneous pitching – pitching the same story to multiple outlets simultaneously – is a no-no. Recently, this blog post by Scott Carney suggested that simultaneous […]

Posted on March 12, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 4 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #19 — Joanne Will

In this regular feature, Story Board asks Canadian writers to share a few details about their work habits and their strategies for navigating the ups and downs of freelance life.   Joanne Will is a Toronto-based writer who has written for publications such as the Globe and Mail and The Tyee about everything from food history, to music, to literature, […]

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 1:19 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Producing Your Radio Drama Script

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? Your input is welcome in the comments.   Some time ago I wrote about the challenges and benefits of writing a radio drama script, especially for those who had never previously considered […]

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Why does a freelancer’s copyright matter?

by Rachel Sanders In the wake of our recent post about a contract dispute between a group of freelancers and the non-profit broadcaster Accessible Media Inc., it seems like a good time for a refresher on the topic of copyright and moral rights. As a freelancer, why should you protect your copyright? What are moral rights, […]

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 10:41 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Toronto freelancer goes the distance to pursue non-paying client

Most freelancers have had to deal with it at some point in their careers – a client who is slow to process invoices, or, worse, one that’s deliberately avoiding paying their contractors. Chasing down a paycheque can be frustrating, humiliating and damaging to your productivity. Sometimes it seems easier to just give up on that […]

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Striving For Perfection

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? Your input is welcome in the comments.    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the relationship between those ideas which inspire me most and the monumental task of transforming them into […]

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The state of the unpaid internship

by Rachel Sanders “Don’t devalue yourself.” That’s the number one piece of advice that Claire Seaborn offers young people looking for work these days. It’s kind of the opposite of the advice offered by the governor of the Bank of Canada last fall. Stephen Poloz’s suggestion that young job hunters should take unpaid work to […]

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Growing Your Freelance Writing Business: 4 Must-Haves for 2015

by Miranda Miller Treating your writing business like a business means getting the supports and resources in place to help you to flourish. We write because we love to write; keeping the books and being our own PR people can be tedious and often falls to the wayside. For several years, I struggled to expand […]

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 5 Comments · Tagged with: ,