That’s My Policy

By Darwin Bell via Flickr.com

Most freelancers don’t start working for themselves because they want the opportunity to be constrained in their work. They aren’t looking for limits or extra hurdles to jump.

As a result many freelancers don’t have policies for their business. They don’t have rules about what their business will and won’t do, what they’ll accept from their clients and what they won’t.

But what they don’t … Read More


Is Your Invoice Helping You Get Paid?

By Ángel Domínguez via Flickr.com

If I’ve learned one thing in the last year it’s how much freelancers love administrative tasks.

The joy and satisfaction they get from organizing meetings, filing paperwork, and dealing with contracts! Watching their faces light up at the opportunity to pay quarterly taxes, again, can just about break your heart.

And if there is one task that stands out from all the rest as the … Read More


Your New New Year’s Resolution: Register Your Copyrights!

By Daniel Foster via Flickr.com

Happy 2015 everyone! I hope your new year’s celebrations were festive and suitably rejuvenating because, friends, it’s time to get back to work.

And you’re gonna start by registering your copyrights.… Read More


Lessons from 2014

By Craig Sunter via Flickr.com

Whoa, dang, 2014 was one heck of a year.

I’m not sure what 2014 was the year of, exactly, but I saw a lot of change in my business and the businesses of my clients. Here are the top 14 lessons I’m taking from 2014.… Read More


Why Clients Object To Your Totally Reasonable Contract Language

By Nic McPhee via Flickr.com

You’ve read all the Very Best internet articles about putting a contract together.

You collected five different copies of contracts and painstakingly stitched together a contract that does exactly what you need it to do: no more, no less.

You proudly send the contract off to a client, patting yourself on the back for being a professional with her own legal documents. You are confident … Read More


Shake: Create a Contract on Your Phone

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Because of the limits of time and space, I can’t help all the freelancers who come to me needing a contract. But I hate turning people away without other options, so a while ago I started searching out low cost, quality alternatives for creating contracts for freelance work.

One of the resources I found and was impressed with is Shake, a contract drafting application … Read More


Two of My Favorite XOXO Talks Are on YouTube, Go Watch Them

By Ian Linkletter via Flickr.com

As previously mentioned, I had a great time at XOXO this year. I’ve been thinking about the ideas that were discussed and the people I met pretty much every day since.

Two of the talks really stuck out for me and I’ve been thinking about them a lot. And because XOXO is good at sharing, now you can watch them, too.… Read More


What We Talk About When We Talk About Pricing

By Jeremy Richardson via Flickr.com

This past weekend I moderated a panel on pricing at the Creative Clubhouse. The event was a blast and the insights the panelists shared shed light on the often confounding algebra that is pricing creative work.

Here is some of the great advice they shared:… Read More



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That’s My Policy

Most freelancers don't start working for themselves because they want the opportunity to be constrained in their work. They aren't looking for limits or extra hurdles to jump. As a result many freelancers don't have policies for their business. They don't have rules about what their business will and won't do,

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