I was very sad to find out yesterday that my dear friend and mentor David Hannay passed away. He had been sick with cancer for a long while so it wasn’t unexpected, but still a blow. I first met Hannay (he was always known by his last name) in 1995. I was in my early twenties and just coming out … [Read more...]
Creative Plus Business blog
Our doyenne Monica has been self-employed in the arts for almost three decades (yikes!), and has a literal lifetime of personal experiences in juggling creativity, business, family life and friends. She's very well versed in the triflings and trivia of creative self-employment, and writes about everything from her own tips and tricks (the MMM), the boring everyday (cleaning up her office to attract more work), her lively adventures (making a documentary in the USA) and those things that make the creative life so unique (her obsession with having two doorbells). Read on for more!
“Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalise their accomplishments. Despite external evidence of their competence, those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved.” (Wikipedia) I’ve been … [Read more...]
Around twenty years ago I wrote a business plan for my fledgling production company to try and encourage a bank to give me a loan. I used a template that was provided to me by the bank, and struggled my way through a lot of questions that I didn’t really understand. In the end I created a … [Read more...]
During the revamp of the Freelance Success website designer Cath and I had a chat about the Job Search page, and in particular my old link to the website Freelancer.com. Another recent article in the SMH about this portal made me realise that it’s worth a closer look - and even closer … [Read more...]
I am one of those annoying people who take up loads of room in cafés. I am currently sitting in a relatively busy café at a table for four, but it’s just me. I have my laptop, and my notes, and my enormous bag stuffed with all the detritus that a wandering freelancer needs. My local café does double … [Read more...]
It’s January and I’m having my annual Freelance Freakout. I’ve given it capital letters to make it look more important, but really it is a silly thing and I’m quite mental for going through it every year. This is how predictable I am. By mid December every year I am quite exhausted. … [Read more...]