Bob Beaty
Bob lives in a hotel in Vancouver with his Spinone, Clio. As a freelance writer and the principal behind, Bob writes financial communication materials and consults on marketing and investor relations strategies for small cap companies, primarily in the U.S.

On the Internet since 1995 following a 17-year career in the brokerage industry in Canada and the U.K., Bob has also written for some of the most influential financial portals including GNN, AOL Finance, U.S. and Canada,, and the online Globe and Mail. He has also written a series of articles for a failed relationship site... long story.

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Blog Entries by Bob Beaty

Freelancing and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Posted August 23, 2011 | 17:29:23 (EST)

This piece could also be titled "Five Hours of My Life I'll Never Get Back."

So there I am, on my way to visit a longtime client in the U.S. for a semi-annual visit. They like to see my face a couple of times a year and graciously pay my...

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Freelancing While the U.S. Economy Burns

Posted August 12, 2011 | 12:12:17 (EST)

Show me one good U.S. economic stat, I dare you. And no, low interest rates don't count. They are a result, not a stat.

Let's review:
• An unemployment rate of 9.1 per cent (real rate likely much higher)
• U.S. dollar floundering
• Potential...

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Should You Become a Freelancer? Probably Not

Posted July 29, 2011 | 12:28:47 (EST)

I have noticed, as the economy implodes and jobs are hard to come by, lots of young folks -- many right out of college or with limited work experience -- think that freelancing looks like a good career move.

With few exceptions -- very few -- they would be wrong.

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Freelance Writers: Grist For the Content Mill?

Posted July 19, 2011 | 16:00:18 (EST)

Until recently I'd never really paid much attention to freelance content sites, also known as 'mills' or 'networks'. In a nutshell the biz model is simple; buy content from freelance writers at a low price and resell it to sites as original material at, presumably, a much higher price: So...

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When Freelancing, Free Can Be Very Expensive

Posted June 30, 2011 | 13:51:38 (EST)

When you hang out your shingle as a freelancer, everyone seemingly wants your help. They just don't want to pay you. Or they turn out to be time vampires who simply want to waste productive work hours and/or suck knowledge from you.

Stake them. Life's too short.

I have...

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Be a Freelancer, Not a Fauxlancer: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Posted June 23, 2011 | 13:56:14 (EST)

I'm not a Luddite, but I find the relentless barrage of technology being unleashed almost hourly a bit more than daunting.

Of course, I remember days without cell phones, computers and fax machines and we actually did fine. While I have an enduring and bizarre fondness for fax machines,...

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We're Off to See the Social Media Wizard

Posted June 9, 2011 | 09:46:59 (EST)

When I was much younger, I thought I would organize one of those nifty New Age seminars (lunch included) to make some money: "Releasing the Guilt of Past Lives'. I thought the topic was just obtuse enough that I could say almost anything and emerge a guru. And maybe meet...

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How Would Freelancers Deal With the Rapture?

Posted May 27, 2011 | 10:26:22 (EST)

We'd work through it and continue prospecting. As with every other contract we secure, the rapture has to occur on our terms and timetable.

Freelancing is like a club that everyone secretly wants to join, but few ever do and only a tiny percentage succeeds. If I had a dime...

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