Monday, January 31st, 2011

Freelancers: stay on Facebook all day and earn cash!

Or: “Survey predicts in boom in freelance social media jobs” Monday morning nonsense from the world of office surveys: says that social media is set to boom for UK businesses this year, and freelance workers will benefit: 15% of businesses will look at creating specific roles e.g. ‘social media manager’ or ‘online reputation manager’ […]

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Top tips for media freelancers #5

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] The last in our series of tips for media freelancers is from freelance production editor David Powning, who follows his first rule and goes the extra mile to give us half a dozen pieces of excellent – if hardcore – freelance advice. Go the extra […]

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Top tips for media freelancers #4

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] Today’s tips come from long-time freelance sub-editor Loveday Cuming, who recognises the importance of interpersonal skills to freelance success, particularly when it comes to office-based subbing and production shifts. Be proactive with your network It’s all very well having a bulging contacts book of potential […]

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Top tips for media freelancers #3

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] Third in our roster of freelance advisers is freelance writer and editor Stuart Derrick. Like many in the world of business print publishing, he’s found his niche specialisms and their attendant titles disappearing, and his old media skills under threat from the digital revolution. In […]

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Top tips for media freelancers #2

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] Second in the series of tips for freelancers features writer, editor, trainer and Londoner Martin Cloake. Martin has more than 20 years’ experience in journalism and writes books about Tottenham Hotspur Football Club – the latest being The Pocket Book of Spurs. Because it’s not […]

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Top tips for media freelancers #1

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] Things are getting a tiny bit easier in the media employment world – more subbing and production shifts are on offer, and some freelance writing is starting to surface. But we’re hardly out of the woods. So this week I’m going to be running another […]

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

How 10 years has changed my freelance work week

How has the past decade of technological and business change in print publishing changed freelance patterns of work? A lot, as it turns out. Here, for the sake of example, is a comparison between a representative week’s work for me as a freelance sub/writer in around 1999 and the work I have been doing this […]

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

How to write a good brief for People Per Hour

I’ve written before about online creative freelance marketplace People Per Hour.  I noted that one key problem with the site is the hopelessly inadequate briefs supplied by potential employers. So, if anyone reading this is thinking about trying to source freelance writing using the site, here’s how to prepare your brief. It’s clear about what […]

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Four pillars of freelance success, part four

The final part of four pillars of freelance success should be up on FleetStreetBlues today. Normal service on Freelance Unbound should be resumed next week…

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Four pillars of freelance success, part three

Your third pillar of wisdom should be online at the fine FleetStreetBlues today. Meanwhile, I am enjoying art and other fine highbrow things in St Ives…