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12 fun, quirky gifts for writers and readers

Confession: I’ve barely started my Christmas shopping, but I have started collecting ideas for gifts. While making my list and checking it twice, I’ve found some terrific ideas — for Christmas, birthdays or other occasions — for the reader or writer in your life. (Of course, you can always buy books or contribute on their […]

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12 gifts for readers and writers

Are you still Christmas shopping? As the big day hurtles closer, those ads warning of “last minute” are starting to hit home. If you have avid readers/writers/word-and-punctuation nerds on your list, you might be interested in these dozen ideas, inspired by a UK site I found with 25 book-related gift ideas: 1.  “Reading is Sexy” […]

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How much does it cost?

The caller got right to the point. “How much does it cost for a 250-word newsletter article?” The thing about services is that there’s rarely a simple answer to “How much?” You can always answer with a range, but that’s only helpful if you provide context and details. Think of renovating your kitchen. How much […]

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Start your business already! Here’s some advice

If you know all about starting your own business, specifically a writing business, my friend and fellow writer Marnie Hughes at Communication Artistry wants to talk to you. Marnie is well into the 16-week “Write Your Book Already!” group started by Chris Brogan; her book is for people who want to start a writing business. […]

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No respect for words

“Words are not much valued on the Internet, perhaps because it features so many of them.” So reads a line in a recent article by David Streitfeld in The New York Times, called “Funny or Die: Groupon’s Fate Hinges on Words.” The article describes how Groupon — one of those companies offering “deal of the […]

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It’s bathrobe day

Today’s the day: Doing Business in Your Bathrobe Day. Although I am not actually in my bathrobe right now, I could be, and that’s the whole point. Learn more about that in my last post about it.

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Business in your bathrobe? Why not!

Get your bathrobe ready! Monday, February 21st is the 8th annual Doing Business in Your Bathrobe Day, an annual celebration of the freedom and joys of owning your own home business. Blogger Kristie Rimmele calls working from home “an empowering way of life worth celebrating,” and I heartily agree. The best thing isn’t working in […]

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Freelancing 101 tips

“You can have it fast, you can have it good, you can have it cheap. Pick any two. “ If these are words for independent communicators to live by — reflecting the value of what we do — why do so many of us buckle when a prospective client balks at the price we propose? […]

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How to get paid what you’re worth

Are you getting paid what you’re worth? Anyone can appreciate the value and attraction of that concept, but perhaps independent business owners most of all. Last week, I attended a networking/professional development event on just that topic, put on by IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators (PIC). The session was a panel discussion about fees and getting […]

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Women lag; indies a bargain

Two things jumped out at me about the report on the results of the 2009 IABC/Canada online salary survey, released October 19. (Note: access to the survey requires IABC member I.D. and password.) The survey was conducted by Leger Marketing between December 2009 and February 2010. The 998 respondents represent about 19 per cent of […]

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