The Importance of Tracking Your Freelance Time and Income

The Importance of Tracking Your Freelance Time and Income I went full-time freelance in early 2009 after I got laid off from my job as a writer and editor for a custom publishing company in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Of course, there were lots of challenges in making the transition from an employee…

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LinkedIn Social Selling Index: What’s Your Score?

LinkedIn Social Selling Index: What’s Your Score? LinkedIn can be a tremendous platform to reach prospects and keep in touch with past clients. Unlike other social media networks such as Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn focuses only on business. It lends authenticity to your work and the value you provide to clients. How to Stand Above…

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My Experience with Fiverr

 My Experience with Fiverr At a recent meeting with a client I was alarmed to hear several managers discuss using “Fiverr” for a graphic design project. Despite being part of a large corporation, the department apparently had finite resources to cover a long list of projects. I decided I needed to learn more about the…

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FF MASTER CLASS with Dusty Rhoades coming Sept. 8th!

FREELANCE FORUM MASTER CLASS Freelance Forum has scheduled a truly exciting event for Thursday evening, Sept. 8, when our own Dusty Rhoades, MBA, Ph.D., headlines our quarterly meeting at Creative Circus. Dusty is an extraordinary marketer who will both capture your imagination with his business savvy AND help position your business for dramatic success. What’s…

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Bootstrapper’s Guide to Being a Modern Freelancer

The Freelance Forum was treated to a fabulous presentation on “The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Being a Modern Freelancer” by Cara Lucas, Marketing Manager at Kinetix (kinetixhr.com). From-eye opening stats about working and the new economy to insightful advice on growing your freelance business, Cara’s presentation was enthusiastically received — resulting in many questions from our audience!…

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Use Quality Content to Drive SEO Results

By Don Sadler As a marketer, you know you have to invest time and money into developing quality content (and not stuffing a website with keywords — which is a turnoff with Google). But how can you use this fresh, high-quality content to boost your organic SEO rankings? Here are 4 ways to begin: 1….

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Why I NEVER Quote Projects an Hourly Rate

By Don Sadler  Donsadlerwriter.com In reading blogs and articles about freelancing, I often see references to hourly rates and ideas for ways that freelance writers can raise theirs. I’ve got a better idea: Don’t charge hourly rates — charge project rates instead! Charging hourly rates has never made any sense to me, so I’ve never…

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May 1 Meeting: Panel of Experts Tell All

What Creative Buyers Are Looking For — and How to Sell It! What a month for the Freelance Forum: a new location, a must-hear program and the return of our wildly successful Cinco de Mayo-themed event! Thursday, May 1 Special hours: 6:00 to 9:00 pm New Location! Total Wine & More Perimeter Square Center 124…

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New Executive Board 2014

All the online ballots have been cast and counted. I am proud to announce our newly elected board for 2014. President- Shelton Cochran Vice President- Paul Glickstein Secretary- Katy Griggs Treasurer- Clyde Fossum Member at Large- Bryan Alexander 2014 Volunteers (appointed by the Board) Sandy Barth-Programs Claudia Arkush-Membership Traci Sampson-Social Media We are still looking…

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