This post will help you with Phase 1 of the BlackFreelance Foundations Workbook…if you haven’t started yours yet, download it now! Getting your freelance business started on the right track involves a lot of practical steps…marketing, developing your skills, getting your strategy written out. Those are critical, but what trips most people up? It’s […]
Quick Thoughts: How Writers Should Get Into Social Justice
If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’m not a big fan of social justice as a niche. Not because it doesn’t matter or it doesn’t need writers (it does), but mostly because people tend to approach it thinking that sheer energy will translate into income and a great career (it won’t). The thing is […]
Everything You Need to Know About Business Writing
Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels Updated 8/3/2019 First, let’s get an important fact out of the way…If you’re a freelancer, regardless of skill set, even if you’re not a writer, you need to understand business writing. That’s because business writing (usually in the form of content marketing) is probably what’s going to help move […]
The Best (and Shortest) Intro to Freelancing I’ve Ever Heard…
I’ve been following Seth Godin for years now, and while he occasionally can get a little bootstrappy, he’s hands down my favorite marketing guru (he’s one of the few people I’ll use that title for seriously) AND he has a long history of working as a freelancer. That’s why I’m always excited when he takes […]
Don’t Know the Value You Provide as a Freelancer? Read This.
If there’s a trick to building a freelance business, it’s focusing on value. Whenever you listen to experienced freelancers (the ones who’ve been running successful businesses for 10, 15, even 20 or 30 years) talking about how they’ve survived and thrived, that value concept is going to come up. That’s because value is everything. Value […]
Black Bloggers Need to be More Than “Bloggers”
Every time I see someone say they’re working on business goals as a blogger, a little piece of me winces. It’s not because blogging isn’t important or powerful…it is, I’ve started a whole business around it and still do it myself. It’s because too often, when people are talking about blogging on its own, they’re […]
Exploiters vs. Partners…Are your clients taking advantage of you?
I just dropped a survival client that was getting on my last nerve. If you want to get caught up, they ended up getting me through a few tight months after a pretty large retainer client dropped me (and after I’d been slipping on my marketing), so I’m glad I found them, but honestly? They […]
Intro to Value (Read this even if you’re employed…especially if you’re employed)
There’s an uncomfortable little truth to freelancing that I think some of us are just starting to accept. It’s a truth that’s so fundamental to business, that eventually, even employed people are going to have to start paying closer attention to it. It’s pretty straightforward and might be a tad confusing at the same time, […]
Prospecting: The Freelance Habit You Didn’t Know You Needed
One thing I will give employment credit for…it does package up work nice and neat. That’s what keeps people hooked. That’s what keeps people running back…work just sitting there waiting for you without you having to think about where it comes from. It’s the hardest thing to walk away from. That little fact right there? […]
You Have Options.
Leaving employment was a long process for me, but a few moments helped push that process along. The ones that pushed hardest were the overt efforts to remind me that I’m Black and that that fact could always be used against me. The last business trip I took was the last for a reason. Everything […]