Author Archives: Tom N. Tumbusch

About Tom N. Tumbusch

Tom N. Tumbusch writes copy that creates action for designers, creative agencies and green businesses. He publishes a free writing tips newsletter each month and periodically shares more casual wisdom on the WordStream of Consciousness Blog. His tiny solar-powered corner of the Internet can be found at


4 Myths About Freelance Introverts… Part 2

We ended last week with the first 2 myths about “freelance introverts,” so it only seems fitting to start this week with the rest of them, especially if you have a networking event to attend this week. (And if you don’t yet, go find one!) Myth #3: Introverts lack the social confidence of extroverts...

4 myths about freelance introverts…..

… and why they’re wrong, wrong, wrong. Being an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t master the skills of interacting with people and generating freelance business; it simply means the process feels effortful, especially in groups. Many extroverts claim you should just “get over it” and act like an extrovert (or better yet, force yourself...

Tom N. Tumbusch 2014

The “problem” of more work than you can handle

Finding enough work to fill your pipeline can be a challenge, especially in the early days of your freelance career. But if you do your marketing work consistently, provide great service, and eat your Wheaties long enough, your business will eventually reach a point where you’re pushing the limits of your capacity. This doesn’t...

Tom T bug

Freelancers: It pays to charge what you’re worth

Several years ago I got a call from one of my favorite clients, who I’ll call “Frank” because it’s not his real name. “Tom,” he said, “we’re going to have to start working with someone less expensive. We simply can’t afford your rate anymore.” Was I disappointed? You bet. Frank had been a great...

Tom Tumbush

Why Every Freelancer Should Take a Vacation

Being self-employed means you can take a day off—or a week, or a month, or even more—whenever you like. Yet ironically many freelancers find it stressful to take a vacation. Even mentioning the subject typically triggers one of two intense visceral responses in a freelancer’s “lizard” brain: “Ack! I don’t have enough work! I...

Tom Tumbush

Top 5 Highlights from this year’s CFBC

My business gets stronger every time I attend the Creative Freelancer Business Conference. I come home with more great ideas, resources, and new contacts than it seems possible to take advantage of in a single year (though that won’t stop me from trying). Here are just a few of this year’s high points: 1.   ...