Leaving Work Behind

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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4 Ways to Kill It in Your Next Freelance Email Pitch

Written by Gina Horkey on August 11, 2015. 26 Comments

Email PitchThere is a right and a wrong way to pitch for freelance jobs (writing or otherwise).

If you’re a brand new freelancer, wouldn’t it be easier if you knew how to pitch the correct way, right off the bat? Or if you’re somewhat seasoned, but looking to take on some new clients and your current pitch isn’t converting that well, wouldn’t it be nice to know what you could do to make yours better?

We’ve talked a lot about pitching on Leaving Work Behind in the past. In fact, I’ve shared with you my first pitch along with my most recent one and broken it all down for you to learn why the latter is more effective and converts better.

And I’ve also given you the ultimate pitching blueprint to help you propose new article ideas to your current clients. But today, I want to share with you four specific ways to kill it in your next email pitch that are often overlooked by freelancers just like us.

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5 Ways to Punch Fear in the Face as a Freelancer

Written by Gina Horkey on July 20, 2015. 24 Comments

5 Ways to Punch Fear in the Face as a FreelancerAre you more afraid of failing or succeeding as a freelancer?

It’s normal to be afraid of failure, but for some of us the fear of success is equally or more paralyzing. Why? Because it means we should change.

And change is scary too.

But change is necessary for success. And you’re probably reading Leaving Work Behind for motivation to succeed. Either to leave your current day job or to continue building your freelance business – maybe it’s both!

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