‘Advice’

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: ,

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: , , , ,