Taking credit, tooting my horn, call it whatever you want. I don’t love the spotlight. I have an ambiguous relationship with social media. But I know that taking credit for my work is critical. And I have learned that sharing my experiences with an online audience helps keep others from claiming credit for my work. It’s not foolproof -- there will always be those who claim credit even if it’s not theirs to claim. That’s not to say I only work solo. I love to partner on projec
At first, I couldn’t figure it out. Two completely different people, who used to like my posts, suddenly stopped liking them. It’s not that I write to garner likes. I write because I like to write. I write because I have millions of ideas swirling in my brain and writing is a great outlet. I write because it is how I breathe. And I write a blog (two, actually) because it is my business card as a journalist and speaker. I hope the writing that I share (there are many more docu
A friend of a friend emailed me a request to ghostwrite a blog for a company she represents. In the email, there was a deadline, word count and the amount she would pay me. Another friend sent me a Whatsapp message to check if I could help with a few lines of text. She requested an urgent turnaround and noted I should charge my regular hourly rate. This blog is a virtual high-five to these friends – and others – who pay me for my work. On time. And without making things awkwa
Four minutes. That's the average time you, and others like you, spend on reading one of my blogs or something about my skills. I am super thankful for your time. Web analytics reports show that a good average time spent on a page hovers at two to three minutes. So, four minutes is a huge compliment! The top reads -- according to my Wix app -- are my blog on Therapeutic Clowning and my Speaking Topics. I'm extremely proud of both. So, if you're a repeat visitor to my site, tha
Nearly all freelancers, no matter how veteran, will complete a project for free. Well, the “free” part isn’t meant to happen but it will. I have been freelancing on and off for over 20 years. I can count on one hand the number of clients who have shirked payment. The internet is filled with articles for dealing with clients who won’t pay. The web is also brimming with ways freelancers can (supposedly) thwart this situation from arising in the first place. I have worked with d
Meeting deadlines and being punctual are essential characteristics for freelancers. So, the worst time to be a freelancer is when you can’t do either. Of course, I relaunched my freelance career just as my mother was diagnosed with an incurable and devastating disease. The fact that I live a 12-hour flight from my parents confounds matters. I have flown six times in seven months for different lengths of time. I don’t always know when I’m going to fly until a few hours before.