‘Advice’

The Born Freelancer on the Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation, Part 2

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.    The Born Freelancer recently sat down with CBMF Executive Director and “long time broadcast person” Kealy Wilkinson, a lifelong freelancer,  to discuss a wide [...]

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Tasty buckets: identifying your motivations as a first step towards freelance business planning

  by Lesley Evans Ogden Recently I had the pleasure of attending “Courage Camp,” a master class on the business of freelancing. Run by freelance journalist Christie Aschwanden, with fellow instructors Bruce Barcott (journalist and author), Laura Helmuth (science and health editor at Slate), and Julia Galef, (President and Cofounder of the Center for Applied [...]

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 6:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #17 — Peter Alexander

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.   Toronto writer Peter Alexander has done a little bit of everything — he’s written for print, television and the web. Recently, he’s been working on digital advertising and marketing for [...]

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

www.you.com… Working your Freelance Website

by Rebecca Hass   Of all the things you put time and money into as a freelancer, a website is one of the most important self-marketing tools at your disposal.   Why it matters  Your website will be the face of your business. It’s the first impression someone will have of you and your work. [...]

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on the Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation, Part 1

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.    “If you don’t know where you’ve been, you’re never going to know where you are going” says Kealy Wilkinson, Executive Director of the Canadian [...]

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation — Part 2

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.   Several months ago I wrote about the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, known as CASL, with which every freelancer who uses email or social media to communicate [...]

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Professional ‘Selfie’… is it time to invest?

by Rebecca Hass   As freelancers, we know that our work comes from the connections we build. Who you know is almost always as important as what you know. But however you manage to find your clients, the image you present online is extremely important. Part of that image is the picture you choose of yourself. Whether it’s for [...]

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:05 am by editor · 3 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

5 tips to maximize your Twitter potential

by Amber Richardson   In the Information Age, it is near impossible to sell yourself (and your work) without using a multi-platform approach. While your story may have warranted a large headline on the front cover of a national paper, chances are it’s not far-reaching unless you promote it via social media. Ashley Ramirez, an [...]

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on the Merits of Unplugging

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 blog’s recent hiatus reminded me of the importance (to me anyway) of occasionally unplugging from the internet in order to properly recharge. Some of [...]

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:01 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Money in the bank: tips for freelance accounting

by Hannah Hoag Not long ago, one of my regular clients had some hiccups with their accounting procedures. Every month or so, I’d have to contact the department to inquire about a payment and track down the source of the problem. Sometimes the payment had never been processed. Other times the cheque had been lost [...]

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 8:13 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,