We’re in the age of e-everything, but I still find business cards useful, especially at events. Instead of using a template, I asked a graphic designer friend for help, and as a result I often get compliments on my card — it’s printed on good-quality stock, my services are listed on the back, and the copy is oriented vertically, which is instantly eye-catching. Cards are just a small investment and are worth designing well. Here’s a helpful post from Freelance Switch on what NOT to do.
When I worked on staff, I freelanced on the side. These gigs brought in extra money, which was great, but there was another benefit: having a network of contacts and clients made the transition to full-time freelancing easier (and it was a life-saver when I unexpectedly found myself unemployed at one point). Should you moonlight as a freelancer? Check out Freelance Folder’s article on the rewards and challenges.
The Editors’ Association of Canada has announced the date for its next two certification tests: Nov. 17, 2012, for Proofreading and Structural Editing. Details at the EAC website.
Freelancer Karen Briggs (whom I met at a recent PWAC seminar) shares her thoughts on hackneyed writing advice, including “constructive lifestyle suggestions.”
And in case you missed it: Shawn Achor’s hilarious TED Talk on “The happy secret to better work.” It’s a great video to wind up the week.