Five things to do when the work dries up

The last month has brought me a challenge that, until now, I’d not had to deal with in my freelance business. Several jobs that were booked with regular, reliable clients were cancelled meaning that my work and financial planning were laid to waste.

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Three steps to becoming a great writer

Being a good writer isn’t about innate ability. Everyone can be a good writer with practice. Here are my three essential steps to becoming a great writer.

writerEvery self-employed person needs to be an effective communicator. Being a good writer isn’t a matter of innate ability. I maintain that every single person can become a good writer. But it takes practice. It also requires a commitment to ongoing learning.

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Be fearless – but learn from mistakes

A comment to a recent post here and a post on LinkedI summarise a key element of the success I’ve managed as a freelancer.

A couple of things caught my eye this week – a comment to a recent post here and a post on LinkedIn. And together, they summarise a key element of the success I’ve managed as a freelancer. Continue reading “Be fearless — but learn from mistakes”

Explore and take every opportunity

Last week, the editor of one of my long-time clients, Australian Macworld tendered his resignation. This is not all that unusual as people do move between jobs. As Australian Macworld has been a long-term client I saw an exciting opportunity looming.

Last week, the editor of one of my long-time clients, Australian Macworld tendered his resignation. This is not all that unusual as people do move between jobs. As Australian Macworld has been a long-term client (they were my second freelance client and I’ve worked with them constantly since about 2004) I know the people, publication and business reasonably well.  Continue reading “Explore and take every opportunity”

Getting stuck in the upgrade cycle

As a freelancer, you probably don’t have time to keep updating your phone, tablet and computer every few months. Aside from the time, there’s the risk involved in upgrading your equipment. Sometimes, features are changed, compatibility with critical applications is broken and, from time to time, the upgrade process breaks leaving you in a lurch.

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