Expanding Your Portfolio with Sandra Phinney

By Grace Szucs With legacy media crumbling and a scarcity of full-time writing jobs, keeping a freelance lifestyle means looking in the nooks and crannies of your own backyard. Sandra Phinney, freelance writer and photographer based in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is a travel writer at heart, but has had to get creative to survive. “I […]

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The Freelancer’s Guide to Content Marketing

By Steven Threndyle Chances are, you didn’t become a freelancer because you wanted to learn how to write something called “native advertising.” Maybe you’re a graduate from a journalism school, or you’ve honed your freelance career by pitching, researching, and writing stories for magazines such as The Walrus, Canadian Business, or Toronto Life. But A-list […]

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Social media webinar for members October 27th

Need to improve your social media skills? CMG Freelance and CWA Canada Associate Members are invited to a free webinar led by Elamin Abdelmahmoud, the social media editor at Buzzfeed Canada. Register here for the workshop, which is scheduled for Thursday, October 27th from 6 to 7 p.m. ET. After you register, you’ll be sent […]

Posted on October 19, 2016 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Expanding your freelance portfolio

By Sandra Phinney I’ll never forget the day I announced to my husband, “Barrie, I’m going to be a freelance writer.” The look on his face was priceless. You see, 19 years earlier I’d said, “Barrie, I’m going to be a farmer.” That actually happened; I grew 10 acres of organic fruit and vegetables—before the […]

Posted on October 6, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

Advice on finding work and selling your skills from the Beyond Journalism panel

by Jennifer D’Agostino Last week freelance journalists came together at the Page One café to discuss life beyond journalism. The event, put on by CWA Canada and CMG Freelance, saw panelists discuss the importance, in the ever-changing media world, of using journalism skills in careers within and beyond media. Journalists were able to hear advice from a […]

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Follow the Money: How to Find Clients & Structure Deals for Freelance Success

by Miranda Miller Ah, the freelance life… lazing on the beach, trying not to tip the hammock as you reach for that one last piña colada you’ll allow yourself before settling in for your two hours of afternoon writing. Or maybe you’re the type of freelancer who bakes all day, between keeping a spotless house […]

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Are you keeping in touch with clients?

by Sue Horner The client put my business card on his desk. He had held onto it since 2003, after we had worked together on a safety newsletter. That’s right, since 2003. I was stunned. As a writer, I’m thrilled to be invited to quote on new projects with someone I have worked with before. […]

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 8:30 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: ,

7 Must-Have Social Media Tools for Freelance Writers

by Miranda Miller   In my column on growing your freelance business in 2015, one of my “must-haves” for you this year was a beefed-up social media presence. So… how’s that going for you? Here are some of my favourite social media tools to help you on your way. See, we only have so many […]

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In a freelance slump? Here’s how to dig out

by Sue Horner The independent life has its ups and downs, but in 24 years, I have never hit a slump like the one I’m in now. It’s quiet. TOO quiet. Knowing that this, too, shall pass, as it always does, I’ve been doing all the right things. This includes an online search to see […]

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

The Cost of Saying Yes to Every Gig

How turning down projects can help you build your freelance writing business.   by Miranda Miller Opportunity cost dictates that even when you make the best choice possible, you lose out on the benefits of the next best option. We see this constantly as we move through life, in everything from grocery shopping to deciding […]

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 5 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,