The Pandemic Has Given Me Time to Write Fiction, and Think. How About You?

It’s been a weird year. I don’t know any other year like it. Even 2016 with its celebrity deaths, Brexit vote, and Trump’s shock election doesn’t even come close to the worst Australian wildfires ever, the biggest social justice marches ever, and a pandemic that led to many countries shutting right down.

Funding Your Freelance Venture By “Bootstrapping”

It’s a new word to me, and probably one of my favourite new words for 2016. I like the sound of it, but I’ve never heard it used as a verb before. What does it mean? Well, it comes from the term “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps”, meaning attempting an impossible action.

Negotiation As a New Freelance Writer

This is an edited and updated version of a post that first appeared in March 2013. When you’re starting out as a freelancer, it’s hard to know what you can reasonably charge, especially if you are entering a whole new area of work. This is even more true of Upwork and other freelance content writingContinue reading “Negotiation As a New Freelance Writer”

How To Be a Terrible Upwork Client

Let me start by saying that the overwhelming majority of people I have worked with and for have been superb, a pleasure to work with. Sadly, there are those whose standards of professionalism are nowhere near as high as our own. We’ve all had them – the nightmare clients who act as if they areContinue reading “How To Be a Terrible Upwork Client”