Monthly Archives: May 2012

LinkedIn groups for writers

LinkedIn used to be simply for tracking your contacts, but lately it’s added some lively discussion groups to the mix. A blogger called Monika on the SaveDelete site has written an article called 20 Excellent LinkedIn Groups for Ambitious Writers in which she describes 20 groups on LinkedIn that could be helpful to freelance writers. These include Authors, Writers, Publishers, Editors, & Writing Professionals…, Published Authors Network and The Freelance Writers’ Connection, among others.

(Note: You may not be able to access the groups unless you’re a LinkedIn member.)

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9 Tips on Being a Paid Freelance Writer – Houston Arts – Art Attack

A freelancer who calls himself Jef With One, a blogger for the Houston Press, has written a useful and nicely phrased rundown of tips for freelancers. Unlike many similar pieces, he is honest about the pros and cons of the freelance life. For example:

6. Know your endurance: Like I said, I've done something like 1,200 articles over the course of four years. Know how many I did the first two? Less than 50. Sure, now I can rattle off three full articles a day, seven days a week, but I had to work up to that. Counting research, proofing, finding photos, fact-checking, etc., you're talking something like a minute per written word to complete a piece. That's a lot, so make sure you don't bite off more than you can chew. Consistent output is the goal, so let your strength grow slowly and surely.

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Tax Tips to Live By for the First-Time Freelancer – Business Insider

Some excellent advice for freelancers; especially pay attention to the part about how much income you need to report and when your employers should be sending you a 1099.

Tax time may be over for 2011, but if you???re a brand new freelancer starting out, your tax time begins now.  So here are some basics you should know when it comes to your new relationship with Uncle Sam. Bear in mind these are general tips meant to educate freelancers just starting out; whether you???ve gone full-time with employees or your freelancing is just a side hustle for now, you should consult a CPA for professional advice and guidance in all cases.

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How Assignmint Will Change Freelance Journalism

According to Fast Company, a new startup called Assignmint is going to create an online go-between for freelancers and employers, starting with writers and editors. Says Fast Company:

The company, headed by formerNew York Press and Forbes Traveler editor Jeff Koyen, will offer a complete pitch-to-payment cloud workflow system for freelancers and their employers. It helps digitally manage work assignments, editorial calendars, invoices, pitches, expenses, contract information, and payment. Freelance journalists, meanwhile, will be able to have access to all their outstanding invoice and payment information in one place. The startup also plans to implement a clip and algorithm service to match freelancers with potential new clients.

Assignmint has a private beta scheduled for June; you can sign up at their website assignment.com.

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