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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A MATERNITY LEAVE FILL-IN ASSIGNMENT

5 TIPS TO EASE THE TRANSITION Congratulations! You’ve just secured your first maternity (or paternity) leave fill-in assignment. You might be wondering what can you do to help ease the transition for everyone involved including the person you’re covering for, their boss, their team and you, the freelancer? My name is Lydia Schinasi, and I’ve been an Ad Sales Maternity Leave Fill-In for about 11 years. I’ve worked at many of the media companies here in NYC, such as Condé Nast, Time Inc. and Hearst. I’ve learned a lot along the way that has helped me build a great reputation as a successful fill-in, and I’d like to share some of those tips with you. 1. Meet the …

SHOULD FREELANCERS REGISTER AS AN OFFICIAL BUSINESS ENTITY?

THE TOP ADVANTAGES OF USING AN EIN AND REGISTERING AS A DBA, LLC OR CORPORATION Have you ever thought about taking the next step in your freelancing business and acquiring your own Employee Identification Number (EIN)? Perhaps you’re wondering if it’s worth it to register a Doing Business As (DBA) or as a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or corporation? When you’re a freelancer, there’s plenty to take care of to ensure your business runs smoothly: health insurance, your portfolio, business development, time tracking, invoicing, retirement savings and taxes to name a few. Registering can be an investment to set up, but can also truly benefit your freelancing business in the long run. Take a look at what benefits could come your …

MATERNITY LEAVE BEST PRACTICES

HOW TO TURN YOUR MATERNITY LEAVE INTO A LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY I know, I know…conventional wisdom says that maternity leave is a pause button. An exit ramp from leadership. And a hiatus from professional development. Unless of course, you’re a hard-driving, cold, uncaring mama, who only cares about work at the expense of her baby. But after having had two amazing little boys and returning from maternity leave after each of them, I am completely convinced that conventional wisdom has it all wrong. During my first maternity leave, I spent too much time worrying about what I had missed while I was gone, how I could possibly “catch up,” and what I could not do at work anymore (e.g., stay past 4:30pm), …

HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY MARKET YOURSELF AS A FREELANCER

5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR FREELANCING CAREER & CLOSE MORE BUSINESS Freelancing is more common than ever. In fact, in the U.S. alone there are over 50 million freelancers across a wide variety of industries. While this is promising for freelance opportunities, it also means more competition in the job market. Set yourself up to succeed long-term with Emissaries’ top 5 tips to improve your freelancing career and close more new business ($$$): 1. Clearly position yourself as a freelancer or consultant Potential clients aren’t mind readers! Make it easy for them and spoon feed them exactly what you want them to know. Simply listing your most recent role and previous jobs isn’t enough. Let your connections both …