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10 Things to Put in Your Freelance Contract

Contracts might seem like scary, mystifying documents, and I see many young freelancers avoid issuing and signing them. But a contract simply exists to protect you and your business by managing expectations. At this point, I wouldn’t do a project for anyone without a contract, not even friends and family. …

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Giving Yourself a Raise

I’m sure I’m the only one who is a compulsive job searcher. Even when I had a full-time job, I was always curious to see what else was out there. (It didn’t help that the only “raises” I got in teaching came from years of experience, regardless of how hard …

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Passive Income for Hard Workers: A Guide

The idea of passive income may seem outrageous to Asian Americans who are used to striving and taught that hard work is our moral duty. (Commentary withheld about the popularity of passive income among white people.)  The good – or maybe bad – news is that passive income is never …

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The Duty of Creativity

During my graduate program and my first year of teaching, I was something of an overachiever. I stubbornly wrote all of my curriculum from scratch and diligently checked all the boxes on my lesson plans. Differentiated instruction, formative assessment, IEP accommodations, spiral curriculum, layered curriculum, social and emotional learning, multiple …

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Episode 2: Ask Auntie About PRICING

Episode Recap In this episode, I answer reader questions about pricing: How to put a price on knowledge and connections as a consultant How to set “reasonable” prices on services when you’re just starting out When is it okay to bring up the subject of money with a client Value-based …

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Episode 1: Children’s Book Author Teresa Robeson

Episode Recap Teresa and I talked about: Staying focused (or trying to!) while working from home Following spouses with academic careers The importance of Asian American role models The process of getting a book published Her new book (coming in 2020) Listen Powered by RedCircle Subscribe Google Podcasts Apple Podcasts …

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Episode 0: Chief Executive Auntie

Meet the Chief Executive Auntie, here to help you bust through expectations and imposter syndrome with the confidence of a mediocre white man. Powered by RedCircle Listen and subscribe on: Google Podcasts Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher RadioPublic

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Adventures in Rejection

Let’s talk about rejection, baby. Back in 2017, I applied for an internship with a local branding and design studio that was famous for doing great work and building authentic community. I wore my 8-month-old baby to the group interview (they were cool with it) and probably couldn’t carry on …

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Remy the Rat vs. Smokey the Bear

I’ve always had a beef with Remy from Ratatouille. His mantra, “Anyone can cook,” is meant to be empowering, but I find it a bit discouraging. If anyone can cook, why should I bother? (I should note that as a Four in the Enneagram personality typing system, my greatest goal in life is …