‘Advice’

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 June 17, 2022 at 8:30 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: 

The Born Freelancer Talks with Mary Ito About Podcasting

Mary Ito’s latest bold venture has been to return to freelancing in order to take on a number of projects including an exciting new challenge: podcasting. Never one to do anything by half-measures, it will surprise no one familiar with her work to learn Ito has launched not one but two original podcasts this year.

Posted on June 2, 2022 at 5:32 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Why I killed my newsroom career

I still want to be a journalist. I quit my last full-time job in October and started freelancing. I sell single malt scotch whisky at a Scottish public house on weekends for extra cash. I have enough energy to develop interests I didn’t study in university. I’ve started a podcast about outdoor adventure sports. I don’t have an office job. I don’t have a salary. I don’t have the career I planned for. I’m fine with that. I am happier. I have control.

Posted on May 18, 2022 at 3:15 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: 

The Born Freelancer Reveals: Secrets of Where I Like to Work

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. Working freelancers learn to create under the most challenging circumstances. Loud noise. Flashing lights. Distractions of every kind. But each of us […]

Posted on April 25, 2022 at 12:24 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer Examines Teaching: A Post-Pandemic Primer

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. In my previous column, on Ageism, I began to discuss options for mature or soon-to-be-considered-mature freelancers put out of work due to […]

Posted on March 23, 2022 at 2:56 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: ,

A note from the departing Story Board editor

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a decade, but I became the editor of Story Board in July of 2012. I was fully freelance at that point, fitting writing assignments in between snack time, loads of laundry, school drop-offs, and all of the other work involved in raising two small children. Now, after nearly […]

Posted on January 3, 2022 at 10:25 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelance tax time webinar now available for streaming

Not too many freelancers are thinking about taxes in December, but it’s actually the perfect time to start putting your financial matters in order for 2022 and your 2021 tax return. CFG Organizer Don Genova and Shannon Lee Simmons from the New School of Finance covered a lot of ground in a recent webinar about freelance […]

Posted on December 14, 2021 at 6:54 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer Tackles an Age-old Prejudice

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.   Ageism. It’s probably the last great prejudice allowed to promulgate without challenge. Indeed, if attempts are ever made to reproach its […]

Posted on November 10, 2021 at 4:38 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

LinkedIn Learning provides cost-effective PD on a range of relevant career skills

by Michael Strickland A frosty haze covers bottle and glass, suggesting both were just pulled from an Arctic ice box. Flecks sparkle around two crystal rivulets, drops of water that froze seconds earlier as they slid down the two containers. Tiny bubbles rise through the golden liquid that fills the glass. A foamy head sits […]

Posted on October 21, 2021 at 9:35 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer Takes a Good Look at Taking a Good Look

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 single greatest asset we freelancers possess is our own good health. Without it we can’t work. If we can’t work, we’re […]

Posted on September 16, 2021 at 8:35 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,