Leaving Work Behind

Want to Blog But Don’t Know How to Start?

Written by Tom Ewer on August 26, 2014. 6 Comments

Beginner BloggingI have loved my journey with Beginner Blogging so far.

It was nothing more than an idea for so long, but now it’s become a reality, and it’s great to see it helping people so much already.

If you’re not familiar with Beginner Blogging yet, it’s a website for people who want to blog but don’t know how. The foundation of the site is a completely free beginner’s course, which takes people from knowing nothing about blogging to creating a blog they can be proud of.

The course focuses entirely on the technical aspect of blogging, but I knew that many people also struggled with the more creative side. So with the technical basics taken care of, I set out to answer all of the most common questions people have about blogging when they start out.

Today, I’m delighted to announced that I’ve completed that task. But that’s not all; we’ve also got an exclusive new service available to beginner bloggers. And as you may have come to expect, it’s completely free! Keep Reading

This May Be Au Revoir…But It’s Not Adieu

Written by Tom Ewer on August 18, 2014. 22 Comments

Waving handA few weeks ago I announced that things were going to change around here and asked you to fill in a survey.

176 of you provided detailed and thoughtful responses, for which I am hugely grateful. It has opened my eyes to who you are in a way that I was not previously aware of.

In this post I want to explore that very topic (who LWB readers are) and then go on to explain what I intend to do with Leaving Work Behind in the near future. Keep Reading

How to Find Freelance Blogging Clients That Will Pay You What You’re Worth [Introducing Paid to Blog Jobs]

Written by Tom Ewer on August 11, 2014. 9 Comments

Paid to Blog JobsAny regular Leaving Work Behind reader will know that I’m a huge fan of freelance blogging.

It got me my start in terms of making money online and being able to quit my job, and my writing business (which evolved from my freelance blogging efforts) is my largest source of income to this day.

I see it as my responsibility to help others achieve the same success in freelance blogging as I have. That is why my team and I have spent the past several months developing a service that enables freelance bloggers to:

  1. easily find freelance blogging job opportunities, and
  2. pitch effectively for them.

That service is known as Paid to Blog Jobs, and today I am delighted to announce that it is finally ready for you.

Read on to discover how Paid to Blog Jobs can help you land more jobs with quality clients, and ultimately make more money from working on your terms. Keep Reading

How to Improve Your Life, One Small Step at a Time

Written by Tom Ewer on August 7, 2014. 32 Comments

Baby StepsThere is no ultimate goal in life.

There is no nirvana.

There is no pinnacle to be reached (even if we think we can imagine one).

There is no such thing as complete fulfillment.

The sooner you recognize these facts, the sooner you can get on with improving your life.

That may sound intimidating, but it isn’t. On the contrary, it’s massively releasing. Acknowledging that the achievement of one big goal is not going to make your life “perfect” will open you up to the realization that any positive step – no matter how small – can improve your life.

And invariably, small positive steps lead to big positive changes.

Don’t believe me? I’m sure there are things you have started doing in the past that have had a positive impact on your life. It could be something as simple as making your bed in the morning or going for a morning constitutional. It may not feel like a big deal, but it has improved your life nonetheless.

That’s how easy it is to improve your life, and it didn’t require something as frightening as quitting your job.

Now don’t get me wrong – quitting your job may be a big goal of yours, but it doesn’t have to be the goal. It’s not like you can’t work on improving your life in smaller ways while you focus on that bigger goal too.

This is something I have come to realize only too well, as I have quit my job.

I quit my job quite some time ago in fact – back in 2011. But guess what: my life isn’t perfect. Far from it. I’m working on improving my life as much as (if not more than) I ever have.

For a long time I thought that quitting my job was what would lead me to the imaginary state of nirvana that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. It took me quitting my job – followed by over 2 1/2 years of gradually building a successful online business – to learn that there are no miracle milestones. You can only do your best to ensure that your journey through life is as enjoyable as possible for you and those you care about. That is achieved through all of your actions and experiences – from the biggest to the smallest.

With that in mind, I want to issue a challenge.

I want you to commit to doing one small thing, for two weeks, that you think will positively affect your life. And I want you to tell me what that small thing is in the comments section below.

It needs to be something that you absolutely will not cop out on. Think really small.

Here are a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing:

I’m going to come back to you in two weeks, at which point you’ll remind me of what you tried, then tell me what happened, and how the process was of any benefit to you.

I can assure you one thing: one way or another, this process absolutely will be of benefit if you follow through. I guarantee it.

I’d like you to dwell on that for a moment. No matter how tough life can get – no matter how difficult the big goals you set can feel – there are things you can do right now to improve your life.

How’s that for empowerment?

So let’s get started – join me in the comments section below where I’m about to share my own small change, and let me know what yousmall change is! Then make that change, starting tomorrow.

Photo Credit: Marisa

The Key Ingredient of My Success as a Freelance Blogger

Written by Tom Ewer on August 4, 2014. 10 Comments

IngredientsAs I reflect back on my beginnings as a freelance blogger, I consider myself quite lucky in a way. After all, my first two clients were WPMU (now the WPMU Dev Blog) and ManageWP.

James and the team over at the WPMU blog were wonderful to work with, and I still work with Vladimir and the team at ManageWP nearly three years later (as the blog’s editor).

How did I land those first two clients? I scoured the ProBlogger Jobs Board twice, submitting about 5-7 pitches each time. Each set of pitches landed me one quality client.

But regardless of the quality of my pitches, my writing skills or anything else, I was fortunate to be able to pitch two quality clients.

In my experience, “good” clients are generally harder to find than that on job boards – you have to sift through a lot of less-than-stellar opportunities across multiple job boards to find the diamonds in the rough.

But it wasn’t just luck that got me off to a decent start. Luck was certainly a factor, but it wasn’t the factor. The factor was something we are all capable of: hard work. Keep Reading