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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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New Year’s Resolution #1: Take Care of Yourself First

By Christine Peets If you choose to make New Year’s resolutions, you might notice the same themes arising year after year. They often involve trying to be healthier by getting more exercise, eating healthy food, balancing the work/life stuff, etc. etc. Or, as Jerry Seinfeld would say, “Yada, Yada, Yada.” Those with chronic illness or […]

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The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #38 — Angela Mombourquette

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.   Angela Mombourquette is a Halifax-based freelance journalist who has written for such publications as The Walrus, Halifax Magazine, and the Chronicle Herald. She is also the author of the […]

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The Born Freelancer Reviews the Zoom H4N Pro Digital Recorder

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.   OK, so nobody will ever accuse me of being an impulse-shopper. I’ve been looking into buying an up to date portable digital recorder […]

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