What My Cosmetic Dentist Taught Me About Freelance Marketing

A few years ago, I fell on my face and cracked a tooth. A front tooth. I was living temporarily in a city far away from my beloved dentist of 20 years. Of the friends I asked for referrals, none had recommendations for a cosmetic specialist — and a few had warnings. The two dental… Read more »

Hourly or Project: That’s Not the Question

A Google search for “hourly vs project writer” yields 475,000 results. Each method has its fans. The debate has been covered exhaustively. Many experienced writers end up at, “It depends on the project,” and cite their typical arrangement and its common exceptions. Everyone agrees: If you charge by the project, you must have a sense of… Read more »

The Right Writer for the Job

I hear from writers all the time: “My title is ‘writer’ but it’s not really a writing job.” I’ve said it myself. I’ve also heard people who hire writers complain that the writers they hire want to phone it in, or think they’re too good for the client’s project. Any one of those perceptions is… Read more »

Casting Pearls Before Swine Is Not a Career Move

The ad chirps from the top of the Facebook feed for a networking and referral group: “Great opportunity for a photo editor! Select the 5 best photos from the 15-20 we send, and provide light editing. Pay rate is $6 per edited photo. Each one should take about twenty minutes. You’ll earn $18 per hour.”… Read more »

Freelance Writers: What’s On Your Plate?

A thought experiment: You have worked for ten years as a bartender in a restaurant. You’ve saved up some money and you decide to open your own restaurant. Instead of opening a cheap burger joint, a gourmet pizza parlor, or a sushi bar, you open a place called FOOD. FOOD serves whatever a customer wants…. Read more »