Leaving Work Behind

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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4 Reasons to Extend Your Platform to Other Bloggers

Written by Gina Horkey on November 10, 2015. 5 Comments

extend your platformWhy would someone give up their hard won platform to someone else?

What if they screw it up?

What if people stop reading my blog because of what someone else wrote?

These are real questions and valid concerns. Extending your platform to others doesn’t come without risk. But many people, myself and Tom included, are doing it every day.

I would argue that there are more reasons to do it than not. You’ll gain far more by opening up your blog, website or social media accounts to others than you’ll risk losing. Today, I’m going to share with you four reasons why I think you should extend your platform to other writers, bloggers and webpreneurs.

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3 Things I Outsource in My Online Business

Written by Gina Horkey on November 3, 2015. 18 Comments

3 Things I Outsource in My Freelance BusinessIt’s tough to do it all as a freelancer and online entrepreneur.

In fact, I’d argue that it’s impossible; especially over the long-term. We’re just not good at everything, and I for one don’t really want to be.

I’ve read a lot lately about playing to your strengths and continuing to work on improving them, rather than investing time, energy and resources in getting better at your weaknesses. And this makes a ton of sense to me. (I’m actually trying to apply this to my parenting philosophy as well.)

So what do you do as a solopreneur – someone that works for and by himself – when it comes to trying to do it all vs. playing to one’s strengths? Do you have to suck it up and do the things you’re not any good at or don’t really enjoy? Or is there another, better way?

To some extent, you might need to suck it up and do unpleasant or difficult tasks in the beginning. But there will come a point (and for most of us, it’s sooner, rather than later) where instead of having to try to do it all, you can start hiring out some things instead. Here are three things I outsource in my freelance business, instead of trying to do myself.

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Where I’ve Been (And Where I’m Going)

Written by Tom Ewer on October 27, 2015. 26 Comments

CrossroadsIf you’re a loyal Leaving Work Behind reader, you might reasonably have wondered at some point over the past four months or so (here was my last post).

The answer is neither short nor simple, but in this post I want to explain what I’ve been up to, what my plans are for the future, and how Leaving Work Behind fits into all that.

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