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…]

The Daily Routine of a Freelancer [Open Discussion]

My Daily Freelance Routine
I really enjoy reading how other freelancers go about their day. How they start, when they get most of their work done, and when they do their mundane tasks.

There are countless variations to how you could spend your day, so I would like to start an open discussion in the comments of this post about your daily routine as a freelancer. Much like the Community Challenge post I did a few months ago, I want to focus on you. Think of the comment section as an extension of this post (as you always should.) So now is not the time to be afraid to add your voice and leave a comment!

I’m going to share my typical work day with you first, then you do the same in the comments. To help you out, try answering these questions:

  • What does your daily routine look like?
  • What time do you start working, and how many hours do you put in?
  • How often do you take breaks?
  • When do you find you’re most productive?

I’ll be reading everyone’s comment, replying to most, and checking out your websites, so I look forward to seeing you in the comments below! :) [Read more…]

How to start your freelance business while attending school

Freelancing while in school

Starting a freelance business at any age can be tough, and there are lots of factors to think about before getting started, though, starting a freelance business whilst at school is definitely one of the toughest things I’ve ever done.

In this post, you’ll learn exactly how to go about starting your freelance business whilst either at school, university, or any other educational institute. Even if you’re not attending school, you can still apply what I share to starting your own freelance business. So, without further ado, let’s begin!

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Starting over – How I rebranded and took my freelancing to the next level

Starting over
I haven’t always worked for myself. After leaving my part-time job working in the print department of an office supply store I helped build a small collective team of freelancers. We were all new at working for ourselves, so we teamed up to pull in projects and to run the new business together.

After a year of working together, opportunities came up for some of the other team members, and as a result we had to go our separate ways. I was grateful to learn what I had in that year, but without much warning and now no team to depend on, I was left to pick up the pieces. From that point on I knew I had to become my own boss rather than go back to the dreaded retail job.

In order to pick myself back up, I had to be clear about what I wanted to do and how I wanted to get there. I had to start over. [Read more…]