One of the top questions I get asked is about how to increase visibility to potential clients. Truth is, it depends on the type of visibility you want. If you're looking to get picked up for more stage work, you need to spend more time on stages and make sure that the production knows you … Continue reading Three Ways to Increase Your Visibility to Potential Clients
Starting the process of invoicing can be really daunting. If the only experience you have with sending bills is requesting a Venmo for margaritas you covered at a dive bar, you might feel a bit out of your depth. In truth, the process of invoicing sounds much more formal than it often is. When interpreters … Continue reading The Invoicing Process Can be Confusing.
Are you ready? With tax season upon us, you might be panicking. I used to do that too. I panicked so much in fact, that I avoided doing my taxes entirely until I was penalized. I know what you're thinking. That's insane. So is bungee jumping but a lot of people do it. I meet … Continue reading E-Filing Starts January 24th
Raising your rates can be really scary. If you’re anything like I was in the early days of my practice, you’ll find yourself hesitant to increase your rates in any way. I panicked at the thought of pricing myself out of work, getting called less and starving to death over a dollar. Had I realized … Continue reading An Argument For Raising Your Rate
Transparency is key Nobody feels good about ripping off a colleague for a few extra bucks and if they do, gross. We rely on one another in teaming situations all the time, we have to be able to trust one another that we will work together for the improved health of our field as a … Continue reading Three Things I’ve Learned in Subcontracting That Inform Everything I Do.
The agency I work through booked me for a job today then it cancelled 12 minutes later. Obviously, I didn’t miss any work in the 12 minutes I was “confirmed” but now they’re asking me to not charge a cancellation fee. The message they sent me says “Would you mind not charging for this cancellation … Continue reading Q&A Last Minute Cancellations
Agencies often set the tone for initial meetings as something closer to a job interview. In truth, you’re a business meeting with another business to see if your values align and you’d like to do business together. Will they offer you more work? Yes. You’ll also be bringing your specific skill set to the table … Continue reading Wait, I thought this was a meeting?
Here’s a running list of questions I ask agencies. I don’t ask all of them in every meeting but I often use these to establish a strong foundation for good communication and a warm relationship. This is a living article with new questions being added based on consultations in my own practice as well as … Continue reading Questions You Might Want to Ask the Next Agency
Let's be honest, tracking expenses sucks. There's no hobbyist community out there of people who love going through receipts and tagging them expense codes. Even accountants ask you to not make them do the work for you. As an independent contractor, expenses play a huge part in the story of your income. In order to … Continue reading Start Your Year Right With Expenses