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The show for those who want to build a successful freelance business. We are NOT about the hustle. We are NOT about the feast-or-famine cycle. We are about building a business. Deliberately.

Deliberate Freelance‪r‬ Melanie Padgett Powers

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The show for those who want to build a successful freelance business. We are NOT about the hustle. We are NOT about the feast-or-famine cycle. We are about building a business. Deliberately.

    #90: Coping with One Year of COVID-19 Lockdown, with Therapist Emily Derouin

    #90: Coping with One Year of COVID-19 Lockdown, with Therapist Emily Derouin

    Today’s guest is Emily Derouin, a licensed psychologist in Denver, Colorado. She works as a clinician and supervisor at a community mental health center, where she is a generalist, helping people with a wide variety of issues. She also works one day a week in private practice, where she specializes in eating disorders.
    As we approach the one-year anniversary of the pandemic lockdown, Emily helps us figure out how to deal with our emotions around that. Milestones and anniversaries are difficult, partly b

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    #89: Being the Only Black Man at a TV News Station, with Mario Boone

    #89: Being the Only Black Man at a TV News Station, with Mario Boone

    Today’s guest is Mario Boone, a science writer for a science organization in the Washington, D.C., area. In fall 2020, Mario gave a presentation as part of the Association Media & Publishing virtual annual conference. The session was about how to attract and embrace diverse employees. During Mario’s portion, he talked about what it was like to be the “only one”—in his case, the only Black man, often the only Black person, working at TV news stations in the U.S., which is how he started out his jou

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    A Short Message This Week

    A Short Message This Week

    There is no new episode of Deliberate Freelancer this week. However, I have several upcoming guest episodes that I’m excited about, so please listen to this week’s short message for a few teasers and announcements. I also encourage you to listen to last week’s episode—#88, Positioning Yourself as an Agency and Partnering with Other Freelancers, with Reggie Holmes—which has received a lot of great buzz. Please feel free to send me your freelance business topics and questions you’d like covered on

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    #88: Positioning Yourself as an Agency and Partnering with Other Freelancers, with Reggie Holmes

    #88: Positioning Yourself as an Agency and Partnering with Other Freelancers, with Reggie Holmes

    Today’s guest is Reggie Holmes, the owner and creative director of Enthuse Creative LLC, a branding and design firm based in Tysons, Virginia. Enthuse Creative is a strategic creative partner for businesses and organizations and specializes in brand-focused strategy consulting, brand design and brand management.
    Reggie is also a graphic designer, but he’s a strategist first, with his clients and the projects he takes on.
    Today, Reggie talks about how, even though he’s essentially a one-person busine

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    #87: My Most Anticipated 2021 Books (and Fave 2020 Books)

    #87: My Most Anticipated 2021 Books (and Fave 2020 Books)

    On today’s show, I quickly go over my top 10 favorite books of 2020—and the one I absolutely hated—before listing out my most anticipated books of 2021. The 2021 list will include several nonfiction books that could help you as you think about your freelance business.
     
    For more in-depth descriptions and information on my top 10 list for 2020, read my blog post “The Best—and Worst—Books I Read in 2020.”
     
    My Top 10 Books (listed in the order I read them) of 2020:
     
    “Daisy Jones and The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid “Long Bright River” by Liz Moore “Evvie Drake Starts Over” by Linda Holmes
    4. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett “The Family Upstairs” by Lisa Jewell
    6. “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson
    7. “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart
    8. “Eight Perfect Murders” by Peter Swanson
    9. “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia “Know My Name” by Chanel Miller  
    Honorable mention:
    “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” by Grady Hendrix


    My most hated book in 2020:
    “Leave the World Behind” by Rumaan Alam
     
    My Most Anticipated Books of 2021
     
    12 Fiction:
    “Hour of the Witch” by Chris Bohjalian — available April 20 in the U.S.
     
    “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah — available February 2
     
    “The Survivors” by Jane Harper — available February 2
     
    “Malibu Rising” by Taylor Jenkins Reid — available June 1
     
    “The Whispering House” by Elizabeth Brooks — available March 16
     
    “The House on Vesper Sands” by Paraic O’Donnell — published January 12
     
    “Before She Disappeared” by Lisa Gardner — published January 19
     
    “What Comes After” by JoAnne Tompkins — available April 13
     
    “My Year Abroad” by Chang-rae Lee — available February 2
     
    “The Wife Upstairs” by Rachel Hawkins — published January 5
     
    “Ring Shout” by P. Djèlí Clark — published October 13, 2020
     
    “The Women in Black” by Madeleine St. John — paperback published February 11, 2020
     
    9 Nonfiction:
    “A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload” by Cal Newport — available March 2
     
    “Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind” by Dr. Judson Brewer — available March 9
     
    “Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It” by Ethan Kross — published January 26
     
    “Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting” by Lisa Genova — available March 23
     
    “Unbound: A Woman's Guide to Power” by Kasia Urbaniak — available March 9
     
    “Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019” edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain — available February 2
     
    “The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power” by Deirdre Mask — paperback published January 26, 2021
     
    “The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart” by Alicia Garza — published October 20, 2020
     
    “Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America” by Maria Hinojosa — hardback published September 15, 2020; paperback available August 31, 2021
     
    Biz Bite: No Talk Mondays
     
    Resources:
     
    MelEdits blog post “The Best—and Worst—Books I Read in 2020.”
     
    Episode #51 of Deliberate Freelancer: Reading and Book Recommendations during Coronavirus
     
    Episode #69 of Deliberate Freelancer: 9 Nonfiction Books that Improved My Freelance Business
     
    Read in January 2021: “The Promised Land” by Barack Obama

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    #86: What I Wish for Your Freelance Business in 2021

    #86: What I Wish for Your Freelance Business in 2021

    Today, I want to hopefully motivate you, inspire you and encourage you to consider the aspects of your business that need improvement or to make a plan to work on things that you personally struggle with. This episode goes through seven areas that I would love for you to improve upon, if you haven’t already. They are:
    1. Embrace a business owner mindset
    This idea is what this podcast is based on. Think of yourself as a freelance business owner and all that that entails. Words m

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