Is your business mostly relying on one-off jobs and not retainers yet? Are you feeling like no one is posting jobs on Upwork or out there in August? If so, you’re totally normal. Most people don’t realize until they’ve been in business for some time that August can be a bit of a quiet time. There’s a lot of reasons for this, but I don’t see any sense in trying to throw spaghetti at the wall when all the numbers show that it’s not worth your time to market during this period.Read More
It might sound like strange advice to tell you that you are going to have to fire your clients as you grow your online business, but it’s absolutely imperative that you consider this as serious advice. In fact, I tell many people that one of the reasons that I have been able to grow a freelance writing business with six figures in revenue is because I have fired clients and understood the negative qualities about past clients that I don’t want to see in future ones.Read More
Let's be honest- we're not always telling the truth about how productive we are. Admit it- you probably spend ten hours or more per week watching TV, right? Probably another five with email?Read More
Discovering that you cannot do #allthethings in your business is an important milestone. First of all, it's okay to accept that you can't do it all (sorry to tell you, but we're all human!) If you don't realize that you need to outsource, you're headed straight for my least favorite roadtrip down Burnout Boulevard. You'll start missing deadlines, feeling frazzled, and making mistakes. You might even find yourself working ten or more hours a day just to get everything done.
I do have some good news for you, though: life doesn't have to be that way.Read More
Starting your own business comes with all kinds of ups and downs, but things can get much more emotional when you have to involve your family members. Whether you are starting a side hustle or planning to launch out of a traditional career into a more non-traditional one as a blogger or other online business owner, your family members may not understand what you are doing.Read More
Putting something out into the world that's been sparked by your creative process is a really personal thing to do. It can be terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. You have all your hopes and dreams pinned on this workbook, course, ebook, or training selling dozens or hundreds. So what happens when that product sits there and sells nada? All the work you put into it seems for naught even if you know the material you put out was good.
Missing this crucial step of testing your idea could mean lost time and decreased creativity because the next time around, you won't feel as motivated, even if your idea would be in high demand.Read More
Have you ever had a client that pushed your personal boundaries big time?
In the U.S., it is illegal for someone to hire you as an independent contractor (i.e. you signed a W9 and are being given a 1099 each year) and then treat you like an employee.
While it might seem like there are clear lines because you call someone a freelancer or contractor, this post draws your attention to instances where the lines might not be so clear.Read More
Burnout is a serious conundrum in the online entrepreneur community today because we are constantly bombarded with advertisements promising the benefits of hustling 24/7, never giving up, taking on more and more projects etc.
Your goal is to avoid this situation before it happens and walk yourself back from the brink of burnout before you reach full-on burnout mode.Read More