Hunting, Gathering and Accounting: Freelance Survival Skills

Presented at ONA17
September 18, 2017
More from this event →

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

Speakers

Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Author, "The Good News About Bad Behavior"
Rob Pegoraro
Journalist, Prose Hacking, LLC
Speaker Resources
Session Audio
Social Conversation

Related Resources

ONA17

Expert Interview Advice from David A. Fahrenthold

  • David A. Fahrenthold
  • Moderated by Megan Chan

David A. Fahrenthold will walk through how he mixed good ol’ shoe leather reporting and social media to write some of the most impactful stories of the 2016 presidential...

ONA17

Ensuring Accessibility For News

  • Dean Betz
  • Aditi Bhandari

How accessible is your website? Does your news app meet recommended contrast guidelines for visually impaired users? Can you navigate your page with only a keyboard? How does that ...

ONA17

Innovations in Fact-Checking Your Government

  • Angie Holan
  • Omar Mohammed
  • Eric Carvin

We’ve entered a golden age for fact-checking, with new teams of fact-checkers and digital tools sprouting up around the world. What are the latest digital tools they are using...