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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

I hate myself enough already, thanks

Please refer me to a NYC-area tax accountant who specializes in arts/freelance clients with horrid IRS debt and deep financial shame.
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2011 - 4 answers

I think I've identified 'my passion'. Now help me get out of my own momentum-killing way!

So, after almost a year of hunting for a full-time job, I've decided to put that aside and try to have a go at digital storytelling as a freelancer. I have a few places I'm getting myself stuck, and I would love some assistance/context in finding 'my people' [more inside]
posted by softlord on Sep 28, 2011 - 8 answers

What's the best way to save for retirement as a freelancer?

What's the best way to save for retirement as a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu on Sep 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me contract somebody to design a personal/academic/faculty candidate website.

Help me contract somebody to design a personal academic/faculty candidate website. [more inside]
posted by onalark on Sep 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Am I being paid too much?

Photographers: reducing your rate – do you or don’t you? [more inside]
posted by mcbeth on Sep 23, 2011 - 24 answers

Mind My Own Business

Looking for good books about the business of freelance writing. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Sep 13, 2011 - 3 answers

How much should I charge for my writing?

Freelance Writing Filter: I've been out of the freelance writing market for about three years. I want to go back. I just got an offer to write some online content, and I need to know how much to charge based on a range provided by the company. [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Sep 1, 2011 - 5 answers

What is the freelance market like for an embedded programmer?

What is the freelance market like for an embedded programmer? [more inside]
posted by Loto on Aug 28, 2011 - 4 answers

How can a good writer establish a basic online writing career?

What's the next step in online freelance writing beyond sites like Textbroker.com? A friend wants to quit his retail job in order to write about 20-30 hours a week while going to school. [more inside]
posted by pekala on Aug 24, 2011 - 5 answers

I seriously don't know how to do this.

A question about etiquette for freelance designers: [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Aug 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Love the work, hate the aquarium

I love what I do but I don't love the way my organization functions. I want to go solo. Help me figure out how to become a freelance data analyst/researcher [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me dump a nightmare freelance writing client.

I'm a freelance writer who needs to tactfully end a business relationship with a web design firm. Help me walk away relatively unscathed. [more inside]
posted by shiggins on Jul 30, 2011 - 15 answers

looking for advice about freelance scientific editing

looking for advice about freelance scientific editing [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Becoming a freelance translator

Advice on getting jobs for frreelance translators? Experience with Proz.com? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Jul 23, 2011 - 5 answers

The How's and Where's of Finding Qualified Freelancers?

Semi-regular need for freelance experts in things that are not "my areas of expertise," as Hodgeman would put it. Help needed not in finding particular people, but in knowing where and how to find the experts I need. [more inside]
posted by webhund on Jul 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Probably should have just learned how to draw when I was younger...

How much should I expect to spend on this little piece of freelance graphic work? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus on Jul 16, 2011 - 15 answers

Freelance Writing in the UK?

Any tips on starting a freelance writing career in the UK? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jul 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Finding others for video conference check-ins for self-employed

I'm a freelancer with plenty of ideas for what I should be doing to improve my business (and life in general), but I have a real hard time getting down to work without any kind of accountability or structure in my life. So here's what I'm thinking: Find 2 or 3 like-minded people and have brief daily check-ins via video conference to state our goals between now and our next session, and how we've done since our last session -- just keeping each other honest and on some kind of schedule. Where do I find people who would like to participate? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Jul 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Freelancers: I recently "finished" a contract but feel hazzy about how it is ending. Please advise.

Freelancers: I recently "finished" a contract but feel hazzy about how it is ending. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by servix on Jun 27, 2011 - 8 answers

need freelance web designer

How do I find freelance web designers who will create a website for me similar to these ones: www.the-weeknd.com www.caldecottmusic.com Also, how much does it typically cost to hire someone to do this??
posted by mememix on May 30, 2011 - 2 answers

Is Mediabistro worth it?

Have any MeFites signed up for Mediabistro or any similar service and if so, was it worth the sign up fee? How about the Mediabistro Marketplace -- has work actually found you through it? I'm not especially interested in their health insurance or classes; I'm purely looking for leads for freelance writing assignments. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on May 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Pitching for Rookies

I have the pitch for a freelance story idea, now how should I throw it? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on May 25, 2011 - 2 answers

Contract for a freelance software project

How do I set up a contract? This is my first freelance software-development project and I have no idea what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on May 13, 2011 - 10 answers

How to find a Freelance Interactive Producer?

I just started working at an digital production agency in Brooklyn, NYC and I want to know what's the best way of sourcing a kickass local freelance Interactive Producer for a big project we're working on? Other than Jobs postings on Behance and FWA?
posted by rudhraigh on May 5, 2011 - 2 answers

Kind of like if you went on vacation in Abbottabad last summer...

[Freelance Writing Filter.] Where to submit this long and suddenly very timely travel essay? [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown on May 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Freelancing for an ex-employer

How much do I charge the person who fired me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me impose structure.

Desperately disorganized person seeks realistic routine. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Apr 29, 2011 - 7 answers

How much should a freelancer be compensated for project-related travel?

I'm being asked to travel to a 3-hour meeting as part of a freelance project I'm working on. How much time should I be compensated for? [more inside]
posted by SomeTrickPony on Apr 24, 2011 - 8 answers

What should I get paid as an editor for an ebook company?

What should I get paid as a senior editor of a new ebook company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2011 - 3 answers

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