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“Out of our garrets”

As I approach my first anniversary of becoming a full-time freelancer, I am excited to once again be attending the Communication Central conference, Sept. 26-27, 2014, in Rochester, NY. This gathering is something I look forward to because of how beneficial it’s been to me. Each time I’ve gone, I’ve learned something new about being a writer and editor.

I’ve also gotten to know Communication Central organizer Ruth Ruth T-C_Jan 2014E. Thaler-Carter over the last few years, and one of the reasons I keep going back to this conference is Ruth’s warm and helpful attitude to other editors and writers. (So helpful that she’s extended the early-bird conference rates just for readers of this blog! See below*) Read More

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The self-imposed deadline

reading clip artAs a freelance editor and writer working from a home office, one of my biggest challenges is meeting self-imposed deadlines. I may have an external deadline—the manuscript must be copyedited by the end of the month—but I have to break that down into practical pieces. I know that’s no different than what I did when working in an office, but now I have to be my own supervisor. Read More

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Surviving a freelancing famine: Tips to get you through

from How to Survive a Freelancing Famine – 10 Top Tips to Get You Through. by Sarah Dunstone for JobStock

“Every freelancer will tell you that throughout their career there will be periods of high workload, and then just as quickly the work will slow down again. This phenomenon is called a freelancing famine.” Some suggestions:

  1. Put aside emergency funds, so down times don’t seem as scary.
  2. Don’t sell yourself short — don’t charge less because work is slow.
  3. [Do] part-time work to get through the slow periods.
  4. Market yourself to companies with hiring freezes–they’ll need freelancers for a lot of the work. 

Read more at JobStock.

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On growing a side gig

From “What It Really Takes to Grow a Side Gig,” by from Alexis Grant, The Traveling Writer.

How on earth are you supposed to launch a business when you’re already working a full-time job …? 

Question from reader to Alexis Grant: “The thing I struggle most with is having to do my work in very short time frames. I have maybe two hours in the morning during the week before I go to my full-time job, and the evenings are often spent unwinding or hanging out with my boyfriend. I’m not willing to sacrifice my quality of life to start a business – especially when the business is supposed to be about a better quality of life!”

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