freelancing

how to respond to a rude firing as a freelancer

A reader writes: As a freelancer with many different clients, occasionally some of them don’t work out. However, I’ve found that some employers can be what I consider rude when letting me go after the work I turned in was not what they wanted. One was very cordial up until the point when she wrote, […]

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the 5 skills you need to work for yourself

Thinking about going into business for yourself? If you have a talent or skill or product idea that you think people would pay for, you might be tempted to strike out on your own and see if you can turn it into a business. After all, what’s better than working for yourself, having no boss, […]

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a client paid half my fee and then disappeared before giving me any work

A reader writes: I occasionally offer consulting/advisory per my highly specialized knowledge for nonprofits. One particular one ended—well, not sure “ended” is the right word, exactly—in a most unusual way that I was at a loss to understand. I was asked to do, let’s say, international research on teapots among (and only among) a specific […]

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my client is calling me 7 times a day

A reader writes: I work as a consultant for a few small nonprofits (that is, I’m not an employee and I work remotely). For a variety of reasons, I prefer to conduct most business via email. In the first place, for the work I do, I like having a written record of discussions, decisions, etc. […]

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how to fire your oldest client

A reader writes: I’m a web copywriter, and my oldest client (I’ve been with her for 6+ years) is like a family member to me. A family member who drives me nuts, is incredibly high maintenance, and likes to take all the credit for my successes, but also one who I admire and appreciate. After […]

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I’m worried a client isn’t going to pay me

A reader writes: In October, I started a job working as a freelance journalist for a local newspaper. The managing editor would communicate with me via email, sending me leads for stories. I would go to events, interview people, and take pictures. She was very nice and always responded to my emails within minutes. According […]

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8 tips for starting your own business and not failing horribly

If you’re thinking/fantasizing/wondering about ditching your job and going to work for yourself, you should read my eight pieces of advice on this over at U.S. News & World Report today — including trying it on the side before quitting your day job; figuring out how you’re going to set your rates (confusing and stressful!); […]

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should I do free work for the exposure?

A reader writes: In my spare time, I am a youth event planner. Today, I was contacted by a large event company who found me through a mutual business connection and asked me if I would do an unpaid 20- to 30-minute nationwide podcast explaining how to plan a weekend youth event, so that other […]

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how to break up with a client

A reader writes: I have a question that seems as though it should be a snap, but is throwing me for a loop. Several years ago, I left a full-time job in order to freelance, and my most recent employer has remained one of my clients. I have been handling an ongoing series of projects […]

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