I'm a freelance writer in the second year of my career, as well as a lifelong creative writer with several published works. I've done a lot of performing arts blogging and local news writing and I'd like to build on that and get into more paying work as well as increase my publication credits. I've been recommended to join Writer's Market. Have others had worthwhile experiences with the service? Also happy to hear about other options. Thanks!
Somewhat unexpectedly, I find myself working as a full time freelancer. Help me anticipate the tax situation. [more inside]
I'd like to get more into freelance copywriting. It's something I can do from home, and I'm pretty good at it. I have a money and time goal for it. Money: 5 cents a word Time: 15 hours a week Total: About $1,500 a month. I'm on Textbroker, but they rarely pay more than 1.5 cents a word. I'm open to pay-by-project too, if they're consistent. How would I go about finding regular clients/websites that could help me reach my goal?
My previous employer is asking for unpaid help with web design issues. At first I gladly helped, but now it's turning into a regular thing. The cherry on top: I'm unemployed and using her as a reference so I don't want to burn any bridges. How do I professionally handle this? [more inside]
I want to only share my identity with the tax man when I write, and allow people to pay me online. How do I do this? [more inside]
I'm technically an independent contractor but essentially an employee without benefits for a small company. How do I renegotiate a higher fee when I've gone over hours on projects these past 6 months ? I am underpaid for the services I provide - my fault for not being more savvy at the start. [more inside]
How do you make yourself go to sleep/do errands/be a grown-up when you have no responsibilities or schedule you need to keep? When I hear people say they loved a show and watched 3 episodes before bed because they had to work the next morning I laugh because if I love a show I might watch 10 episodes because I can. [more inside]
I run my small company (freelancer) and want a kickass online banking experience; minimal fees, good TOS, photo check deposits, and sure, why not, ATM reimbursements. I won't mention my brick and mortar bank (out of Boston for 'citizens') but they leave quite a bit to be desired. [more inside]
I am a recent PR/communications graduate. I was wondering if there was a place to find freelance/volunteer opportunities in order to build my resume and experience?
I'd like references and information for how a marketing consultant can leverage his location in a big city to help small retailers who are trying to enter the market. [more inside]
I freelance and a long-term contract with a client is coming to an end. I'd really like to replace this client by doing some work with a non-profit. Of course, there are a a couple of (hopefully surmountable) specifics inside. [more inside]
Lots of life changes: graduated from college, different relationship, became a freelancer all in the last year. Feeling aimless, nostalgic, and in need of some perspective. [more inside]
Self-employment filter: I'm leaving my job to freelance full-time. What do I need to know that I don't already? [more inside]
I'd like to give one of my relatives health insurance for Christmas. She's a freelancer in Brooklyn. What do you recommend? [more inside]
Consultant, LLC for Tax Savings? [more inside]
Wrote an article for publication on the web. Billed the client for the article, but did not specify any charges for re-use of the article elsewhere. Now the client just got back to me, saying that they liked it so much they want to use the article on another website which was not specified in the original contract. What should I do next? [more inside]
During the past year, I have inadvertently become a freelance editor. I was wondering if any of you have some advice for me about getting disability and extended health insurance (I live in Toronto, Canada so I basically just need to worry about "extras" like dental and vision care, medications, etc.), and if you've got any other tips for me about finding work/promoting myself and managing what is in effect my own business. I've been working as an (in-house) editor for over 18 years, so I'm looking for advice on a more esoteric level than "set up a work schedule and stick to it" and "keep the receipts for your Post-its, because you can claim them at tax time".
Collecting an unpaid invoice from a sleazy client. Is it better to pursue and get dirty or to let go and go unpaid? [more inside]
Freelance/small business filter: How to handle clients that you are ambivalent about working with? [more inside]
Potential freelance client wants to hire me; their lawyers say they can only work with incorporated vendors, not sole proprietors. For a variety of reasons (see inside) I'd rather not go through forming an LLC if I can avoid it. ISTR there are umbrella organizations freelancers can sign on with to handle this sort of situation, but am failing to google them up now that I need one. Potential difficulty factor: rural Massachusetts. [more inside]
I need to buy health insurance in Portland, Oregon and I'm wondering if there are any professional guilds or Freelancer's Union-type groups that sell health insurance. [more inside]
I'm pretty sure I'm about to lose my job. How do I identify and pursue freelance writing opportunities in short order? [more inside]
How do you track your marketing efforts to potential clients as a freelancer? [more inside]
I started a design project with a new client and the whole process has turned out to be very difficult due to communication problems. What can I do to resolve this situation? [more inside]
New Employer wants to hire me part-time and will forbid me from working other part-time jobs in same professional field in my city. I don't know yet if I'll be "freelance" or "on staff", but the (low) quantity of work and (low) pay equals freelance status in my mind, but freelancers should be able to cobble together many jobs in their field and city, right? How do I get around New Employer's so-called "noncompete" agreement? I want to work for this (prestigious) company but cannot quit my other jobs yet. What is my bargaining position?
How important is it for me to get an accountant now that I'm earning most of my income as a freelancer? Can I handle taxes on my own? [more inside]
How can I expand my business from a 1 person independent freelance/contractor to a few people (or with an assistant?) While simultaneously maintaining high quality and being able to trust the project or parts of the project to others. [more inside]
My wife's looking for a decent small business accountant in south Manchester. Any recommendations? [more inside]
I'm a freelance web designer in New York State hoping to move abroad for 2-3 months early next year. I'm very interested in going somewhere warm, cheap, and accessible. A few more details inside... [more inside]
I want to offer to handle a few acquaintances' domain management and some basic social media presence stuff, as they've offered to pay me to do it. Can I just do things in my name and have them pay me directly? I am a complete newbie to being paid for this, and I just want to see if I should look into anything. [more inside]
How do you manage your time and priorities as work ebbs and flows during your life as a freelancer? What do you do with your days between big jobs? What portion of your time is spent on paying work, managing your business (taxes, bills, sending invoices, etc.), personal/professional development, trying to find more work, networking, etc.? Do you deal with deluges and droughts, or is your work more steady and consistent, and how much control do you have about this situation? What do you do during lulls? How long did it take you to become comfortable with your workload after you became a freelancer? [more inside]
I was hoping to be offered a writing job on the editorial side, but instead I'm going to be on the business/advertising side. What does this mean for me? [more inside]
You are a freelancer. You invoice your clients. You have an android device, and you have a great app you use. What app is it? [more inside]
Looking to create a website to advertise my girlfriend's freelance writing skills- she would like to do some freelance writing on the side and has done it in the past but would like to take it up a notch. She has a journalism background. I have a wordpress template, some headshots, portfolio samples, etc to use so that is not the gist of my question. I was wondering if there are other examples that you have seen of writers self promotion pages that struck you as good examples that we can get ideas from. [more inside]
How can I best manage documents for a fleet of freelancers online? Particularly including signing W-9s and contracts digitally. [more inside]
I'm interested in hearing from people who intentionally made the switch from freelancing to (or back to) a more traditional work situation. What were your reasons? Do you think it was a good decision? [more inside]
I just found out my accountant screwed up and never filed my 2011 taxes. No one at her office is returning my emails or messages. My tax situation is now a complete mess. I don't know where to start to fix this. Help? [more inside]
I'm a NYC area freelancer and I'm running out of work at the end of the month. How can I make sure I've always got a gig going on? [more inside]
I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for? [more inside]
Should I expect to get paid for the writing I do for newspapers and periodicals? [more inside]
Freelance freakout. Help? [more inside]
Started a new freelance gig and got my first paycheck. It's lower than I expected. Should I ask about this or would it make me look greedy? [more inside]
Freelancer filter: I'm a graphic designer / creative consultant. I've been at it for 15 years. I like the freedom, but have never been particularly good at invoicing etc. I have a client wanting to work out some sort of "retainer" situation but, frankly, I'm not even sure what this could be like, how it would be structured, and why it would be better for me than my current status. I'm all for regular paychecks... So there's one. Anyone have experience with similar arrangements?
Is it really possible to be a freelance Facebook "like"-er? [more inside]
Approaching a local small business with an offer to write their blog for free: is this a good idea? If so, how to do it? I'm looking to gain some freelance writing experience and thought this might be the way. [more inside]
I'm new to freelance writing online. What do I do if a website publishing my work (through a middle-man content network who pays me) edits/adds to my writing in a way that I feel detracts from the quality of the work? I only have 4 published clips so far; should I include a link to this website when clips are requested by potential employers? [more inside]
Please help me rebuild my professional network. [more inside]
How do I go about getting liability insurance as a freelance writer? [more inside]
How should I bill a client for freelance writing of marketing copy? [more inside]