Questions to help you reflect and plan for 2020

by Robyn Roste There are all sorts of positive reasons to spend time reflecting on your business, asking questions and planning. Things like reducing anxiety, improving clarity and encouraging creativity. But making the time to work on your business instead of in your business? Sometimes more difficult than it seems. A while back I purchased […]

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 8:31 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Preparing Your Creative Estate

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 an old year ends and a new one begins, my thoughts are alternately joyful and ever-so-slightly melancholic. Joyful, in that the new year […]

Posted on January 2, 2020 at 6:23 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Taking time off when you’re a freelancer

by Robyn Roste As a freelancer, taking time off from work can be a scary thought. What if an inquiry comes in while you’re away and you miss out on a great opportunity? What if there’s a client emergency and you let them down? And what if you go on vacation and then have no […]

Posted on December 17, 2019 at 8:30 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: 

The Born Freelancer on Not Sharing Unmerited Credit

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.   Earlier this year I wrote about protecting your ideas while still participating in the rough and tumble world of freelancing. One of the […]

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 9:43 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Balancing freelance work with creative projects

by Robyn Roste  One damp, dreary winter’s night I sat in bed staring at my phone. I felt the same as usual—bored and listless. On paper everything was great, my days were filled with work, friends and activities. The problem? I fell into bed each night drained rather than energized. I did a quick review […]

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The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #42 — Nicholas Hune-Brown

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. Nicholas Hune-Brown is a Toronto-based magazine writer whose long-form journalism has been published in such outlets as Toronto Life, The Walrus, The Guardian, and The Globe and Mail.  His Toronto Life feature “No Fixed Address,” an […]

Posted on September 26, 2019 at 9:52 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelancer Organization Tips

by Robyn Roste When I began freelancing things were straightforward. Someone would ask me for an article and I would write it. I’d write whenever I felt like it and I’d invoice when I remembered. It sort of worked. But when I decided I wanted to make a real go of freelancing, I realized I […]

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The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #41 — Ayesha Barmania

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.   Ayesha Barmania is an independent journalist, radio producer, audio artist and podcast consultant based in Peterborough, Ontario. They’re the co-host and co-producer of the Peterborough Currents podcast, which was recently nominated […]

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

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: , , , ,