freelancer conference“Be a Better Freelancer! (Re)Invent Your Business” is the theme for Communication Central’s ninth annual conference for freelancers, September 26–27, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Rochester, N.Y. (There’s also an Editorial Bootcamp on September 28.) The agenda includes two solid days of drilling down on all aspects of launching, managing and expanding a successful freelance writing, editing, proofreading, indexing, graphics or other editorial business.

I’ll be kicking off the festivities with a keynote address on “The Business of Getting Freelance Business”—but I’m equally excited to hear from the other featured presenters: [read more...]


standing deskYou could argue that I’m a few years late to the trend of using a standing desk for my freelance home office. The truth is that I’ve been very happy with my antique architect’s drafting table (bought dirt cheap at a yard sale) for more than ten years. I didn’t want to abandon it, I didn’t want to have to buy another monitor, and I couldn’t stomach the idea of having another piece of furniture. After doing a bit of research, I came to the conclusion what I *really* needed was an adjustable standing desk—which seemed to offer the best of both worlds by allowing me to keep the drafting table while adding to its utility.

Why make the leap now? While I am mindful about getting up and out of my desk chair on a regular basis, it’s still far too easy to be sedentary. That’s especially true as a freelance writer working from home, when you’re not necessarily up and around an office going to meetings or coffee klatsching with coworkers. An increasing body of research tells the tale: It’s unhealthy to sit all the time, even if you’re a diligent exerciser. [read more...]


Referral sales tip: No such thing as a slam dunk

May 9, 2014

Any time you get a contact from a referral, it’s an exciting moment, but there’s no such thing as a slam dunk. While a warm lead has much better sales prospects than a cold one, freelance sales leads don’t just sell themselves, and they don’t always work out the way you imagined. We’ll get to [...]

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What 21 things do designers want from a freelance writer?

April 2, 2014

Over 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. [...]

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$3.99 deal on The Science, Art and Voodoo of Freelance Pricing

March 28, 2014

NOTE: This Kindle Countdown promotion has ended and the price is $3.99. 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 on The Science, Art and Voodoo of Freelance Pricing and Getting [...]

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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,, 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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