Two days after I parted ways with my job, I had my first client as a solopreneur. How? Because of networking. Networking has been one of the biggest power boosts to my career as a Portland freelance writer. In fact, my current active client list is composed largely of referrals from my networking group, the
People surfing the web for a certain product or service – such as graphic design – are already half-sold when they visit a website. Well-written website content makes your products/services enticing. It compels the prospect to click “order,” “buy,” or “e-mail for more information.” Badly-written copy does the opposite. Confused or bored surfers will leave
I’ve stayed steadily engaged with freelance writing all year, but May has been my busiest month as a freelance writer. I hope this is a good indicator for the rest of the year (or summer, at least!) Here’s a run-down of May’s freelance writing projects so far: Technical writing project for the upcoming launch of
Business plans are strange documents. Because they involve dream businesses, people tend to pour their emotions into them and lose all objectivity. Depending on your requirements, a business plan is an internal roadmap with milestones that you define. Or it’s a document you present to a bank officer for a loan. Or it’s a
A recent “People@Work” article on AOL’s daily finance section focused on the 42 million U.S. freelancers. The article highlights a survey from the Freelancers Union about the lack of a safety net for freelancers, including unemployment insurance and a healthcare pool. It’s an important issue, and one I’ll be following. There should certainly be some
I love working with words. They are, after all, my main currency of exchange, 😉 One word that has always fascinated me is, “freelance.” It has a nice, “Old World” ring, doesn’t it? It conjures visions of horsemen raising their lances for a charge, sworn to no king. The term “freelance” was first coined by
On the first day of this year on my old blog, I wrote: “Here’s hoping it’s a great year for everyone. So long, 2008 … … Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.” And then I included a picture of heavy door that one might find in prisons or middle schools.