Dear Lifehacker, I have been working on a comic series for a while now, using a free software with a limited sprite library. I am now getting to the point where I want to have it illustrated so I can sell copies at conventions and the like. My question is: how much I should pay the illustrator?
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You have no idea what you're doing. This is great, says author Neil Gaiman in a commencement speech at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Being unfamiliar with established rules and limits is a plus when you're trying to be creative and make things: "If you don't know it's impossible, it's easier to do."
Even if you're not a freelancer or a "creative", you'll probably benefit from a page that lays out your accomplishments and not just your work history. If you ever want to give a talk, get quoted in an article, work a side hustle, start your own business, or just get a job offer, then you need a public portfolio.
Dear Lifehacker, I cannot stomach the idea of working in an office for the rest of my life. The idea of being forced to head to work for a set number of hours in a specific place is incredibly stifling. Now, I'm not lazy. I'm a very hard worker, but I don't like being confined. It feels like it drains my creativity. Is there a way I can break free from this lifestyle without becoming broke or homeless?
Working remotely as part of a larger workforce can be a real drag - while you usually have more autonomy, it often feels like you're not really part of the team. The Flying Solo blog offers up an interesting idea for letting solo workers tap into some of the social and motivational benefits of group working.
As appealing as the freedom of freelancing can be, it's also a challenge, and sometimes you find yourself wanting to stick with one of your freelance clients for good. The company culture, the ability to focus on one client, the coworker camaraderie -- there are lots of reasons to transition from freelancer to employee. But how do you convince them you should be on staff?
You can find a million articles about how to start a side business, but very few about when it's time to shut it down. People like to remain positive and shuttering a business is anything but.
I like people, but I've always been kind of shy and I cherish my alone time. When I started working from home, I looked forward to that time: No more meetings, small talk or awkward happy hours. It was fine for a while, but then I got lonely. Worse, I developed mild social anxiety. Even a trip to the grocery store seemed like an obstacle. I had to do something about it.
Jewelry designer Nicole quit her day job to sell her handmade wares online, and she shares how she took the leap from working for someone else to being self-employed. In a featured interview at Etsy, Nicole shares how she got to where she is, and offers a thorough, seven-point checklist of stuff she did before taking the plunge.
The kind of work you do might be the same whether you're a freelancer or a full-time employee, but the money and lifestyle can be drastically different. Which working arrangement is better? We asked you, and these are some of the best arguments you gave us.