Freelancing Might Not Be for You…And That’s Ok

I read a post by Salon's Steven Hill the other day that got me thinking. The title? "The Uber-economy Fucks Us All: How 'Permalancers' and 'Sharer' Gigs Gut the Middle Class." As a permanent full-time freelancer and a member of the middle class, I desperately wanted to know how my job, and the jobs of [...]

By | 2017-05-18T19:08:25-04:00 November 5th, 2015|Independent Business|1 Comment

The Power of a Good Workout

I've been stressed lately. My life is, overall, in a very good place these days. But, I suppose like most people, it could be so much better. Not a day goes by that I don't think about the passage of time, my age (which is actually not that big of a number), how it relates [...]

By | 2017-05-18T19:08:25-04:00 November 3rd, 2015|Independent Business, Personal|0 Comments

When Did We All Become Curators?

I’ve been so bored with my Twitter feed lately. Twitter used to be a place to share thoughts and ideas; to quickly engage with people with small, digestible tidbits of information or input. Sure, it also provided a vehicle for the dreaded “look at what I’m having for lunch!” post, but thankfully Instagram came along [...]

By | 2015-09-30T08:53:11-04:00 September 30th, 2015|Content Development, Personal Branding, Social|1 Comment

Here’s What That Post About Taking a Train Across the USA for $213 Doesn’t Tell You

I keep seeing it. Across the USA by Train for Just $213. Every so often, the picture and title will roll through my Facebook feed as a friend shares it or a friend likes that another friend has liked it. Then come the tags as people rush to inform their friends that they simply have to do this. [...]

By | 2017-05-18T19:08:25-04:00 September 24th, 2015|Personal, Travel|18 Comments

Becoming the Expert: Using Content Development to Establish Your Authority

The conversation started innocently enough. "I've had a chance to take a look at your site and, at first glance, it's very well developed. It's graphically pleasing and flows well. The problem is that it doesn't do much to establish you as the person that someone should make this purchase from. Based on your site, you're really [...]

By | 2017-05-18T19:08:25-04:00 August 14th, 2015|Content Development|0 Comments

5 Lessons Learned from a Month of Freelancing

It was a about a month and a half ago that I walked out of my day job without another cubicle, desk, or any other office environment waiting for me. March 9th, 2015 is a day that I will commit to memory with the same zeal that I use for my wife’s birthday and our [...]

By | 2017-05-18T19:08:25-04:00 July 12th, 2015|Independent Business|0 Comments

Memorial Day Camping – My First Experience with a Meetup

Something eventually had to give. I’ve maintained a certain level of personal distance from Philadelphia ever since S and I moved here. It was always supposed to be short-term. We came here specifically so she could go to nursing school and the plan was to leave shortly after her graduation. I was ok with refraining [...]

By | 2017-05-18T19:08:25-04:00 May 28th, 2015|Personal|0 Comments

How (Not) to Write a Job Listing on oDesk or Elance

Contrary to the view of many freelancers, I believe that sites like oDesk, Elance, and others can be very helpful in introducing a freelancer to a market that he or she may not have otherwise had access to. This particularly holds true for the new freelancer. A new freelancer who might be testing the waters [...]

By | 2017-05-18T19:08:25-04:00 March 22nd, 2015|Independent Business|0 Comments

Why You’re Not Getting a Second Look on LinkedIn

Since launching full-steam into my freelance business, I’ve found myself paying an inordinate amount of attention not only to my own social presence but to the social presence of others. The primary target of that attention these days? LinkedIn. In most cases, the searches I run against LinkedIn show me companies which might benefit from the [...]

By | 2017-05-18T19:08:25-04:00 March 15th, 2015|Independent Business, Personal Branding|0 Comments