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 · LEAVE A COMMENT · 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 […]

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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: , , ,

Public Lending Right Program’s 2019 registration period now open

If you’re a Canadian author, illustrator or photographer with one or more published books, it’s time to register for the Public Lending Right Program. The program is a Canada Council for the Arts initiative that sends payments every year to creators whose books are in Canadian public libraries. This year’s registration period runs until May 1, […]

Posted on February 21, 2019 at 6:00 am 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: ,

The Born Freelancer on Being a Frugal Freelancer

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.   Let’s talk money. (Got your attention, didn’t it?) Today I want to talk about the money we spend. Or rather, shouldn’t. You see, […]

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 8:57 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #39 — Lesley Evans Ogden

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. Lesley Evans Ogden is a B.C.-based science journalist whose clients include Natural History, Scientific American, BBC, Nature, and CBC. Her work can also be found here on Story Board. She just […]

Posted on January 24, 2019 at 10:13 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Lessons from Katie Jensen and Vicky Mochama of Vocal Fry Studios

By Cara Fox If I’m honest, for many years the only thing that kept me from freelancing was the fact that I didn’t feel good enough. No matter how many qualified people told me I was capable, complimented my work and prodded me to keep going, it wasn’t enough to make me feel “credible.” What […]

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