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 […]

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

By |May 16th, 2012|

One of the biggest perils of creating content as a freelancer is copyright infringement. Yes, we also stress about plagiarism and outstanding invoices that go ignored. Yet the fear of your work appearing in someone else’s oeuvre without permission is very real.

Coming from the world […]

Thriving With Fear

By |May 8th, 2012|

I have a reputation for despising platitudes. You know, those trite expressions people offer you when they hope to make you feel better or coerce you into doing them a favor. Yes, those.

I don’t know when my disdain for clichéd quotes and banal truisms began, […]

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

Pinterest: You're Not Doing It Wrong!

By |April 23rd, 2012|

If you’ve only led a cursory existence in social media circles lately, you’ve still probably heard about the newest kid on the block, Pinterest. And it’s no wonder. The meteoric rise of Pinterest in the first quarter of 2012 is enough to make any startup-wannabe […]

Open Forum: Do You Keep Two Twitter Accounts?

By |April 8th, 2012|

I know some freelancers who prefer to separate business from personal at all times. They never discuss non-work related information on their blogs. They wouldn’t think of using their personal Gmail account to contact potential clients. And they make sure that their social networking accounts […]

Look Ma! I'm Famous: Guest Post for Twago Magazine

By |February 27th, 2012|

Once again, I’ve ventured outside of my comfort zone here on Incandescere to pen a guest blog post. “Make Procrastination Work For You” is today’s guest post on twago magazine.

twago is an online resource for freelancers of all shapes and sizes. As one of Europe’s […]

Striking The Right Tone

By |January 31st, 2012|

David Sumner is content editor and lead writer for twago magazine, a blog dedicated to freelancing. twago magazine showcases the latest developments and trends for programmers, web designers, writers and graphic design freelancers. David is passionate about writing and freelancing. He works in the hustle […]

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

By |January 23rd, 2012|

Here we are again! Ringing in the new year and celebrating what a wild, wonderful trip it’s been. The Year of the Dragon is often viewed as a great year for everyone, so the consensus is we’re supposed to dream big or go home.

The water […]

Looking Back In … Gratitude

By |January 8th, 2012|

You’ve probably seen multiple blog posts this past week focusing on how to improve your business and lifestyle in 2012. We’re either proudly not making resolutions or we’re telling each other the top 6, 10, or 15 things we need to accomplish to make this […]