My So-Called Freelance Life
How to Survive and Thrive as a
Creative Professional for Hire
Tired of clocking in and losing out? Want to pursue creative, fulfilling
work on your own time and also make a living in the process?
My So-Called Freelance Life is a how-to guidebook for women who want to
avoid the daily grind and turn their freelance dreams into reality. Michelle
Goodman, author of
The Anti 9-to-5 Guide and self-proclaimed former “wage slave,” offers tips,
advice, how-to’s, and everything else a woman needs to pursue a freelance career.
Confused as to whether you should tell your clients that the odd gurgling
sound during a conference call is emanating from the infant sleeping on your
shoulder? Goodman answers all of the unusual questions that may arise for
women exploring the freelance world. Far more than your normal business guidebook,
My So-Called Freelance Life blends candid, humorous anecdotes from a wide
variety of freelancers with Goodman’s own personal experiences as a creative
worker for hire.
Whether you’re a freelance first-timer or a seasoned creative professional,
copyediting queen or web guru,
My So-Called Freelance Life is an invaluable resource for anyone interested
Review By Bust Magazine: "Since we’re all sh**ing our pants over the current
economic situation, this book couldn’t come at a better time. My So-Called
Freelance Life saunters its way through the ins and outs of becoming a
successful solo professional, whether you’re a newly graduated 20-something
trapped in a monotonous cubicle job or a new mom looking for flexible hours.
Having accumulated a great deal of experience on the topic, Michelle Goodman
leaves no paperweight unturned, explaining how to get started, maintain a
budget and schedule, gather/weed out clientele, and legally cover your a**.
Goodman includes a bevy of relevant links, contacts, organizations, and advice
on everything from negotiating your hourly rate to when to quit working for the Man.
"While her book thoroughly covers every fundamental career intricacy
you can imagine, wit and hilarity are also seated firmly within. (She even
quotes Peter Gallagher on The OC, thus actualizing the poetry of my heart.)
Not only is this book an incredible guide on how to get started, but it’s also
inspiring and oddly comforting. “You can’t hitch your entire creative career
on one big break—or one fat failure,” Goodman writes, “you have to keep
moving forward, reaching for bigger and better.” It’s a book you will feel
compelled to keep in your personal library (probably between your college
dictionary and your religious tome of choice), or you can be like me and
sleep with it in your arms."