Halley’s Client, Schrödinger’s Project, and other freelance phenomena

halleys client and schrodingers projectI received an email this week from a client that I assumed I’d never hear from again. It hadn’t been a bad breakup, simply that my main contact left and her replacement had different freelance writers in her stable. With a whopping six-year gap between communications (a personal record), I was reminded of one of my favorite freelance phenomena: Halley’s client, you know, the clients that enter into your orbit only once in a great while. They’re not a bad thing, but don’t exactly provide dependable income, either. [Read more…]

Why it’s time to quit freelancing

quit freelancing(Disclaimer: This was an April Fool’s Day post—there are a couple of clues, but the main one is the acrostic formed by the first letter of each bullet!) This is the most difficult post I’ve ever written, because I’ve decided it’s time to quit freelancing.  I’d need several thousand words to explain exactly why, but what follows is a basic overview of my reasoning. [Read more…]

Freelance link roundup (and a bonus Kindle Countdown)

freelance link roundup 2Before getting into today’s freelance link roundup, I wanted to give a quick heads-up about the Kindle Countdown promotion on the new Dr. Freelance Advisor Guide, Juggling on a High Wire: The Art of Work-Life Balance When You’re Self-Employed. The ebook is just 99 cents through Saturday morning, then steps up to $1.99 for the following two-plus days. Laura Poole has put together lots of strategic advice for solopreneurs who want to be more effective at task management, time management, and overall life balance. So check it out! [Read more…]

Friday freelance link roundup

freelance roundupBefore we get into the freelance link roundup, a quick anecdote from the only real-life roundup I’ve ever been involved in. At the time, I was the managing editor at Golf Illustrated magazine, and my wife and I had been invited on a fam trip to the Flathead Lake region of Montana. (Absolutely gorgeous area. If you ever get the chance to go—take it!) Over the course of the weekend, we played golf and went whitewater rafting, and then spent a day on a dude ranch. [Read more…]

Friday freelance link roundup

freelance link roundupDeadlines and a pile of long-term projects absorbed my energies this week, but there’s always time for a Friday freelance link roundup, eh? Truth be told, not all of these are about freelancing directly—as I always recommend, you should have an eye out for related concepts that can be applied to your business. If you’re a freelance writer and only read freelance writing blogs, or a freelance graphic designer who only reads (you know where I’m going here) blogs about design, you’re missing out! [Read more…]