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A Guide to Part Time Working in Retirement

A Guide to Part Time Working in Retirement

Looking back just a few decades, by the time most of us reached the state-designated retirement age, we were more than ready to put our feet up and relax with a cup of tea. Today, however, we’re more active, healthy and raring to go than ever before, and we’re not quite ready to hang up our work clothes just yet. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service reports that there are now more than one million workers in the UK aged 65 or over – will you be one of them? Is it Legal? Absolutely! Just because you’re drawing a pension, [Read more…]

How to Deal with Late Paying Clients

How to Deal with Late Paying Clients

The freelance world can be a bit difficult from time to time. You spend hours seeking out jobs and writing the perfect articles, but what happens if you don’t get paid? It can be stomach turning for the end of the payday to arrive and not have received payment. While you may get angry, or sit there in complete shock, there are a few ways to deal with late paying clients. Give Them the Benefit of the Doubt It may look fishy to not receive payment, but things happen. Your client may have internet problems, been in an accident or [Read more…]

5 Tips for Handling Client Complaints Gracefully

One of the most terrifying parts of being a freelance writer is the notion that at any point, a client could call, IM or email you and say something alone the lines of, “This is completely not what I want. Change it immediately.” This is especially scary if you’ve just paid all your bills and you don’t even have ramen noodles to eat. When you need the job, you need to deal with the client’s complaints. But you also have to stay cool. Clients are like dogs — they can smell your fear. The following tips will help you a [Read more…]

Should Writers Support Other Writers?

Should Writers Support Other Writers?

Here’s a question for all the writers out there that I think of frequently.  It typically comes to mind as I read online forums for writers where beginners post questions asking for suggestions of books that are helpful to read about publishing, book writing, freelance writing, and so on.  I’m constantly surprised by how many writers respond to those questions by recommending that people not invest in books about writing and building a writing business, but rather they should just look in their local library for comparable information instead of paying for new books. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all [Read more…]

Writers – What Are You Reading?

Writers - What Are You Reading?

The summer is coming to an end here in the U.S., and the kids are heading back to school.  That means those of us who have been trying to juggle kids at home for the summer and our writing businesses will get some more free time five days per week.  Not only can we get more work done, but we can also get more free time since we’ll have more time to work while the kids are at school. I’m looking forward to reading some great books this fall.  I’ll be traveling during September and October on a speaking tour [Read more…]

Kommein

I used to co-blog at Kommein, a blog for community managers. It was my place to talk about social media, especially community management. The problem was, FWJ became too big for me to manage on a part time basis and most of my personal projects fell to the wayside as I worked hard to grow this network. So Kommein faltered for a while. It’s time to dust it off. The truth is, I miss discussing social media. I know I touch upon it here from time to time, but you’re here to learn more about writing than anything else. So [Read more…]

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