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Getting out of a toxic situation and finding the right path

I rushed into a new job after a layoff a few weeks ago, and it's really not a good fit. The commute is too long (and I have no interest in moving here, because I love where I live and the job is in a really dismal part of the county), the work is too boring (it's IT work that's largely automated, and my "job" appears to be to watch things and make sure they don't go down) and it's starting to make me ill. I'm very close to a breakdown and I am not sure what to do to improve my quality of life. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Aug 19, 2014 - 45 answers

Contractor in Canada working for US firm, better check or bank tranfer?

What's more advantageous for a contractor working in Canada for an American company, bank transfer or check? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Aug 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Earning while I'm Learning?

I have been asked by a friend who's just starting a technical consulting business to help him do marketing/CRM. I am helping him as a friend with tech strategy and competitive intelligence (what I do know) and he wants to pay me to do business development (which I don't know.) So, what should I charge for consulting services when I am completely new at what I am doing? Sounds foolhardy, I know, but lots of snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Jul 18, 2014 - 1 answer

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

Flexible time and task tracker needed

I need to track my time and activity at work, and I suspect there may be ways that my computer could help me with this. [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Jul 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Good examples of freelancer portfolios?

I'm starting to get more well-paid freelancing writing work (features and corporate comms). It's a good way to quickly earn some extra cash, so I need an online portfolio to show to new prospects. Does anyone have any examples of good online portfolios by journalists and marketing copywriters? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Jun 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Negotiating the right to moonlight

I’ve just been offered a product design position at a local software company, and tomorrow I’ll be negotiating the terms of my employment. I’d very much like to have the option of taking on small freelance jobs and remunerative personal projects outside of work, but the default employee agreement states that all intellectual property I produce belongs to my employer, including that developed outside of normal working hours. Is there any way I can take this job and keep my freedom? [more inside]
posted by Kilter on May 12, 2014 - 6 answers

How does one freelance with a baby in the house?

Our first little one is due in November. I previously freelanced and now work a full-time, very time-consuming corporate job. I would like to return to freelancing after baby's born to give me more flexibility and to avoid massive daycare costs. How do I do this while also acting as the primary care-giver for an infant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2014 - 17 answers

I'm about to miss a deadline. What is the best way to handle this?

I've taken on a freelance project which was due today. It isn't finished. What next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2014 - 15 answers

Freelance writers: Should I be charging more for my work?

I'm 25 and have been in the freelance scene for about a year. I saw Igyre's question and how she was unhappy with making $25/hour. That's about what I'm making now. I'm looking for perspective and what I need to do to start charging more. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2014 - 9 answers

I make $25/hour and keep thinking I could do better. Can I do better?

I'm a 35 yo woman who is, IMO, very smart and capable - but I have a very insubstantial work history. What kind of options would I have if I wanted to prioritize earning more? [more inside]
posted by lgyre on Mar 12, 2014 - 26 answers

Canadian freelancer here. What do I need to know about taxes?

I've just signed on with a couple of online firms that have a team of freelancers and then assign work to them. What do I need to know about taxes? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Editing for fun and maybe profit?

I am an English PhD who now works as a researcher in the private sector. For some time now I have been editing things (for free) for friends and family members. What do I need to know and do if I want to make a few bucks here and there doing this for others? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Feb 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Is there such a thing as a lucrative freelancing skill anymore?

I've just come out of a short stint of unemployment, now working a fairly low-wage job but with decent hours, giving me spare time to kill. Thought perhaps that this would be a good time to pick up some new skill or other to fill the hours and perhaps make some extra money on the side. [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Jan 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Be my freelancing cheerleader. I'm broke and paralyzed by anxiety.

I was laid off from my video production job about a year and a half ago. I wasn't too sad to see it go because I really wanted to freelance. I wasn't getting paid enough in that job to have savings, but I had unemployment for a few months, and figured that could see me through bulking up my portfolio and getting some clients. I did find some regular work and have built up good relationships that I hope turn into more, but in the mean time, I am so broke. I volunteer with several organizations and go to events, so I keep telling myself that if I just hold on a little longer, it'll get better. But when I sit down to work on marketing or personal projects that show off what I can do, I freeze up with anxiety. [more inside]
posted by ohisee on Jan 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Am I making a mistake by going down this freelance route?

I'm 25. I studied design in school and realized I don't want to practice it and I don't fit in to typical office environments. I started freelancing and I'm thrilled by the amount of freedom it offers but I'm also worried about how sustainable this lifestyle is. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 12 answers

What's the division of labour in web development?

I want to start doing freelance web work, but I'm not sure what I'd like to specialise in. I'm competent with python, PHP, html, css, javascript and angular as well as doing designy things like UX and photoshop. Previously I've always built whole websites from start to finish and now I'd like to pick a particular element and develop my skills to professional level in that role, but I'm not sure how it breaks down and how the size of the company/project increases the numbers of roles.
posted by awesomathon on Jan 3, 2014 - 5 answers

New to freelance writing and need help with taxes.

I am new to the world of freelance writing. I have a regular full time job but have started freelancing on the side a couple months ago. Right now, I make about $400 a month from various jobs. Still a small number but I'm expecting to ramp this up a bit so I'd like to learn more about taxes and how/when I will need to start paying. When should I start reporting my taxes? I assume I will need to pay quarterly, how will I go about this? What forms? I'll consider hiring a tax advisor if I start making more from writing but for now, I'm just trying to get my feet wet and understand my tax obligations. Thanks!
posted by cm1088 on Oct 27, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I get started as a freelance writer?

I'm looking to make around $300-$700 a month doing freelance writing to supplement my income. So far I have been overwhelmed with the resources online and still have no idea where to start. I have no experience writing professionally but I am an English major and have been writing almost all of my life. I'm mostly interested in the "Elance" platform but I'm open to other options. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by dargerpartridge on Oct 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Health Insurance thru Freelancer's Union

Does anyone have any experience with purchasing health insurance through the Freelancer's Union? Any feedback on the process and level of satisfaction with coverage would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Sep 3, 2013 - 13 answers

Jobs that would give me time to work on my own creative projects?

Are there paid jobs I could get that are non-demanding enough that they would give me long hours of free time to work on my own creative projects? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Jul 17, 2013 - 11 answers

School me about ODesk

Someone just turned me on to ODesk.com. I am going to need several demo videos edited over the next month and I'm interested in using ODesk to find a video editor to do this. Having registered, I'm a bit overwhelmed by the thousands of freelancers who seemingly fit my requirements. Give me your ODesk tips and tricks please. How can I get the most from it? Have you had a bad/good experience with it?
posted by bq on Jun 27, 2013 - 4 answers

International Freelance Taxes -Canadian in Berlin /w US clients?

Calling all internationally mobile, 'creative-class' freelancers- how do you determine who taxes you, if your design clients are in one country (for me, USA) you live in another country (Germany) but are a citizen of yet somewhere else (Canadian)? Does everyone get a piece of my income? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2013 - 17 answers

How should I set appropriate boundaries and working structure as a freelancer?

I'm a freelancer. How do I handle this particular client who may be undervaluing my work and time, and overstepping some boundaries? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2012 - 29 answers

How do I get some work rights back, without tattling on a coworker?

I was told that I couldn't freelance outside of my company. I said ok. Then I saw a co-worker freelancing outside of our company. What gives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 8 answers

How to become a freelancing cartoonist?

I want to become a cartoonist. Can anyone give me some helpful advice or point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Sep 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Renaming my company

Help me rename my company! [more inside]
posted by swizzle_stik on Aug 22, 2012 - 21 answers

What's the best way to close a deal with a client?

What's the best way to close a deal with a client? [more inside]
posted by swizzle_stik on Aug 14, 2012 - 11 answers

What's the long term & retirement like for freelancers?

What is the long-term freelancer outlook like? Where "long term" equals 10 years in until retirement? [more inside]
posted by circular on Jun 27, 2012 - 2 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

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

Paper or Digital?

I"ve collected 1200+ magazines since 2005. The intention was to use them as reference when freelance writing for specific publications. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Hiring someone to run a super simple website

I'm in the process of creating a sports-related website that will relay some very simple information. The information is already out there on the web, just not aggregated in this manner. It needs to be updated daily, and I'd like to pay someone to do it. [more inside]
posted by rastapasta on Nov 9, 2011 - 5 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

Rejection is part of being a writer -- but what about the embarrassment?

Rejection's part of being a writer. I can deal with rejection. How do I deal with the embarrassment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2011 - 17 answers

Hints, tricks, or hacks for moonlighting, freelancing, or consulting work?

Hints, tricks, or hacks for moonlighting, freelancing, or consulting especially in regards to setting up a LLC and setting fees? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Sep 11, 2011 - 11 answers

I am trying to transition from my job to freelancing and having some challenges.

I am trying to transition from my job to freelancing and having some challenges. Any advice or insight would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Where else can I go with my museum-database experience?

I need help recontextualizing my skillset. I think I’m looking at my resume too literally, and boxing myself in unnecessarily when it comes to looking for other options. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Apr 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Day in the life of a freelance writer?

Day in the life of a freelance writer? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 - 22 answers

For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a journalist

Can an introvert be a journalist? If so... how? [more inside]
posted by Acey on Feb 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Getting good directions

Freelancers: help me help my clients with communication. [more inside]
posted by bryon on Jan 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Timehacking 101

Freelancers: Give me your best time management hints and tips. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jan 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Help with contracts and such for freelancing?

I've got a side coding project coming up, and I need help to figure out the logistics of getting paid for it. Are there standard contracts for this sort of thing, or places where I can get a contract written up? Should I do it as a 1099, or should I attempt to incorporate myself - and if so, how do I go about that? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Dec 31, 2010 - 5 answers

The Joys of International Freelancing?

I am US citizen, and the sole proprietor of a business offering software development and consulting services -- in other words, I'm a freelancer. However, I'm a bit of a nomad at the moment, doing a lot of international travel for pleasure, and am gradually picking up clients from first-world nations (UK, Canada, NZ, Australia). I'm curious about the legality (at a broad level, you are not my lawyer) of me working on my freelance tasks as I move around on non-work visas, especially when I may find myself in a country where I currently have an active client. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 - 9 answers

I'm waiting for the inevitable typo to appear in the body text.

After previously having worked in an editing capacity for four years, I miss the experience of editing and what it does for me as a writer. I'm interested in opportunities and ideas for part-time paid or perhaps even volunteer opportunities in the Philadelphia area doing editing. [more inside]
posted by Keter on Nov 17, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I get freelance programming work?

How can I get freelance programming/Web development work? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Nov 4, 2010 - 7 answers

As a writer, what does it mean to be "on word count?"

As a writer, what does it mean to be "on word count?" [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Oct 27, 2010 - 20 answers

Skills for a web freelancer

What should I learn/do to improve my chances of getting a web-related job/be a successful freelancer? [more inside]
posted by Memo on Sep 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Cents per word or bucks per document?

Per hour, per word, per document, or for the project - how to price a writing job. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Sep 1, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I get more motivation to code outside of class?

I'm lacking motivation to code outside of programming classes... I enjoy the classes a lot, but when it comes to coding outside of class, I get stuck on what I want to code or what kind of projects to contribute to. [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Aug 19, 2010 - 11 answers

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