Successful Freelancers All Do This One Thing

Successful Freelancers All Do This One Thing

Productivity Hacks
As Freelancers, we struggle with doings things today (this hour) to pay the bills, and also the need to think for what's next.  Here's some strategies backed by science how to align to the longevity of my freelancing career. As Freelancers, consultants, independent contractors and the like, we are generally hired to put out fires. We have a particular skill set that can come in a fit right in to a project and just go with it, or we need to finish something urgently or have a strict deadline. Either way, we are being asked to move mountains sometimes. So, we are use to fire fighting or putting on bandaids. We're like the firemen and women who come in and save the day. Over time and with so much experience, we…
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How to Make Money Online By Reading These Books Today

How to Make Money Online By Reading These Books Today

Productivity Hacks, Uncategorized
The ways to make money online are vast and numerous.  It's not something that's new, but what does require some help is the motivation on the part of the entrepreneur and the freelancer.  Here are some books to spark that idea, fuel that drive and grow your business. Freelancers, consultants, intrapreneurs and self-employed have the ability to make money online so easily these days especially as an additional source of income. In recent years, this has been termed the "side hustle" (Recommended Read: 5 Side Hustle Ideas You Can Start Online and Offline Today).  This article is so much the business models involved in how to make money online but to help you prime yourself to thinking about generating an income, staying motivated when you do and serving your clients…
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Standing Desk: How I Felt After Using One for a Month

Standing Desk: How I Felt After Using One for a Month

Physical Health, Productivity Hacks
Standing Desk seem to be all-the-rage these days. I decided to get one myself and here was what I found after using it for a month. There's been many major studies that suggest sitting is the new smoking as the health hazards accumulate over time.  It's a little exaggerated, but it does have a point -- we sit way too much in the modern work that we do. I can't speak for anyone else but that was part of the reason why I became a Freelancer -- between sitting at the office (like most people for 8 hours a day, except for the the coffee breaks) and sitting in the car during my 3 hours commute, I would sit around 11 hours a day. It doesn't matter what else you do,…
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Some Free Ways to Stay Healthy as a Work at Home Freelancer

Some Free Ways to Stay Healthy as a Work at Home Freelancer

Freelancer How-To, Mental Health, Physical Health
Freelancing can be a lonely business, especially folks like us who work at home.  With the internet tools it's a double-edge sword -- on the one hand I can have meetings and do demos over video conferencing software, but on the other hand, working at home can be isolating. I quit my full-time job over 2 years ago now.  It wasn't the easiest start for me I must admit in the beginning and it was big change for me in both my mindset and my schedule. I had to fill my schedule (or at least I thought I had to) in order to "keep busy".  I had this feeling like I had to work just as hard or rather had to work the same hours (which turned out to not…
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5 Side Hustle Ideas to Start Online and Offline Today

5 Side Hustle Ideas to Start Online and Offline Today

Freelancer How-To
Side hustle means freedom to choose to work on something for money that you enjoy, find creative and save more for the future.  Be part of the gig economy today by finding a simple, easy way to start a side hustle. Not too long ago, the average middle-class worker will stay at maybe one or two companies and retire with a pension.  Nowadays, most jobs no longer come with defined-benefit pensions and instead offer inferior retirement plans.  With the internet, there are now platforms to help people earn money and save more on the side (or colloquially known as 'side hustle'), enjoying multiple and diverse sources of income in additional to their day jobs. In recent years, we've termed this freelancer work as "side hustle".  But the idea is that…
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4 Best Podcast Episodes for Freelancers – Online For Free

4 Best Podcast Episodes for Freelancers – Online For Free

Freelancer Tools, Productivity Hacks
4 Best Podcast Episodes for Freelancers - Online For Free They say podcasts and webinars are where radio and TV were back in the day.  While the medium has changed ever so slightly, the content from podcasts now are online for free, at your finger tips.  There is so much stuff out there, it can be overwhelming.  So to help out -- I've curated a list of recent podcasts episodes that I found most useful, inspiring and valuable to fill my days as a Freelancer.   I'm a big fan of podcasts. I've always been a fan of the audio-only medium every since I was small.  Radio was big in our house and still is.  Radio was how we'd discover new songs.  But what got me most excited was when I…
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Top 3 Evergreen Soft Skills Needed For Freelancing Success

Top 3 Evergreen Soft Skills Needed For Freelancing Success

Freelancer Soft Skills, Mindset, Productivity Hacks
Top 3 Evergreen Soft Skills for Freelancing Success Today You've become a Freelancer, a self-employed person, an independent contractor or Consultant because you have a high-demand skill that you sell to your clients.  They need your expertise and you need their business.  But as most high-demand freelancers have learned, it's not what you do, but how you do it. Here are the top soft skills that Freelancers need to master today. What are Soft Skills Anyway? Soft skills are applicable to Freelancers and Employee types alike.  These are the things that are not attributable to any particular knowledge-specific required task.  Your "hard" skills are those that require you to know Swift or project management techniques.  Soft skills are really anything that's left over that you have that's part of what…
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Top 4 Famous Quotes for the Self-Starting Freelancer

Top 4 Famous Quotes for the Self-Starting Freelancer

Mindset, Productivity Hacks
You Freelancers work along, work remotely.  It can be isolating.  Here are 10 famous quotes from influencers that will help keep you wise, motivated and inspired. As a self-stating Freelancer, the most important thing for you to work on is yourself. You are the valuable asset to your and your clients and your skills become the asset that you can then translate to others. Freelance work can be isolating when one works alone. But you are never alone in TheFreelancer.co / The Freelancer Community  here so here are some quotes our staff compiled that will help you be a better Freelancer.  Growing your business and yourself are no longer at odds with each other.   1. Tony Robbins and Jim Rohn "Every day, work harder on yourself than anything else, because…
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The Only Mindset You’ll Ever Need as a Freelancer

The Only Mindset You’ll Ever Need as a Freelancer

Mindset
I can't remember exactly how I came across Carol Dweck's easily accessible and straight to the point book, but her singular focus on this one mindset, help me get out of a rut in my business and also in my personal life.  Here I share my personal experience and what she espouses as the one mindset for success. We live in world of contradictions.  We all inherently know this -- like my dog is both obedient and lazy at times.  She likes to come by whenever she wants and she's don't follow 100% of my commands 100% of the time.  So is she well-trained or not? We often are made to believe we are some labels of ourselves either self-identified or externally imposed.  And while often take it from granted…
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Are Notebooks a Fad?  4 Reasons to Start Journaling

Are Notebooks a Fad? 4 Reasons to Start Journaling

Uncategorized
Notebooks.  They are popping up everywhere and many people are creating new ones and adding themes to it.  They happen to be one of the more popular items on Kickstarter and crowdfunding sites.  But are notebooks just a fad? And why is there such a strong push for it lately?  We'll explore some really good and important reasons for journaling and what I learn by doing it daily.   Notebooks have been around for ages. They are nothing new. Since we were able to make paper, people have journaled.  But in the last few years, notebooks have made a resurgence, perhaps as a counter-reaction to the 24/7 digital work where we scroll, flick, swipe, type and text. There is something viscerally appealing about a notebook.  It's bound, it contours, its…
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