The day before my 32nd birthday last week, I lost my best blogging client due to major layoffs at their company. Normally, I’d keep that fact to myself (it’s generally a good idea not to let anyone know that you’re essentially “jobless”); however, I wanted to write a blog post about this predicament to help others (like you!) and knowing that I’ve “been there” — and so recently! — might be of comfort to some people who view me as such a phenomenal success.
And, I am a success, by all rights. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t struggle from time to time, just like you. It’s not uncommon for me to have to go job hunting. Contracts eventually come to an end. Or, companies have layoffs, and freelancers are always the first to go. That’s just how it is when you’re a freelance writer, “successful” or not!
So what exactly do you do when this happens? Well… Read more ›
Samar Owais of Freelance Flyer and I have teamed up to create The Real Freelancer, a website for ALL of your newbie freelancer needs. We’re very excited! 😀
Our first resource is The Real Freelancer’s Resource Vault!
The Vault has everything a freelancer needs in the first year of business – if not the first month.
From templates and checklists to workbooks, track sheets, and sample documents, the vault has you covered.
All-in-All, you get 14 tools and resources to help your freelance business grow and flourish. Read more ›
Today’s an exciting day for me! I just launched a new brand/business with my friend Monique called The Positive Bloggers. 😀
Monique and I realized that there were plenty of places online to get “how to” advice when it came to the business side of blogging. But that there were almost no resources to support freelance bloggers emotionally — to help them stay happy and healthy while building their careers. We decided it was time to fill that gap.
Both of us are successful freelance bloggers with over fifteen years of experience under our belts. And we both suffer from severe anxiety issues. We know first-hand the difference positivity can make for both your life and career.
We’re avid dreamers, but we’re also big-time doers. We strive for happiness in all aspects of our lives, but we also know how to organize our time in a way that we consistently meet deadlines and get stuff done. We hope to help you do the same!
Head over to The Positive Bloggers or follow us on Twitter @PositiveBloggy for positive-minded freelance blogging advice!
I’m having a rough week due to issues with my health, so I’m going to keep this week’s blog post short.
Every year, I make myself a little workbook to reflect on the year that’s passed and plan out my freelance writing/business goals for the future year.
This year, I’m sharing that workbook with all of you!
Personally, I like to print mine out and fill it in with glitter gel pens and add drawings and whatnot to the pages. However, you can probably fill it out digitally too if you prefer (or don’t own a printer).
Click the link below to get your FREE PDF and have fun filling it out! 😀
Whenever my my mentoring clients ask me what makes a “perfect” freelancer, I always end up using a lot of “P” words to make my point.
It’s become such a common question in my sessions that I decided to make a blog post about it.
If you’ve ever wondered what elements make up a great freelancer, this is the post for you.
Here are my seven favorite “P” words to describe freelance writing success: Read more ›
As of yesterday, I’m now on Gab at http://gab.ai/littlezotz – Follow me if you get on!
I had been using Gab for a few months as someone I ghostwrite for and I absolutely loved it. I believe in Gab as a social network and made some donations to the cause. Then, yesterday, I was invited to join as a verified user (check out my blue checkmark! I feel like a big shot!). And I already have several followers.
I believe that Gab is going to be the network for freelance writers. They already have a large community of writers — and people interested in good writing — and it’s growing every day. Read more ›
Grab a pen and a few sheets of paper and follow along with this 5 minute episode that will help you discover your area(s) of writing expertise!
After you finish, you’ll learn not only which topics will pay you the most — but which you most love to write about! You’ll be more prepared than ever to start your own blog.
Don’t want to listen to the podcast or write down the questions yourself? No problem! Download the exercise HERE as a free PDF! 🙂
Special thanks to SIKORA for my theme music and Ramiro Roman for my album art.
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One of my best friends in high school used to always tell me, “You can always find ways to make money, but you can’t always find ways to be happy.” And he was so right.
Money (and clients) will come and go, but your happiness is truly what affects your life as a whole.
I recently dropped my worst client, for three out of the four reasons I’m going to list below. If you’re dealing with any of the situations I’m about to list, I’d suggest you drop your worst client as well! Dare to make your happiness a priority in your freelance writing career. Read more ›
I’ve been very busy lately, but you probably wouldn’t have guessed that from viewing this blog. I haven’t updated here in forever.
The truth is, I’ve been struggling to find the motivation to update here. The guy who draws the illustrations that go with my blog posts, Ramiro Roman, has been too busy with other work to work for me. Which is great for him — and I’m very happy for him — but something about losing his magic touch really zapped my motivation. Using stock photos just doesn’t excite me like his illustrations did.
But that’s just an excuse.
After all, a blog post could have no image and still captivate an audience through the power of words. And I’m a writer — words are kinda my thing.
I had no problem writing entries on my personal blog. Or writing for my clients. So why was it that updating my primary blog — my biz blog! — became such a daunting task?
Well, in addition to losing my illustrator, I just became bored with my business “self.” So I decided to regroup. But then I got discouraged when interactions with readers slowed down. Which, of course, makes sense in hindsight (what would they be interacting with if I didn’t update?). But, at the time, it just solidified my opinion of myself as “boring” and made me even less motivated to continue.
I had to do some really hard thinking to get my motivation back.
If you’re struggling similarly, here are some tips that could help you get back on track: Read more ›
As we all know, freelancers are absolutely invincible! Freelancers never get sick. It isn’t allowed! We aren’t hired to fall ill, we’re hired to work.
But, of course, there are a few of us in the freelancing business who are rebels… Sick, sick “rebels.”
Your Body Will Betray You
All right.As much as I would like it to be true, it’s a myth that “freelancers never get sick.”
No, really. Freelancers are people too! And people, from time to time, get sick.
However, how you handle your illness can mean the difference between keeping your clients (and the gigs they pay you to perform) and losing it all. Read more ›