Leaving Work Behind

How to Find Autonomy by Not Relying On Yourself (In 3 Ways)

Written by Anne Dorko on February 21, 2017. 0 Comments

A collection of balloons.It’s easy to feel alone when building your own freelance career or starting a business. (Cue All By Myself here, if you feel the need to dwell in the loneliness.) When you approach it like a lone wolf, you’re more likely to burn out and get overwhelmed. It doesn’t need to be this way!

Building autonomy doesn’t actually mean living and working in a vacuum. Making it on your own actually involves other people. Right now, I’d like to make the case for having accountability partners or joining a mastermind group. These are small groups of like-minded folks with similar goals who check in on a regular basis to keep each other motivated.

If you’re tired of going it alone, but aren’t sure whether this is the right approach for you, allow me to offer three ways that asking for help is beneficial. However, before that, let’s take a look at how you find accountability partners in the first place.

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4 Work-Life Balance Mistakes I Made (So You Don’t Have To)

Written by Guest Author on February 7, 2017. 0 Comments

Rocks balancing on the beach.Tom: The following is a guest post by Monika Tudja, Head of Business Development at Fried.com – a platform dedicated to educating individuals on how to protect their online privacy. As you might have guessed, Monika is passionate about online privacy, cyber-security, and keeping the web ‘free’ for everyone around the globe.

People say that experience is the best teacher, and while they’re mostly right, it certainly would be nice not to have to learn everything the hard way. When it comes to mastering the balance between work and life, this maxim rings particularly true. Striking this challenging harmony is hard – ask any overworked person and they’ll be happy to tell you the same.

The key to avoiding this issue is to be mindful of how others around you deal with it, as well as those who have come before. You can take their experiences as references for what (and what not) to do.

In this article, I’ll discuss the four main mistakes I made in my past, then tell you how I tackled each of them. Join me for a walk down memory lane!

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An Online Freelancer’s Introduction to Digital Security

Written by Anne Dorko on January 24, 2017. 3 Comments

An open bolt lock.As an online freelancer leaving work behind, your laptop is your life – some spend a minimum of six hours per day absorbing the blue light. However, if your laptop is compromised, you could stand to lose everything.

Let’s be clear: nobody is safe from hacking attempts, and there’s no bulletproof strategy if you become a target. Until that happens, basic precaution should keep the majority of the digital riffraff at bay. Predators like easy prey – so make yourself less accessible by applying some simple steps to avoid being hacked or having your identity stolen.

Personally, I find this process to be rewarding and fun. So without further ado, here’s my simple introduction to securing your online existence!

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How to Keep Showing Up Even After You Fail

Written by Anne Dorko on January 10, 2017. 4 Comments

10A soldier going under barbed wire.Failure is a scary word. It’s easy to be optimistic upfront, telling ourselves that whatever we’re doing is a great learning opportunity. However, once failure inevitably hits, it hurts much worse than we imagined. Moving forward doesn’t sound quite as nice as forgetting disappointment ever happened, and jumping ship.

Unfortunately, some level of failure is inevitable anytime you try to achieve something. It doesn’t matter how good your intentions are, how talented you are, or what a great person you are. To succeed, you’ll need to push through the temptation of quitting, and simply keep showing up.

It is a simple enough plan, but that doesn’t make it easy. In this piece, I’d like to offer you three common situations that make you feel like quitting, then show you how to get through them.

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How to Increase Your Revenue by Outsourcing to Freelancers

Written by Guest Author on December 13, 2016. 4 Comments

A world map, with pegs and elastic bands.Tom: The following is a guest post by David Attard of DART Creations. David has been fascinated by, and has actively used, the internet since the days of 28k modems. With an extensive background in software and web development (and still very much interested in anything web related), David manages new SaaS products (such as BeeWits!) for Switch Digital after previously managing a web filtering product for an international software company. He frequently writes on several influential web design sites.

Are you one of those freelancers leaving thousands of dollars on the table because of one simple thing? As you read through this post, you might think it’s blindingly obvious. There’s one simple reason for that: it is!

Most freelancers seem to be happy to leave money on the table each month, simply because they’re not willing to go the extra mile by upselling their services, and outsourcing the additional work to other freelancers.

In this post, I’ll take a look at how to increase your revenue by upselling, then move onto five steps for finding quality freelancers. However, firstly, let’s look at the type of client you’ll want to target.

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