Teletraining: Freelancers’ Bootcamp — Real World Tricks and Tips

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Freelancers’ Bootcamp — Real World Tricks and Tips

May 21, 2012 – 11 a.m. MST

Thinking of dipping your toe into the freelance market? Or are you already flying solo and looking for ways to step up your game? This freelancer’s bootcamp covers all aspects entrepreneurial journalism, including setting up an LLC and keeping the books, best practices for time management and pitching stories, and transitioning from the newsroom to full-time freelancing. We also get an editor’s perspective on what works and what doesn’t.

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Click here to read a summary of the session provided by Brad Hall, SABEW Training Committee member

6 rules for making a good living as a freelance writer, courtesy of  Jennie Phipps, editor and publisher of Freelance Success.

1. Be reliable. If you want to be busy, your customers have to be able to count on you to do a good job.

2. Be nice. Customers keep going back to people who treat them well.

3. Approach the business as a business. Successful freelancers have a willingness to spend money on the necessary tools. They put in a full day with occasional overtime. They don’t scrimp on marketing. They keep up to date on industry trends and adapt to meet the changing demand.

4. Manage the money. Smart freelancers expect to be paid fairly and they negotiate confidently. They budget smartly and pay their bills, including their taxes, promptly. They turn to experts for help when they need it — especially when it comes to taxes and retirement.

5. Keep learning. Staying up to date on technology and social media is part of being reliable.

6. Have confidence. Toot your own horn. Modesty is an over-rated asset.

Michelle Leder, editor and founder of

Jonathan Blum, owner, Blumsday, LLC

Dan Ray, Editor in Chief,

Meena Thiruvengadam, freelance journalist



 Michelle Leder, editor and founder of
Michelle Leder is editor and founder of, a website that takes a close look at items that companies try to bury in their routine SEC filings. Leder first became interested in SEC filings early in her career, while writing about a small Florida bank that was engaged in aggressive accounting during the last real estate boom. As a reporter, and later editor, she spent 10 years at daily newspapers in  Florida, Connecticut and New York. As a freelance business journalist, her work has appeared in BusinessWeek, The New York Times, Portfolio and Slate, among others. Leder has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and the Today Show and has been quoted in dozens of newspapers both in the U.S. and abroad, about digging into SEC filings. Financial Fine Print (John Wiley & Sons, 2003) is her first book. She holds a degree in economics from Brandeis University.


Jonathan Blum, owner, Blumsday, LLC
Jonathan Blum is the owner of Blumsday, a web-based technology news company. His work regularly appears on TheStreet, Entrepreneur Magazine, and and many other publications and websites. Prior to that he was a cable industry analyst for Kagan Media, and worked in various media and marketing capacities at CNN, Fortune Small Business,, ABC News, CNBC, MTV and VH1. He is a graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York. Jonathan sits on the board of the Society of American Business Editors & Writers.



Dan Ray, Editor in Chief, Editor in Chief Daniel P. Ray has been buying freelance articles for more than 20 years, starting at editing posts at The Miami Herald and Country Weekly magazine. In 1999, he left the print publishing world and moved into online personal finance editing at, just in time for the dot-com crash. After eight years at Bankrate, including seven as editor in chief, Ray moved on to Austin, Texas-based startup, where he established the website’s editorial department in 2007. He has won five SABEW Best in Business awards, including two shared with freelance writers.


Meena Thiruvengadam, freelance journalist
Meena Thiruvengadam is a freelance journalist based in Chicago. She writes about business, economics, international news and travel for a range of websites and a couple of newspapers. She Tweets, she’s listed on @muckrack, and she shoots and edits video. She’s also been a talking head. Meena has worked for daily newspapers across the country and most recently worked as a staff reporter covering economic policy and the latest US banking crisis for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal in Washington, D.C. She’s online at and on Twitter at @Meena_Thiru.

Contact the SABEW training committee:
Mary Jane Pardue
Associate Professor of Journalism,
Missouri State University
(417) 889-9438

SABEW - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
Arizona State University

555 North Central Ave, Suite 406 E, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1248


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