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Check Out Our G+ Lunch Hangout Tomorrow!

mb logoWhat’s on your calendar tomorrow during lunchtime? Do we really need to ask?

We’re hoping you’ll join us on Google+ for the next career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EDT.

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and Mediabistro managing editor Valerie Berrios as they talk to Kim Taylor, a freelance copywriter for a variety of agencies and brands including David Levy, Brand Jam and American Express Platinum Travel.

Get tips on how freelancers can manage their time, land new clients and even pursue a passion project on the side.

Oh, did we mention that it’s free? Looking forward to having you join us!

Mediabistro Course Freelancing 101

Manage a top-notch freelancing career in our online boot camp, Freelancing 101! Starting August 18, freelancing experts will teach you the best practices for a solid freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your own schedule and managing clients.  Register now!

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‘Devil Wears Prada’ Screenwriter Dishes About Writing Process & Defeating Procrastination

Whether you have a day job and you’re an aspiring screenwriter or you’re blogging away all day at the nearby coffee shop, chances are you’ve battled blocking out distractions, creating a method to your madness and oh yeah, carved out space where you can write and write alone for your baby, your project.

Well, thanks to this new series, “Academy Originals,” released by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, we get a glimpse at screenwriter Aline Brosh (The Devil Wears Prada & We Bought a Zoo) McKenna’s process. She sets goals each day like getting to the end of an act or scene, “I go and I move the boulder from here today…and that’s my work.”

Having an office outside the home for 12 years, she needs her own space and time to “just do my thing.” Check it out!

Four Ways for Freelancers to Successfully Land Big Clients

SixFigureFreelancerBy big clients we mean clients with deep pockets. Budgets to spend and contract to sign. That’s why this post from Freelancers Union is so appropriate.

Of course, the first way to land big clients is to let them know you exist and to pitch them. The art, my friend, entails in the pitch itself.

1. Research. The clients you’re pursuing require more research, plain and simple. You know what though? They’re worth it. Per the piece, you should spend at least one hour reading through anything and everything about this company. Social media feeds are helpful so you can get a grasp on how the company views itself.

The piece points out: “If it’s a large corporation with multiple locations, try to find out if certain locations specialize in different services. Then find the department that aligns with what you do. Then do some private searching on LinkedIn to find out who works in that department. Recall your past gig experience: who was the person who hired and managed you? Look for someone with that job title.”

2. Explain what you do. Think bigger than what you currently do, too. You’re not just a project manager, says the piece. Instead, you’re the go-to person who makes the company’s problems disappear. Check that — the person’s problems to whom you’re pitching. Speak to the person your pitching and solve his or her problems.

3. Understand that they have a boss. The person you’re pitching indeed has a boss who’s likely putting pressure on them to make a hiring decision and to make it a good one. Plus, deadlines are looming. Give them all the information you can to make it easy for them to sign you on for the project.

4. Understand that they don’t want to train you. They need you to come in and roll up your sleeves to get right down to work. They assume you have the required skills and experience and need little to no training.

The piece advises, “Tell them you always spend the first few days listening and watching. Say something about how good you are at seeing the big picture, filling in where needed, and instead of trying to talk a lot about what you do, repeat back to them what they need.”

How to Make the Most of a Gap Year

suitcaseIf you think taking a gap year is just for high school kids before they jaunt off to college, think again.

According to the Brazen Careerist, experienced professionals have blazed a trail well into their careers and they’ve done it on small budgets to boot.

For starters, you should look into your employer’s sabbatical policy. If you’ve already been at your employer for a few years, you may qualify for a sabbatical. Another option entails taking an unpaid leave of absence in exchange for a guaranteed job when you return home.
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Check Out Our G+ Lunch Hangout Tomorrow!

mb logoWhat’s on your calendar tomorrow during lunchtime? Do we really need to ask?

We’re hoping you’ll join us on Google+ for the next career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EST.

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and SocialTimes editor  Mona Zhang as they talk to Sarah Burns, journalism professor and editorial consultant with 14 years of experience in print and online.

Get tips on how writers can ramp up their LinkedIn profiles, what tools are the best for managing a freelance business and more.

Oh, did we mention that it’s free? Looking forward to having you join us!

Survey Shows Pitfalls & Perks of Desk Versus Non-Desk Jobs

helpHave you ever felt the grass was greener on the other side?

Let’s say you worked in editorial. Thanks to the recession, maybe you got what you yearned for — the opportunity to freelance full-time. Then in due time you started missing the structure of a day job so you ventured back into editorial.

Sound familiar? Each scenario has its perks and its pitfalls and according to a new survey published by CareerBuilder, workers in desk and non-desk jobs were equally likely to report being happy in their current roles. That said, desk job employees were more likely to report complaints about their own work environments. Read more

Calling All Freelancers! New Site Connects Independent Contractors With Available Desks

video interviewIf you are working from home right now, you’re not alone. Well, technically you are alone but countless freelancers are doing it, too. How about a coffee shop? The local library? Our options are endless but when it comes to finding coworking space in an actual office, things can get expensive.

According to a piece by The New York Post, a new site has launched to connect freelancers with open desks. Consider deskcamping like Airbnb for freelance folks. It was launched in December and offers something a bit more unique for freelancers. Instead of having to rent office space by the month, the site lets companies rent free desks by the week or even by the day. Read more

Study Shows Entrepreneurship Gap Based on Attractiveness

successThis just in…if you’re a good-looking guy, odds are stacked in your favor if you’re looking to get an investor to buy into your new business.

As per a piece in The Telegraph, a study by Harvard University revealed that investors were more likely to invest in a business if the guy pitching it is handsome. Attractive women entrepreneurs weren’t more or less likely to be successful than less attractive women. Read more

Six Questions to Ask Yourself Before Negotiating Freelance Gigs

moneyIf you’re a freelancer, raise your hand!

If you’re hesitant to negotiate, don’t be shy. By sheer definition of being a freelancer, we’re always hustling. And always negotiating. Seriously. Sometimes we don’t even realize we do it and yet, we’re still doing it.

According to a post on Freelancers Union, there are a few tips to keep in mind when negotiating. For starters, never say “um” and don’t let nerves take hold of your emotions. Stay calm, cool and collected and better yet, keep these six questions in mind. Read more

Five Ways to Cultivate More Time for Creativity

vision If you’ve ever hustled to meet deadline after deadline, submitted invoice after invoice or timesheet, you’re not alone. Who has time to create new content when you’re constantly cranking it out?

That’s why this piece from Forbes is oh-so-important. Here are five ways to carve out more time for creativity. Read more

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