‘Advice’

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 · 4 Comments · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on More Essential Traits for 2015

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.    A Happy and Healthy New Year to you! To begin 2015, I thought I would conclude my previous post with a few more essential […]

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

A freelancer’s report from CBC’s The Doc Project

by Willow Yamauchi For the last four years, I’ve been a CBC freelancer. Being a self-taught journalist worked up to a point, because storytelling is innate. But there’s more to the work than that.  I had been pitching and producing for a while, but was mostly limited to short and simple stories.  Long-form docs, with […]

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Good news from the magazine industry: business media’s thriving

by Rachel Sanders Good news about the publishing industry is rare these days. So when Don Genova heard some, he came straight to Story Board to share it with his freelance colleagues. Genova, a freelance food and travel writer and president of the Canadian Media Guild’s Freelance Branch, had run into an old friend – an editor […]

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

The Born Freelancer’s Resolutions on Essential Traits in 2015

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.  For this post I thought I would combine two ideas that seem timely. First, my list of the essential qualities or characteristics I believe every […]

Posted on December 23, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The Born Freelance on Advising Wannabees

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.    This is the time of year for greater social interaction, even among self-professed curmudgeonly writers. But with it also comes the greater likelihood of […]

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on Being a “Real” Freelancer

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 was talking to a freelance colleague of mine recently who was being dismissive of a fellow freelancer: “Pffft! He isn’t a real freelancer; he’s […]

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Motivation and its evil twin: procrastination

by Lesley Evans Ogden   To make a go of it as a freelancer, an abundance of motivation is crucial. But as we all know and hate, motivation doesn’t come in steady waves. It tends to ebb and flow over time, sometimes waning when we need it the most. Procrastination is one of those nasty […]

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #18 — Andrew Braithwaite

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.   Andrew Braithwaite is a Canadian-born writer currently living in San Francisco. He’s written about food and wine, architecture, travel and culture for such publications as enRoute, Wine & Spirits, the Globe and […]

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,