Business Resources for BIPOC Freelancers

Are you a panda or a trash panda?

Are you a panda or a trash panda?

Let’s talk about niche. In ecology, a niche is the unique place an organism occupies within its community. This includes its habitat, its spot on the food web, and the adaptations it has for surviving in that environment.  In business, a niche is the intersection...

Why “no guts, no glory” is bull

Why “no guts, no glory” is bull

I recently looked in my 2016 planner (good thing I never throw these things awaaaaay) and found a diagram I’d drawn at the very beginning of my freelance journey. [image description: A grid with two rows and two columns. The columns are labeled “low risk” and “high...

Your Business Life Essence

Your Business Life Essence

Long before there was Animal Crossing, I started playing a very silly and gently addictive game called Merge Dragons. But it actually taught me a lot about managing resources in my business. Merge Dragons is a puzzle game that involves merging like objects to form...

How Do I Price This: Data Entry for Real Estate

How Do I Price This: Data Entry for Real Estate

This week on HDIPT, a question from Kara about turning hourly rates into a flat monthly pricing: The client is looking for a flat-rate fee per month rather than an hourly charge to add listings to their real estate website. There's some variability -- spring and fall...

How Do I Price This: Copywriting Descriptions

How Do I Price This: Copywriting Descriptions

Welcome to HDIPT, a blog series where Auntie answers all your specific pricing questions! Today’s question is from Marsha about copywriting: My realtor (and good friend) really liked the copy I wrote for my condo listing and wants to hire me to write copy for all her...

3 Quick Hacks to Help You Focus Better

3 Quick Hacks to Help You Focus Better

I’m squarely in my post-period power week (people with ovaries, ask me about it, it’s great!) so I’ve been a bit of a task-list devouring beast-o-tron. Here are three quick focus hacks I’ve been using with pretty good results. Migrating unfinished tasks I use a paper...

10 Things to Put in Your Freelance Contract

10 Things to Put in Your Freelance Contract

Contracts might seem like scary, mystifying documents, and I see many young freelancers avoid issuing and signing them. But a contract simply exists to protect you and your business by managing expectations. At this point, I wouldn’t do a project for anyone without a...

Giving Yourself a Raise

Giving Yourself a Raise

I’m sure I’m the only one who is a compulsive job searcher. Even when I had a full-time job, I was always curious to see what else was out there. (It didn't help that the only "raises" I got in teaching came from years of experience, regardless of how hard I worked.)...

Passive Income for Hard Workers: A Guide

Passive Income for Hard Workers: A Guide

The idea of passive income may seem outrageous to Asian Americans who are used to striving and taught that hard work is our moral duty. (Commentary withheld about the popularity of passive income among white people.)  The good - or maybe bad - news is that...