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10 articles you need to read BEFORE you go freelance

Research can be a pain in the balls. Especially when you’re raring to start a freelance career. In the interest of brevity, here’s a round-up of the top 10 articles any aspiring freelancer should read before cracking on. Some of the smarts below come direct…

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Setting business goals for the year: how to plan like a MF

Early January is a disgusting time of year. It forces you to look into the ugliness of your own life progress and assess how badly derailed it’s become. All the 2018 goals you wanted to hit, all the resolutions and improvements you swore you’d make…all…

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Freelance life: how to successfully take a Christmas break

For everyone else, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For a freelancer, it’s a week of lost earnings and an opportunity to power on through while everyone else rests. But not this year, my friend. Your pal Cowners is going to help you put…

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First-time freelancer f*ck-ups and how to avoid them

When you make the decision to go it alone as a writer, you’re well aware you’ll probably fuck up at some point. Hell—we all did it. The whole journey is a learning curve and only those who learn from their mistakes can hope to grow…

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The ‘smash and grab’ guide to evergreen content

Break in, grab as much learning as you can, and get out before the cops come. This is a ‘smash and grab’ guide to evergreen content. Every blog needs a dash of the evergreen—it helps you keep things ticking over, boosts your rankings and makes you…

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Freelancers abroad: how to take a PROPER holiday when you work for yourself

Freelancers are amazing. That’s probably why they get paid top dollar to come in, shake shit up and leave. One thing they aren’t so good at is taking time off. I know so many freelancers who are either too scared to go on holiday or…

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The lexicon of ‘not real’ business jargon (with real-world translations)

Buzzwords and jargon are a favourite hate of mine. As a freelancer, I get about a bit, and don’t think I’ve worked with a company yet who doesn’t use at least one of the terms listed below. Although I have a deep-rooted interest in the…

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Best blogging platforms: beginner, intermediate and professional

So, you want to start a blog. Great idea—blogging is wicked. Trouble is, there are a lot of blogging platforms knocking about on the web and it can be tricky to choose the right one for your ability level and blogging needs. Dabblers aren’t going to want…

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Freelancing advice no one’s had the balls to give you: pt. 2

Toying with the idea of plunging yourself into freelance life? There’s a lot of idealistic bullsh*t out there, splattered across motivational entrepreneurial blogs or on your freelancer mate’s social media (I know very few people who actually work on beaches in Hawaii, guys—soz). After my…

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Freelancing advice no one’s had the balls to give you

This is a pretty risky post to write. My blog is read by both prospective and current clients. Yet here I am, telling aspiring freelancers that they need to know what they’re signing up for—it’s not all coffee shops, globetrotting and flexible schedules. There are a…

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