‘Advice’

The Born Freelancer on the Merits of Becoming an “Expert”

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 first time I was introduced in public as an expert on anything it was in front of several hundred university students when I […]

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #28 — Jane Auster

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.    Jane Auster is a freelance writer, editor and communications specialist based in Toronto. She has written for such publications as Toronto Life, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, and The Toronto Star. She […]

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 9:52 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

What is your time worth?

By Sandra Phinney It’s a curious human trait how we tend to put certain people and professions on a pedestal, while we look down on others. I was acutely aware of this when I farmed. When I taught university courses and wore a professor’s hat, I had tons of respect. Wearing my farmer’s hat … […]

Posted on April 6, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

Sunny Widerman’s tax tips for creatives

It’s nearly April, freelancers. Which means it’s time to start thinking about preparing your tax return. A few weeks ago, CMG Freelance ran a tax tips webinar for our members with Toronto tax specialist Sunny Widerman. To help get you into the tax filing mindset, here are a few of Widerman’s top tips from that webinar. First of all, […]

Posted on March 31, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Using an Alias

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 work simultaneously in a number of different genres and need to separate and differentiate career strands;  or • If you simply […]

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Tips for making it as a freelancer in Canada

Media workers meet in Halifax to discuss worker’s rights By Rebecca Hussman  CMG Freelance and CWA Canada hosted an event for media workers at The Company House in Halifax last week, focusing on workers’ rights and making it in the industry as a freelancer. The event began with a brief presentation on building a sustainable […]

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 8:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #27 — Steve Burgess

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.    Steve Burgess is a Vancouver humourist and freelance writer who covers a wide variety of subjects. Currently, his writing appears most often in Vancouver’s 24 Hours, The Tyee, Montecristo and BC Business. He’s won two […]

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Extroverts and Introverts in Freelancing

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 with some fellow freelancers the other day when the subject came up: who makes the better kind of freelancer – an […]

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #26 — Arno Kopecky

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.    Arno Kopecky won the 2015 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award for his article Title Fight, which ran in the Walrus last summer. The Vancouver-based writer has had his work published in Maclean’s, the Globe and […]

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Having a Business Mailing Address

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. It was late one night when a loud hammering on my front door interrupted an enjoyably quiet summer evening. Upon opening my door I was […]

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,