‘Advice’

The Born Freelancer on Interning for Free

 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.    Whenever I read stories about corporate media insisting they have no money to pay their hard working interns (such as Derek Finkle’s [...]

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Angela West: a Q&A with the founder of Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs

  by Rachel Sanders Every day, Angela West does a generous thing for young Canadian writers. She gets up, has her coffee, and spends 15 or 20 minutes gathering job listings from around the web and aggregating them on her own website, Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs. She’s also a freelance writer, who, over the past [...]

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , ,

The Born Freelancer on The Creative Journey

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 discovered a site which you might enjoy. It’s called I Write Like and purports to tell you whose style your writing most resembles. While I cannot [...]

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Email Self-Marketing 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.     In my last post I described my use of email to periodically market my freelancing services. I said that I was looking into further expanding its [...]

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #15 – Adrien Sala

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.   1. Where are you when most of your story ideas come to you? Usually in conversation with friends. I do a bunch of different stuff, freelancing is [...]

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

Incubating ideas: Where do you get your ideas and how do you organize them?

by Lesley Evans Ogden   The start of a new year is an interesting time. It’s a period of looking both forward and back. For me, the dawn of 2014 marked a phase of furious pitching, which cast my mind towards wondering how other freelancers come up with story ideas. Where do their ideas come from? [...]

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Email Self-Marketing

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 still use old-school email to promote myself to potential new clients as well as for keeping in touch with select past clients. They appear [...]

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 8:30 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Employment insurance for freelancers

by Rachel Sanders Did you know that freelancers are eligible to collect employment insurance benefits? It was news to me. At a recent CMG freelance seminar, Toronto tax specialist Sunny Widerman explained a recent change that gives self-employed people access to certain kinds of EI special benefits. Unfortunately, there’s no EI available for freelancers who just [...]

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 10:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

5 Common Tax Mistakes Freelancers Can Avoid

By Sunny Widerman, Personal Tax Advisors   1. Not setting aside enough funds for taxes When you’re self-employed, you have to be proactive and set aside enough money to cover your tax bill. If not, you may be in for a shock at tax time! There’s no one-size-fits-all for everyone, but for most of our [...]

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on Working Through the Winter Blues

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 love winter” I hear some of you professing. “Stop being such a wuss”. Well, good for you and your well-adjusted mental attitude. You possess a [...]

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,