Want Freelance Advice? Hear It From These Pros

By Tatiana Walk-Morris

An October 2016 survey from Upwork and the Freelancers Union found that freelancers make up about 35 percent of the U.S. workforce, signaling a significant shift toward the freelance economy.

As more workers become freelancers, they’ll need to know the basics of how to run a creative business. For independent journalists who are looking to transition into freelance work,Working Journalists, a unit of The Chicago News Guild representing independent media professionals, hosted a panel August 28 at Columbia College featuring four full-time freelancers.

Here are the talented, successful content writers and journalists who spoke on our panel:

  • Formerly a features writer at the Detroit Free Press, Erin Chan Ding is a Chicago-based freelancer whose reporting has appeared in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and The Huffington Post.
  • Kate Silver is an award-winning freelance writer and editor with more than 15 years of experience. Her reporting has appeared in Washington Post, Crain’s Chicago Business, Men’s Health, and Midwest Living.
  • Megy Karydes, another Chicago-based freelancer, has written for national publications including The Atlantic’s City Lab, National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, Fortune, Forbes and USA Today.
  • Lisa Lubin is a travel and food writer and three-time Emmy-award winning TV producer. She also is a video consultant and travel industry expert. Her writing has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Scandinavian Traveler, and The Wall Street Journal. Lubin also taught TV News production at Columbia College.

From using apps to track expenses and paying quarterly taxes to networking and diversifying your income stream, our panelists gave many gems of advice to current and aspiring freelancers. Didn’t make it to the panel? Watch the video below:

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