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Polka Dot Powerhouse – A Women’s Business Networking Event

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Monday, June 25
1:00 and 7:00 pm
Portal Crystal Gallery
489 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington Center

At the Open House, we’ll introduce you to Polka Dot Powerhouse, an international organization of positive, action-forward, authentic women who make genuine professional and personal connections. We have local chapter meetings around the world as well as online connection events.

In the Polka Dot Powerhouse, any woman who wants to increase connections in her life (business owners, corporate and non-profit employees, entrepreneurs, direct sales professionals,
stay-at-home moms, retired women, etc.) discovers a supportive and collaborative atmosphere, enabling professional and personal growth, with celebrations every step along the way!

At our monthly meetings, you’ll meet like-minded women looking for a drama-free, pressure-free atmosphere. Our upbeat environment lets you cultivate your best qualities while you facilitate the same in others. Dots, as we often refer to our members, love to tap into the best traits of womanhood.

There will be two meetings on Monday, June 25. See our Facebook page for more information and to RSVP for either or both meetings.

Four Ways to Sustain a Freelance Writing Career

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With thanks once again to the National Freelancers Union, here’s a great article about starting and sustaining a freelance writing career. Kudos to author Tyra Seldon!

Here’s the article:

Every week, I come across publications, outlets and individuals who are seeking freelance or contract writers. Some want people with extensive portfolios, while others are not concerned about experience or pedigree. As I have perused these various calls for writers (and as I have experienced in my own writing career), there are certain things that freelance writers can do to position themselves for sustainable writing careers.

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Tell Your Story

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This article really resonates with me, since I’m a writer and have been writing stories since the first grade (Tumiki and the Elephant – I still remember the title!). This following article applies basic storytelling principles to your business development and marketing. It teaches you how to tell your story, and explains why that’s important. No one starts a friendship by talking about their widgets or their professional offerings. Why should your business relationships be any different?

P.S. Let me know if you want the plot of Tumiki and the Elephant, at least as much of it as I can remember!

 

3 Steps to Connecting to Your Ideal Clients
by Justine Clay

I LOVE meeting new creative professionals and business owners; it’s one of the main reasons I do live presentations and workshops. Each and every person I speak with is passionate, unique and motivated to use their skills to create a positive impact.

So why do so many freelancers and creative business owners struggle?

Because the world doesn’t know what you do, why you do it, how it benefits them, and what they need to do to work with you. It’s not about talent or passion (you have that in spades!), it’s how you convey your message to people who genuinely want and need your services or product.

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Three Ways to Freedom

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From the National Freelancers Union by member Justine Clay. Give this article a read. It’s full of tactical information for anyone who wants to improve their business and give their mental health a break in the bargain!

 

3 ways to bring more freedom to your freelance business (without sacrificing income)

Do you want the freedom to:

• Work with whom you want?

• Work when you want?

• Work the hours you want?

• Work where you want?

• Charge how much you want?

• Grow as much as you want?

Did you say “yes” any (or all) of the above, yet your reality tells quite a different story?

Perhaps you’re making great money, but you work ALL the time. Or maybe you work all the time, and still don’t make the money you desire.

If either of these rings true, it’s possible you’ve got caught in that oh-so-easy-trap of working IN your business, rather than ON it.

Read the rest of this article on the National Freelancers Union website.

On the Move: Tips for Freelancers Without a Permanent Workspace

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Here’s an article from the National Freelancers Union about managing your work life if you don’t have a permanent workplace. Freelancers Union member Jerrian Ireland offers some advice for maximum productivity as well as maximum freedom and independence.

By the way – don’t forget the public library if you’re currently without a permanent work “home.” Here in Arlington you can check out a computer and take advantage of the library’s business books, magazines and databases. Even better, there’s a dedicated staff of reference librarians whose sole job is to help you!

Here’s the article, with thanks to the Freelancers Union!

On the Move: Tips for Freelancers Without a Permanent Workspace

by Jerrian Ireland

One of the many reasons that people choose to freelance is to have flexibility of workspace. This can mean a lot of different things, from the ability to work from home, to being able to travel while working, and many nuances between.

For some, a permanent workspace is part of this equation, while others work wherever their jobs and lives take them. Below are some tips for freelancers without a permanent workspace.

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Freelancing is a Force – and We Need to Reckon With it

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An excellent article from Scott Tillitt of the National Freelancers Union

Within 10 years, at its current growth rate, the majority of the US workforce will be freelancers. Think about that for a second (or a minute): It has major ramifications for our economy, politics, culture.

This startling stat comes from “Freelancing in America: 2017” (FIA), a comprehensive study from freelancing website Upwork and our own Freelancers Union.

FIA estimates that already more than one-third of the US workforce are currently freelancing (57 million Americans) and contribute approximately $1.4 trillion annually to the economy — a nearly 30% jump since last year.

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You Are Not A Bank

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From the Freelancers Union blog, a great article about managing your payment terms.

Net-30 is the Voldemort of Freelance Payment Terms

by Matt Fulton

Hi. Can I borrow $5,000 to pay for your design/accounting/consulting/freelance services? I’ll pay you back in a month or two, after you’ve completed the work.

No? I didn’t think so.

Yet this is effectively what we are doing when offering clients net-30 payment terms. The only difference is that, instead of giving the client cash like with a traditional loan, we are trading dozens of work hours for the promise of future payment.

Read the rest of this article on the Freelance Union’s blog.

Shop Local this Holiday Season

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By all indications, this year is going to be a great one for holiday sales. Perhaps you joined the Black Friday crowds at the nearest mall already, or have blown a paycheck or two on amazon.com. There’s another option, though, one that Arlington really wants you to know about:

That option? Shop right here, in Arlington!

Arlington is fortunate to have scads of great, local shops, theaters and restaurants. All three business districts are going to be hosting a holiday extravaganza this Saturday, December 2, with store discounts and other offers, raffles, snacks and more. Join the fun this Saturday – every business district in Arlington will have something great to offer you.

Want more information? Check out what local businesses in Arlington will have on-hand. But first, be sure to stop by the Whittemore Robbins House in Arlington Center for the Town’s annual First Lights Tree Lighting on Thursday evening, November 30, from 6 – 8 pm.

Then, go to town – literally!

In Arlington Center:

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Or, would you prefer East Arlington? No worries! Have a look below:

 

 

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Live in the Heights and it’s just too far? Fear not, we have you covered!

 

 

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Work From Home? Develop These Habits.

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Here’s another, useful gem from the National Freelancers Union. Working from home isn’t always the ideal environment we’d like it to be. It’s too easy to get distracted and in other ways become unproductive. Here are some suggestions from Freelancers Union member Josh Hoffman about getting and staying productive:

Work From Home? Develop These Habits.

Working from home, or at least the option to do so, is one of the perceived perks when you’re self-employed or have the ability to work remotely.

Without a doubt, the opportunity to work from home is amazing, but early on in my freelance career, I realized working from home is not necessarily all it’s cooked up to be.

While I usually work from coffee shops or shared workspaces, here are a few “hacks” I’ve developed to efficiently and effectively work from home.

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Beautiful Thought, Unfortunate Grammar

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Beautiful thought, but can you see the problem here?

“…learn to be it’s master and not its slave.” Gosh, they were almost there! It’s = it is. Without the contraction, this sentence would read: “learn to be it is master and  not its slave.”

I’m a communications purist, I know, and I’m sure I make my fair share of mistakes. But this one is critical. For all you newsletter writers out there, make sure you’ve got a grammar-checker handy! People will notice. I guarantee you that.

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