Monday, May 27, 2013

3 Days? 3 Thou?

So, I had a choice of 3 days--going away to NH for Memorial Day weekend, the start of summer. Or making $3K to take a job over the weekend. Hard choice: 3 or 3. I went with the money! You never know when jobs are going to come or not come, so I grabbed it. You know, a bird in the hand...
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

No Rest for The Weary

I work Friday until 6:00pm. Then hop in the car and drive from Boston to New Jersey. Arrive at 1:30am to a rustic lodge way down a dirt road. Pitch black. Everyone is sleeping. Find the last bunk with my flashlight (an upper). Climb into it. Die. Meetings all day Sat. and Sun. Drive home Sunday night arriving late. Back at my keyboard Monday 8:00am. Yup, it is sometimes like this! Freelancers need stamina. (And lotsa coffee!)
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Helping Your Client Chase Clients

What's this mean? Sometimes you have to help your client write a proposal to their client so they can get the work (to give to you). Sometimes you have to go along with your client to a meeting with their client so they can get the work (to give to you). Note that all this is for free -- yes, for free -- it is a expected part of a freelancer's job. Just consider it part of your job search (it isn't all about resumes and interviewing).
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Drug Tests for Freelances?

Yes, drug tests for freelances! What will they think of next! First client that ever asked me this though. Also they require a background check. Oh well, whatever it takes to please the client -- that's what you have to do. Oops, I forgot to ask what bodily fluid they want me to deposit at the clinic -- hmmm...
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Samples! Gimme Samples!

Yes, prospective clients want samples -- proof that you can write before they hire you. Reasonable. However, so much of what I do is proprietary making writing samples hard to come by. I spent a good part of today culling out a paragraph or two. A page or two. Abbreviating. Sanitizing. Looking to highlight my abilities, yet not reveal confidential client information. I love my web samples as they are in plain sight and I can just provide a url. Look me up at DocGuide.com, and search for "Cheryl Lathrop". I've got hundreds of samples there!
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Friday, May 10, 2013

Turning Rejection into Direction

I'm looking for freelance work -- asking 100%, being turned down 99.9%. And I always try to remember to turn "rejection into direction." A great phrase taken from the title of John Fuhrman's book: "Reject Me, I Love It! 21 Secrets for Turning Rejection into Direction." As John says: "Being rejected means that the relationship or situation isn’t working, at least for the moment. The individual needs to learn from it and perhaps refine his or her approach." Also, "...make rejection your friend and use it to propel yourself to excellence." So, here goes!
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Google Doodle Today

I like to start off my work day with a peek at the "Google Doodle". Today's is super fun! Saul Bass's work (with music by Dave Brubeck!). Had me dancing in my chair! Great way to begin my writing day! I like to end my day with Jay Leno's monologue on The Tonight Show (NBC). Start with a chuckle; end with a chuckle. Helps me get through the middle!
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines

I had a "5:00pm COB" deadline today. And, you *never* miss a deadline. Never. You miss sleep, you miss meals, you miss TV, you miss friends -- but you *never* miss a deadline. The client is counting on you as part of the team, and needs to know that you are reliable. And you prove this by *never* missing a deadline. Big sigh of relief when I pushed 'send' this afternoon!
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