The Self Discipline is a Lie

I think I thought of the subject for this article about four months ago. Maybe more. And even while writing this right now (an hour away from being allowed to go home on a work day so slow that it’s hard to not nod off), I’m clicking through tabs instead of finishing the paragraph. I may have a problem.

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Ladyguide: Hiring Your First Freelance Contractor

So you’ve gone and broken your website, you need a new logo for your happenin’ start-up, or you’d like an objective eye to read over your latest alien zombie vampire dystopian rom-com screenplay. If this is you, you might want to hire a freelancer.  Read More Ladyguide: Hiring Your First Freelance Contractor

Tell Someone “No,” Get Called a “Whore”

Last week, the scientist behind the great blog The Urban Scientist , DNLee, was approached by Biology Online for a once a month, unpaid writing gig. When she turned it down, the response from one of the site’s editors was — let’s just call it “unbelievable.” But to add injury to an insult, when she wrote about the experience on her blog, which is hosted by Scientific American, SA pulled the story. Isis the Scientist has been covering the story since it happened and looked into the situation with SA. She has interesting things to say about the mysterious disappearing blog post. But more importantly, as a friend of DNLee, she also has the text of the missing post. DNLee has given her permission to have her words reproduced and reblogged via Isis the Scientist. What follows is her account of the Biology Online interaction: Read More Tell Someone “No,” Get Called a “Whore”

Ask A Contractor: Dealing with Difficult Clients

Dear Selena, 

I’m working with a difficult client, and I don’t know how to handle it. What started as a great relationship had devolved quickly, to the point I dread working on the client’s project at all. What can I do to salvage this?  Read More Ask A Contractor: Dealing with Difficult Clients

The Fine Art of Working From Home

I’m sure some people thrive getting dressed up every day and doing the majority of their paid work for a company in an office. I’ve never really worked full-time in an office environment, so I don’t know if that’s a good fit for me. Read More The Fine Art of Working From Home