Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Do  you send your clients holiday cards (as a marketing tool)? Many freelances do; many don't. Do you send your clients gifts (as a marketing tool)? Many do; many don't. For the first time ever, a client of mine (huge company) sent me a small coffee thermos with their logo on it. That was a new one on me! (As I worked 40 hr/wk for them in 2014, maybe I fell into the "employee" bucket!)
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Signing the Trust Contract

Received from a client today: "Not to worry. I learned there was turnover in the contract group and they won't have your contract amendment until after the first of the year. I was assured that all could continue working in good faith! (ie, you won’t be locked out of our systems and you WILL be paid!. Merry Christmas!" ________________________________________________
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Beware Using Spellcheck Alone!

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased to no
Its letter perfect in it's weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice 2014

December 21, the Winter Solstice -- the shortest day of the year, and the longest night. It's the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, when the Northern Hemisphere is pointed at its furthest distance from the sun. The good news? The days will now get longer until the calendar hits Summer Solstice, June 21, 2015. And what am I doing? Like any good freelancer, when it is cold and dark outside, I am grinding out articles! One every two hours today. ________________________________________________
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Homonym? Homophone?

Homonyms! Homophones! Some word pairs are both!
Chord/cord/ breech/breach, callus/callous, principal/principle.

Some are just confusing: regime/regimen, specious/spacious.

Your dictionary is your best friend!
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Don't Be in This Much of a Hurry!

Read this guy's 11/11/14 blog post here. Oh my! Don't make this embarrassing mistake in your writing! This was actually published! Proofread, proofread, proofread!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Every Interaction Matters -- Every!

“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.”
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Email Laziness Getting to You?

Seen in an e-newsletter I subscribe to: "I have an immediate need for someone to attend a seminar..... Please email me if you can (but don't email me if you can't or if you have questions that you could answer by looking things up)." Yahoo for saying this straight out! People's laziness fills my inbox. And I try not to be guilty of this laziness myself. How about you?
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Is Email Eating You Alive?

An article in the WSJ by Sue Shellenbarger  detailed the outrageous amount of time people waste on email. In fact, some times there was hardly any time left to "do" work! We can all waste a tremendous amount of our time--and other people's time--on email.  Do you waste your time? Do you waste other's time? Take an end-of-year assessment!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Is Your Boss a Help? or Not?

"Much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work."
         – The Economist
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Time to Update LinkedIn?

Your once good LinkedIn profile could probably use some end-of-year updating! And maybe even a makeover! Donna Serdula is an expert in search engine optimization (SEO), inbound marketing, and making LinkedIn profiles grab your attention. Donna's website  has free LinkedIn resources. She's also written a book:  LinkedIn Makeover: Professional Secrets to a POWERFUL LinkedIn Profile.  Donna also blogs about LinkedIn.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Changes Changes Changes!

January 2015 brings changes to my business -- whether I want them , or not... My 40 hr/wk contract job at the Big Pharma drops to 20 hr/wk and moves to another department (diff disease, diff drug). My blogging job loses the middleman company, and now I'll work directly for the sponsoring company. If you wanna be a freelance, you must be nimble and quick -- as things change out from under you without any warning!
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Interesting Freelancing Statistics

WIKIPEDIA: "According to the 2012 Freelance Industry Report compiled primarily about North America freelancing, nearly half of freelancers do writing work, with 18% of freelancers listing writing as a primary skill, 10% editing/copy-editing, and 10% as copy-writing. 20% of freelancers listed their primary skills as design. Next on the list was translating (8%), web development (5.5%), and marketing (4%)."  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freelancer
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

How to Become . . .

WIKIHOW: "A freelance writer is someone who writes without belonging to any single company or entity but acts like a small business or an independent contractor." So, WIKIHOW -- the site that teaches us "how to do anything" -- is now teaching us how to be a freelance writer. I got a chuckle out of this! Like all their instructions, they actually have 12 steps to get there! http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Freelance-Writer
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Our Professional Organizations

Several professional organizations represent medical writers around the world. These include:
  • American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)
  • Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA)
  • European Medical Writers Association (EMWA)
  • Indian Medical Writers Association (IMWA)
  • Russian Medical Writers Association (RMWA)
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Definition: Medical Writing

WIKIPEDIA has a decent definition! "Medical Writing is the activity of producing scientific documentation by a specialized writer. The medical writer typically is not one of the scientists or doctors who performed the research but the scientific information in these documents needs to be presented to suit the level of understanding of the target audience, namely, patients or general public, physicians or the regulators. A medical writer, working with doctors, scientists, and other subject matter experts, creates documents that effectively and clearly describe research results, product use, and other medical information. The medical writer also ensures that their documents comply with regulatory, journal, or other guidelines in terms of content, format, and structure."
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

You Find the Strangest Things...

Tidbit found in PubMed (of all places). "How to Become a Competent Medical Writer."
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3149406/
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Are You Using Social Media...

Are you using social media to promote yourself? You should be!
 
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ah Webinars!

Sitting here logged in & waiting for a webinar to start. Client is local, but... Don't have to get dressed up & can wear my freelance bunny slippers! Got another webinar Monday morning. Great for teaching/training lotsa writers at once.
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Look What I Found!

Searching for something else, I found one of my blog articles repurposed (with permission from my original client). Found totally by accident!
http://highergearchicago.com/news-tips/save-your-joints-with-low-impact-exercises/
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