By Kat Tate
Posted on June 10th, 2013
Business woman

  Oh dear. It’s been almost a month since a Sheelance post was published. My bad. I’ve been busy, you see. Moving house, building my business, networking, starting dragon boat racing, acting in a short film, taking acting classes, seeing friends, cooking meals, paying bills, scooting around town…so when it came to writing posts for …

By Michelle Garrett
Posted on May 19th, 2013
Puzzled Patricia wondered why no one had turned up to her launch party.

  In my work as a PR specialist, I often notice things perhaps others don’t. For example, walking through a mall on my way to meet someone for a lunch appointment, I noticed a sign about an upcoming event that would appeal to parents in the area. I thought, “Hmmm, why haven’t I seen/read/heard about …

By Kat Tate
Posted on May 16th, 2013
Annie assumed that having a giant calculator meant she could charge more.

  When I started out as a freelance writer, I searched endlessly online for an idea of what to charge. Some freelancers shared their rates on their websites, but they varied enormously and were usually just estimates. In freelancing forums, the usual suggestion was to charge a rate that made the work worth your while. …

By Nicole Smith
Posted on May 15th, 2013
Willow wondered if she'd taken the 'hat system' a little too far...

  To make sure I eat away at my daily tasks in life I have come up with The Hat System. I have a 5 month old baby boy who is now eating solids, sleeping less and growing ever so rapidly. Since this new phase of development has begun I found I was getting swamped …

By Kat Tate
Posted on May 14th, 2013
Polly promised herself she's start writing that eBook....after pizza...and Project Runway...

  When many writers start out, they seem to struggle with fitting writing into an already-hectic schedule. Family commitments, social engagements, work, cleaning the house, watching TV, getting a good night’s sleep…there is an endless list of things to do and writing is often bringing up the rear. But if you want to pursue a …

By Kat Tate
Posted on May 14th, 2013
Polly promised herself she's start writing that eBook....after pizza...and Project Runway...

  When many writers start out, they seem to struggle with fitting writing into an already-hectic schedule. Family commitments, social engagements, work, cleaning the house, watching TV, getting a good night’s sleep…there is an endless list of things to do and writing is often bringing up the rear. But if you want to pursue a …

By Kat Tate
Posted on May 13th, 2013
After writing 'Dear Editor', Emily decided it was time for a nap.

  When I started out as a freelancer, I was a little disillusioned. I knew I was a good writer and so I expected editors to offer me jobs with little effort on my part. It didn’t take me long to realise that if I didn’t start selling myself (and my stories) I was going …

By Christina Hamlett
Posted on May 8th, 2013
freelance managing media

  After working almost two weeks on the creative slant for an interior designer’s upcoming feature for the local press, the last thing I expected was a call from her assistant telling me that the story needed to be put on hold. “The thing of it is,” she meekly explained, “Caroline has sorta been working …

By Kat Tate
Posted on May 7th, 2013
Alexis hoped that watching her phone would make it ring.

  A few people have emailed me in recent weeks, asking how to land  more copywriting clients. So I thought I’d share my secret. You have to guess, though… It’s warm. It smells good. It can get you all jittery. You can have it in many different ways. Have you guessed yet? It’s… A cup …

By Kat Tate
Posted on May 5th, 2013
Sally took the idea of 'fake commuting' to the extreme - pretending to be stuck in traffic.

  Working in your pyjamas,  napping in the afternoon, throwing in your day job on a whim…these are the things that make many freelancers recoil in horror. Yet these are some of the joys of freelancing! While there are many freelancing rules we should obey to keep our businesses chugging along, I reckon there are a …

By Kat Tate
Posted on May 16th, 2013
Annie assumed that having a giant calculator meant she could charge more.

  When I started out as a freelance writer, I searched endlessly online for an idea of what to charge. Some freelancers shared their rates on their websites, but they varied enormously and were usually just estimates. In freelancing forums, the usual suggestion was to charge a rate that made the work worth your while. …

By Kat Tate
Posted on April 21st, 2013
freelancing holiday

  I love being a freelancer. The main reason is to do with the first part of the word: free. I feel incredibly free as a freelancer. I am liberated to create my own future, set my own goals, chase the clients I want to work with, take naps, work in the park, take a …

By Kat Tate
Posted on April 18th, 2013
Once Renee realised she was freelancing to help the world, she decided to work from the top of it.

  I recently read a brilliant post by John Soares entitled ‘My Main Goal in Six Words‘. His goal? You’ll have to read the post to find out! It inspired me to think about the reasons why I freelance. Why did I abandon the security of a well-paid editor position for an uncertain freelance future? …

By Jillian Godsil
Posted on April 9th, 2013
Tanya thought turning her wallet upside down would produce an income.

Why would anyone work for free? I know people say ‘Do a job you enjoy and you will never work a day in your life’ but would you do it for free? And when I say work I mean work and not volunteering. I do a lot of volunteering which I enjoy. Sometimes I do …

By Michelle Garrett
Posted on May 19th, 2013
Puzzled Patricia wondered why no one had turned up to her launch party.

  In my work as a PR specialist, I often notice things perhaps others don’t. For example, walking through a mall on my way to meet someone for a lunch appointment, I noticed a sign about an upcoming event that would appeal to parents in the area. I thought, “Hmmm, why haven’t I seen/read/heard about …

By Kat Tate
Posted on May 13th, 2013
After writing 'Dear Editor', Emily decided it was time for a nap.

  When I started out as a freelancer, I was a little disillusioned. I knew I was a good writer and so I expected editors to offer me jobs with little effort on my part. It didn’t take me long to realise that if I didn’t start selling myself (and my stories) I was going …

By Tash Hughes
Posted on May 12th, 2013
freelance blog

  Running a business blog can be a great marketing tool, and many people will encourage you to get one started. There are two major factors to consider before starting a blog – it will take time to create and maintain and it needs to be done properly (so if you can’t write well or …

By Kat Tate
Posted on May 7th, 2013
Alexis hoped that watching her phone would make it ring.

  A few people have emailed me in recent weeks, asking how to land  more copywriting clients. So I thought I’d share my secret. You have to guess, though… It’s warm. It smells good. It can get you all jittery. You can have it in many different ways. Have you guessed yet? It’s… A cup …

By Tash Hughes
Posted on May 6th, 2013
Mary had a megaphone and she wasn't afraid to use it.

  Wouldn’t it be great if you could just start a business and have clients lining up to buy from you? Unfortunately it doesn’t really work that way and we have to do some marketing. Which is not something all business people enjoy or feel comfortable managing. However, there are ways to ensure your marketing …

By Nicole Smith
Posted on May 15th, 2013
Willow wondered if she'd taken the 'hat system' a little too far...

  To make sure I eat away at my daily tasks in life I have come up with The Hat System. I have a 5 month old baby boy who is now eating solids, sleeping less and growing ever so rapidly. Since this new phase of development has begun I found I was getting swamped …

By Tash Hughes
Posted on May 9th, 2013
freelancing with a family

  Running a family and home while running a business can be a tough juggling act at times, and it can certainly test your sanity and coping strategies! Setting clear boundaries between family, home and business can make it easier although it takes some discipline to get those boundaries in place.   Why set boundaries? …

By Kat Tate
Posted on May 2nd, 2013
Helen hooked herself up to helium to see if she could fly while jogging.

  Do you tend to go through exercise phases? I do. I’ll grab the latest fitness fad and throw myself into it until I lose interest. I might then slack off for a week or so and then find something new that piques my interest. So long as I’m moving in some form on most …

By Kat Tate
Posted on April 29th, 2013
being a nice freelancer

  When I was 17, I landed a writing job at a major metro newspaper. I sat in a dingy, dusty office in the building’s basement, cold calling interviewees for feature stories. I wrote about interiors, camping and fishing, fashion, business and oodles of other topics. It was the perfect foot in the door. The …

By Kat Tate
Posted on April 24th, 2013
Frustrated Fi felt it was time for a little DIY.

  As I write this, I’m hurtling down the Hume Highway on the way to Melbourne. Don’t worry, I’m not driving. But I am excited, because even though my last holiday was just a month ago, I’ve decided to take off again to catch a match at the Australian Open tennis tournament and work on …

By Nicole Smith
Posted on May 15th, 2013
Willow wondered if she'd taken the 'hat system' a little too far...

  To make sure I eat away at my daily tasks in life I have come up with The Hat System. I have a 5 month old baby boy who is now eating solids, sleeping less and growing ever so rapidly. Since this new phase of development has begun I found I was getting swamped …

By Tash Hughes
Posted on May 9th, 2013
freelancing with a family

  Running a family and home while running a business can be a tough juggling act at times, and it can certainly test your sanity and coping strategies! Setting clear boundaries between family, home and business can make it easier although it takes some discipline to get those boundaries in place.   Why set boundaries? …

By Kat Tate
Posted on May 7th, 2013
Alexis hoped that watching her phone would make it ring.

  A few people have emailed me in recent weeks, asking how to land  more copywriting clients. So I thought I’d share my secret. You have to guess, though… It’s warm. It smells good. It can get you all jittery. You can have it in many different ways. Have you guessed yet? It’s… A cup …

By Nicole Leedham
Posted on May 1st, 2013
freelancing referrals

  As a freelancer, one of the best ways of marketing your business is through referral relationships with complementary services or products. The key here is to do your research and make sure you partner with like-minded people. As a freelance writer – business writing, copywriting and the odd journalistic article – I often work …

By Nicole Leedham
Posted on April 30th, 2013
woman working in bed

  A home-based office sounds great, right? No more commuting, the opportunity to watch daytime telly while you eat your lunch, being able to work around family commitments and taking the laptop to the beach on warm days. But the reality is that when you work at an office, the distractions of daily life are …