‘Advice’

3 ways freelancers can build trust with clients

by Robyn Roste As a new freelancer, nothing was more exciting than bidding on and winning a gig. I’d do a happy dance and bask in the initial adrenaline rush. And then I’d get on with my day. I’d work on assignments and turn them in when I was finished, but every now and then […]

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on “It’s All Been Done Before”

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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. A young freelance writer I know was lamenting the other day how hard it was for her to come up with anything original. “It’s […]

Posted on February 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Questions to help you reflect and plan for 2020

by Robyn Roste There are all sorts of positive reasons to spend time reflecting on your business, asking questions and planning. Things like reducing anxiety, improving clarity and encouraging creativity. But making the time to work on your business instead of in your business? Sometimes more difficult than it seems. A while back I purchased […]

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 8:31 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Preparing Your Creative Estate

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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. As an old year ends and a new one begins, my thoughts are alternately joyful and ever-so-slightly melancholic. Joyful, in that the new year […]

Posted on January 2, 2020 at 6:23 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Taking time off when you’re a freelancer

by Robyn Roste As a freelancer, taking time off from work can be a scary thought. What if an inquiry comes in while you’re away and you miss out on a great opportunity? What if there’s a client emergency and you let them down? And what if you go on vacation and then have no […]

Posted on December 17, 2019 at 8:30 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: 

The Born Freelancer on Not Sharing Unmerited Credit

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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.   Earlier this year I wrote about protecting your ideas while still participating in the rough and tumble world of freelancing. One of the […]

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 9:43 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Balancing freelance work with creative projects

by Robyn Roste  One damp, dreary winter’s night I sat in bed staring at my phone. I felt the same as usual—bored and listless. On paper everything was great, my days were filled with work, friends and activities. The problem? I fell into bed each night drained rather than energized. I did a quick review […]

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: 

3 Social Media Posting Formulas for Service-Based Freelancers

by Robyn Roste Having an online presence helps potential clients learn more about who you are, what you do and why they should hire you. And while most freelancers understand this, it’s still easy to overlook social media as an important piece of any online content marketing strategy. Regardless of its positive or negative impact, […]

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Clients Who Are Slow to Pay

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? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.   A couple regular clients of mine recently have been slow to pay. This is a familiar scenario most freelancers will repeatedly face throughout […]

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 9:33 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #42 — Nicholas Hune-Brown

In this regular feature, Story Board asks Canadian freelancers to share a few details about their work habits and their strategies for navigating the ups and downs of freelance life. Nicholas Hune-Brown is a Toronto-based magazine writer whose long-form journalism has been published in such outlets as Toronto Life, The Walrus, The Guardian, and The Globe and Mail.  His Toronto Life feature “No Fixed Address,” an […]

Posted on September 26, 2019 at 9:52 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,