Freelancers face new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Monte Stewart This is part two in a series on the ways that Canadian freelancers are weathering COVID-19. Read part one right here.   Lesley Evans Ogden shares her home office with a pet bird. Her feathered friend was there even before the coronavirus struck. But now the Vancouver-area freelancer, who specializes in science […]

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Freelancers struggle to adapt to a shifting Canadian media landscape during COVID-19 pandemic

by Monte Stewart This is part one in a series on the ways that Canadian freelancers are weathering COVID-19. Read part two right here.   Jeff Gaulin does not believe that the Canadian media landscape will go “back to normal” once the COVID-19 pandemic ends. The owner of the popular journalism job site says the pandemic […]

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How freelancers can respond to crisis in a proactive way

by Robyn Roste Freelancing at the best of times is a careful balance of optimism, drive and risk. So when a crisis, like a global pandemic and looming economic recession, hits, this balance is upended, thrusting freelancers into limbo where everything is uncertain, leaving us desperate for stability. At the outset of any traumatic event, […]

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The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #43 — Tom Hawthorn

by Monte Stewart Award-winning journalist Tom Hawthorn has spent most of his career as a freelancer. He is well-known for contributing obituaries to The Globe and Mail, but also writes about living people for other media outlets. During the 1990s, he served as a staff reporter with two daily newspapers. He has also authored a […]

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3 ways freelancers can build trust with clients

by Robyn Roste As a new freelancer, nothing was more exciting than bidding on and winning a gig. I’d do a happy dance and bask in the initial adrenaline rush. And then I’d get on with my day. I’d work on assignments and turn them in when I was finished, but every now and then […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Balancing freelance work with creative projects

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