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Being a successful freelancer is a confidence booster, but some people ask me, "are you actually getting paid to write?" My eyebrows cave in, and I realize at times that even though there are successful freelancers out there on YouTube and television, many still believe that the writer's life is simply a hobby that brings minimal success. The truth is, if you do things in a certain way, you can travel the world, collaborate with C-suite professionals on projects, and help others during your career.
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More than a decade ago, I made the life-changing (aka turned upside down) transition from the corporate world to the realm of self-employment. Being able to set my own schedule, control my income, follow my passion and be my own boss has been equal parts rewarding and terrifying, and it's something I think everyone should experience.
Solopreneur, freelancer, consultant, self-employed... whatever label you use, it generally translates to the same thing: life outside the traditional office environment. Sure, you're as professional as the next corporate guy or gal. But you get to be "a professional" while wearing flannel pants and shoving in loads of laundry while on conference calls.
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Life as a freelance writer, as all self-employed creative professionals know, is a hustle. Countless unpaid hours of marketing, promotion, professional development, training, networking, pitching and negotiating go into each and every contract, no matter how big or small, whether won or lost.
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Even after mastering the basics of tax preparation and filing, a lot of filers will often find out new things about their tax returns that end up delivering a few more benefits along the way. I call these tax "aha!" moments.
More half a million Canadians enter the ranks of the self-employed every year, with even more opting for self-employment when joblessness is high, a new study by Statistics Canada shows. The study at...
This summer I am de-cluttering our home so we can put it up for sale. As I sit on the floor, dividing stuff into keep, ditch and give away, I realize that I need to do the same with my business -- only the options are stop, start and continue. It is all-too-easy to get locked into doing things the same way, without really asking yourself why or whether that information is still relevant. Here's some of the questions I have been asking myself.
For many, the improving job growth numbers were seen as a sign that the Canadian economy was back on track despite fears that the economy was tipping back towards recession. Dig a little deeper into the numbers, however, and the headline may not be as positive as it first appears. In fact, it could be downright deceiving.