a freelance writerOver the course of my career, I’ve learned that one of the most important working relationships for a freelance writer is with the designers who put their words into action. Today’s guest post comes from the design team of Eileen and Bob Burick of Burick Communication Design, with whom I’ve had the good fortune to partner countless times. Their portfolio includes microsites and websites, videos, and print work for top-name clients such as AT&T, Cemex, Henkel, and Troon Golf. I asked them to share their thoughts on what designers want from a freelance writer, and this list of 21 things was their response.

Best Practices for a Freelance Writer:
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Freelance Pricing GuideNOTE: This Kindle Countdown promotion has ended and the price has returned to $6.99.

As a thank you for all of the comments and social media shares for my post earlier this week, “Are your freelance writing rates too low?”, I’m running a Kindle Countdown deal (currently at $4.99) on The Science, Art and Voodoo of Freelance Pricing and Getting Paid. This Dr. Freelance guide not only walks you through how to set rates for your freelance services, but offers plenty of strategic tips on when and how to raise your fees, persuasive estimating, handling no-pay/slow-pay clients, client negotiations, and more. [read more...]

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Yeah, about that simplified home office deduction in 2014

March 26, 2014

I mentioned the simplified home office deduction for 2014 in a recent “Freelance taxes roundup.” On the surface, it seemed like a great idea and appeared to save a lot of time and record keeping. I’m a freelancer, not an accountant, after all. I was happy, if not necessarily doing the Dougie. Well, it turns out that simplified doesn’t [...]

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When your freelance writing business needs emergency resuscitation

March 25, 2014

Today’s guest post comes to us courtesy of Yolander Prinzel, the profit monster behind the Profitable Freelancer website and one of the funniest, sharpest people I know in the freelance writing business. She has written for a number of publications and websites such as American Express, Covestor.com, Advisor Today, Money Smart Radio and the International Travel Insurance [...]

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Are your freelance writing rates too low?

March 20, 2014

Among all the questions I receive, the most common revolve around freelance writing rates. Indeed, that was the driving force behind my desire to write The Science, Art and Voodoo of Freelance Pricing and Getting Paid (currently available as a $4.99 Kindle Countdown deal on Amazon!) But today, I want to share a quick anecdote about [...]

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Freelance taxes roundup

February 21, 2014

If you’re like me, the recent deluge of 1099 forms in the mail is a signal that this weekend is time to get crankin’ on my freelance taxes. I’ve come across a number of helpful links in the past few weeks on the topic, so here’s a quick roundup: How I Do My Taxes. John [...]

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The job you love

February 14, 2014

I’m not a big fan of the quote or concept of “Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s the cotton candy of career advice: pretty, fluffy, gone within seconds, bad for you, makes a mess, doesn’t really taste as good as you imagined, and generally ends up [...]

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Should my freelance writing business be an LLC?

January 22, 2014

Dr. Freelance, what do you recommend as the basic freelance writing business formation steps? I’ve been successful at getting clients, but am not sure if I should pursue a trademark or LLC first, and so on. I didn’t know if you had any advice or an order that has been more successful.–H.E. Saunders As I [...]

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Kindle Countdown Deal for Science, Art and Voodoo of Freelance Pricing

December 24, 2013

UPDATED: The holiday Kindle Countdown Deal for The Science, Art and Voodoo of Freelance Pricing and Getting Paid is now closed. Thanks to all who shared the news on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn with other freelancers. Please keep your eyes on this site for upcoming promotions.

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Pricing freelance jobs for a former employer

December 23, 2013

Dr. Freelance, I just started a new job, but my former employer has asked me for pricing on some freelance jobs on the side to help them with a large proposal they’re working on. I’ve determined that a set hourly rate will work better than a lump sum fee, due to fuzziness on the scope [...]

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