Nicole Dieker

Nicole Dieker

I'm a freelance writer & blogger.

I'm a freelance writer, copywriter, & blogger. Senior editor at The Billfold, contributor to The Write Life, The Freelancer, The Content Strategist, Popular Science, and more.

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The Freelancer

10 More Mistakes That (Might) Ruin Your Freelancing Career

The world is a big place. If one client can’t pay you what you’re worth, try and find another.

The Freelancer

10 (Not So Serious) Tips for Surviving the Freelance Holiday Slump

Your holiday doesn’t have to be unproductive. You can make it work and get your work done. You just have to get a little creative.

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How to Negotiate Better Rates Even When You Don't Think You Can ...

I talked to Katie Lane of Work Made for Hire about what freelancers can do to negotiate for better rates.

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5 Ways Freelancers Need to Prepare for Tax Season

Now that we’re in the last quarter of 2015, what should freelancers be doing to prepare for filing taxes next April?

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What I Learned From Writing 62 Advice Columns

The very act of writing the column, week after week, taught me to be a better freelancer.

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When Should You Forgive a Client That Burned You in the Past?

if you plan on freelancing for a long time, you can’t blow up every relationship as soon as something bad happens.

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I'm Coming Out as Gender Non-Binary. Should I Tell My Clients?

I think the simplest answer is that freelancing is like any other type of career: There are a lot of clients who are going to have absolutely no problem with your gender identity, and there are some clients who might have a problem with it.

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Why Every Freelancer Needs a B Team

How do you know when you’ve “made it” as a freelancer? To borrow a sports metaphor: when your bench is as deep as your starting lineup.

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10 Mistakes That'll Ruin Your Freelancing Career

So you’ve got what it takes but you aren’t getting the gigs.

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I Have No Idea How to Syndicate My Work. What Should I Do?

The bad news is that it’s going to be very hard to syndicate your own work. The good news is that you have plenty of opportunities to adapt your work into multiple articles.

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Ask a Freelancer: Help! A Client Owes Me $2,000!

Can you get your money without burning a bridge?

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Ask a Freelancer: Should I Crowdfund My Next Creative Project?

Crowdfunding works best when you already have a crowd.

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Ask A Freelancer: Is it Ethical For a Company to Make Me Write a Sample on Spec?

Most employers make you jump through hoops. Should freelancing be any different?

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Ask a Freelancer: Is the Grass Always Greener on the Other Side of the Church/State Wall?

Freelancing doesn't have to be an either/or.

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Ask a Freelancer: Can I Afford to Go on Vacation?

When I get on the plane next Monday, I hope to have very little work to do while traveling.