“Business Matters” by Bette Frick (STC Fellow and RMC member)

At the STC Summit in Phoenix earlier this year, I purchased Bette Frick’s book published by XML Press. The complete title is “Business Matters: A freelancer’s guide to business success in any economy.” Her book was a pleasure to read. If you want to learn about the “nuts and bolts” of operating your own independent business, I recommend Bette’s book.

Business Matters Cover by STCRMC member, Bette Frick

Business Matters Cover by STCRMC member, Bette Frick

I’ve heard Bette present Webinars for our Rocky Mountain Chapter about technical topics, including a wonderful presentation called “Marketing Bingo.” I have also enjoyed seeing her present in person at STC Summits in 2011 in Sacramento and in 2014 in Phoenix where I purchased her book.

Did you ever want to “ride the roller coaster without having to pay for a ticket to enter the amusement park?” If you said yes, Bette urges you to jump right into being an independent contractor.

You can obtain much more information about Bette and her book by going to her website: www.textdoctor.com/business-matters. Her book includes a questionnaire for you to decide if you are ready, willing, and able to go independent.

I leave you with Bette’s insightful message in Chapter 12:

“I pretty much count on one mistake a day, maybe more on Mondays and Fridays, which reduces the pressure of perfectionism and relieves the negativity of regret.”

These are words I need to live by, being a perfectionist editor myself.

Bette has lived the dream—my dream—and I am grateful that she has provided a guide if I ever am willing to remove the golden handcuffs and go independent.

About Marcia Wood

Past President of the STC Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2013-2014. Membership Manager, 2014-2015. Treasurer, 2015-2016. Senior copy editor in the Marketing Department for a financial services company, Denver.
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