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. These days, […]

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 writing […]

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 are […]