Business Resources for BIPOC Freelancers

Chief Executive Auntie Year-End Report 2020

Chief Executive Auntie Year-End Report 2020

I’ve never done a comprehensive yearly review of my business, but I’ve spent a lot of time this year hanging out with more mature freelancers and this is something that they do, so I’m going to do it too. This isn’t to show off (though, I actually do want a fucking...

Mini Episode 28: My Business Skip List

In this episode I discuss the words and phrases I don't use in my brand communications and why it's not really about "not offending people." (Which seems like a perfectly worthy goal to me, but what do I know.) To ask a question or leave a comment, you can call or...

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...

Shoot your shot…or save your powder

Shoot your shot…or save your powder

A few weeks ago, I cold-messaged one of my favorite Asian American authors (who happens to be a Nebula award finalist) to ask if she would like to be on my podcast. My podcast with 598 downloads ever. You know what? She said yes. I also put out a call on Twitter for...

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...