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How Do YOU Work?

Over at Lifehacker – the best site for interesting things – they have a series of articles that talk about how people work. Not what they do, but how they do it. For some reason, it got me wondering how many of you freelancing readers out there are working your freelancing. Every person is different when it comes to their working style and freelancing is no different, however with freelancing, you can basically work whenever and wherever you want.

Okay, there is that difference.

But if you’re new to freelancing, how should you be working?

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Will Freelance for Money – Getting Paid!

Okay, you all know what I’m going to say.

Sorry, job, real life, yadda yadda. But I’m here, yeah? I will totally never leave you guys fully (unless one day I totally leave you guys fully).

So I started at this new job of mine as an independent contractor. That’s the fancy name you get when you’re starting out as a freelancer for a company. It makes sense – they try you out, you try them out, and if it all works together, then boom. You may not be an IC anymore (you could go full time!) Read the rest of this entry

Gina, What’re You Doing Again?

Yo readers!

So the past few weeks, I’ve lamented about turning 35 and looking for a career, talking about internships, and getting a portfolio, etc. I probably mentioned what path I’m pursuing, but I don’t think I’ve explained exactly what it is I’m doing. So if you’re wondering why my awesome blog isn’t being updated every week (you know, when I’m actually updating every week), here’s the answer. Read the rest of this entry

Summertime Blues or The Time Gina Went Looking for an Internship

Bueno, loyal readers!

Well, it’s official – I am thirty-five years and twelve days old today. I know, right? If you remember my last post, my birthday was just looming ahead and with that, I decided I would do the grown up thing and pick a career and a career I did pick – technical writing/communication. It’s perfect really – I of course love writing, as you know, and I’m a big geek when it comes to technology and I have of course done my fair share of articles and reviews within the technology sphere.

The downside to this is of course that full-time job I have. It also works, as it’s in technical support (which can help with tech writing), but it’s summer and that means getting less hours and less monies. You all know I loves me some monies, so losing hours is kinda not cool, but as you freelancers will know, you can’t just stop when one project stops – you keep going and in this post my friends, I’m gonna talk to you about internships. If anyone of you have ever watched a television show or movie, you’ve probably seen the lowly intern – the poor guy or gal who goes out fetching coffee for the office, makes copies, runs errands, etc. Basically the idea of an internship is not appealing, right? Read the rest of this entry

The State of Freelancing

So as you all may know, I’ve been freelancing for…wow, over four years now, and for those of you just starting on the adventure, you’ve figured out that the road isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, sadly.

However, in terms of how many people are freelancing, whether as a side or full time, the landscape looks pretty good. This infographic from Graphic Design Degree Hub shows the impact of freelancing today in the US and the numbers are still growing. What’s that mean for us? Well, it means we might have more competition, but it also means that the avenues of employment are still opening.

If you remember, I had just gotten back with the job I had started months ago before that “recent unpleasantness”; it’s tech support for a major US ISP company that allows me to reap the benefits of an office salary with health and dental insurance, but still allowing me to work from home. Of course, I’d like to work out of an office, in an actual building, with other actual people, however once I am able to get back to Denver, there’s a pretty good chance that I’m going to completely set up an office area to give the illusion of working somewhere that isn’t the living room.

Thanks much to Anna and the folks over at Graphic Design Degree Hub for sharing this with me!

The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer

 

How to Deal with a Clingy Client

Hello good reader! Welcome back to another session here at the FRR. So this blog is obviously about my life as a freelancer and all the crazy things that entails and there have been crazy things, let me tell you. I’ve done a few different things for different companies and clients and the learning process of dealing with people on a remote/telecommuting level versus an office level is certainly different.

Most of the folks that I’ve worked for have been awesome, offering feedback on projects I’ve done and so forth, but I have to say that I’ve encountered something I never have before – the clingy client. Read the rest of this entry

The Portfolio Experience

 

English: WordPress Logo

English: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the last post I started to tell you how I created a portfolio in WordPress and came to the conclusion that I write too much. Obviously, I’m a writer, that’s what I do, but when creating this portfolio I realize just how much I had written and for how many people.

The Writer’s Dilemma

So I made little thumbnails for the articles I wanted to showcase and decided that because most of them are in article format anyway, I’d make it easier and go by topic, like technology or video games. You guys, one never knows how much stuff they have done until they look back upon it. That actually sounds profound, doesn’t it? Read the rest of this entry