Why Freelance?

Why Freelance?

Though I’ve had full time, part time, and one-off clients for the past 15 years, I’ve always been an independent contractor. Freelancing allows me to choose the clients I want to work with, set my own rates, and be flexible with my time. It can be feast or famine, and not all clients are a joy to work with, but freelancing served me well over the years.

I recently began looking into leaving the home to work full time in a nearby office. It’s not really what I want but sometimes the reliability of the full-time office job appeals to me more than hustling for new clients or waiting on payments. However, it wasn’t until we had a medical emergency in our family, that I realized the importance of freelancing for my particular situation. read more

Why Telecommuters Have to Set the Example

Whether you’re a freelancer or permanent employee, if you telecommute you have to be better than everyone who goes into the office. After working from home for almost 15 years, I learned that many companies want to embrace telecommuting.  However, they’re either worried about what will happen when staff are out of sight or they’ve been burned by people who have worked (from home) for them in the past but didn’t pull their weight.

As a freelance writer, I am always on the hunt for new clients. However, I’m finding that more potential clients are relating bad experiences with telecommuters. For example, freelancers who accept projects only to “flake out” and disappear when deadline time comes along. I’ve also worked on full-time remote teams where certain team members spent more time hanging out on Facebook and binge watching TV than they did on their jobs. I’m not saying this is the norm. However, with more people telecommuting than ever, the bad apples stand out. As a result, some clients and businesses who hired telecommuters in the past won’t do so anymore. read more

3 Things Telecommuting Isn’t

3 Things Telecommuting isn't

I learned a lot about balance and boundaries in 14 years of telecommuting. In fact, if you were to ask me about my most important lesson it’s not about what computer to buy or where to find coffee shops with free Wifi, it’s about setting boundaries, achieving balance and saying “no.” You see, when I first began working from my home, I thought “telecommuting” meant the ability to do it all. For example, I thought it meant I had the whole day ahead of me to not only work but also clean, cook, run errands, handle carpool, and volunteer at school. read more

Why Content Sites Need to Stop Asking Freelance Writers to Take Writing Tests

Content Sites

One of the main issues writers have with content sites  is how they don’t pay much money. When you’re a low paying market, it can lead to a compromise in quality. I’m not saying this is true of everyone who writes for content sites, but the quality issue comes up more for them than a higher paying market.

Now, let me preface this by saying I’m not going to tell you where to work or how much to earn. If writing for a content site is your thing- and it’s sending regular work your way – by all means go for it. The work is quick, easy (in most cases), and they pay right away. It’s also a way for newer writers to gain experience and work with editors. So I get it. read more

10 Things to Consider Before Telecommuting

work from homeOnce upon a time, I looked out of my office window and dreamed about a time when I would have the freedom and flexibility that comes with telecommuting.

Telecommuting always seemed like a good choice for me. I never thrived in a traditional office environment. I didn’t like working with people looking over my shoulder, or amid the noise and hubbub of a shared work space. Working from a quiet home office felt like the more productive choice. And it was. Except there were a lot of fits and starts in the beginning. read more