Tag: freelancer

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Client Green Flags: 11 Signs of a Good Client

I’ve been freelancing full-time for 17 years, and it took a while (and a bunch of not-so-great clients) to realize: You can have really good clients—and only good clients! Sure, maybe you need to sow your oats with some bad clients to realize what good looks like. But if … Read On ›

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Being on the receiving end of marketing

Last time I posted about how I hired freelancers to help with updates for my website maintenance clients. And it feels like a weight has been lifted. I’m happy. My clients are happy. And my contractors are happy. So where did I find these folks? Well—they reached out … Read On ›

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Advice for freelancers taking parental leave

New year, new baby? Yet another unique part of being self-employed is that we don’t “get” maternity or parental leave—we have to create it ourselves. No problem! We create our own businesses…so heck yes, we can handle creating some paid parental leave too. With proper planning, it can be … Read On ›

I was scared of starting conversations.

I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations. – Vance Joy, Riptide I hear you, Vance. I’m terrified of starting conversations. As a majorly introverted shy wallflower, I don’t like talking to new people. The idea of attending a networking event makes me start nervous-sweating and hoping … Read On ›

Client Red Flags: 11 Signs of a Bad Client

“I should have paid attention to the red flags.” Freelancers often say this about a project that has gone wrong. And it’s true. Most of the time, in hindsight, there were red flags. But if we pay attention to them sooner, we can eliminate problem projects from the get-go … Read On ›

HOW Design Live Recap: My top takeaways

I kicked off summer with a trip to HOW Design Live in Atlanta. My absolute favorite thing was hanging out with my peeps from the Creatives Roundtable (the accountability group I’m a member of). Like me, most of my Designers Roundtable peeps are freelancers who love their … Read On ›

Oh baby! I’m back in action.

I’m back in action! In my pre-baby post, 9 Tips for Freelancing and Maternity Leave, I outlined my plans for time off with my new daughter, Julia. I’m happy to say that everything went swimmingly! It made me wonder how the heck I ever survived my haphazard … Read On ›

Oh, baby! Freelancing and maternity leave.

If you didn’t catch my last newsletter where I shared the news, my second child—a baby girl!—is due to arrive October 2nd. Since self-employment doesn’t come with maternity leave, I had to create my own. Although I will miss the day-to-day at Jill Lynn Design, I’m taking time … Read On ›

CFBC 2014: My top 8 takeaways in tweets

Last year, the Creative Freelancer Conference was awesome. This year, it added a letter (B for business) to become the Creative Freelancer Business Conference, and guess what? It was even more awesome! Why? The reasons are plentiful. Some of my clients attended, I got to meet the members … Read On ›