Issues of importance to freelancers, solopreneurs, independent contractors.

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Snack-sized Planning for 2022

Does the thought of committing your business goals to paper instill terror or “spark joy”? Would it help if you knew you didn’t need to go all hard-core, deep-dive, minutiae-obsessed in your 2022 freelance planning in order to start the year with a game plan?

When are you getting a real job?

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season and for many solopreneurs, an annual round of “Whack-the-Freelancer.”  This “fun” activity takes many forms, depending on the unique psychological makeup of your relatives, but it’s a yearly reminder that quitting your job doesn’t just affect your paycheck and benefits, it can change relationships. So, suit up in advance for the most popular versions…

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Who is Your Freelance Mentor?

A freelance mentor is like an any other – a trusted advisor, well-versed in areas you are not, and willing to share their smarts. The right one will have travelled a path like yours or some key aspect of it, ideally as an independent or a founder themselves. They will get the idiosyncrasies of your…

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Riding the Income Rollercoaster

Do rollercoaster rides exhilarate you or leave your head spinning and stomach churning? Does that first dip of the ride make you ask, “What the hell was I thinking?” or “Let’s go again!”? Not everyone rides the peaks and valleys with the same zeal. And for many freelancers, the income volatility of the work can feel like…

The Unsynced Life of the Digital Nomad

“Your time can be too much your own”, writes Oliver Burkeman in his book, Four Thousand Weeks. While this challenges the allure of freelancing, it does raise the question of what it costs to live within a personalized time construct.   But isn’t the digital nomad lifestyle Paradise Found? The vision of a serene, formerly full-time professional set free by a laptop to work on their own terms…

Taming the Freelance Monsters Within

Freelancer burnout happens. And the demons that fuel it differ from workplace worries because they compromise the mental assets that are your livelihood. Given the inevitability of the occasional crash, let’s be realistic and acknowledge it will happen at some point. So, what will you do when your stress demons rear their ugly heads? Were…

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Missing Those Annual Pay Reviews?

Remember corporate pay reviews? Your boss gushes about your performance then offers you a raise. It’s a yearly nod to your growing value. Well, just like your former full-time self, you’ve demonstrated your growing value to your client as a freelancer. No different, right? You should be compensated for that and here’s how to get…

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