4 Best Ways to Increase Creativity for Freelancers

4 Best Ways to Increase Creativity for Freelancers

Mental Health, Mindset, Productivity Hacks
Freelancers are inherently multi-taskers having to do the technical work and manage all the business affairs.  Here's some simple steps to help increase creativity for busy freelancers. 1. Walk Walking is likely the best form of exercise simply because it isn't really exercise.  Our bodies are made and designed to walk forward, to keep at it one step at a time. One can argue that the same can be said of running, but I beg to differ. If we walk we can get to any place, no matter how long it takes because walking is something that using just the right about of energy to accomplish a goal -- getting from point A to point B. In a lifetime, you're likely to walk over 118,000 miles!  Be sure to remember…
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5 Podcasts That I Will Never Delete From My Playlist

5 Podcasts That I Will Never Delete From My Playlist

Uncategorized
  I have been a big fan of podcasts and talk radio before that.  There is something very intimate about the voice and only voice perhaps because it takes us out of using our dominant way of understanding the world. As the old adage goes, "Seeing is Believing." We, tend to lead with our vision, when we see things it makes it manifest and real.  Do you see what I mean?  Second comes our hearing.  Sound familiar? Puns aside, my own theory is that listening to an audio only medium forces us to instead just taking everything for granted right in front of us as we see it, it forces us to use our imagination. We imagine how the talk show hosts look like (I tend to make it a…
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3 Greatest Financial Habits of Independent Contractors

3 Greatest Financial Habits of Independent Contractors

Productivity Hacks
Establishing financial habits as an independent contractor helps you save, invest and allocate the money you make from clients and align it to grow your business.  Here are some of the 5 greatest financial habits used by independent contractors and freelancers. 1. Passive Investing and Passive Income It all comes down to being passive. Passive investing has become and continues to be a huge phenomenon in recents.  Like it's eponymous name, the passive style of investing is like a glacier -- it moves slowly, but it can cut through rock. The same can be said about passive income.  The idea is that automatic, reoccurring income can win the day.  If you are spending your energy trying to find new clients to replace the old ones then you're like a dog…
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The Leading Apps That Power the Gig Economy

The Leading Apps That Power the Gig Economy

gig economy
The Gig Economy is fast becoming not just a flavor of the week term, but a legitimate way we are redefining online and offline work that people do without a singular boss.  Here are the apps that are leading the way and are powering the gig economy. We can debate if the gig economy is in fact something new or not, but what we cannot deny that the gig economy, the economy that is made up of independent contractors, freelancers, digital nomads or whomever you call it, has accelerated with the advent of mobile phones. Mobile phones make computing available by simply bringing it in the car with you, bringing it on a trip, or simply using it to initiate communications with potential clients or passengers.  It has made invoicing…
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Some Free or Near-Free Tips for Digital Nomads

Some Free or Near-Free Tips for Digital Nomads

Digital Nomads
Travelling the world with only what you have on your back is fun and thrilling.  Here are some tips I experienced as a Digital Nomad that I wished I knew sooner because I couldn't gotten me out of costly situations. Travelling and working on my blog has been an opportunity of a lifetime.  For the last five years, I've been living the dream as a 'digital nomad' -- starting my first lifestyle blog, earning enough money to travel and also starting other online business, all the while meeting amazing people along the way. It's been a fun ride, but like in the road of life, the road of travel sometimes leads to dead-ends and unexpected turns. Here are some tips that I learned (and sometimes the hard way) to help…
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What is Customer Care and How It Helped Bezos, Buffett and Billionaires

What is Customer Care and How It Helped Bezos, Buffett and Billionaires

Customer Delight
What is Customer Care?  In this article explore how the singular focus on the customer, delighting your clients is the seed from which massive success springs. Everyone has heard of customer service.  If you've ever went to return something, you're asked to go to the "Customer Service" counter.  They are usually called that. If you've ever been to the customer service counter, you'd realize fairly quickly that it's nothing but making you feel like customer service is happening.  That's been my experience anyway. The service they offer you is service that's part of their normal business operations, so why does it need a dedicated desk to do it?  It's just a vanity name to say you are being serviced. So if normal customer service is just business-as-usual we need a…
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10 Simplest Tips for Getting 3x Inbound Leads from LinkedIn

10 Simplest Tips for Getting 3x Inbound Leads from LinkedIn

Freelancer How-To, Productivity Hacks
LinkedIn has been around for a while, but as a Freelancer, Consultant and Solopreneur, it is the single best social media network to help you bring in warm leads.  Here's how to 3x inbound leads with these tips for your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is fast becoming the only social media network used professionally.  Facebook and other companies have talked about and are working on building a professional profile graph, but LinkedIn has the benefit of being around for close to a decade now. With 400+ million users and in more than 200 countries, the potential reach you have as a Freelancer is unlimited.  By building an amazing profile on your page for your Freelancing Business, you stand an amazing chance of creating warm inbound leads effortlessly.  Here's what I've done to…
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4 Money Saving Tips for the Newly Self Employed

4 Money Saving Tips for the Newly Self Employed

Freelancer How-To
As an employee, you have everything done for you like deductions and some taxes take at source.  As a self employed person, it's like you're going to need to do these yourself now.  Here are some tips that I had to learn and has helped me save hundreds of dollars by doing them. 1. Getting Behind on Book-keeping Book-keeping is such a pain for me.  I was always good at math so you would think that it would predipose me to also being good at book-keeping, but it's not the case. If you're like me, you would you find your person or fiscal year-end to be an extremely painful exercise. Not making excuses here but my bank also doesn't make it easy. For some reason, my bank doesn't allow for…
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Is Coffee Good For You? For Fantastic Freelancers

Is Coffee Good For You? For Fantastic Freelancers

Physical Health
It seems coffee has always been a part of the freelancing world. To freelancer writers, to self-employed developers of today, coffee shops have been the environments in which so much work has been done. So, we explore in this article -- is coffee good for you to help you pull an all-nighter. Coffee and Me American culture revolves around coffee. European culture gave us the concept of coffee houses. I would be wrong but when I want to Vienna a few years ago, that's were some of the first coffee houses started. I also know some stuff about coffee from my training as a Barista at Starbucks.  They made us do coffee tastings and took time away from work to learn about coffee. I put myself through college that way --…
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All You Will Need To Know About the Sharing Economy

All You Will Need To Know About the Sharing Economy

Definitions, sharing economy
The Sharing Economy is a relatively new term in our vernacular.  So just what is it and how big is it and how does it affect you? This article is going to explore all that in this Definitive Guide.   Hello World!  Hello Sharing Economy!  Welcome to their brave new world where everything is turned upside down and inside out!  The world is changing with technology facilitating this change and it feels like it's every increasing. It is indeed a relatively new term.  It goes very well in line with the outsourcing movement, freelancing movement, digital nomadic lifestyle, lifestyle businesses for people to learn how to make money online.   When It All Began If you look at Google Trends, the term wasn't even part of our language into as recent…
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