Bob Beaty

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Freelancing and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Posted August 23, 2011 | 05:29:23 PM (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 PM (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 PM (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 | 04:00:18 PM (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 | 01:51:38 PM (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 | 01:56:14 PM (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 AM (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 AM (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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