Anxiety has become a close friend for a lot of people, making functioning nearly impossible. Creatives have the added pleasure of struggling with a craft that can be equal parts rewarding and frustrating. When you’re already neuro-divergent, living with any disorder that alters your brain’s ability to process the world normally, being a creative can feel like trying to pull ideas out of quicksand.
Do you hire your content creation skills out to clients? Maybe you’re a sex writer who creates think pieces that change the world’s views on sexuality and gender. Maybe you’re a graphic designer, video editor, or another content creator. Either way, your smutlancing is your job as a freelancer.
We’ve got tips, tricks, and information to help you grow your business, thrive as a professional, and deal with *those* clients (you know the ones).
Below are the blog posts we’ve published that can help you as a freelancing professional. For more resources, check out these pages:
Start Here: This will give you an idea of what else is available through the site.
How to Make Money (blog series): This series will take you through a variety of options you have to make money as a freelancer — with a few options if you create your own content, too.
The Smutlancers Podcast: We share our experiences, things we’ve learned, and our thoughts on a wide variety of topics.
Keep up with what? It could be anything, but specific to our conversation, we refer to your (and our) to-do list, goals, work promised to clients, etc. The topic comes from a question Quinn Rhodes (ze/hir) asked us about maintaining a work-life balance when chronic conditions (like mental health) get in the way — without working seven days a week and burning yourself out (or making yourself worse).
This week’s episode is a mash-up of two ideas I thought I had strong opinions about: collaboration and hiring people to do the tasks you can’t or don’t want to do. As in past episodes, this is a look at my current experience and thinking on the topic, as well as (hopefully) a few useful tips.
Neither Molly nor myself are immune to big dreams. In fact, we thrive on them. But sometimes those big dreams are more like fever dreams and have no basis in reality. In this week’s episode, we talk about a recent(ish) fever dream from late 2019 that we’re only just now turning into something real. More importantly, we’re sharing lessons we’ve learned and things we’re doing differently.
We talk to Quinn Rhodes (ze/hir) about how smutlancers and content creators can be more inclusive of trans and non-binary people.
Basically, I became very anxious about telling a client I could no longer work with them, overprepared, lost sleep, and made the “perfect” plan. I forgot that a plan means nothing if the other person decides to react differently than you expect them to. Ultimately, my goal in this situation was to be a professional until the very end.
We’re not tax, accounting, bookkeeping, or money experts AT ALL, but all of those things have evolved as we’ve grown as smutlancers. So we recorded ourselves talking about it, while trying to throw in a few helpful tips.
Not every smutlancer pitches their ideas to other websites, but many do. If you’re a writer, it’s likely that you’ve done it or considered it. In this episode, I’m speaking specifically about writing non-fiction. Sites that publish fiction have slightly different expectations and requirements (although some of these tips are universal).