On Business

The Freelancer Pricing Guide I Wish I Had

November 7, 2013

For my non-freelancing readers, pardon my departure into the freelancer world. Then again, if you have been thinking about joining that world, read on. I first met Jake Poinier online, like most of my freelancing chums, but he was going by a different name – Dr. Freelance®. How’s that for a brilliant moniker? Recently, Jake sent […]

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Happy Freelancer Free From Some Yahoo Ideas

February 28, 2013

From the land where much of telecommuting started came a shocking announcement. Yahoo was banning all telecommuting for its work-at-home employees. You could hear the screams across the globe. This is why I’m a freelancer. Productive, But So What? All Things D posted a copy of Yahoo’s Proprietary & Confidential internal memo. Did they really […]

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Guest Post: Freelancers Finding Serenity

November 15, 2012

Freelancing is a different world. Those of us who are freelancers have various reasons why we do what we do. I know I would be lost without my network of freelance writer buds – like my good friend, Lori Widmer. When I sent a request for guest posts while I’m out walking 60 miles in […]

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How Referral Key’s Spammy Practice Embarrassed Pollyanna

May 31, 2012

  It’s what networking is supposed to be all about. A colleague sends you an email asking if you are still looking for clients and invites you to join his or her business network. This Pollyanna fell for it line, hook, and sinker. I clicked on the link I completed my profile I imported my […]

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Who Knew Customer Service Was Another DIY Task?

April 11, 2012

It seems to be the new kind of customer service. Click on the Help tab Search for your answer Click No this was not helpful Then you’re left hanging with no answers Welcome to today’s customer service. Our DIY World We live in a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) world. Furniture has to be assembled Purchasing software means […]

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Are You Teetering on Work/Life Balance?

February 16, 2012

  In my corporate days, there was a term I’d come to hate – work/life balance. It wasn’t that the concept was a bad idea It simply was so far from reality to be trite I was not alone in my feelings. As I burned the midnight oil, more than one coworker sat by my […]

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Goals Are the Light of Promise

January 5, 2012

  All across the blogosphere you read the goals for the coming year. No matter how barren the closing year might have been, there is the light of promise in the new year. There’s something about getting goals down on paper (or screen) that turns the promise from a whisper to a belief. A belief […]

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Does Comment Policy Toss Out Real Fans?

October 18, 2011

Recently, there were a few posts by bloggers who are cracking down on spammers. Who couldn’t get behind that? But, I was surprised at a provision several bloggers added to their Comment Policy. If a person leaving a comment does not show their face – they’re out. Ready for Your Close-up? Comment policies are a […]

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Is the iPhone a Sign of Old Age?

August 17, 2011

After weeks of technology issues, culminating with the crash of my Blackberry, I was ready to go back to pen and paper. Make that a pencil With my luck, the ink would dry up For someone who was one of the last living persons on the face of the earth to get a cell phone, […]

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How Your Social Media Lies Are Like Food Lies

August 9, 2011

Have you ever gotten serious about dieting and discovered little white lies about your food intake? You know what I’m talking about. I only eat the recommended fist-sized portion – maybe if you’re channeling the Incredible Hulk I don’t snack between meals – like those clean-up bites after your children’s meals don’t count I never […]

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