Category Archives: freelancing

The Tyranny of the Urgent

I touched on this subject a little over three years ago, and it still remains relevant. Planning and strategizing are as important for the freelancer as they are for any business, but are often neglected while we deal with the … Continue reading

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Reader Response: How Do I Transition from Teaching to Technical Writing?

A friend of a¬†friend was seeking advice about how to move from teaching to becoming a technical writer. Her message and my response are below. If you’re in a similar situation, you might find this exchange useful!

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Steady Jobs vs. Freelance Gigs

I’ve covered some of this before, but I still get asked about it occasionally by readers and friends. “How do you do it?” I hear, with “it” being living my life without a boss, a steady job, or company-subsidized healthcare? … Continue reading

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Letting the Client Tell Their Story

A new customer called this past week to explain his needs. He’s a friend, so the conversation occasionally drifted into personal items as expected. However, one thing I noticed after checking my clock was that the initial call about work … Continue reading

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Working for Geniuses

Recently, it occurred to me that I’m not nearly as much of a genius as I used to think I was. This is not done with a great deal of sadness, merely a pragmatic realization (one of my father’s favorite … Continue reading

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The Most Important Questions to Ask a New Client

While I’ve written previously about the two most important questions you should ask when given a new task or assignment, since I just picked up a new client recently, I thought I’d take a step back and address the sorts … Continue reading

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Alternative Methods of Payment

If you’re like me, you grew up with the notion of getting a regular paycheck in return for your labor. However, there are alternative methods of payment available to the freelancer–they just might involve delayed gratification or a bit of … Continue reading

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