Every freelancer is acutely familiar with the constant struggle of chasing down invoices, but it’s something that remains invisible to the world.
In an era of growing connectivity, why do so many workplaces still insist on demanding that people report for work in person?
Companies in the US are always coming up with new and creative ways to torment their workers and circumvent the law to avoid accountability for it. In recent years, they’ve undergone a forced shift, as critics of abusive corporate policies have called firms to heel for a growing number of violations, with minimum wage in […]
Publishing is in a very conflicted and strange state at the moment, as many people have noticed. This goes double for publishing related to social justice, because there are some peculiar notions bound up in the valuation of work done by journalists, commentators, and others involved in reportage and discussion of social justice issues. To put […]
People often turn to me for advice on developing writing careers, especially freelance careers, which honestly makes me a little bit uncomfortable. It’s not because I’m so leery of competition that I don’t want to provide information to people that would help them enter the industry, but rather that the industry is an extremely hard […]
‘Oh, that must be so great,’ people say when they hear I’m a freelancer. ‘You get to set your own hours, work from home in your pajamas, pick how much work you want to do…’ And all of these things are true up to a point: I do in fact set my own hours. I […]
Want to succeed in your career? Network: It’s what everyone tells you to do. Establish connections everywhere you go, make yourself memorable, and treat every interaction as a possible business contact. Work hard to develop and maintain your contacts, take advantage of contacts when they’re offered, and pass them along when it’s feasible to do […]
Astoundingly, many people in the United States are not aware that there are some important exceptions to the Federal minimum wage, according to which people can be paid less than the alleged minimum. Sometimes far less. Those exceptions include certain types of contract workers (like coders in Silicon Valley) and food service personnel, who may […]
When you tell people you freelance, the response (unless they’re other freelancers) is usually an airy ‘oh, that must be nice.’ They visualise you setting your own schedule, working in your pajamas, having lots of free time, getting to travel, and having a very easy, laid-back kind of job that allows you to create your […]
There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years about prominent female CEOs like Marissa Meyer and Sheryl Sandberg, with some feminists arguing that these women are making their companies more woman-friendly just by being in charge of them, that their hirings mark feminist victories that everyone should be celebrating. This has, as we know, […]