Blog to support the book "Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs" by Kristen Fischer

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30-something Jersey gal working as a freelance writer. Starbucks addict, beach-lover, kitty mother.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Courtesy of www.freelanceswitch.com

Got a tasty little shout-out on the book (with other fab resources) over at IndieEntrepreneur.com.

Oh and this site is fabulous. You know, for procrastinating. Which I never do.

I'll also be joining the FS team with podcasting soon! Exciting!

Share your news! C'mon, right here in the comments. I wanna know what's up!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

There is a great two-part series on promoting graphic design businesses!

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Checking In with Yourself
By Kristen Fischer

This freelance life is odd, isn’t it? For me, I’ve never had to worry about balance in my life until I stepped out of the cubicle and into my freelance writing career. I know it’s the same for freelance designers and freelance artists, too.

After experiencing bouts of burnout this week, I turned to a friend who gave me some valuable advice. She told me to check in with myself during the day.

Check in with myself? What does that mean?

Read more!!

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Exactly how should you invest in your business image? Is a socially conscious angle the way to go? Find out from businesspeople why creating a positive image is helpful, and get some tips on how to make it work for your enterprise.

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My article on business image is featured on StartUpNation.com. Check it out!

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Remedies for the Small Blogger Blues

Here’s some ideas for dealing with the Small Bloggers Blues from Magpie Girl:

1. Take a break from your site meter
2. Redefine success for yourself. List all things your blog does for you (fosters gratitude in your life, helps you hone your craft, organizes your thoughts…)
3. Write yourself an affirmation. I like this one: “My story matters.”
4. Reach out to another small blogger. Take this feeling that you have about being discouraged or not “not mattering” and take it as a cue that you need to reach out to others who are feeling the same
5. Join the SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL google group. (I’ll link to it when it is available.)
6. Follow an comment you like back to the commenter’s blog you’ll probably find an inspirational read from someone who shares your values.
7. Tag your posts with your name (or nom de plume) and your blog name so like minded souls can find you.
8. Remind yourself that you are writing for an audience of one. Make yourself a sticker that says “I heart authenticity.”

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