Five Tips for First-Year Freelancers

Today's guest post comes from Mark James at Crunch Accounting, a UK based online accountancy firm. Thanks, Mark, for providing such sage advice for beginning freelancers and small business owners! If YOU have any advice, please share in the comments below. Enjoy Career Pioneers... Contrary to popular opinion – that we’re late risers, work little and work solely in our underwear – in reality a freelancer’s life can be pretty tough. Especially early on. Many lack clients, contacts and … [Read more...]

Be Your Own Best Publicist (With Audio)


Seasoned public relations pros Jessica Kleiman and Meryl Weinsaft Cooper break down the nuts and bolts of PR and how you can use them in your everyday work and business life to successfully promote yourself in their newly-released book Be Your Own Best Publicist In one of the toughest job markets in more than 20 years, applying the art of self-promotion is more vital than ever, they say. Their goal, they say, is to show anyone looking to land a new job, attract freelance … [Read more...]

When Competition Is Fierce, Self-Promotion Reigns

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I never considered myself much of a competitive person. As a matter of fact, I tend to be the one who allows others to shine while I work feverishly in the foreground. In addition, I don't often toot my own horn, as some say. I guess it's part of my upbringing or the culture in which I was raised. It could simply be due to insecurity -- questioning whether my efforts are worth public mention. Some may even label it as humility. Perhaps, it's been a combination of several things that have held … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger: Becoming Carrie Bradshaw

Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw

When Carrie said, "I'm looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't-live-without-each-other love," on Sex and the City, she could have been talking about her career. Frankly, I already have career-love. I'm a consumer affairs mediator. My job combines shopping, helping people and the occasional entertaining crazy. Bliss. And yet. It's not my dream. Or it's only part of it. My childhood hobbies included reading fashion magazines and creating puzzle, mystery and … [Read more...]

Your Dream Career Awaits, Start Here

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A few months ago (literally) I sat on my couch pouting about how I wanted to more aggressively pursue my writing dreams and gain greater traction in the publishing world. But then I realized (with the help of some trusted friends, and lots of trust and prayer) that if I fail to take a step of faith and actually put myself out there to claim my destiny, then how in the world was I ever going to accomplish my life-long goals? After mustering some courage, I got rid of the self-doubt and … [Read more...]