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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July 5, 2018
The Cost of Doing Business: How Freelance Service Providers Make a Living

by Cristen Iris, originally appeared in Unbound Northwest THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRICING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES Before making purchases, most people want to have some idea about what they should expect to pay. Internet searches and conversations with people you know can often give you an accurate price range for the items you want to buy. […]

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April 15, 2018
Go Paperless to Save Space and Make More Money

When space is at a premium and you need to run your business from your home on wheels, you must make tough decisions regarding downsizing your office. The most challenging one for me but the one that has yielded the most benefits has been going paperless. This post will address the benefits, timing, and challenges […]

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April 14, 2018
How Embracing a Multi-Sport Lifestyle Can Make You a Better Business Person

by Cristen Iris and first published in Unbound Northwest   Starting a business is hard. We must commit, endure the grind, face our fears, stay grounded, and be flexible. Most of us understand and accept the association between healthy bodies, minds, and businesses, but the effort required to get a business off the ground can […]

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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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August 8, 2017
The Difference between Doing a Job and Serving a Role

*While I am specifically talking about editing and editors in this post, much of this applies to ghostwriting and ghostwriters as well. When my son and nephew were seven and five years of age, my father asked them to help him do some yard work. He would pay each five dollars in exchange for their […]

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