There is little more liberating than being able to call all the shots in your professional life. Running your own ship, making your own calls and curating your own calendar are just some of the glowing benefits of being a freelancer or entrepreneur. But with no one to hold you accountable when your productivity seems to wane, it can be a slippery slop to the shores of ‘slacking off’. And we’ve all been there…
When it comes to contract jobs, you’re getting booked not only for the skills you offer but because the client likes the way you operate. You’re getting booked because you ask the right amount of questions without being needy, because you are self-sufficient without being presumptuous, and because you are interested without being invasive. Learning these parameters and how to manipulate them is the key to success.
Terrible emails are part of the privilege of having an email address. But terrible, annoying and generic emails don’t convert to sales, whether it’s a product or yourself you’re selling. Nine times out of ten, a poorly written email ends up having wasted equal amounts of time for the sender as for the recipient. That’s hardly getting anyone paid.
Saying ‘yes’ is empowering, but saying ‘no’ should be too. It’s a tool for setting boundaries and warding off feelings of frustration, resentment and obligation. It’s a safeguard to keep us from over committing, under delivering and rushing toilet breaks. No one wants to do that.
When someone asks our story, we look up, away and to the side, mumble or reduce our achievements and dreams, horrified that if we communicate them too clearly we might jinx them – or worse, open them up to criticism. The same goes for writing our story down. So we avoid doing it, or doing it sincerely, because then if it sucks it’s easier to say we didn’t try.
One of the first western dictionaries way back in the 1800’s defines success as; “fortunate, happy, kind, and prosperous.” Fancy words, and even though I can’t believe Oxford was knocking around back then, it’s a definition I could get behind. Success is an interesting topic with many facets to it, so I posed the question […]
Whether you’re working remotely, starting your own business, freelancing, or paving your own way towards achieving your goals, you shouldn’t have to do it alone. A year ago I was the person who thought she could do everything herself. I didn’t need to ask for help because I had Google and Google knows everything. Right? […]
Some of the best aspects of working remotely or having a location independent business are the freedom and opportunity for creativity that come with the lifestyle. However, pesky issues like legal and tax compliance are unavoidable realities of being a digital nomad. On May 25, 2018, the EU implemented the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), […]
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