Leaving Work Behind

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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Would You Like to Blog About WordPress for a Living?

Written by Tom Ewer on December 8, 2015. 5 Comments

WordCandy logoI’ll cut straight to the chase: WordCandy is growing, and I’m going to take on a full time WordPress blogger based out of our offices in Moseley, Birmingham (UK). It’s a unique and exciting job opportunity for the right kind of person – namely, a talented blogger who loves WordPress!

If you’re interested (or perhaps know someone who might be), you can find out further information and submit an application here.

Please note that this opportunity is only available to those who are able to work from our office in Moseley, Birmingham (UK). I know that rather narrows the playing field, but you never know – one of you guys or gals may be the perfect fit!

What To Do When Your Best Client Fires You

Written by Lis Stedman on November 24, 2015. 7 Comments

GunOne of the great inevitabilities in the life of a freelancer is that sooner or later a really great, valued client will say goodbye.

There can be many reasons – companies get bought or go bankrupt without warning. Organizations can change their focus. Sometimes, an editor leaves and the new editor brings with them their own writers.

You should never be in a situation where losing a client leads to meltdown, and there are some things you can do – some of them way ahead of problems arising – to make sure this doesn’t happen.

Here are six great ways to cope with the sudden, nasty, client-shaped hole in your plans.

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