Coffee and Conversation

Most of us work from home, or settle into anonymous coffee shops to get through our daily tasks. It’s productive, but isolating. I tried an experiment a week or so ago and started a new event series that focuses on breaking through the isolation bubble.

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Coffee and Conversation

Our first event, Coffee at Kickstand, was really nice. I got there a bit early and saved a table, then wondered what I was going to do with myself for the next hour and a half. There’s only so much coffee I can drink. I pulled out my smartphone and started browsing, feeling increasingly weird and embarrassed. What is no one showed up? Worse, what if someone did show up and I didn’t know what to say or do?

Fortunately, that problem took care of itself. Our first attendee came by about 10 minutes later and got herself a coffee and a muffin. Then I realized I was getting hungry so I excused myself and – surprise! – ran into participant number two who specifically asked if I was the person from Arlington Entrepreneurs here for the coffee hour.

My outlook on this series improved dramatically after that, as a few more and more people showed up. Pretty soon we were talking about our lives, our work and our families. We talked, we laughed, we drank coffee or tea and munched on snacks. The cafe was nice and quiet and we had a full table by the time I had to leave. They stayed on and kept talking.

Yes, folks, I think we have a winner here! Keep an eye out for more AE coffee hours, along with other events geared to get you out of the house and into the community.

8 Contract Provisions Every Freelancer Should Know

Freelancers Union LogoGet things off to a good start for you and your clients. Make sure expectations are clear on both sides and stick to your guns when you have to set limits. This article from The Freelancer’s Union puts it all in perspective:

8 Contract Provisions Every Freelancer Should Know

If you’ve been freelancing for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard how important it is to get your client agreements in writing. As a former freelance writer and now lawyer who works with freelancers, I won’t tell you otherwise. It’s not just that a good contract can protect you if a client relationship goes south – it’s that a good contract helps avoid misunderstandings before they start. The very act of putting a contract together forces you and your client to articulate and clarify your expectations up front.

That said, some parts of a contract can be more important than others. Or at least they seem to come up more often in disputes. So, here’s a list of contract provisions to be particularly vigilant about, along with some tips on how to navigate them.

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