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
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
A check was due two days ago, but the client’s really nice and has never been late before….
The invoice is due in three days and you haven’t heard from the client since it went out….
You can’t bill the client until they sign off on the last round of revisions but no one will respond to your emails…
…when should you start worrying about … Read More
A contract is a contract is a contract.
Sort of.… Read More
I took my legal practice full-time in April. Almost every day since, somebody has asked me how I like running my own business. My usual response is a very enthusiastic, “Great! I love it and wish I’d been able to do it sooner.”
This is a true response. I have a very healthy number of clients, I love and am excited about the work I’m … Read More
I’ve spent the last week cajoling a five year-old to put her face in the water at swim lessons.
She thinks I’m absolutely, 100% insane crazy.
It will hurt her eyes. She’ll get water in her ears. How will she breathe? What if the other kids laugh at her? It’s scary!
I can tell her a bazillion times that it will be OK, but … Read More
Earlier this summer I wrote a guest post for Jean Chatzky’s blog giving a few negotiation pointers for those that are self-employed. Jean is the finance editor for the Today Show and runs a great blog chock full of financial advice.
Because financial security can impact how you negotiate–what you ask for, the compromises you’re willing to make–I asked Jean if she could share some … Read More
I was talking to a friend last week about her freelance career. She’d accomplished a lot recently, but kept poo-pooing the value of the work she’d done: it wasn’t exciting or lucrative, it was “just” work. I reminded her that all work was important when building a business and warned her against indulging in negative talk about her accomplishments.
Later that night my wife asked … Read More