Leaving Work Behind

The 10 Key Attributes Top Earning Freelance Bloggers Share

Written by Tom Ewer on March 25, 2015. 26 Comments

BiroI have worked with more than 30 freelance bloggers over the past three years.

My experiences have ranged from excellent to shocking, with varying levels of competence in-between. And while I didn’t have a firm idea of what I was looking for when I took on my first writer (besides evidence of technical writing ability), when I look for new writers to join my team these days, I have a very good idea of my requirements.

With that said, in this post I want to explore the key attributes I look for in each of the freelance bloggers I interview, trial and ultimately work with. Without fail, writers that grow their business to such a level that I can no longer afford their services share the attributes listed below. If you can nail all of the following (and I’ll give you tips on how to do exactly that), you should be able to establish yourself in the echelon of freelance bloggers who earn $100+ per hour. Keep Reading

The Next Big Step in the Evolution of My Business

Written by Tom Ewer on March 18, 2015. 31 Comments

MonkeysTime flies when you’re having fun!

My two week vacation in Sri Lanka has come and gone with a blur. I was able to get away from my business entirely (not a single email checked nor tweet sent!) for the entire time – a big success.

Although I had plenty of time to reflect on things, I managed to switch off for the vast majority of the time. Getting away from my business gave me a great deal of perspective, and I have returned with a more concrete idea of where I want to go from here.

If you’re interested to know what I have planned next for my online business, read on! Keep Reading

Planning Tomorrow Today: 4 Steps to Start Your Workday off on the Right Foot

Written by Tom Ewer on March 10, 2015. 34 Comments

Tom: The following is another guest post from Gina Horkey – she’s filling in while I’m sunning myself in Sri Lanka. This week she’s focusing on productivity, and has given me a few things to think about! If your days aren’t as productive as you would like, keep reading for some simple solutions.

ChecklistOrganization is great. But then so is flexibility.

I was attracted to the whole concept of leaving work behind in part because of the latter. Even though I have a bunch of systems in place that help me to be more organized, I try not to be overly rigid. This is to make my work as easy and enjoyable as possible. It’s also important that I’m keeping clients happy by meeting (or exceeding) deadlines.

However, I don’t want my days to be so so precisely planned that I’m feeling suffocated or stifled by my work. This is a rather creative business, and you can’t really force creativity. There is a balance to be struck.

With the above in mind, in this post I’m going to share with you four steps that enable me to plan successful days before they’ve even happened. Keep Reading

5 Steps to Adopting a Successful Freelancer Mentality

Written by Tom Ewer on March 3, 2015. 58 Comments

Tom: The following is a guest post by Gina Horkey, an excellent freelance writer and past ‘student’ of mine. If you find this post inspiring (and you may well), she offers coaching services too! Enjoy 🙂

Why not now?Freelancing is tough.

Like really tough. But it can also be really great. Look at Tom – he works a few hours per day doing something that he enjoys and gets to spend the rest of his time as he pleases. While he doesn’t do much freelancing these days, ask him and he’ll tell you that he owes everything to his freelancing roots.

Although I work more than a few hours a day, I recently got the opportunity to take my freelance writing business full-time. My last day of work at my day job was on December 23rd, 2014. I actually probably put in more hours now than I did last year (not including when I was working on my side hustle), but at least now I’m building my business, not someone else’s.

Although freelancing is tough, it’s not impossible. I’m proof of that. I started looking into freelance writing in April of last year and was able to build my business up enough to quit my job a mere eight months later – not too shabby. I even earned more than $5,000 in January for the first time (full disclosure: this includes some consulting with my former office).

Here are five key steps I took that can help you too. Keep Reading