Don’t Ever Do This To A Client

May 25th, 2016 (10 Comments)

Sometimes I think I’m in the wrong business. Has that ever happened to you?  Especially during a dry spell, I start looking around, and I see people with a different skill set and a different level of education making tons of money. All the time. How fair is that? Take Tom, for instance. Tom runs a […]

Filling In The Blanks

May 18th, 2016 (15 Comments)

“It’s too risky, too challenging, too expensive, and you’ll be very lonely”. That’s what people told me when I announced that I was going to become self-employed. This was many, many moons ago. I’m sure these folks meant well, but what struck me most was the fact that these self-appointed business coaches were all working in […]

Is Your Client Driving You Crazy?

May 4th, 2016 (3 Comments)

After last week’s story about bad clients, one reader wanted to know: “Have you ever fired a client, and why? I have one customer who is driving me nuts, but I can’t afford to lose his business.” First of all, that’s a horrible position to be in. Many freelancers choose to run their own business […]

Are You in Bed with a Bad Client?

April 27th, 2016 (9 Comments)

I’m not going to waste any time introducing today’s topic. Here’s what I want you to do. Read the statements below, and tell me if any of them sound familiar. “I’ll put in a good word for you.” “I will keep you in mind.” “Next time we will definitely call you.” “One of the best […]

The Cult of Kumbaya

April 20th, 2016 (22 Comments)

Not long ago, Adam Aron, the CEO of America’s biggest movie theater chain, had a brilliant idea.  To attract a younger audience, he wanted to make his AMC theaters smartphone-friendly. If it were up to him, texting would be allowed, and he told Variety why: “You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. […]

Those Silly Americans

April 6th, 2016 (12 Comments)

Here’s a question I get asked a lot: “What’s it like to be a Dutch voice-over, living and working in the United States?” Who wants to know? Mostly European colleagues, who either think I’m totally nuts, or who secretly want to do what I did and move to this land of milk, honey, and doughnuts. […]

The Mistake You Don’t Want To Make

March 30th, 2016 (14 Comments)

In his books and seminars, motivational speaker and coach Tony Robbins shares what he calls his Ultimate Success Formula. It’s a deceptively simple five-step process: 1. Decide what you want. 2. Know your reasons why. 3. Take massive action.  4. Notice what’s working or not.  5. Change your approach until you achieve what your want. I could […]

The Weight Of The World

March 23rd, 2016 (22 Comments)

Paris. Ankara. Istanbul. Brussels. On some days this beautiful planet is so full of hatred and hardship that I feel guilty writing about such trivial things as “work.” It sure is fun to blog about freelancing, marketing, and microphone technique, but I have to ask: “To what avail?” Does it lead to a deeper understanding of the human psyche? […]

Right On The Money

March 9th, 2016 (9 Comments)

This is the conclusion of a 3-part series on how to price your services as a freelancer. Click here for part 1 and click here for part 2.  When Max walked into the warm conference room, he saw two files on the table. On one if them he recognized the name of a competitor. The […]

Taken For A Ride

March 2nd, 2016 (3 Comments)

This is the second part of a story about how to price your services as a freelancer. Click here for part one. The black SUV was slowly making its way through the worst winter storm on record. “Anatoly, at your service,” said the driver as he reached out to shake Max’s hand. “But my friends call […]

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