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This is a truncated version of the EFA Chicagoland Chapter News. If you would like to read the full e-newsletter, visit the archive, where you can also subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox monthly.

MIND CANDY

  • Monthly Macros. EFA member Jennifer Yankopolus produces a Macro of the Month newsletter that teaches macros, one macro at a time.
  • LLC Taxes. Are you an LLC or thinking about becoming one? Taxes are a bit different. These 10 facts about LLC taxes can help you on your way.
  • Cheap(er) Chicago. As we leave our winter/pandemic caves, Timeout Chicago offers several suggestions for doing so under budget, “including deals on theatre tickets, money-saving public transportation passes and the opportunity to BYOB at some of the best restaurants in Chicago.”

FREELANCE NEWS

Chicago Public Library’s Plethora of Online Resources

If you have a library card, you can check out a lot more than just books from your local Chicago Public Library branch—and if you don’t have a card, it’s easy to get one online (see below). Many CPL branches offer kids museum passports, Wi-Fi hot spots, and even fishing poles. They also host a wide variety of events and offer meeting rooms to residents.

The CPL’s online resources are no less impressive, including access to newspapers, magazines, and public information databases. You can scroll through the full list, but for us freelancers, these are the most relevant:

  • LinkedIn Learning. You can access LinkedIn Learning for free with a valid CPL library card. Sign in to the LinkedIn Learning site or app using your library card and, when asked for the library ID, enter chipublib (all lowercase and no spaces).
  • Hoopla. Check out always-available ebooks, audiobooks, and videos about self-employment, editing, and writing—including several episodes from the Great Courses series (available as a BingePass) and three “Put Your Heart On the Page” films from mystery writer Anne Perry—via hoopla. Some EFA publications are also available, as is November 2021’s meeting presenter Linda Ruggeri’s book, Networking for Freelance Editors.
  • Consumer Reports. The next time you’re looking for new business equipment, you can access the Consumer Reports website as well as check out its magazine issues and annual buying guide via Flipster thanks to CPL.
  • Magazines. Writer’s Digest, The New York Review of Books, Poets & Writers, Writing Magazine, and much more are available to check out and read in your browser or through the Overdrive and Libby apps, as well as The Writer via a hoopla Magazines BingePass.
  • Areas of Interest. The Books & Reading and Literature areas of interest hold several resources, from Booklist Online and Booklist Reader to the Literary Reference Center.

If you don’t already have a library card, Chicago residents can apply online for an eCard to access the virtual services. Illinois residents whose local library has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with CPL can also get an eCard; other Illinoisans may be eligible if there’s no library in their town (see the Library Card FAQs page for details).

Nonresidents should check with their city and state libraries; most of these resources are available to all libraries and yours may subscribe.

How Midcareer Freelancers Can Build Business

Seems like all the advice out there for freelancers is for newbies just starting out. But building your business as a midcareer entrepreneur is just as hard, if not harder, because you think you should have figured it all out by now.

In “7 Tips for Midlife Freelancers and Entrepreneurs to Grow Their Businesses,” Leida Snow culls the wisdom of marketing gurus Seth Godin and Gary Vaynerchuk. Their tips include finding what makes you remarkable, saying no to average clients, and valuing what you’re selling.

Snow writes:

“Low price is the last refuge of someone who has nothing to sell,” according to Godin: If you don’t value what you’re selling, why should anyone else?

PODCASTS TO PONDER

  • Deliberate Freelancer. Have you ever considered joining or starting a Mastermind Group? Do you wonder what the heck one is? You’re in luck: freelance editor Laura Poole joins host Melanie Padgett Powers to explain how to “Find Support and Accountability With Mastermind Groups.” (Feb. 24, episode 130)
  • The Writers’ Co-op. Sometimes freelancers have to step away from their business. The reasons can vary, but the best strategies for doing so apply to all of us. Hosts Wudan Yan and Jenni Gritters “keep the lens wide” as they examine “Taking Caregiving Leave as a Freelancer.” (Feb. 7, episode 8)
  • A Mouthful of Air. OK, we’re straying a bit here, but if you enjoy poetry, you’ll want to check out this newish podcast, hosted by Mark McGuinness. (Some of us freelance editors do edit poetry, after all!) McGuiness breaks down one poem per episode, and if the poet is contemporary, he interviews them about the poem. A terrific intro is “Lockdown Sonnet LIX” by Jacqueline Saphra. (Oct. 12, 2021, episode 11)

CALENDAR

For media- and publishing-related conferences, webinars, and other events of interest to self-employed editorial freelancers, see the Media Types Omnicalendar.