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 […]

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 11:09 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

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: , , ,

Growing Your Freelance Writing Business: 4 Must-Haves for 2015

by Miranda Miller Treating your writing business like a business means getting the supports and resources in place to help you to flourish. We write because we love to write; keeping the books and being our own PR people can be tedious and often falls to the wayside. For several years, I struggled to expand […]

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 5 Comments · Tagged with: ,… Working your Freelance Website

by Rebecca Hass   Of all the things you put time and money into as a freelancer, a website is one of the most important self-marketing tools at your disposal.   Why it matters  Your website will be the face of your business. It’s the first impression someone will have of you and your work. […]

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation — Part 2

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? Your input is welcome in the comments.   Several months ago I wrote about the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, known as CASL, with which every freelancer who uses email or social media to communicate […]

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Professional ‘Selfie’… is it time to invest?

by Rebecca Hass   As freelancers, we know that our work comes from the connections we build. Who you know is almost always as important as what you know. But however you manage to find your clients, the image you present online is extremely important. Part of that image is the picture you choose of yourself. Whether it’s for […]

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:05 am by editor · 3 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

5 tips to maximize your Twitter potential

by Amber Richardson   In the Information Age, it is near impossible to sell yourself (and your work) without using a multi-platform approach. While your story may have warranted a large headline on the front cover of a national paper, chances are it’s not far-reaching unless you promote it via social media. Ashley Ramirez, an […]

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,