Tag: freelancing

Four Networking New Year's Resolutions for 2021

Four Networking New Year's Resolutions for 2021
As 2020 slowly comes to a close, many freelancers and other job-seeking professionals face the challenge of virtual professional networking. Finding and performing remote work can be challenging as businesses had to struggle with adopting new work policies. Many professionals have had to embrace change in difficult times, but there are opportunities and strategies to ensure job search... Read more »

Remote Work Trends in Chicago Business & Technology

Remote Work Trends in Chicago Business & Technology
(Special thanks to Matt Mead of SPR Consulting for his time and insight) Many full-time workers and freelancers are adjusting to remote work in the wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, many companies have had to rapidly shift towards remote work policies with varying results. Given Chicago’s thriving technology and business communities, we wanted... Read more »

Balancing Caregiving and Job Seeking: A Critical Challenge

Balancing Caregiving and Job Seeking: A Critical Challenge
When I took on caregiving duties for my mother, I was – like many other caregivers – in a slightly precarious work situation. Although I was balancing caregiving and freelancing, it became a challenge to manage both my mother’s immediate care as well as my own personal matters. As I am now actively seeking full-time employment... Read more »
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Mission Driven Culture: A Conversation With Teddy Heidt of Gauge Collective

Mission Driven Culture: A Conversation With Teddy Heidt of Gauge Collective
(Special thanks to Teddy Heidt of the Gauge Collective for his time and insight)  Chicago has a healthy, thriving community of mission-driven businesses working to drive profit as well as social impact. Mission-driven businesses operate from a key set of values, focus on benefiting stakeholders as well as stockholders, and work on driving community collaboration. My recent... Read more »

VIDEO: Thoughts About Freelancing

Although work and personal matters have kept me away from the keyboard, I wanted to pop in with a brief heads-up. Recently, I was contacted by Samuel Durand, who is working on a project in France centered around freelancing, coworking, and freelance workers. I met with him and his colleague, Thuy Khanh-Nguyen, to discuss these... Read more »

Self-Care When Freelancing and Caregiving

Self-Care When Freelancing and Caregiving
Last week, I crashed hard. Between marketing an immigration rights fundraiser and being dragged into a crisis involving a former volunteer gig, I’ve spent most of the past few days relaxing. Losing two assignments have resulted in a more diligent search for freelance work, but my mother’s health issues have meant an increase in caregiving... Read more »
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The Myth of "Crushing It" In the Gig Economy

The Myth of "Crushing It" In the Gig Economy
One of the many challenges of balancing freelancing and caretaking while working in the “gig economy” is that gaining a new client can be slightly disruptive. I should know – in the past few weeks, I’ve taken on another short-term project. As a freelance copywriter/marketing consultant, I often find myself “in the hustle” when it... Read more »

Underemployment In the Gig Economy

Underemployment In the Gig Economy
As many readers of this blog know, I am currently attempting to balance freelance work and caring for my sick mother. One of the trickier aspects is finding work, but many people cite the current “gig economy” as being advantageous to people like me. However, like many others, my work situation would technically be qualified... Read more »

Is "Compassion Fatigue" Still A Thing?

In all honesty, I should have known better: I left chemical dependency counseling because of the high level of burnout. (My clientele were homeless, which leads to higher burnout).  Working with nonprofits and marketing agencies should have left me depleted, but in dealing with providing care for my mother, part of me wonders….is compassion fatigue still... Read more »
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Balancing Freelancing & Caretaking

Balancing Freelancing & Caretaking
Three months ago, I moved out of my apartment into my mom’s place in Beverly to help take care of her. (She’s had health issues, and is currently in rehab for a recent amputation). Since I’ve been transitioning into freelancing (with actual paid work!), I thought caretaking my mother would be easier. After all, didn’t... Read more »