Hunting, Gathering and Accounting: Freelance Survival Skills

Presented at ONA17
September 18, 2017
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We’ll help aspiring freelancers — or staffers who might wind up having to freelance next week — accelerate the learning curve with advice about issues that may seem obvious to experienced, self-employed journalists but aren’t well documented for beginners.

For instance:

  • how to record your expenses but not go into Excel hell
  • how not to forget a pitch or lose sight of what happened to it
  • how much time to devote to developing new clients and marketing yourself
  • how to avoid making tax time an accounting mess
  • how to improve your online presence, often the first thing that clients see

We’ll include more time than usual for Q&A, because there’s no way we’d be able to cover all possible questions on our own.

This session is designed for:

  • Freelancers, current and possible future
  • Anyone who wants to brush up on self-employment basics


Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Author, "The Good News About Bad Behavior"
Rob Pegoraro
Journalist, Prose Hacking, LLC
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