Host a Distributed Dinner Party: It’s more work, but more fun, and our guests loved it so much they hosted one for us.

The view from my friend’s back deck of the first dinner. Author supplied photo, used with permission.

The lockdown may be ending for many, but the risk of socializing continues. And there’s no way to expand your bubble to all the people you’d like to see socially and not put your friends at risk. But Zoom socializing was so blah I wanted a better way. And I knew just the friends to try it out on.

We have some friends that we see about every six weeks for what we’ve started calling “Burger Night.” It’s a small group, and we’ve been making our way up and down one street checking out a different pub or bistro every…


With fewer projects available, the pressure to drop prices is high, but it comes with a cost.

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Whole sectors, such as travel, tourism, and hospitality are not hiring marketing researchers, ad agencies, and consultants. In the few cases where they are seeking this kind of help, they are squeezing budgets tightly.

The result is that the number of projects available to freelancers, consultants and independent professionals of all sorts have dropped precipitously.

The pool of potential revenue for you and all your competitors has shrunk dramatically. And may be a long time coming back.

You may be thinking that sourcing work through some form of broker or middleman will help. …


It’s so simple and brilliant you will never go back to alphabetized again

Last week I was cleaning up my office and files (as so many of us are in this time of isolation!) and thought it would be a great time to share this system with you.

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To be effective as an independent professional, you have to be efficient managing information: client information, your growing base of intellectual property, and every random thing you want or need to keep from conference presentations to tax records.

It may be a paperless world, but I still have paper files for many things, and I bet you do too. …


You’ve done the immediate things you need to do to get yourself and your enterprise through the next few weeks. Now think about the next year. Here are nine ideas to help.

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My purpose in writing is to help you think about strategies to get through the next year. That’s right, I said the next year. I’ve been talking to some people in senior roles in major companies, and they are expecting 12 to 18 months of turmoil before ‘business as usual’ is restored.

You need to think in the same time frame. The disruptions will be intense for the next few months, but they aren’t going away quickly. Your chances of survival will be greatly improved if you assume the worst and prepare accordingly.

Defer cash outflows

You’ve got bills to pay and ongoing…

Susan Abbott

Multi-disciplinary human, focused on art-making and writing about Act III reinvention, personal productivity, and living a good life.

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