BlackFreelance centers the experience of the Black freelancer, practicing or aspiring.
Black labor has been historically and systemically undervalued, and too many online business spaces fail to address Black experiences either in the workplace or in entrepreneurial materials. BlackFreelance is centered around the experience of working independently while Black, and addressing challenges and opportunities particular to those efforts (accessing the proper networks, online presence questions, communication, etc.)
All races of people are welcome here, but resources and interactions will be centered around Black experiences.
To serve as a long-term resource for those taking or considering the journey of freelance work for their financial, mental, and social well-being, and provide support, education, resources, and networking to help them in their goals.
To serve as an online media presence that fairly pays business and cultural content creators (writers, video producers, graphic designers, etc.) to contribute to the discussion on Black independent work here. Every membership is a step toward that goal.
- A person’s career does not fall on an Independent/Employment binary. In the modern work economy, most of us will flow in and out and combine variations of both across our lives. This will become a necessary skill and ability as the global economy matures.
- Independent work holds the potential to address many of the issues that Black workers face across the globe.
- Finding the intersection of peace and profitability is more important than passion.
- Traditional independent work/freelance resources do not address the particular needs and opportunities that Black freelancers encounter.
- The Internet holds particular opportunities for Black freelancers to take advantage of business growth and innovation.
- Independent work and freelancing are a lifestyle. They require special types of communities and self-care.
- That Black independent workers can interact fluidly in multiple cultural spaces, Black or non-Black.
- The business of successful freelancing can be learned by almost anyone who is willing to play the long-term game.
- All Blackness, regardless of nationality, belief system, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or physical or mental health or ability should be openly welcomed and supported in independent work spaces.
- Launching any type of business endeavor requires support and safety nets and that neither of those are fairly distributed.
I’m Megan and I do most of the work around here. I built BlackFreelance because it’s what I wanted and honestly needed when I started life as a freelancer.
I’ve invested large amounts of time and money being coached, reading, and learning about freelancing and wanted to bring similar resources to you in a way that will allow you to see what it’s really like to freelance without taking the risks or making the mistakes that I have. I’m here to make your journey around freelancing as easy as possible.
I have a long history in online entrepreneurship–from my first shot at an online writing business in 2001, to a niche print and digital publication, shopping tools, and multiple blogs. Some have been for profit, some solely for the love of a community. Some I built completely on my own, others took months of research and collaboration with designers and developers. Some have reached their goals, some haven’t, but all were learning experiences. I am continually educating myself on freelancing and business environments.
My formal education includes an MBA which has both helped and hindered my entrepreneurial life. I work as a content strategist and freelance business writer and have been featured on MakeALivingWriting.com as well as served as a panel member for Copyblogger’s Authority program.
Before I became a full-time independent worker, I spent 10 years in corporate America. I believe deeply in the potential of independent work to change the lives and careers of Black people around the world and in multiple industries, mostly because it completely changed mine.