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Project Information from Clients Minus Email Hell

I am freelance PMing for a tiny marketing department, and I'm about to lose my mind. Please help me figure out how to corral my personable assortment of feral cats, chickens with heads cut off, and other colorful animal analogies. I need the multiple, confusing emails to stop. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Feb 9, 2016 - 13 answers

I'm watching myself sabotage myself and I'm going crazy.

I have a very clear vision of the life I want, but I can't stop sabotaging myself. It's like being unable to stop your legs from running off of a cliff. Please help before I run my life into the ground. [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Feb 8, 2016 - 14 answers

Design business name, with a Rumi twist!

My freelance design business has been going very well lately, and I'm starting to get more clients. As such, I feel it's time to finally put a name to it, create a website portfolio, etc. The only trouble is coming up with a name! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Feb 7, 2016 - 9 answers

So my freelance article got killed -- now what?

I had a freelance pitch accepted from a major national outlet. For various reasons, the editor didn't like it after I wrote it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Freelancing abroad, contracting company just went bankrupt, now what?

Hi, So, I am in an Arabic country, doing freelance work for a rather large European company that (I hear this from an inside source) has just filed for insolvency. I need advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Oct 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Help with Freelance Audio Production Rates

I have been asked to produce audio for a business. The audio will likely be a :30 second commercial for radio, although the client is also interested in me creating audio content for their website. Is there a freelance scale for audio production rates that either includes the costs of pre-production, production and post-production or breaks out individual charges for consulting, idea development, scriptwriting, narration, adding music and/or SFX and editing?
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 18, 2015 - 2 answers

First freelance project--advice?

Tomorrow I am meeting with a company for my first-ever freelance gig as a Salesforce consultant. What advice do you have? [more inside]
posted by eggman on Sep 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Unintended consequences, mortgage refinance edition (USA)

I would consider refinancing both my mortgage and my HELOC (which is reaching the end of the drawdown period next year). However my income has changed since I originally qualified for the loans, due to a more freelance work situation. If, while exploring my refinancing options, my current lender becomes aware of my less reliable income could that cause me problems with the existing loans? [more inside]
posted by jindc on Aug 31, 2015 - 3 answers

Best tools for tracking freelance income/expenses/deductions

In addition to my regular 9-to-5 day job, I do a lot of side freelance work, generally around music teaching & performance. I'm trying to do a better job of tracking my income, mileage, expenses, deductions, etc., and my old Excel spreadsheet isn't really up to the task anymore. [more inside]
posted by jeffjon on Aug 26, 2015 - 7 answers

What to do when a newspaper borks your freelance submission?

My wife has started doing some freelance writing, and her first story will be published in tomorrow's edition of our local newspaper. Yay! Unfortunately, someone in the editorial chain made several errors, including misspelling a simple word in a section they (poorly) rewrote, and misspelling the name of one of the subjects of the story in several of the photo captions. They also rewrote another portion into a bunch of short, choppy sentences that totally ruin the flow of the article. How should she respond? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Aug 16, 2015 - 14 answers

Can you help me find resources for journalists?

I am looking for journalistic organizations that, (1) provide statistical number crunching and (2) legal interpretation to help to reporters working on complex stories. Whenever I've had an ethical question, I sought the help of Poynter, but on this current project, I need more specific help. Are there non profit journalistic entities whose mission is to help freelance reporters and/or their organizations with their legal and quantitative research?
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 26, 2015 - 4 answers

Where should I submit my illustration portfolio?

I'm a freelance illustrator. I'm trying to find lists of print publications, web sites, blogs, magazines, and any other outlets that pay (and accept unsolicited submissions). More specifically, I want to find appropriate/welcoming/well-fitting places to submit my portfolio, given the style of stuff I tend to do. Samples below the fold… [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jul 20, 2015 - 1 answer

3D Modeling: Part-time? Contract? Freelance?

Can professional 3D Modelers work part-time? On a contract basis? Freelance? We are considering it as a hypothetical career when my partner returns to the work world, but we would like a flexible schedule so that we can still provide plenty of care for our primary school age daughter. [more inside]
posted by Slothrop on Jul 16, 2015 - 1 answer

I need a project. Or a job. Or a hobby. Or SOMETHING ... at home

One of my children received a complex developmental diagnosis this year, which unfortunately means I won't be going back to work as planned. Now that we're out of the "total panic" phase and into the "settling into a routine" phase, I don't have a lot to do, and I am BORED OUT OF MY MIND. I'm flailing between the universe of "pick anything you want!" and "meet these constraints where you have to do it from home." I need some kind of intellectual work -- paid or unpaid -- to give me focus, a goal, and something to do. You guys know me pretty well; I thought you could help me narrow it down. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jul 13, 2015 - 70 answers

Can you help me find a cheap, happy place to escape to for August?

I currently live in Brooklyn, but I'm headed to Vancouver for grad school in the fall. I have a few part-time freelance writing gigs that I can take with me, so I thought I could leave my higher-paying job in NYC, satisfy my wanderlust, and get out of the city for August. I could go anywhere, with relatively cheap flights/rent and wifi-access. But where should I go? [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Jul 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Ideas for a copyeditor returning to the biz?

I'm returning to freelance copyediting after 10 years on the writing side of nonprofit operations. Educational, business and technical content interest me the most, and that’s where I want to start (I also enjoy research, but how to fit that in?). Can the hive mind help steer me in the right direction? Another challenge: I must do it remotely. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jun 26, 2015 - 3 answers

In search of a therapist who is good with creatives in Portland, OR.

I am a working artist and I've been dealing with a ton of anxiety and depression for much of my life, but it's getting particularly rough lately. Portland is a city of creatives, so can someone recommend me an awesome therapist who also understands creative people's problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Freelancing web tracker/app

The freelancing is taking off and a better way of tracking time is needed. Preferably something that can be used online and in a iPhone/iPad App, that will produce reports and invoices for billing. Obviously all of this should seamlessly sync between the web and app. Suggestions?
posted by sock, the puppet on Jun 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Temp/freelance jobs for programmers/web developers who can't design

I want to make money with my web development/programming skills, but my main thing is standup comedy so I do NOT want a 'real', full-time job. I also have zero design skills. What should I pursue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I transition to a freelance IT career?

What IT/computer-based fields offer a viable opportunity for someone who is handy with technology to freelance from home and earn a living wage? I'm interested in fields for which the skills can be learned independently or without going through years of formal education. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on May 17, 2015 - 5 answers

How much should I charge for freelance work?

I have been offered the chance to do some freelance work on the side while I'm on the hunt for permanent employment. But I don't know what to charge. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Is it worth it for an Ontario freelancer to be incorporated?

About 20 years ago, I needed to set up a corporation to work freelance for a large Ontario film production company. A couple of different accountants over the years advised me to hang on to the corporation and they allocated my yearly salary as a management fee. That paradigm shifted this past year and now I'm wondering if invoicing through an incorporated entity is worth the expense and hassle. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on May 14, 2015 - 5 answers

How much to charge for work that doesn't feel like work?

unexpectedly landed my "dream job". It's for something I've been a fan of for a while and very specific and is a kind of once in a lifetime random job opportunity. Here's the catch. It's freelance, I have a full time job already and there wasn't supposed to be any pay. After a call with my new boss, she suggested that because of my experience, we should discuss a pay rate today. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO EVEN ASK FOR. And google is not helping because they don't take into consideration that this is honestly something I'm so thrilled to work on that I would do it for free. [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Apr 24, 2015 - 20 answers

How do I become location independent?

I need a portable, work-from-home career that pays enough to live on (for me, about $30K minimum). I'm introverted and unhappy with my current location, and I like travel and having the freedom to move when I want. I'm frugal. [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Mar 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Should I give freelancing a shot? What resources are out there?

My permanent job is coming to an end in three weeks and I haven't been able to line up another position just yet. Is this a good time to give freelancing a whirl, and if so where would I begin? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by jess on Mar 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Project Environment Manager for Task-Switching Freelancer

As a freelance marketing copywriter, what kind of thingie do I need in order to save different computer work environments for different projects—browser tabs, accounts logged into, files open in applications, etc.—and easily switch between them? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Mar 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me figure out what to charge this high maintenance client

I am a freelance consultant and I have a client who is especially high maintenance. She sends a lot of emails, asks a million questions, changes her mind occasionally, etc. I worked with her on a couple projects soon after starting my business a year ago and now she would like to do two more big projects with me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2015 - 12 answers

How to find graphic design work / projects?

My friend has a background in visual art (mainly years of oils, watercolors, some crafts) and has recently started exploring graphic design. So far she's done some projects for friends and family (website design, logos, packaging, card designing, etc). She'd love to do more of this kind of work on a freelance basis, but isn't sure how to find it. Should she advertise on Fiverr, or Elance, or...? How does this work and how do you get started as a freelance graphic designer? Any tips or recommendations would be really appreciated!
posted by aielen on Feb 24, 2015 - 2 answers

Planning to quit my job vs. giving up on my dream

I would like to devote myself to full time freelance illustration. I currently have an ok job, but my husband and I are tentatively planning on me quitting in the future so I can follow my dream. I realize not everyone gets to follow their dream though, and I worry it may be a Bad Decision. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Feb 20, 2015 - 12 answers

How to transition from working at home to corporate office life?

About two years ago I left my fast-paced corporate job to do freelance work for the same company from home. I thought I would hate it, but actually I discovered that I loved not dealing with the day-to-day interpersonal bullshit and the various stress of office politics. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Feb 10, 2015 - 5 answers

No time for a post-nup

My spouse and I are entering a phase where we realize we may have to split up. It would be an amicable split though very, very sad. The issue is finances: my spouse is salaried, I am freelance, but we've always pulled in the same annual amount and thus split absolutely everything 50/50 -- no shared bank accounts or credit cards. We're not ready to start separation proceedings while we still try to work on saving our marriage, but I am about to book a new gig that will quadruple my annual earnings in one lump sum for a 6 month job. I would like to protect that sum from becoming "joint property" as I would like to still be married when I sign the job contract -- we're not ready to throw in the towel yet. My husband is okay with signing off on this, as our finances have always been separate and this is just a continuation of that. What kind of simple paperwork do we need that we can sign and notarize to keep my upcoming windfall out of the equation while we figure out our marriage? [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Feb 7, 2015 - 16 answers

Finding translation customers at trade fair?

How do I network/find new customers at a consumer trade fair, and is it a good idea at all? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Jan 23, 2015 - 2 answers

As a contractor, do my taxes depend on where my payments get sent?

You are not my accountant. I am a 1099 contractor that works for a consulting company. I am meeting with my accountant next week to form an LLC for 2015. I will be getting paid for the month of December at around the same time. I will open a separate bank account for the corporation, but I will not be able to do it in time to have my first 2015 payment deposited into it, so it will get sent to my personal bank account as it does now. Will this cause any problems in 2016 when I'm doing my 2015 taxes? Or does it not really matter? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Dec 31, 2014 - 5 answers

When is the best day to send a email newsletter in the next week?

I am a small business owner and am sending an email newsletter out to a few hundred people in the next week or so. It's ready to go, and I'm trying to decide which day to send it out to get the highest chance of people reading it. All recipients are in the US. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Dec 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Who will buy these fun, obscure essays?

What are some magazines or online publications that publish popular -- but not dumbed-down or gimmicky -- history writing? Difficulty level: must pay writers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Print compnay employer is requesting my pay requirements - help

A print company owner is asking me what my pay requirements are to join his staff as an illustrator. How much do people who do this kind of thing make? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Nov 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Decision framework for a tough career decision

I've been freelancing for the last year, but expecting a job offer in the next few days. I am genuinely torn abut whether I want to accept. I go back and forth daily. Yesterday I was pretty strongly leaning towards taking it. Today the idea depresses me. I'd appreciate your recommendations on tools to help me make this decisions. Snowflakes follow... [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Oct 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Are Elance and oDesk worth the effort?

I'm transitioning away from regular work to freelance. Friends have pointed me to Elance and oDesk, but the hourly rates are abysmally low! Has anyone made a success of that business model? I am a writer, so perhaps those skills are paid less than the more technical jobs on those sites?
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead on Oct 12, 2014 - 8 answers

How freely do you discuss your pay rate with fellow freelancers?

How freely do you discuss your pay rate with fellow freelancers? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Sep 27, 2014 - 10 answers

what are some steps that I can take towards my ideal career set-up?

I have an idea of what I think would be my ideal career set up (involving social, ethnographic and/or market research in China) , but am not too clear on the next steps to take. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Sep 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Best practices for raising rates?

I am a freelancer. Please help me understand how to raise my rates. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 10, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I answer his question without giving away everything for free?

I have been asked to have my brain picked on for a marketing consulting project, but its my livelihood - I need to get paid to do this! Additional info after the jump - [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Sep 3, 2014 - 11 answers

What are your best reporting/writing hacks?

So I'm finally getting some freelance assignments. Yay! But how do I actually do this organizationally? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Aug 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Forging my own path - freelancing instead of a day job!

After starting a new office job, I've realised the large office work environment really isn't for me. I'm finding 9-5 work with a long commute at either end of the day stressful, unfulfilling and unsatisfying. I'd like to use the talents and skills I've developed over a varied career in media and IT to go freelance, and create a sustainable life for myself rather than hopping from job-to-job. Where can I go to make this happen for myself - particularly in my key skill areas of copywriting and IT work - and what should I know before and after taking the plunge? I'm in the UK. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Aug 8, 2014 - 5 answers

How do you make money in a one-off business?

My friend has a fledgling business writing business plans in a smaller city. She wants to know how to make it grow. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Aug 7, 2014 - 8 answers

How to stay focused on a long-term independent work project?

I am a freelancer and currently have a big, long-term (several months') project to work on. How do I stay focused? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Aug 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Useful Skills for Expanding My Freelance Horizons

I'm an experienced freelancer and have both work experience and no trouble getting work (knock on wood) in freelance writing, PR, marketing, and that sort of thing. So what's something I can pick up that has a lot of freelance work floating around? [more inside]
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Jul 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Quitting my job, should I tell my boss the real reason why?

Freelancer here. I've been doing design/tech/maintenance work for this one guy's website for a little under a year. It's part-time and pays well...when he pays. He has a habit of being late on payments and unreachable...I've resolved to quit. Should I tell him the real reason why? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jul 26, 2014 - 23 answers

Preparing to pay taxes as a freelancer

I’ve just started freelancing as a copywriter and have some questions about preparing to pay taxes, and what I can claim as expenses. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jul 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Freelance retainer question

Freelancers, how do you handle it when a retainer client doesn't use all the hours they've paid for? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Jul 7, 2014 - 6 answers

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