Leaving Work Behind

4 Ways Strategic Online Relationships Made My Business

Written by Gina Horkey on February 23, 2016. 23 Comments

togetherWant to know my secret to success?

Learn from others further along the path than you.

It’s that simple.

I wouldn’t have gotten half as far without the help and support from others, like Tom, who have given me advice and guidance along the way.

I now have a whole slew of internet peers that help me and vice versa. It’s very much give and take and in some sense, it’s always been.

Today I want to share with you four ways that building strategic relationships helped to make my business successful and why you should be networking your little heart out. In a nutshell, you’ll get much further with people then you will on your own! Let’s dive in.

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8 Myths About Freelance Writing – And How to Bust Them

Written by Lis Stedman on February 9, 2016. 4 Comments

A pen writing "Once upon a time..."I’ve been a freelancer for nearly 20 years now and have come across many myths and preconceptions about freelance writing that I know catch us all out from time to time.

In this article you’ll find some of the worst, along with some tips on how to bust them.
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5 Lessons From 5 Failed Online Business (That You Could Be Making Too)

Written by Guest Author on January 26, 2016. 16 Comments

Tom: The following is a guest post written by Tom Hunt – the Founder of Virtual Valley, a platform that connects entrepreneurs and rockstar virtual assistants, with the mission of giving entrepreneurs back one million hours of their time by 2018. Subscribe for his weekly bootstrapped marketing tips here.

Did you ever think that you could simply throw up a landing page describing your product or service and that people would immediately flock to you? Or that you could tweet your link to an influencer with 1.7m followers and he/she would retweet it to an eager audience?

I did.

And as I sat there refreshing my Google Analytics stats on my first online business, I was both confused and disappointed. Out of the billion websites out there, why are people not spending time on mine?

Then, slowly, I started to learn…from mentors, friends, websites, blogs, books, seminars – and most importantly, from experience.

With the above in mind, in this post I will share my five greatest lessons from five of my online business ventures that ultimately “failed” (though more on that later). Keep Reading

5 Lessons Learned A Year After Leaving Work Behind

Written by Gina Horkey on January 12, 2016. 42 Comments

5 Lessons Learned After Leaving Work Behind 6 Months AgoSeveral months after leaving work behind, I hit my 2015 revenue goal of grossing $10,000 in a single month from freelancing.

Whilst I’m very proud of myself for this achievement, you’re only as good as your next sale in this business. In order to maintain this level I need to continue hustling, find a way to scale my business, or both.

I’ve learned a lot since setting out on this crazy freelancing journey a year and a half ago – more than I can probably wrap up in a single post – so here are my top five lessons learned from leaving work behind to freelancing full-time.

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Want to Quit Your Day Job? Here Are the 5 Questions You Must Ask Yourself First!

Written by Gina Horkey on December 22, 2015. 5 Comments

Want to Quit Your Day Job?So you want to quit your day job?

Good for you! It’s exciting, isn’t it? But a bit nerve wracking, scary and overwhelming too.

Since it’s kind of a big deal, I think it deserves proper consideration. So I’ve compiled a list of five questions you should ask yourself before giving your boss the pink slip.

Ready?

1. How Much Money am I Making from My Freelance Business?

And frankly, how predictable is it?

I started my own freelance business as a side hustle, and I’d recommend you do the same. Start building while you’re working full-time if at all possible. This will enable you to make sure it’s viable, use the income to pay down debt (or save it) and make sure it’s something you enjoy.

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