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review 2017-09-10 14:43
The Fangs of Freelance (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #4) by Drew Hayes
The Fangs of Freelance (Fred) - Drew Hayes

Being an accountant, even if it is for the paranormal community should pretty much be a danger free calm job. Despite Fred's sweater vests and over all calm demeanor, trouble seems to routinely find him.  Fred isn't the bravest vampire in existence but his strong sense of morality and concern for others has earned him friends and allies who are quite powerful.  Now that Fred is the leader of his own clan, he has to become even more involved in the lives of his friends.

My constant criticism of this series is that each book is more like compilation of short stories rather than one long discernible novel with a beginning, middle, climax and end.  It's almost as though Hayes had several good ideas and could not find a way to pick one and flesh it out until it became a standard length novel. What Hayes does instead is to pick an overriding theme and then write stories which fit whatever narrative he's chosen to fixate on.

The Fangs of Freelance is really all about how Fred adjusts to being the leader of his own clan and the new alliance he makes with the Agency.  Fred may not be a brave vampire and is still relatively new to the supernatural in comparison to his friends but becoming the leader of  the clan of Fred has given him remarkable power. Fred could choose lawfully to twist his friends to his will, or to make life altering decisions for them but instead, Fred chooses to use his powers to empower their autonomy.  This manifests when Fred encourages Albert to spread his wings because Albert possess a weapon of destiny, even though this will take Albert away from Fred.  It's Fred who sees the usury of Amy's contract and rather than enriching himself, not only gives Amy the ability to free herself financially, thus opening up new options, he turns down a bribe to maintain the status quo. Essentially, Fred is just a classic good guy.

Fred's basic decency has earned him the respect of his friends who have formed his clan.  This decency has caused his friends to jump to his aid when he needs it and or risk their lives to protect him.  Arch actually dies to protect Fred from his sire. Sure, Arch may have the ability to resurrect but being decapitated cannot be any fun.

The Fangs of Freelance is the fourth novel in this series and I have to say that the novelty is starting to wear a little thin.  Yes, Fred is unique because of his passion for numbers, fairness, and sweater vests. Yes, Fred gets himself into interesting situations because of his unfamiliarity with the paranormal world and his skill as an account allows him to come up with unique solutions. The problem is that Hayes has hammered home on this to such a degree that it feels been there done that.  The Fangs of Freelance doesn't really offer anything new to this universe or give us any new characterisation to make it a fun read. If you're going to go down a quirky road, it's something that you have to keep playing with in order for it not to grow old and tired. 




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text 2017-05-05 14:52
8 Tips How a Student Can Start a Career as a Freelancer




Freelancing isn't hard and it's quite affordable. The requirements are an internet connection and your laptop. That's it, and you’re good to go! Anyone and everyone can freelance as long as you put your heart into it. Being successful in any activity is all about the effort and dedication you put into it. Freelancing not excluded.


Freelancing isn't limited to a particular niche of activity which is a great thing and the reason as to why it has been adopted globally. The majority of students seeking to earn that extra cash have taken to freelancing. Who wouldn't want to make some extra money, right? For students, it's particularly great as it helps build skills that they will need once they get to the job market.


Students have the challenge of creating the perfect balance between their studies and work. Freelancing gives them the opportunity of taking on two activities, studying and working. Getting a job is great, though it just may not work in your favour. The timelines dictated by your job and study will at one point collide. But with freelancing, you get to decide when to work and you ultimately end up avoiding the chaos that comes with juggling work and studies.


So, as a student, you've probably wondered about starting to write works as a freelance writer. Well, wonder no more as I’ll give you some tips to help you out. Thanks to the internet, freelancing has never been easier.


1. Find Time

Time is your most valuable commodity so be sure to use it well. It’s really not that much of a daunting task. As a student, you always have at least one or two hours a day when you don’t do much. This doesn’t necessarily imply that you’re not studious. Of course, you can’t spend all your days studying. You need to take breaks. Freelancing provides you with the perfect break. You get to do something fun and unwind while making money at the same time. Fun because with freelancing, you do what you enjoy and are good at!


A successful freelancer understands that their time is invaluable. Therefore, the first thing you need to do as you commence the journey in freelancing is create time needed to build your career. Take freelance writing or tutoring or graphic design, all these activities need one thing – time!


Have a schedule that creates a balance between your studies and freelancing. This is for the sole purpose of avoiding a situation where you concentrate more on one activity and end up neglecting the other.


2. What’s Your Area of Expertise?

What are you good at? You need to establish what you can do excellently and with much ease. The list of things you can do as a freelancer is unlimited. Once you’ve identified this, focus on becoming the best at it. Freelancing is quite competitive. As a start, it’s good to try freelancing in various niches. You might just discover that you have the skills for doing other tasks.


Identifying what you’re good at is great, but without understanding the needs of your clientele, it may all be a disaster for you. Remember, your intentions also include making money. So, focus on the three things:


  • What are you good at?

  • Does the market need your skills?

  • Will the compensation be satisfactory for you?


So, what are you good at? Writing? Graphic design? Online marketing? Tutoring? Web design? Or editing? You’ll be spoilt for choice, though ensure you pick something that works for you. What you pick to specialize in will either make or break your freelancing career.


3. Have a Portfolio

A portfolio is what will let your prospective clients know what you’re offering and what skills you possess. It’s quite easy to create one. Especially since you’re new, it won’t be long. This is a chance for you to make a first impression. You will get judged by how well you present yourself to clients. It determines your success as a freelancer. As you progress in your work, you add more works to your portfolio.


Ensure that your portfolio appeals to your clients’ needs. It should be simple, precise, eloquent, appealing, and truthful.


4. Source for Jobs

Now that you have your portfolio ready, you should go online and look for platforms hiring freelance writers. For you to gain a good market pool, you have to sell yourself to potential clients and build a relationship with them. This way you are guaranteed to always have a market for your services.


Apply for writing and designing gigs depending on what you’re passionate about. The best way to get others to see your skills is by applying for jobs. Otherwise, no one will ever get to know what you can do.


5. Market Yourself

Every successful business has to put some effort into advertising. Freelance writing has become so competitive that for one to get a good client base, advertising is almost compulsory. However, take caution not to advertise what you can’t offer.


A number of online platforms are available for you to use as a marketing platform. LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest are examples of such platforms. Marketing on LinkedIn is especially good for you as a student, both academically and for freelancing.


6. Have a Strategy

After thorough deliberation, you come to a conclusion that you want to build your career as a freelancer; how do you realize this goal? By proper planning and foresight! Having a strategy has always been a good way of dealing with unexpected situations and achieving set goals. Your strategy is what will develop your career. Write down the milestones that you have a target of achieving.


This is what strategy is all about. It will be a roadmap to your success as a freelance writer. Being a student, a strategy is what will help succeed in both your studies and freelancing.


7. Dedication

Commitment to work is what assists us in attaining success. Freelancing as earlier said is quite competitive and being a student, you'll require some level of discipline, patience, and commitment. Successfully juggling work and school will require sticking to your timetable irrespective of the situation, except in case of unavoidable circumstances. Be passionate about your job and you will realize that being dedicated to it comes with ease.


8. Compensation

You may have done writing gigs free of charge in the past, but if you want to have a serious career in freelancing, then you'll have to start charging for your services. Remember that your career is what sustains you and your family (if you have one already/or aspire to have one). Expect payment for work done. The rates may be a bit low at the beginning. But as you gain popularity for the good work you do, you may increase your fees.



Freelancing is one of the fastest growing sources of remuneration. The advantage with freelancing is that you get to customize your schedule according to your needs. It means you can freelance while studying. For students, this has become an excellent way of earning that extra cash without much hustle and strain.


Starting a career in freelancing may seem a bit challenging at first, but as you get more experience, you get to build a wider client base and it gets easier. These tips will help you start your career in freelancing and be successful. Be the best at what you do and offer only the best. This can also help you succeed in your academics.





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review 2016-04-27 00:00
My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire
My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire - Michelle Goodman Witty, with some great insight on the experience of someone who worked as a freelancer for more than 15 years.
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text 2015-06-12 01:42
Guidelines For Choosing The Best Expert Freelance Website Designer Los Angeles

If you are in business, it is crucial to sell your services or goods in the site that guarantees more people will have an opportunity to see them. Currently the best place to capture the attention of multitudes is in the internet. As a businessperson, if you do not have a webpage, your business might not achieve its full potential. Know the guidelines for choosing the best freelance website designer Los Angeles residents can employ.

Undertaking the research of obtaining the most trustworthy professional cannot be successful when you do it alone. This is because their numbers will overwhelm you and that will lead to confusion. Confusion alters your judgment and it will culminate to the failure of the research. Therefore, use the assistance of your friends and colleagues. They can give you access to beneficial referrals and recommendations.

The most efficient tool to use to strengthen your decision is the status the professionals have achieved while on duty. The beauty of reputation is that its information is highly accurate as it is based on the testimonies of people who employed the experts. The professionals also lack a capability of influencing their reputation to suit their needs. Therefore, it is genuine and dependable.

You hire the professional because you cannot manage to carry out this function on your own due to lack of relevant knowledge. Therefore, the aspect of knowledge is a pillar to be considered when carrying out the process. It is wise to ensure that your preferred professional has a good knowledge background in the building of webpages to boost your chances of obtaining outstanding services.

The amount of time the professionals have offered their services in the market can be reliable in determining whether they are worth hiring. When a specialist offers the finest quality services to his/her customers, definitely, they will love his work and they will recommend him to other people. This will sustain the professional in business. Therefore, he will enjoy building his level of experience.

When the programming of the webpage has been done, that is not the end of working with the specialists. This is because certain challenges might arise during use and you will need his/her assistance for it to work effectively. When the specialist is not available, you will have no choice but to suspend internet use. To elude such inconveniences, it is good to examine his accessibility.

Measure the effectiveness of some of the most recommended specialists in the region and pick the greatest one. When you choose among the finest, you are more likely to identify the most competent professional. However, you need to carry out a proper examination on their qualities because they can easily influence your decisions. Therefore, take quality time to check them.

The motive of employing the specialist is to minimize the cost of making a webpage because hiring an agency is extremely expensive. Therefore, since you plan to cut down on your expenditure, pick a professional whose price you are comfortable reimbursing. You should draft a budget showing the money you have. Use the budget to identify a professional that offers favorable prices to your budget.

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review 2015-03-09 17:44
The Quick and Dirty Guide to Freelance Writing - Scott Carney

Carney's a working journalist who is currently asking questions that other writers seem willing to ignore (chiefly, "Are freelance writers getting paid enough for their effort?").

This guide touches on that question, but is essentially an insider's guide to navigating the sometimes byzantine freelance world.

Thankfully, Carney assumes you can write; he doesn't embarrass himself (or us) with a lot of "How to write gooder" advice.

Instead, he focuses on the big picture concepts that are often overlooked by new writers. (You're far more likely to get assignments if you're the only writer in a news-rich area as opposed to a general assignment writer in New York.)

The online world is filled with dull, me-too articles about succeeding as a freelancer. Too many of these are written by stiffs who have only succeeded at the basement level of the industry, and their advice is typically obvious and lacks insight.

Carney avoids covering the same ground, and while his short (free!) guide is a little lacking in specifics (he does helpfully include several of his better pitch letters), the book still offers plenty of useful advice about making a living in the freelance writing universe.

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