‘Advice’

Growth and mistakes: Reflecting on year one as a freelance writer

Reflecting on year one as a freelance writer. This has been the best move of my career. However, this doesn’t mean I still don’t drool over the job postings that pop up on my LinkedIn feed. Or that I’m not worried about the eventually slow times that will creep up.

Posted on February 22, 2024 at 7:17 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: 

Why Freelancers in Marketing and Communications Should Have an Email List

by Robyn Roste If you spend any time studying online marketing you’ve come across advice to start an email list. And if you’re a typical freelancer who gets most of your work from referrals you may think you don’t need one. I get it. On the surface it doesn’t make sense. Why would you collect […]

Posted on February 1, 2024 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Navigating NaNoWriMo with ADHD: One Freelance Writer’s Experience

This article on one experience with ADHD and NaNoWriMo is written by Becky Zimmer, a freelance writer based in Humboldt, Saskatchewan with experience in farm, community, small business and sports reporting.

Posted on December 13, 2023 at 7:42 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Stay-at-home retreat: a freelancer’s guide to crafting the perfect staycation

This article is written by Vanessa Chiasson, a freelance writer based in Ottawa who specializes in travel and human interest stories. As a travel writer, I often say that I need a vacation. People think I’m kidding around (“Didn’t you just get back from somewhere?”), but I’m not looking for another flight. I simply want […]

Posted on May 17, 2023 at 5:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on Imposter Syndrome

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. Freelance writers and imposter syndrome I’ve read a lot recently about the many different types of people who experience “imposter syndrome”—the feeling […]

Posted on May 8, 2023 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Why Should Freelancers Have a Blog?

by Robyn Roste Should freelancers have a blog? Is there any value in blogging these days? These are the questions. We’ve all heard we should blog, but there isn’t a lot of talk about why we should or what we should blog about. Since revamping my blog a year ago I’ve had a lot of discussions […]

Posted on April 17, 2023 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer On Filing Self-Employed Taxes

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. Death…and taxes. Both are said to be inevitable but only one requires you to file an update every year. Well, so far […]

Posted on April 5, 2023 at 5:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: ,

4 Tips for Setting Corporate Writing Rates for Freelancers

Have you ever wondered how to break into the world of corporate writing? Sheila Pinder reviews our latest Canadian Freelance Guild webinar series on The Business of Freelancing and answers this exact qusetion. We’ve heard the rumours and we want in. We want to enjoy higher pay for our work and be treated with the […]

Posted on March 28, 2023 at 10:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT

The Born Freelancer on the Five Phases of Freelancing

Freelancing requires a certain toughness and duality of mind. You can dream dreams and make them come true but you also must live with your feet firmly on the ground and be well versed in the necessary life skill sets in order to survive let alone thrive. Most folk lean heavily towards only one of these seemingly contradictory paradigms. It is the rare individual who can successfully embrace both with equal ease and ability. They are a breed apart.

Posted on March 6, 2023 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Build your freelance business with these five easy social media tweaks

by Robyn Roste In October 2010 I joined Twitter. I had heard it was a good place to get freelance work so I put up a profile, followed a few people and tweeted when the mood struck. In general this was while I watched sports or when something interesting happened. While I was having a […]

Posted on February 21, 2023 at 9:00 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,