New Rules for Collecting Data that Every Freelancer Should Know

data protection rules

This past spring proved to be a challenging time for those involved in processing, storing and using data through online platforms. Between Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance on Capitol Hill explaining the damage caused by Facebook’s data breach and privacy violations and the new regulations imposed by the European Union, it could leave your head […]


ABOUT Arris Shabaglian

For more than a decade Arris has worked as a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant. She has also taught university level courses on the art of communication, public relations and journalism. Arris is a Pinterest addict who loves a good night’s sleep and a nice cup of coffee. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three kids (hence the need for a nice cup of coffee).


The Case for the Little (Small Design Firm) Guy

The design field is a particularly competitive one, filled with providers ranging from individual freelancers to huge multinational firms. I’m here to present the case for the “little guy,” the owners and employees of  small design firms.

I run a small design firm. We’re “little guys,” for sure. I’m the sole employee, and along with […]


ABOUT Ryan Bahrke

One of Wordsmithie's senior designers, Ryan has more than 15 years of experience in creative direction and management, working with companies like Google, Quantcast, RSM, Navigant, Starbucks, and Ace Hotel. Ryan is the principal of Auslander Creative in Denver.


Finding Balance in the Freelance Economy

It’s 10 p.m. and here I am, working my freelance job. I’m one of many workers that have recently joined the freelance economy. Why? This is the job that allows me to exercise my passion, helps contribute to the bills, allows my kids to partake in expensive extracurricular activities and gives me a different sense […]


ABOUT Arris Shabaglian

For more than a decade Arris has worked as a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant. She has also taught university level courses on the art of communication, public relations and journalism. Arris is a Pinterest addict who loves a good night’s sleep and a nice cup of coffee. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three kids (hence the need for a nice cup of coffee).


The Gig Economy: False Promise?

The New York Times has recently published several articles about the gig economy. Last month the Times reported that Uber uses video game technology to incentivize its drivers to work long hours and accept more fares to expand company profit. This week, a longer piece appeared including the likes of Lyft, Handy and other businesses that rely […]


ABOUT Khaleelah Jones

Khaleelah Jones is a digital marketing consultant who has worked with tech startups, educational institutions and non-profits on acquisition and engagement strategy, implementation and KPI modeling. When she’s not working, she can be found reading, writing, pontificating history, yoga-ing and making up verbs.


Reblog: The Exact Formula You Need for Your Elevator Pitch

I spend a lot of time talking on this blog about using your website and your online marketing efforts to connect and convert leads into customers.

But it’s just as important to be able to share what you do with others “offline”.

Whether you’re looking for investors, clients, partners or a new job, everyone needs […]


ABOUT Kay Fabella

Kay Fabella is a storyteller and communications strategist. She helps entrepreneurs and professionals around the world develop a communication strategy to meaningfully connect with their audiences — and meet their business goals. Kay is also world-recognized author, speaker, and trainer. A Los Angeles native, she’s built her dream business from Spain to train her clients in the US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia to help bring their brands to life. She's also been featured in international media including The Huffington Post, El País and EFE Emprende. Check out Kay’s stories, tips, and insights on life and business at kayfabella.com (y en español: kayfabella.com/inicio).