business culture

Open Forum: How Do You Overcome Phone Anxiety?

By |May 16th, 2013|

Like many introverts, I have a wee bit of an anxiety problem. And like many writers, I’ve learned to manage it by improving my written communication skills.

But what happens when you can’t rely on the written word to get the job done? What happens when […]

The Real Problem with LinkedIn Endorsements

By |April 1st, 2013|

There’s been quite a bit of discussion over the last few months regarding LinkedIn’s new feature: Endorsements. Some are put off by the addition, claiming it’s the lazy person’s recommendation. Others say it’s a fair rider to a complete profile that gives potential employers a […]

Candace Nicholson: The Adventure Begins

By |March 17th, 2013|

It’s been an interesting few months here at Incandescere. Ever since I’ve decided to take a different approach to my goals, my business and my career, I’ve been seeing inspirational cues everywhere. Granted, it may all be in my head, but what if there is […]

What Is Authenticity?

By |November 4th, 2012|

Authenticity is a word that gets tossed around a lot in the blogosphere. Superstar and neophyte bloggers alike say the best way for a writer to win over an audience is with authenticity. The problem is what is authentic to one person may be completely […]

Being Ron Swanson in a Leslie Knope World

By |October 15th, 2012|

Don’t worry. This post isn’t about politics. Or Indiana. Or hunting. Or turf & turf. It’s about disposition. I identify with Parks and Recreation’s adorable curmudgeon Ron Swanson in disposition.

I’m not as stolid as Ron Swanson. I smile much more often. I express emotion with […]

The Diminishing Respect for Creative Content

By |September 24th, 2012|

I’m not new to the freelancing game. I know it’s a big bad world out there and some people have less than honorable intentions in the world of business. I read Clients From Hell.

Yet, when “job creators” don’t even bother with duplicity and boldly declare […]

The Night Owl Gets The Idea

By |August 30th, 2012|

The internet’s all abuzz lately about the morning glory early risers enjoy over their late night counterparts. FastCompany published an article last week that spread like wildfire throughout my social media connections. Granted, Kevin Purdy’s “What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their […]

Assessing The Water Dragon

By |July 20th, 2012|

In January, I remarked how the water dragon is seen as a harbinger of prosperity and power. So if you have any major projects or tasks you want to achieve, this is the year to go for it. How fitting it also falls in an […]

Defining Your Freelance Self

By |June 4th, 2012|

Every time you turn around, there’s an article out there telling you “specialists do it better.” As creative professionals, our businesses are often a work-in-progress. It takes time to figure out where you want to go, but the process of getting there may make the […]

In the World Of … The Creative Edition

By |April 30th, 2012|

Human beings are creative by nature. Even when you reply to an email, tweak a dinner recipe, or arrange books on a shelf, you’re engaging your imagination to create something new out of something old.

But then there are those who’ve turned their innate creativity into a profession. Interior designers, sculptors, novelists and the like are the odd breed who decide to pursue a lifetime of trading creativity for money, and it’s not easy.

Nothing hammers home that reality more than the World’s Longest Invoice, a project spearheaded by the Freelancers Union. The World’s Longest Invoice shines a light on the absurdly large number of invoices that go unpaid every year by the ilk who depend on the creative professional to meet their needs.

As of noon on April 30, 2012, the World’s Longest Invoice included over $12.5 million