Friday freelance link roundup

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freelance link roundupHaven’t done a Friday freelance link roundup in ages, so let’s giddyup! Here’s rundown on a few thought-provoking blog posts I came across during the past week:

6 Ways to Prove Your Writing Chops to Prospects. “No matter how long you’ve been at this, you’re only as good as that one line item clients want to see.” Lori Widmer dives into one of the common challenges that affects veteran freelance writers and graphic designers as well as those who are new to the game: a client who requests samples specific to their industry—and you don’t have anything in your portfolio to do the trick. [Read more…]

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Straight into freelancing?

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straight freelancingI have Google alerts set for a few variations on the words freelancing and freelance, as a pulse check on what’s happening in the industry. Over the past few months, I’ve seen a trend of opinions that gives me pause: The idea that millennials can and should go straight into freelancing, no traditional job experience required.

I’m as much of a proponent of entrepreneurship and self employment as anyone I know. Having been at it for 16 years as of this month, I can’t think of anything I’d rather do. The underlying fact is, however, that I doubt I would have survived at it without a solid decade of working at small, medium, and large companies before going solo. [Read more…]

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Big changes at Dr. Freelance…what’s in it for you?

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dr freelance websiteThis month marks my 16th year as a freelancer, and I’ll be honest—I’m enjoying it more than ever. Revealing this new Dr. Freelance website is a major thrill, and I appreciate the fact that you’ve clicked in to check it out.

The Doc has undergone some major surgery behind the scenes, but now it’s time to discuss…

What’s in It for You?

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Dr. Freelance news

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dr freelance newsThree quick news items (with apologies to email subscribers who may have seen an earlier version of this due to the URL migration—it won’t happen again!):

1. New Dr. Freelance Website Launch. First and foremost, I am excited to announce that I’ve been working with my creative team on a much-needed major website surgery for Dr. Freelance. The big reveal will happen Thursday, including a new design, several additional service options for your freelance business or publishing needs, and a vastly improved navigation structure to make everything more intuitive and easier to find—all in the interest of helping you be more successful in your freelance jobs!

As part of the website revamp, I’m also offering a… [Read more…]

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The hole in my office

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bagheera poinier
Who’s the best girl?

It’s been a hard week. We put our loyal Labrador retriever, Bagheera, to sleep on Saturday. There is a hole in my family, my life, and my office.

If you’re a self-employed dog or cat owner, you know the space your furry sidekick occupies, physically and psychologically. Not half-jokingly, I’ve always called Baggy my office manager. [Read more…]

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WordPerfect and other blasts from the freelance past

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WordPerfectI met up with my friend, Chuck, at a local watering hole the other night, and he sarcastically called me Mr. WordPerfect. (He’s a finance guy, so I wish I’d had the mental agility to have called him Mr. Lotus, but that’s how l’esprit de l’escalier works, doesn’t it?) As I’m notching my 15th anniversary in the freelance writing business this month, it made me think back on some of the software, hardware, and tech gadgets that have plugged in and out of my life over the years. Here’s my highlight list—please share some of your oldies-but-goodies in the comments! [Read more…]

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