Why I Write

I was born, raised, educated, married, and churched in the Midwest, where Asian-American representation is…rather sparse, to say the least. For a long time, I didn’t notice the lack of representation or think that it mattered. Growing up in a Chinese immigrant church, I was surrounded by people who looked …

A-minus Meal Planning

You may not think that meal planning has much to do with being a successful business owner, but if you don’t eat, you will die and you will have no more business. On a slightly more evolved level, many business owners are also parents. As such, they are responsible for …

Freelancing: Just Like Learning to Ride a Trike

When I started my own business, I set myself 3 simple and relatively modest goals: Work 15-20 focused hours per week. (i.e. not while trying to juggle a small child) Replace my teaching salary. (I didn’t think to specify pre- or post-tax, but it gave me a concrete number to …

Can You See Me Now?

On March 1, my life changed forever. No, I did not have another child. Better! (Arguably.) I underwent VisianICL, a vision correction surgery that improved my vision from worse than 20/800 to 20/20 within 24 hours. A lot of people have asked me about my experience, so here’s my story. …

Rebranding vs. Redecorating

Last month I had a bit of a fit after running out of emotional and mental buffer. I almost fired all of my clients, but fortunately did not go completely insane and destroy my business. Instead, I ended up canceling one contract and reworking another to make more sense within …

The Importance of Buffers

In the two years of chemistry I took in college, the worst labs were always titrations. (Besides the one where I spent 3 hours synthesizing a compound only to spill it out of my flask with 10 minutes left in the protocol.) In a titration, you add tiny amounts of …

The Assistant That I Pay $10 a Month

I have an assistant that sends my questionnaires, invoices and contracts, collects payments, tracks job time, manages my task list and workflow, collects leads, automatically sends e-mails, and generally makes me look way more put-together than I actually feel. And I only pay her $10 a month*. Now before you …

The Value of Rejection

For me, finding freelance clients is a lot like dating, except I have a much better success record with finding clients than I did with dating. Before I met Science Guy, I was positive that every person I dated was going to be my husband. I still have a tendency to do …