September 28, 2018
Letters to Editors: 5 Counter-Intuitive Ways to Increase Productivity

by Cristen Iris, originally published by Unbound Northwest   I’m going to assume that anyone interested in this article is one of those people who others describe as an overachiever but who feels like an underachiever. (But perhaps I’m projecting.) Regardless of why you’re here, let’s get down to it because the first rule of […]

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August 7, 2018
Letters to Editors: How to Give and Receive High-Quality Referrals

by Cristen Iris, originally published in Unbound Northwest   Referrals are perhaps the most efficient way to get new business and establish yourself as a problem solver, but some referrals are better than others. And the way in which you give and receive them matters--a lot. WHAT A REFERRAL IS A referral is, in its […]

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March 22, 2018
All Squirrels Are Freelancers: Business Lessons from a City Park

originally published in Unbound Northwest   When I peered up into a large, bare tree and saw a cluster of squirrel nests tucked into the nooks and crannies of its branches, it hit me: All squirrels are freelancers. Upon learning that I’m a full-time freelancer, nine-to-fivers often ask, “Doesn’t not knowing where your next paycheck […]

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