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 […]

Posted on December 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , ,

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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The Fine Art of Picking a Niche

By Nkiru Asika This isn’t an article about whether you should choose a niche. I believe that specialization is key to stand out from the writer-saturated landscape. Jack of all trades and all that. If your writing business is still new like mine, (I launched as a B2B lead generation writer in July), then you […]

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Ann Douglas on the seven stages of book publishing

Thinking about writing a book? If so, Ann Douglas has some advice for you. Douglas, whose many published books include the “Mother of All” parenting series, gave a presentation at the recent Level Up writers’ conference in Toronto. Her talk focused on the process of publishing non-fiction books through traditional publishing avenues. She offered reams of helpful […]

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Working from home during personal chaos

by Meagan Gillmore I pursued a writing career hoping it would allow me a more flexible home life, perhaps the possibility of staying home to raise any future children. Freelancing was, I believed, a buffer against the financial instabilities that seemed guaranteed for those who entered adulthood during the Great Recession of the mid-2000s. But for […]

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 9:35 pm by editor · 3 Comments · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on the Power of Gratitude

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 was talking over the importance of mental well-being for freelancers with a fellow writer. These dark days of autumn rapidly turning into even […]

Posted on November 8, 2018 at 10:15 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

A Freelancer’s Guide to Content Marketing

by Steven Threndyle Freelancers perusing job listings on Indeed or Glassdoor will often come across content marketing writing gigs. It’s a job that requires the imagination of an advertising copywriter, the inquisitiveness and writing discipline of a journalist and a bit of an understanding of data science. Increasingly, this kind of writing is being outsourced […]

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Always be closing: How to keep marketing even when busy with projects

By Nkiru Asika Halloween may be over, but there is nothing more frightening to a freelance writer than the deathly spectre of no work on the horizon; when your clients literally go ghost. It’s tempting, when you have client work, to forget all about marketing and simply bury yourself in the writing. But that is […]

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Getting freelance work with the CBC

Freelancing for CBC isn’t as easy as it used to be, but there are still gigs to be found at the Mother Corp. The “Getting Work With the CBC” panel at the recent Level Up conference in Toronto offered some insights into just where to find it. The panel was part of a two-day conference […]

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 10:43 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Freelance contracts a hot topic at Level Up conference in Toronto

It’s frustrating to give up lucrative assignments, but are indemnification clauses worth the risks they pose to your assets?

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 6:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,