The Born Freelancer Asks: Are We Notoriously Lazy?

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 accusation took me completely by surprise. I was once in casual discussions with an industry insider about the conditions under which we might […]

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

Ten Reasons to Join CMG Freelance

Freelancers, have you been looking for a good reason to join our freelance union? From contract advice to professional development opportunities, CMG Freelance president Don Genova gives you ten reasons in this new video.  For more information on the costs and benefits of membership, check out this page on the CMG Freelance website.  

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Webinar: Handling the Physical and Emotional Realities of Journalism

Journalism can be a risky business – not just in conflict zones but in many domestic settings as well. The risks have grown steadily across the years, and no one is more vulnerable than the freelancer, working without the technical, physical and emotional support of a single employer, usually at a financial disadvantage too. With […]

Posted on March 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Thriving in the brave new world of work

Freelancers — with our flexible working hours, multiple income streams and oft-precarious employment status — probably understand better than most people how the world of work has changed over the past couple of decades. But everyone else seems to be catching on these days, too. “The future of work” has become a hot topic for […]

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 10:45 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Making New Year’s Resolutions

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 trouble with most New Year’s resolutions is that they are almost always doomed. They are unrealistic and wholly out of character. And of […]

Posted on January 10, 2018 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The Born Freelancer’s Musings on Muses and the Origins of Inspiration

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 speaking to a visual artist the other day. I found myself guilty of asking him the same over-worked question we writers so […]

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer on Getting Names Right

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. Names possess almost magical power unlike any other words. Used correctly, they can help foster confidence, trust, empathy and credibility.  Incorrect use can be […]

Posted on September 6, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Freelancing as a parent

by Brittany Duggan As a dancer-turned-journalist, many of the new parents in my life have been freelancers. Paid maternity leaves are mostly foreign concepts and continuing to work has usually involved an impressive juggle of scheduling, creative childcare, and evolving expectations. Many lines of work in Canada are made up of freelance or contract labour. […]

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Freelance Skillshare and Community Building Opportunities

by Amanda Maxwell Considering the freelance route, jumping from the nine-to-five into the freedom of midnight keyboard sessions in your PJs? Terrified but excited, and not sure where to go for information? While there are a lot of resources out there, they’re mostly online with very little of the personal touch. If you don’t know many […]

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

New UK report highlights the challenges of freelancing

This post is the eleventh in a series called “E-Lancer Writes,” exploring the working conditions, rights and collective organizing strategies of freelance journalists, interns and other low-wage or temporary digital media workers. By Errol Salamon New data confirm that the number of freelance journalists has increased across the UK since 2000 and their pay is […]

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,