Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Profitable Freelancing

Hi all. I'm Sara LaJeunesse, a freelance writer/editor and a NASW travel fellow this year. I'll be reporting on the "Profitable freelancing: Starting a business and keeping it productive" session. The goal of the session is to teach participants how to wear the many hats of a freelancer: writer and editor; CEO and employee; and treasurer and accountant. As a newbie to the freelancing world, I look forward to receiving this advice and to sharing it with you.

I say I'm new to freelancing, but I actually have freelanced on the side for many years. This year, however, is the first time I have devoted myself completely to freelancing, as I have decided to spend some time at home with my 14-month-old daughter. It's quite a juggling act, as many of you likely know, but it also is incredibly fulfilling.

My former jobs have included staff science writer/editor at Penn State, assistant director of communications at the University of Miami, and science writer at Everglades National Park. I earned a master's degree in biology at the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree in environmental studies at the University of Tennessee.


  1. Looking forward to seeing you at our session! Keep an eye out for my portion (I'll be speaking last) in which I talk about the importance of swallowing your pride after an editor makes you rewrite a pitch a couple times and *then* tells you his or her top-editor didn't like it.

  2. I'd like to learn a few things about this, too. Looking forward to your notes.