Michelle Goodman

Local author Michelle Goodman has done what so many of us are terrified to do (and may all be forced to do in our looming recession economy): cut the strings for a completely freelance existence. Luckily, she made all the mistakes first, then compiled her wisdom in My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire (Seal Press, $15.95). It’s a well organized how-to book about overcoming all those fears that keep us clinging desperately to our cubes. Turns out, getting a business license isn’t as hard as it sounds. And health insurance doesn’t have to be something you’ll just learn to live without. How much are your services worth? Goodman helps you evaluate your rates, along with advice on pitching, contracts, and learning when and how to say no. Freelancing isn’t easy, As Goodman readily admits. But at tonight’s book launch she’ll answer questions and possibly allay anxieties about your bedroom-to-living room commute. At the very least, it’ll be a great opportunity to network your ass off. SUZIE RUGH

Thu., Jan. 15, 7 p.m., 2009

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