All posts in the ‘ The Rest ’ Category

When Should You Start Worrying About Getting Paid?

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

On Being Vulnerable

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

Swim Lessons for Stubborn Clients

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

Finance Tips for Freelancers

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

My First 100 Days in Office

Early last week I hit a milestone in my full-time freelance career: 100 days of 100% self-employment.

I was a bit surprised. I didn’t think it’d been quite that long. I decided to step back and take a look at what I’ve done and how well I’ve been sticking to my goals.… Read More

What’s Your Policy?

As a lawyer who makes a living reading, writing and revising contracts it’s in my best interest to tell you that contracts are incredibly important and if you don’t have a contract your clients will get away with murder.

And that’s true.

But also not.… Read More

Don’t Be Afraid to Charge What You’re Worth

I talk to a lot of freelancers about how to handle their prices, particularly how to raise their prices.

They tell me that  they want to be able to charge what they’re worth without having to worry that they’ll lose business as a result, can I help them do that?… Read More

Ich bin Freelancer*

I started writing this blog over five years ago. At the time, I hired freelancers, I was friends with freelancers and I loved freelancers.

But I was not a freelancer.

It seemed too hard. (How do you make money?) Too scary. (How do you make money??) Too lonely. (How do you make money?!)

This Friday, I’m leaving the Day Job and taking my practice full-time. … Read More

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