‘Advice’

Freelance Skill Share Extraordinaire – Pitfalls and Pitching for Freelancers

by Lesley Evans Ogden Assemble any group of freelancers at a networking event, or Google “freelance challenges,” and a common set of discussion topics tends to emerge. How can we write the best pitches? How do we negotiate contracts? And for some: How do I get started? Navigating freelance challenges to survive and thrive in […]

Posted on June 27, 2019 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Five Things Freelancers Should Know About Conferences… and why you should attend a few

By George Butters  Ever heard of a fishing hole? That’s a place where fish congregate, and where savvy fishers go with line and hook. Conferences are where ideas are said to congregate, along with the people who espouse them. So for freelancers, conferences are a double whammy: attend the right conference and you’ll get the […]

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 11:12 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Workplace Injuries

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.   I know most people don’t normally associate the phrase “workplace injuries” with the act of writing. One non-writer friend joked, “What do you […]

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 8:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

On Cue: Switching from Print to Podcast? It May Not Be as Big a Stretch as You Think

by Meagan Gillmore I never intended to host a daily podcast. But in March 2019, I unexpectedly traded in a notebook for a microphone and took on the role of guest-host for The Pulse, a daily show on AMI-audio that focuses on current affairs related to disability and accessibility. Before, I thought print journalists began podcasting […]

Posted on May 9, 2019 at 6:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on (Not) Having Your Ideas Stolen

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.   The police tell us to stencil our name or other uniquely identifiable mark on our most valuable property. In the event it is […]

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 9:58 pm by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , ,

CMG Freelance tax time advice

Spring has sprung! And that means it’s tax time. CMG Freelance president Don Genova has a special offer that will help you learn everything you need to know about running your freelance business. Watch his latest video update. For more information on the costs and benefits of membership, check out this page on the CMG […]

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 9:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer’s Q&A with “Light Writer” Maggie MacPherson

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 a word person (primarily) I’ve always been fascinated by those skilled in the visual arts. Maggie MacPherson is a Vancouver-based freelance photographer whose […]

Posted on March 14, 2019 at 9:26 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , , ,

PWAC panel advises freelancers to ask for raises

by Meagan Gillmore Stagnant or low rates should motivate freelancers, not make them timid. That’s according to a panel of experienced freelancers who spoke recently at an event in Toronto called “Let’s Talk Rates: How to Ask for What You’re Worth and Get Paid On Time.” The event was hosted by the Toronto chapter of […]

Posted on March 5, 2019 at 7:17 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #40 — Kalli Anderson

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.   Kalli Anderson is an award-winning freelance audio producer, filmmaker and journalist based in Toronto. She has produced radio documentaries, news reports and current affairs segments for CBC Radio. Her writing has […]

Posted on February 28, 2019 at 10:13 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Finding Better Clients Through Positioning

by Robyn Roste Last year was a good freelance year for me, but by the fourth quarter I was feeling spread thin. In theory I knew what I needed—fewer, higher paying clients—but I was tired of guessing and muddling my way through. I wanted someone to draw me a road map. In December, I hired […]

Posted on February 5, 2019 at 8:43 pm by editor · 4 Comments · Tagged with: ,