This month, for the first time in my career, I’m taking a non-paying client to small claims court.
I’m terrified. I hate adversarial relationships and confrontations and the thought of court alone just brings out a lot of fear … but I also need to do it for a plethora of reasons, two of which include a) the fact that I held up my end of the bargain and b) the fact that I need the money.
Heather E. Saunders has been helpfully editing the work of her peers since grade school. For the last six and a half years, she has been helping people find the right words through Just the Write Type Editing, her STEM and manuscript editing services.
This is the time of year when many of us are thinking about vacations, about beaches and mountains, about camping trips and cookouts and lemonade. But if you’re a freelancer, you never stop thinking about your business, and July is a grand time for a midyear checkup.
Most of us who write or express ourselves creatively have troubles with the business end of freelancing. I might have a grand idea for a short story, but damn, right now I have to finish editing an article for a client, or pay a bill that’s about to become overdue.
How do you find a balance? Here are five ways that have worked for me: