Creativity is a remix: How Suzanne Collins wrote The Hunger Games

Creativity is a remix: How Suzanne Collins wrote The Hunger Games

Kirby Ferguson’s classic Everything is a Remix project has hopefully disproved the myth that creativity descends from the heavens and that art is only “authentic” when it’s completely original.

Artists borrow. Artists recombine different influences, find interesting intersections in the well-travelled roads of culture; they invite us to...

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Are lefties more creative? Myths and facts about left-handed people (and birds)

Are lefties more creative? Myths and facts about left-handed people (and birds)

You may have heard the rumor that left-handers are more creative and entrepreneurial. As a creative and entrepreneurial freelancer, this myth may have lead to either an inflated sense of self-importance or an unhappy sense of rightie-worthlessness (only partially compensated by the ease with which righties can use cameras, can...

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Getting started with Google Analytics: Easy tools for small businesses

Getting started with Google Analytics: Easy tools for small businesses

Google Analytics is one of the most useful tools for your business -- but it’s not exactly the simplest interface! (I’ve been using Google Analytics for over 5 years, and even I get lost sometimes.)

This quick guide is for people who don’t want to become pros -- they...

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How to Get Organized for Every Tax Season

How to Get Organized for Every Tax Season

by Jonathan Medows, CPAforfreelancers.com

We’re deep into tax season. If you haven’t already filed, it’s time to get your act together and get organized. Gathering your records, filling in an electronic or paper tax organizer, and pulling together all of your official documents will make tax...

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Museums make you happier and less lonely, studies find

Museums make you happier and less lonely, studies find

Photo by neiljs on Flickr

One of the greatest things about freelancing is that although we’re often very busy, we can choose to be “off” during 9-5 hours. This means that we can visit uncrowded museums and attend other midday events, which are often hellish on the weekends.

Here...

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The Legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The Legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

There are moments that change everything.

One hundred three years ago today was one of those moments.

Just before 5 pm on March 25, 1911, a passerby saw smoke coming from the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory at 29 Washington Street in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

The hundreds...

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4 Games that make you a better entrepreneur

4 Games that make you a better entrepreneur

Becoming a successful entrepreneur or freelancer requires a broad range of skills -- from budgeting to salesmanship to negotiating. These are skills that I never learned in a classroom.

Can I learn them by playing a game?

I believe that the countless hours I’ve spent raising civilizations from the dust...

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Why is getting paid by clients always so difficult?

Why is getting paid by clients always so difficult?

Photo by wsssst

I’ve yet to meet a freelancer who was paid on time, every time.

But whose fault is it? Is it the people or is it the system? Here are the most common culprits of late payments:

1. “The project still needs to be approved by the...

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The red line: single or double quotes?

The red line: single or double quotes?

Dear Freelance Editor,

Behold, my nemesis; the key above perturbs and confuses me. The familiar and comforting “, hanging over the completely mysterious ‘.  

When should I use single quotation marks? I work as a freelance blogger for a couple of clients, and I’m always unsure when to use ‘. It always...

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Why honesty and criticism are good for your freelance business

Why honesty and criticism are good for your freelance business

Are you leading an open, honest business?

An honest freelancer doesn’t just not lie about their skill level or their resume. An honest freelancer also sets reasonable expectations, isn’t afraid to share an opinion when it’s asked for, admits when they make a mistake, and is open...

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