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How much to pay someone to post to company Instagram account?

Glassdoor et al are a veritable minefield of conflicting job descriptions and salary numbers. What is the accepted standard? Pay by the post, by the hour, or on retainer? And how much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2016 - 3 answers

Online transcribing work - how to tell what's legit?

Hi guys. I recently posted this ask . I got some really helpful answers, and am on my way to some sort of diagnosis (for the moment, it's 'a hypermobility syndrome, not sure which one, fibromyalgia, and maaaaaybe POTS.' It's a start). I've had to give up my job, and although I'm not really well enough to be applying for a regular job, I do need some kind of income fairly urgently. [more inside]
posted by BlueNorther on Nov 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Recommendations for disability insurance--freelance edition

Disability insurance for freelancers: Worth it? Who does it well? The last question on this topic was from 2009, so I'm hoping for some more current info as well as (hopefully) recommendations! [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese on Oct 31, 2016 - 3 answers

Do I tell a former co-worker why no one will hire them?

Do I tell a former co-worker why no one will hire them? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Sep 29, 2016 - 31 answers

What conference should I go to?

Please give me ideas for (design/creative/freelancer/feminist) conferences in 2017 that meet my requirements below. Anywhere in the world is fine. Your personal anecdotes count double. [more inside]
posted by 100kb on Sep 21, 2016 - 6 answers

Freelance to full-time: how to prepare

After finishing my master's this summer, I'm returning to full-time employment in a couple of weeks. The problem is that I've been freelancing for nearly a decade and haven't worked on-site regularly in almost four years. What should I be doing now to prepare for such a major change in my work situation? [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Sep 15, 2016 - 8 answers

Laptop recommendation for a new freelance writer?

I just gave notice at my 9-5 advertising job (yay!) to try out the freelance life, but will soon be forfeiting my awesome Macbook pro to the company store (boo!). Therefore, I am in need of a new laptop, STAT. [more inside]
posted by straycatinthewildwest on Aug 24, 2016 - 9 answers

How do I create a P&L for a consulting business that barely exists?

I'm trying to get a mortgage and the underwriters want a profit and loss statement for my consulting practice. I do not have one. Moreover, I'm not doing any consulting work in 2016. And in 2015, my consulting amounted to about $3000. But I've been depreciating a laptop since 2013. I'm not asking them to give me a mortgage based on my consulting practice. I also have a full time, salaried job that is totally adequate to the loan I'm applying for. So what do they actually want from me? [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Aug 9, 2016 - 7 answers

How to find a contract web developer/programmer in DC?

My workplace has a basic web application working with a set of databases that is in dire need of reworking and improvements to make it more functional, improve the built-in analytic capabilities, make it easier to manage and update, and maybe make it prettier. Our current contract programmer isn't up to the task, so we're looking to contract this out to a new person or agency. How do I go about finding the right developer/programmer and scoping the project when I know next to nothing about web development? [more inside]
posted by foodmapper on Aug 5, 2016 - 2 answers

Low-maintenance website for a freelancer?

I'm setting up a website for my freelance consultancy. What infrastructure should I use? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw on Jul 28, 2016 - 11 answers

Hope for freelancers with scatterbrained, ungrounded thinking?

I'm a freelance writer, and the freedom I have means that walls of the maze that is my ADHD brain are always shifting...I think I need help in prioritizing, where I can balance my immediate income needs with longer term plans that will bring me more income in the future. [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Jul 23, 2016 - 3 answers

How do I make the most of Upwork?

I'm transitioning in careers from law to teaching via about three semesters of college classes. To help with the bills, I'm trying to scare up side hustles that I can do from home but still turn my lawyerly skills into moolah. I've applied for several jobs and gotten exactly nowhere. Am I doing something wrong? [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on Jul 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Appropriate fee for doing some freelance research?

A colleague of mine has some photographs of archival documents in French (a language which he does not read, but which I do), namely 166 pages' worth. He wants me to go through them and see to what extent they address certain topics/events. What do you think an appropriate fee for this would be? (If I were to do actual translating, I have a per-word fee that I have used in the past.) I have a PhD in European History but am currently "between jobs" at the moment.
posted by dhens on May 31, 2016 - 6 answers

Another brick in the wall

Freelance writer considering education in front- and back-end coding. I've chosen an educational path, but I don't know how to make the best of my new-found skills as I move forward. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mr_bovis on May 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Two Tax Questions!

It's weird to ask tax questions in May, but I'm trying to be nicer to myself next April. If I have a full time job that involves attending events, can I write off expenses regarding those events? And, if I'm anticipating having to file freelancer taxes next year, how much of that untaxed income should I be setting aside to pay taxes? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 13, 2016 - 4 answers

Time tracking as you go

What techniques and/or software do you use for tracking the time you work on projects as you go? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Apr 23, 2016 - 19 answers

How can I make money from home this summer?

I am a PhD student in the social sciences. I want to make money from home this summer, ideally doing freelance data analysis work. [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Apr 14, 2016 - 5 answers

How much am I worth as a translator?

I'm having a tough time working out what would be an appropriate and fair rate for a translation, given my qualifications. In the past, I've done occasional work for online translation agencies as well as some more large-scale translations (everything from memoirs to legal documents). In those cases, it was either the agency or client which suggested a rate under project specific circumstances (time-sensitive, for a non-profit with limited budget, etc.). Could any of you give me some guidelines or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by csjc on Apr 4, 2016 - 3 answers

Leaving secure job for freelance work - UK Social Work

Looking for reassurance / opinions on my decision - hoping some people out there have taken a similar step and would like to know how you feel about it on the other side... Have today handed my notice in on my full-time, secure local government job, with pension, paid holidays and sick leave, to work freelance as a social worker. Am I being ridiculous??? [more inside]
posted by Sevenisamagicnumber on Apr 1, 2016 - 2 answers

What Should I Do With My Words?

I took a freelance job. Things got complicated, the partners split, now what happens with my work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2016 - 10 answers

What's it like to be a freelance creative director/copywriter?

Current Group Creative Director/Copywriter considering leaving the full-time agency world and going freelance. Is this a shot at freedom or a fool's errand? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2016 - 2 answers

What do I need to know about transitioning to contract work?

I've been working a union job for the last decade. Now I'm thinking about taking the plunge into full-time graphic design contract work, at least for the next six months. Besides figuring out healthcare and tax stuff, what else should I be aware of? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Feb 23, 2016 - 11 answers

Contract baking in LA?

Can I pay someone to make 30 of a specific cake? Is that a thing? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Feb 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Really good CPA for freelancers in NYC area?

Wondering if the Hivemind has any recommendations for a CPA that has experience working with freelancers in the NYC area. I used to freelance and now have a 9-5, and I need some help dealing with the transition.
posted by eustacescrubb on Feb 22, 2016 - 3 answers

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

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