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Where should I spend a few months abroad?

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]
posted by cvp on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

How to charge acquaintances for domain name and social media help?

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]
posted by dubadubowbow on Sep 12, 2012 - 4 answers

How do you manage your time as a freelance worker?

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]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Should I take this copywriting job if I want to be a writer?

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]
posted by Michael Pemulis on Aug 10, 2012 - 6 answers

What is the best invoicing app for Android?

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]
posted by matcha action on Aug 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Freelance writer website examples

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]
posted by timpanogos on Jul 19, 2012 - 1 answer

And stop moving apartments all the time!

How can I best manage documents for a fleet of freelancers online? Particularly including signing W-9s and contracts digitally. [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds on Jul 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Have you made the switch from freelancing to full-time employment, and why?

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]
posted by shiggins on Jun 27, 2012 - 22 answers

How do I fix what my AWOL CPA broke?

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]
posted by thewrongparty on Jun 20, 2012 - 15 answers

Hanging out my shingle.

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]
posted by modernserf on Jun 12, 2012 - 5 answers

I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for?

I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Jun 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Getting paid for writing?

Should I expect to get paid for the writing I do for newspapers and periodicals? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Jun 3, 2012 - 45 answers

What if it all falls apart?

Freelance freakout. Help? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jun 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Take this rate and STFU?

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]
posted by Anima Mundi on Jun 1, 2012 - 17 answers

Wear your retainer

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?
posted by ecorrocio on May 25, 2012 - 5 answers

All this computer hacking is making me thirsty, I think I'll "like" a Tab.

Is it really possible to be a freelance Facebook "like"-er? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on May 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Will blog for free

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]
posted by indognito on May 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Should I include this in my online freelance clips even if the editing is not up to my standards?

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]
posted by dahliachewswell on May 16, 2012 - 7 answers

How do you rebuild a professional network?

Please help me rebuild my professional network. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Where do I get freelance liablity insurance.

How do I go about getting liability insurance as a freelance writer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2012 - 12 answers

How to bill for marketing / copywriting

How should I bill a client for freelance writing of marketing copy? [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold on May 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me understand: rounding

What logic is Harvest using to round up the hours I've spent on a project? And what should my general practice be regarding rounding? [more inside]
posted by nostrich on Apr 30, 2012 - 7 answers

How does the internet work now?

Help understanding "new media" and the internetz: Are these "freelancing gig"/content generation/social network websites which are popping up on the web these days scammy? Help me understand this phenomenon. [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Apr 24, 2012 - 8 answers

cover letter or not?

Should I include a cover letter when submitting a story to a literary magazine? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Apr 11, 2012 - 7 answers

30 something seeking career advice

Help a thirty-something year old find his way (back) in his career [more inside]
posted by vincentv on Apr 6, 2012 - 9 answers

My First Freelance Feature -- Help!

So my freelance pitch to a magazine was accepted -- now what? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

How to turn Web developer isolation into something more outgoing?

I'm a humanities-oriented people person freelancing as a Web developer and IT person, but tired of working from home in isolation. While I enjoy running my own operation, I wish I could get out there and teach people, work with kindred spirits, etc. Anyone have any ideas or experience they might be willing to share on beating this predicament? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Ever used FlexJobs.com for freelancing, or is there a better option out there?

Has anyone ever tried using Flexjobs.com for freelancing? If so, has it been a good experience, or are there other freelance directories that I should look into. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Mar 15, 2012 - 2 answers

Cross-browser, cross-platform, cross-country compatibility.

As a Canadian, can I do freelance design work in the U.S. if I move there? [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Mar 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Climbed a peak, now back in the valley

Doubting if I am cut-out for freelance/independent work. There seem to be quite a few independent professionals here; it'd be wonderful to hear your thoughts/experiences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 - 10 answers

What social network lifestream sharing and web marketing philosophy do you recommend for a freelancer?

What social network lifestream sharing and web marketing philosophy do you recommend for a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong on Feb 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Reduce my rates like a professional?

I've been a freelance PowerPoint designer for 6 years. Given the state of the economy and my stagnant business, I've been quoting lower rates to prospective clients, but what about old clients who are still paying my old, higher rates? There are a few in particular that I think might give me more work if I charged less. How can I find out if that's true and how much less I would have to charge to get more work? I don't want to offer a lower rate if it won't increase the amount of work they give me, and I don't want to come off as desperate. Can this be done gracefully?
posted by SampleSize on Feb 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Can you help with this Canadian GST/HST dilemma?

Canadian tax question: I quoted a client for a job, and neglected to specify whether GST/HST is included. They think the price should be understood as including GST/HST. I think it should be understood as excluding GST/HST. Is there some external standard to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by PersonPerson on Jan 27, 2012 - 23 answers

Should I Charge For Minor Travel?

Free-lancers: when do you charge for travel time? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Jan 24, 2012 - 13 answers

On-the-job skills that translate to freelance career

Next up in my continuing series of "what career" questions...As I face transitioning from my independent, location-free, freelance career into a "real" job, one of the things that keeps me from curling up in a ball and crying as often as I might is the thought that maybe I can learn some new, in-demand, valuable things in whatever I do and someday return to freelancing/contracting/owning my own business with more to offer and better prospects of making a living. Does anyone have some thoughts or resources to suggest for choosing a career that might give me skills or knowledge that would be in-demand and saleable in the self-employed world? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Jan 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Storytelling for fun and profit

Freelance Audio book narration: has anybody here had success doing it? Looking for tips, experiences, and best practices. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Jan 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Software that will nag me to track my time?

Can you recommend free or very inexpensive software for Windows that will pop up at pre-determined intervals (e.g., every 20 minutes) and remind me to fill out my timesheet? [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa on Jan 16, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I get better at interviewing people for stories?

How do I not sound naive and awkward when interviewing people for freelance stories? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jan 13, 2012 - 11 answers

What should this sort of project cost? How long should it take an experienced programmer to implement?

Freelance filter: how many hours should it take to put together a re turn tracking extension/plugin/module for an existing online store? What would you charge as an hourly rate? What would you charge for a flat fee? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 4, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I pay taxes on freelance income in the UK?

Help me understand taxes as a freelance consultant in the UK. [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Can't Start ASAP = HR asks if I'd 1099. Figuring out a rate?

I have a hybrid question about working 1099, going rate for Enterprise Content Management/Digital Asset Management work, & maybe even accounting for costs when it'd be in San Francisco. No secret snowflake details, just how the heck do I figure out if it could work and for what amount of money? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Dec 13, 2011 - 9 answers

how to make a royalty agreement

How to make a royalty agreement? [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot on Dec 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Tell me about the potential pitfalls of hosting websites for smalltime clients?

I'm a graphic designer who does a bit of freelance web stuff, but I’m by no means a web developer. I’ve recently started building teensy (a few pages, a blog, a basic paypal shopping cart plugin) Wordpress sites with customized themes for some tech averse self-employed/freelancer friends. I'm considering offering to host these on my web space for a small fee. What could go wrong? A lot of things, I'm sure... I just don't know what. Have you hosted multiple sites for other people on your web space? If so, what do you wish you'd known going in? [more inside]
posted by 100kb on Dec 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Tips on advertising copyediting to students

Have you advertised copyediting services at colleges or universities? How did you do it? Do you have any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me to write a convincing letter requesting jobs

Freelance Filter >> How to approach my client diplomatically on a letter? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Nov 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Opportunities for Writers

How likely is it that writer A contacts an agent with a writing idea, which the agent rejects from writer A but then encourages writer B, who agent knows, to write it? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 6, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I outsource my invoicing?

I am a freelance translator and editor. I hate managing the billing/financial end of it myself and want to figure out how to outsource it. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Oct 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Freelance payment...

I have a day job, and I also freelance as a graphic artist/illustrator. I've only been getting paid for my work for the past few months, and I haven't had a problem getting compensated. Until now. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Oct 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Fulfilling Career

Have you escaped office drudgery and/or being controlled in a job to launch your own independent, creative, fulfilling career? Please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by bearette on Oct 18, 2011 - 12 answers

Getting into specialised freelance writing

I'd like to get into freelance writing in a specialist area - I have the specialist bit down, but need the other part spelled out for me. [more inside]
posted by carbide on Oct 3, 2011 - 6 answers

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