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Jake Poinier
Works at Boomvang Creative Group
Attended Yale University
Lives in Phoenix AZ
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Negative feedback comes with the territory as a #freelance creative. But what do you do when the criticisms are vague, too?
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Are you lucky or good? Science indicates success as a #freelancer  requires both.
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Is it easy to dial back your editing standards when you have an overly sensitive #freelance client? Of course not. But your business success depends on the ability to understand and respond to expectations.
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What's in a (file) name? Dr. Freelance takes a look at some of the best practices to make your documents easier to understand and find. As +John Soares notes, it's a lot better than the old days of 8-character limits!
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Concerned a client reference might spill the beans on your #freelance  prices to a prospect? Here's the script to follow...
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New Dr. Freelance video: No matter how long you  #freelance , there's going to be that nagging feeling...Am I good enough? Definitely check out the related podcast link from +Jennifer Mattern and +Princess Jones 
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Fascinating perspectives on being a #freelancer  -- whether you're a newbie or a vet. A reminder, too, that it's never too late to hone your approach.
 
Freelance Writing Pros on What They Wish They Knew as Beginners

New freelance writers have plenty of questions about launching their #freelancewriting  careers? But are they asking the right ones?

I turned to experienced, successful freelancers to ask them, if they could have known one thing at the start of their #freelance  careers that they know now, what would it be?

A big THANK YOU to Peter Bowerman +Cathy Miller +Lori Widmer +Sharon Hurley Hall +Susan Johnston Taylor +Francesca StaAna Nicasio +Jake Poinier +Laura Spencer and +Anne Wayman for chiming in!
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Normally, I'm excited to have a blog post get lots of traffic. When it was an article on #freelance client bankruptcy, however, I knew something had gone terribly wrong.
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Ideally, you want to cultivate freelance clients who work within your boundaries, rather than trying to cajole troublemakers into compliance. But never forget that VIP clients deserve VIP treatment.
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Upwork's new fee schedule doesn't bother me, because I don't use their service. The move illustrates an important business point for #freelance  creatives, but it might not be what you think.
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Quick roundup of the most thought-provoking links I came across this week. TGIF!
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If you're a #freelance  writer or editor who's written a book or helps authors publish theirs, I highly recommend this conference for indie publishers.
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Freelance writer, editor, ghostwriter, entrepreneur...wherever there's space to fill, eh?
Introduction
Freelance writer, editor, marketing/advertising copywriter, ghostwriter.
Bragging rights
Self-employed since 1999 with absolutely no desire to go back to the corporate grind!
Education
  • Yale University
  • University of Phoenix
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Gender
Male
Other names
John Poinier
Work
Occupation
Writer and Editor
Skills
Writing, editing, blogging, ghostwriting, copywriting
Employment
  • Boomvang Creative Group
    Writer and Editor, 1999 - present
    Editorial services firm with a focus on travel & leisure, sports, finance, small business, professional speakers, B2B, ghostwriting, blogging. All forms of print and digital media, from newsletters and direct mail to websites, microsites and video and radio scriptwriting.
  • McMurry Publishing
    Associate Publisher, 1995 - 1999
    2 years as editor of several syndicated and custom published magazines, followed by 2 years in business development and project management.
  • Best Western International
    Media Relations Manager, 1994 - 1995
    Press release writing and internal communications for world's largest hotel chain.
  • Golf Illustrated
    Managing Editor, 1992 - 1994
    Managed staff of in-house writers and freelancers. Served as primary contact with art department for magazine production. Wrote articles, managed all content from receipt through proofreading and production.
  • Golf Digest
    Assistant Editor, 1989 - 1991
    After completing New York Times Magazine Group internship, was hired full time as staff editor for Golf Shop Operations (GSO). Wrote and edited copy, managed freelance writers.
  • Ellipsis Communications
    Former name of Boomvang Creative Group.
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Duxbury MA
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The hole in my office - Dr. Freelance®
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It’s been a hard week. We put our loyal Labrador retriever, Bagheera, to sleep on Saturday. There is a hole in my family, my life, and my of

4 rules of face to face meetings for a freelancer - Dr. Freelance®
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The freelancer attending face to face meetings with new clients has slightly different rules from other types of businesses

Academic malpractice in freelance pricing - Dr. Freelance®
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Offering freelance pricing advice without addressing real-world business factors qualifies as academic malpractice.

The best way to run a freelance business - Dr. Freelance®
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I was honored to be the keynote speaker at Communication Central in Rochester, N.Y., in late September, and I was struck, as I networked wit

The wrong way to get freelance jobs - Dr. Freelance®
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There are lots of ways to get freelance jobs, but a pitch to a freelancer without a relationship or business knowledge is surely the wrong w

WordPerfect and other blasts from the freelance past - Dr. Freelance®
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I met up with my friend, Chuck, at a local watering hole the other night, and he sarcastically called me Mr. WordPerfect. (He’s a finance gu

Why I'm (finally) using a standing desk - Dr. Freelance®
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You could argue that I’m a few years late to the trend of using a standing desk for my freelance home office. The truth is that I’ve been ve

Referral sales tip: There's no such thing as a slam dunk
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A referral is exciting but not necessarily a slam dunk, so consider this three-part sales tip the next time you get a call for your freelanc

TCG Blog: Career and management insights for creative professionals.
blog.creativegroup.com

The Creative Group (TCG) is a leader in matching creative talent with the best companies. TCG provides creative staffing services and specia

Are your freelance writing rates too low?
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Setting your freelance writing rates too low can have unseen dangers--including scaring off potential clients.

The job you love - Dr. Freelance®
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I’m not a big fan of the quote or concept of “Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s the cotton candy of caree

Should my freelance writing business be an LLC?
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Any freelance writing business can benefit from forming an LLC, S Corporation, or DBA, as well as securing a trademark for a trade name

Book review: The Freelancer’s Bible
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Book review of The Freelancer’s Bible, by Sara Horowitz of Freelancers Union, for the beginning, mid-career or experienced freelancer

The day you sign a client is the day you start losing them
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Don Draper of Mad Men was right when he said that the day you sign a client is the day you start losing them — and that everything’s going t

Free ebook: Help! My Freelancers Are Driving Me Crazy
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The ebook Help! My Freelancers Are Driving Me Crazy provides relationship strategies for the management and motivation of freelance workers

The 7 Deadly Sins of Scope Creep
blog.creativegroup.com

Dealing with scope creep means preventing or managing tasks that weren’t included in the original project goals, plan or budget.

When freelancer is the other “F” word
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A client coming off a bad relationship with a freelancer presents a unique danger. Avoid becoming the other “F” word with these questions.

Test assignment for a copywriting job?
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When a copywriting job requires a test assignment for a prospective client, a freelancer needs to take several strategic factors into accoun

Go to hell fund
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A go to hell fund allows freelancers to manage bad clients and situations, and to avoid them in the first place. A Father’s Day business les

How a freelancer can answer 4 pesky client questions
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A freelancer needs to be prepared in a first client meeting to talk about their experience, process and fees, while focusing on making the s

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