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Freelancing: What’s better than a watertight contract?

For freelancers, it’s beneficial to have a sound contract in place. However, it’s even more beneficial to structure payment to get as much as possible upfront.

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Three types of freelance craziness

No wonder many people think freelancing is the most wonderful lifestyle anyone could ever have, considering the stuff I’ve been seeing lately. Consider the very, very short workweek, the world-traveling freelancer, and the flake.

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What to do when a freelance project turns out to be harder than expected

Unfortunately, it’s quite common to have this problem. After all, each new client is different from every client we have experienced in the past. Sometimes the differences are slight. Sometimes they turn out to be significant, especially if the assignment

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Four lessons about building my own business I’ve learned the hard way

There’s much more to success than simply committing to build a business on a rigid schedule. it’s important to make peace with reality so you can proceed with acceptance, persistence and faith rather than frustration and defeatism.

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Better than the Law of Attraction: How a restaurant could have cheated at LOA and won

The owner of a modest diner exclaimed that the Law of Attraction would make her rich very soon. However, she would have had a better chance of success if she had put some elbow grease into upgrading her establishment.

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In praise of working bass ackwards

Reverse engineering is when you fit the project to the resources at hand. Kind of crazy but it works .

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Freelancing and consulting: Why buy yourself a job when you can create one for free?

Many unemployed or underemployed people—especially those over age 40—are in the market to buy themselves jobs. The alternative is freelancing or consulting in the field of your choice. The best choice is to build upon past work experience.

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Freelancing and consulting: 2 resources to simplify your taxes

Reviews of two books on Amazon that provide handy guidance on filing our taxes ourselves or preparing for the accountant.

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Freelancing and consulting: I’m conscientious and proud of it!

One of the luxuries of self-employment is that I can allow myself to answer honestly on personality assessment instruments. Back when I worked full-time for a company or was under consideration for a job opening, I would tweak my answers

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What “The Gambler” song can teach us about freelancing and consulting

Rolling Stone just came out with its list of the 25 greatest country songs of all time. Number 20 is “The Gambler,” performed by Kenny Rogers. I hadn’t thought about the song in years. But now I remember that I used to be intrigued by the lesson because back when I was younger and hearing the song all the time, I couldn’t figure out what the lesson is. Yes, “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away and know when to run.”But what frustrated me as a kid was how do you know all these things? The song didn’t seem to give a clue. Now that I’m an adult, I see two more lessons that we need in life, especially as freelancers and consultants.

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