Breaking free of your fears and taking the next big step in freelancing

So you want to start a freelance business and work from home? Now is your time to make it happen! All you have to do is answer one question… What’s holding you back?

Let me preface by saying this post is going to be easier read than done. However, you have to trust what I’m about to share, consider what’s said, and participate. Every reason holding you back can be dissolved down to insecurity, and that’s something everybody deals with, but how do you fight it? [Read more…]

Saying “No” To a Great Client So I Don’t Have To Compromise My Business

Saying No
Saying no is something I’ve had to learn over the years. When I first started out I would say yes to every project – taking on things I had never done before. I wasn’t sure I wanted to, but did because I thought I needed to land every project I quoted. I would often start off quoting less than I wanted, mitigating the negotiations, sure, but also leaving money on the table.

In some cases I still do this, but pretty much only for friends and family projects that are nowadays few and far between. I’ve recently had an experience in saying no to a project I really wanted, but in the end had to bail. [Read more…]

Dropping Bad Clients and Attracting Good Ones

Dropping bad clients
I got an email today that gave me a rush of good feelings. I was suddenly filled with excitement, inspiration, and joy. No, it wasn’t that I had an inheritance waiting for me in Africa, but it was from one of my favorite spiritual teachers announcing a new workshop. I didn’t even plan on attending. Just seeing her name pop up was all it took.

Remember when email used to be like that all the time? The only people that would write you would be friends and family. And getting an email was like opening a gift on Christmas! But fast forward to today and you probably get more email from people you don’t even know. Now that you’re freelancing, you probably get a lot more email, but not all of them make you excited.

I bet some of those emails you actually dread. You see someone’s name pop up and instead of excitement, you feel some anxiety. Maybe it’s a rejection. Maybe the client is complaining about your prices. Or maybe that article you wrote offended someone. Or maybe you have some haters who try to bring you down. I have been there and I feel your pain.

Before you know it, you are just reacting and putting out fires all day. How did it get this way? A whole mess of other people’s priorities trying to get something out of you. [Read more…]

Do you enjoy your work enough to be a successful freelancer?

Do you like the work you do?
What’s your end goal with freelancing? Do you want to make a living from the comfort of your home? Do you want to live a luxurious life of higher means? I hope those aren’t your reasons for freelancing…

If your mind is set on wanting to work from home or to get rich, then you’re going about freelancing all wrong. Of course it’s possible to make a good living as a freelancer, and one of the biggest perks is that you work for yourself from the comfort of your home, but it’s the work you do that will ultimately get you there. If you don’t have a love for the work you do, or if you don’t enjoy doing it even if you aren’t making enough to live off of, then how can you expect to succeed? [Read more…]

When life outside of freelancing hits hard

When life hits hard
Life happens. This past couple of weeks has especially been tough for me.

My grandmother, whom I loved dearly, passed away, my car has thrown in the towel, and Twitter – out of nowhere – suspended my personal account. Three very different stresses all at the same time… depression, stress, and anxiety. They’re real, and they hit hard. [Read more…]