My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire

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Da Capo Press, Nov 10, 2008 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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Tired of clocking in and losing out? Want to pursue creative, fulfilling work on your own time and also make a living in the process? My So-Called Freelance Life is a how-to guidebook for women who want to avoid the daily grind and turn their freelance dreams into reality. Michelle Goodman, author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide and self-proclaimed former “wage slave,” offers tips, advice, how-to’s, and everything else a woman needs to pursue a freelance career.

Confused as to whether you should tell your clients that the odd gurgling sound during a conference call is emanating from the infant sleeping on your shoulder? Goodman answers all of the unusual questions that may arise for women exploring the freelance world. Far more than your normal business guidebook, My So-Called Freelance Life blends candid, humorous anecdotes from a wide variety of freelancers with Goodman’s own personal experiences as a creative worker for hire.

Whether you’re a freelance first-timer or a seasoned creative professional, copyediting queen or web guru, My So-Called Freelance Life is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in freelancing.
 

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Contents

Eat Pray Quit
1
Business Plan To Go
9
Forget Fuzzy Math
17
Get a Room Already
25
Act Like a Professional
33
Put Your Best BunnySlippered Foot Forward
45
Name Your Price
57
Fill Your Dance Card
67
Lets Make a Deal
109
Get It in Writing but Dont Sign Blindly
123
ParT 3
137
The Client from Hell
149
Youre So Money
161
Pay the Piper
175
Fun with Time Management
185
Your Master Plan for World Domination
199

Choose Clients Wisely Grasshopper
79
The Check Is Not in the Mail
101
Am Freelance and So Can You
211
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Michelle Goodman fled the cube in 1992 to become a freelance writer and has yet to look back. She is author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube (Seal Press, 2007). Her reported pieces about alternative careers, human mating rituals, and popular culture have appeared in Salon, Bust, Bitch, Bark, the Seattle Times, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her essays have been anthologized in Single State of the Union: Single Women Speak Out on Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness and The Moment of Truth: Women’s Funniest Romantic Catastrophes. In 2006 she was a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook.

Michelle’s freelance writing career has allowed her to work with everyone from book publishers to high-tech empires to peddlers of new-age products, wrangling text on pet accessories, video games, voice recognition software, marital aids, home colonics, and just about anything else that can be sold. A frequent speaker on the freelance writing life, Michelle has participated in panel discussions at Northwest Bookfest, Richard Hugo House, and the University of Washington. She also teaches classes through Mediabistro, the Editorial Freelancers Association, and Richard Hugo House in an effort to help aspiring cubicle expats avoid the same mistakes she made early in her own solo career.

Born and raised in the Garden State, Michelle received her B.A. in journalism from George Washington University. In her former 9-to-5 existence, she worked as a newspaper reporter, publicist, book editor, and web community editor. Michelle lives in Seattle with her eighty-pound lap dog, Buddy.

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