Freedom is Free

This is a guest post by Marcella Camara. To be transparent, I didn’t come up with the name “Freedom is Free” by myself. I take much pride in coining the name “Young, Gifted, and Broke,” but the credit for Freedom is Free lies in the hands of Mexican-American indie rock band Chicano Batman. It’s the [...]

By | 2018-06-12T18:21:10+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Network While Staying Genuine

Ever felt just a little bit icky about networking? You’re not alone. (Shout out to all the introverts!) Going to networking events can be one of those activities you know you should be doing but either don’t know how or don’t know where to start. Below we’ve outlined some of our best practices to make [...]

By | 2018-05-25T20:17:20+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

6 Insider Tips for New Members

Our spaceship has a few tricks you may have not heard of (besides the tractor beams and lasers, of course). Whether you’re new to The Mothership or have been around for years – we think you’ll be surprised to learn a few insider hacks to make the most of the space. […]

By | 2018-05-15T16:22:23+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Upcoming Events for Durham Creatives

We love community even if it’s outside our spaceship. We’re casting a light from our little ship onto all the other magical ventures going on round town. GeekCraft Expo If you love superheroes, comics, movies, or video games, GeekCraft Expo is the event for you. We are talking about wall to wall nerdom where you [...]

By | 2018-04-24T18:08:57+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Don’t Fight The Data

Somewhere along the way I heard a saying, “You can’t know what you don’t measure and you can’t change what you don’t know.” Over the years of being self-employed, I have become very reliant on data about my business. I keep a spreadsheet with multiple tabs, including a goals tab and a summary [...]

By | 2017-09-12T20:29:34+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Worth of Your Work

One of the biggest challenges that creative independents face as they build their businesses is pricing and invoicing. It’s uncomfortable. It feels made up. The general ickiness in deciding and then having to tell someone how much money they owe you (or will owe you) can seem inescapable. But with the right [...]

By | 2017-08-25T20:10:49+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sustainability: balancing money and meaning

When you're doing independent or creative work, it's maddening to try to figure out what success looks like. Have you reached success when you can earn some extra spending money? Or when you quit your day job? Or is it when you can take tropical vacations? Internally, we tend to think about success as a [...]

By | 2017-08-10T19:11:31+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our First Supper Club

As you may have heard, in June we launched a brand new event series here at The Mothership called Supper Club. It's a bit of a spin off of another event, Member Brunch, that we've been hosting for our members for years and has come to be a an important source of rhythm, [...]

By | 2017-08-04T17:41:10+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Best Laid Plans (For Making $$)

I was in the middle of a workout video recently when Jillian Michaels said “Pain is fear leaving the body.” I chuckled to myself, thinking about how people wear that on tshirts and how dumb of a thing it is to say. But then, and stick with me here, I realized that [...]

By | 2017-07-28T19:41:12+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Space Between Starting and Arriving

A year after I graduated I was at my college homecoming when a drunken undergraduate approached to congratulate me on how amazing I was for owning my own business. As I tried to gently adjust his image of how ‘well I was doing,’ I found I actually had no idea how to [...]

By | 2017-07-27T18:34:35+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments