How Freelancers Can Help Each Other Make More Money

As I’ll be focusing on friendship this month, I’ve been thinking a lot about how freelancers can help each other out, particularly with raking in more moola. During my first full year of freelancing, my friends have been my bedrock. They’ve been there to commiserate about everything from assignments from hell to stressful times. We

The Conversation That Helped Me Turn Down a $96,000 a Year Job

When I was in between jobs a few years ago, I was scurrying around like a crazed rat that had lost its way in a maze. The week after I had been let go from a one-year contract job as a personal finance writer for an insurance company, I met with a bunch of different

My First Full Year in the Hustle: Freelancer Wins and Fails

This marks my first full-year as a freelancer. And while it definitely wasn’t always easy, I managed to get through it. There were times when I suffered massive anxiety and thought about getting a job at See’s Candies (my teen dream job, no joke). But the truth was, I was doing fine. I was landing

Freelancing Out of Necessity? Here’s Your Ultimate Game Plan

Freelancing can be pretty freakin’ awesome. But it can also suck hard, too. Having just hit my 15-month mark as full-time freelancer, I’ve realized how crucial it is to keep things together—and how easily things can fall apart. Freelancing is a funky hybrid of sorts. One one hand, you have have the freedom and flexibility

How Creative People Can Kick Butt at Managing Money

You just might be scratching your head. Creative people? Good with money? Let’s be clear about one thing: Just because you may put other things above making money: pursuing your personal projects, taking time off to make art, investing in classes and supplies, doesn’t automatically mean you suck at managing your money, or don’t care about

The Road to Financial Wellness Comes to L.A.

What do you normally do on a weeknight? Do you go home from work and binge watch Stranger Things, or rewatch GOT while noshing on some cronuts? Try something new for a change! Feed your mind and learn how to align your values and purpose with your money (yes, it’s possible) by checking out The

How Getting a Custom Freelancer Contract Can Help you Save or Earn Money

Attorney for freelancers Tristan Blaine, Esq., offers a low down on how creating your own freelancer contract can help save and earn you money, and what exactly to include in the agreement.

How to Maintain Your Productivity Mojo While Traveling

“Hey, do you want to watch our dog?” For the last few years my Chicagoan friends Greg and Dave had talked about me staying with them in Chicago or possibly to do a house swap.  And when they needed someone to watch their dog while they were away in June, it seemed like an opportune

Treat Your Creative Projects Like They’re Clients

Last month when I was in Chicago I attended a Creative Mornings talk with Charles Adler, one of the co-founders of KickStarter. He talked about this illustrator who created a crowdfunding campaign to fund an art project and asked for very little money. The reason why he wanted to do this was not necessarily because

Skimp or Splurge: On Opening Your Own Restaurant

When 27-year-old Jamie Woolner first opened the artisanal pizza eatery Pizza of Venice in the Los Angeles enclave of Altadena, he wanted to do food his way, and pizza was his canvas. At 23 he began creating his own concoctions, and sold his artisanal pizzas in frozen form at wholesale to a wine bar and

How to Go on Vacation Without Taking a Massive Hit

So for the last few months I’ve been a bit of a digital nomad, if you will. I am a little reluctant to say that because my perception of being a globetrotting digital nomad is someone who of the upper crust in freelancer society, and has money and high-paying clients out the wazoo. I, on

My Personal Road to Financial Wellness: What Freelancing Is Really All About

The following blog post is part of The Road to Financial Wellness blog tour. The Road to Financial Wellness is a three-month, grassroots campaign promoting financial empowerment on a national level and encourages people to pursue their dream lifestyle. Find out more about local events near you. When I took the plunge into freelancing full-time

Making the Most of a Lull

So after working like crazy for a good long while, about a month ago I hit a bit of a lull. One of my clients was occupied with another project, my part-time onsite job with my old employer was tapering off, and another outlet stopped their paid content. You know, that is just the way

On Coming to a Zen-Like Approach to Freelancing

As I’m nearing the end of my 8th month as a full-time freelancer, it’s hard to believe I’m two-thirds in to my yearlong experiment. Life has certainly been a little crazy, and I’ve slowly come to realize how much I’ve learned in the last eight months. I’ve learned a lot about managing my time and

How to Get Paid to Write When You’ve Never Been Published

The question I get the most from my friends is: How do I get paid to write? I’ve been a writer in some capacity for a long time, it’s only been the last few years that I started to get paid for it. While I’ve worked in editorial in some capacity for the last decade,