Leaving Work Behind

On Happiness

Written by Tom Ewer on November 25, 2014. 19 Comments

Smiley FaceHow can one be happy?

We all have our own answers – or perhaps our own delusions.

So many of us are driven by extrinsic motivations: money, power and fame. And yet it is logically apparent (if one cares to look) that true happiness comes from intrinsic motivations: the things that we do without regard for reward or recognition. The things that don’t cost money and don’t require power or fame.

To focus primarily on one’s desire for extrinsic rewards is to travel a rocky path fraught with disappointment (and worse). And yet you probably already find yourself on that path. I want to show you a better way. Keep Reading

From Zero to $4,000 Per Month: How I Pitch and Land Blogging Clients

Written by Guest Author on November 20, 2014. 35 Comments

Tom: The following is another guest post from Paid to Blog Jobs success story Gina Horkey.

While I’ve shared my pitching tips here on Leaving Work Behind in the past, what I found interesting was that Gina has gone her own way and been successful in doing so. It just goes to show that there are varied paths available to becoming a successful freelance blogger.

Take it away Gina!

Baseball PitcherPitching for jobs as a new freelance blogger can be daunting.

But getting that first (then second, then third) client is exhilarating. Hopefully your momentum continues to build from there.

But what if it’s doesn’t? What if you haven’t even gotten your first client yet, or you’re having trouble building your business into something dependable and sustainable?

Don’t fret, most of us started with zero clients – this definitely includes me! With that in mind, in this post I want to reveal how I went from a zero to hero freelance blogger (at least, that’s what I like to think ;-)) in just a few short months. Keep Reading

Why You Need to Quit Your Job

Written by Tom Ewer on November 18, 2014. 58 Comments

QuittingThere are few more painful dilemmas in life than the decision as to whether or not you should quit your job.

That’s where I was in November 2011. I had just one writing client who had paid me a grand total of $450 in October – approximately one tenth of my outgoings.

Despite that, I made the decision to quit. That may seem like a foolish move given the circumstances, but I didn’t actually feel like it was a difficult decision. At the end of the day, I valued my happiness more than I valued job security. Keep Reading

Should Freelance Bloggers Work For Content Mills?

Written by Tom Ewer on November 13, 2014. 39 Comments

MillI recently read a post over at Be a Freelance Blogger by Razwana Wahid rather controversially entitled Deception Revealed: 6 Bullshit Blogging Myths Created by Famous Bloggers.

When I look back at the advice I have doled out over the years, I found that I had avoided all but one of Razwana’s ‘bullshit blogging myths’. The one piece of advice mentioned in the post that I have supported in the past is not to work for content mills. With that in mind, I was interested to read about the author’s reasons as to why one might consider working for content mills.

In this post I want to explore the author’s reasoning as well as my own, and then open the topic up to discussion for you in the comments section below. Keep Reading

Announcing the Brand New Leaving Work Behind Design!

Written by Tom Ewer on November 12, 2014. 96 Comments

New LWB Design

Sometimes you just need to do something because it feels right. This new design is just that.

In an online world filled with talk of optimization, conversion rates and sales, I’m taking my own little stand. Don’t get me wrong – I want to make a living as much as the next person – but I don’t want to compromise my principles in the process. And that’s why I’ve launched this new design.

You see, the previous design was “commercialized”, for want of a better word. It was designed to attract and convert. It was a beast too – image-heavy and slow to load.

In short, I was fed up with it. I also happen to be a geek at heart, and I wanted a crack at creating the new design myself. I wanted something clean and simple; quick to load and easy to navigate. Most importantly, I wanted the focus to be on the content: that is what you’re here for after all!

So here it is folks. Let me know what you think about the new design in the comments section below. It’s something of a work in progress, so your constructive criticism will be carefully considered and perhaps acted upon!