Freelancing Around the Holidays

I’ve freelanced now for almost six years on a full time basis. I use the term “full time” loosely because most days I work around five or six hours. I guess I’m what one could call a lifestyle freelancer or lifestyle business owner. I love what I do, but I also have other things in life that I need to work around.

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Upwork Client Training 101

At some point, those of us who work on Upwork eventually work with someone who is brand new to the platform. They also have little to no experience working with a freelancer. There are some new clients who are very open to learning. There are others who have some unrealistic expectations about working with a freelancer and working on Upwork. The good news is that as a freelancer on Upwork, there are some things you can do to help new clients learn the process while also not feeling as if you’re responsible for babysitting them.

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Answered: Your Most Burning Question about Cold Emails as a New Freelancer

I was wandering around IG last Friday. I follow several hashtags. I came across one that essentially said the only way anyone can become a successful freelance writer is to master cold emails. That threw me off because I’ve been freelancing for almost six years now (full time) and I’ve never once sent a cold email. I said as much and the OP stated that I had to do it or risk failure. Well, I guess I missed that memo because I make the amount she mentioned in her post on a fairly regular basis.

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Shit I (Almost) Say

This past week, I worked on a project that involved replacing old math code in an online learning environment with LaTex equivalents. Believe it or not, that really was fun.

I took a break to email a client about something and they respond. I respond a bit later and tell them I’d do [activity] as soon as…and here is the shit I almost say part…

As soon as I finish with this brand spanking new LaTeX.

The problem there was that I had no idea if they knew that LaTeX is coding…I mean, the other spelling is latex. You know, Catwoman style. And then I also would have brought up spankings. And that might have gotten weird.

Gee, how could that have ever gone wrong…

What If It Isn’t about Balance?

We hear and read a lot about work-life balance. And for women, because that’s all I can speak to directly since that’s my experience, it’s an especially difficult concept. We’re given this ideal of what is considered the perfect woman: must be a mom, must be married, must be a professional, must be at every practice for the kid(s), must help with homework, must have a great relationship with spouse, must keep the home, must give back to the community, must be a solid member of their local church…. And there’s only 24 hours in a day.

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