Leaving Work Behind

3 Perks of Writing For a Living (And Why You Should Consider It)

Written by Alexander Cordova on April 4, 2017. 5 Comments

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Plenty of people dream about writing for a living, but not everyone gets to achieve it. However, as anyone in the business will tell you, writing for a living isn’t all rainbows and sunny days.

As a freelance writer, your work experiences can be very different from those with nine-to-five jobs. For example, you may get to write about an exciting new app one day, only to then follow that up with a book review. Best of all, you get paid for it.

In this article, I’ll talk to you about three perks of writing for a living. We’ll discuss the benefits they can bring you, how to implement them on your end, and how to get your start in the field if it interests you. Let’s jump right in!

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The Best Kept Secret That Leads to Success as a Blogger

Written by Anne Dorko on March 21, 2017. 2 Comments

A woman holding a finger over her mouth, epitomizing the secrets of successful bloggers.

It seems every superhero has a secret power that helped them become who they were truly meant to be. For example, Superman isn’t bound to earth’s physical rules, Spiderman has spider powers (obviously), and full-time bloggers are free from the confines of the standard office – yes, I see successful bloggers as superheroes!

Well, we know Superman is an alien from Krypton, and Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider, but how do the bloggers do it? The key factor, it turns out, is that they often teamed up with a mentor.

When I was first advised to get a blogging mentor, I scoffed at the idea – largely out of pride. I’ve since changed my tune! To spare you the same heartache, I’ll share three ways a mentor could have helped advance my blogging career from the beginning, then discuss how you can find a mentor of your own. However, before that, let’s look at why having a mentor is a good idea. Keep Reading

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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Why You Should Take a Solo Work Retreat

Written by Ransom Patterson on November 15, 2016. 3 Comments

A run down treehouse.While it sure beats working in a regular office, freelancing can still turn into a daily grind, leaving you little time to evaluate your business and work on larger projects. That’s a shame, since stepping away from your work every once in a while can have huge payoffs, both personally and financially.

To give yourself some much-needed space, why not take a solo work retreat? It’s like a vacation, but with the express purpose of evaluating your business and pursuing projects you don’t normally have time for. What’s more, you’ll return refreshed and energized, brimming with new ideas and a renewed understanding of how to develop your business going forward.

In this post, I’ll explain why taking a solo work retreat is one of the best things you can do for your business. I’ll cover everything you need to know to make the retreat a success, including choosing the perfect location, making room in your schedule to take the retreat, and how to structure each day you’re away.

Let’s get started!

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How to Maximize Your Efficiency as a Freelance Writer (in 5 Simple Steps)

Written by Alexander Cordova on November 1, 2016. 5 Comments

A man carrying a number of drinks.Freelance writers can be an odd bunch. Not many other professions get paid by the word, after all. In real-world terms, that means your earning potential is affected by your efficiency in a way most nine-to-five jobs aren’t.

With that in mind, the logical solution as a freelance writer is to maximize your efficiency. You need to figure out what your weaknesses are, find the right tools or techniques to tackle them, then get to work. It requires you to take a long, hard look at yourself and ask, How can I be better?

It’s a lot to ask, for sure, but there’s plenty you can learn from others. Let’s walk through my routine and figure out how to adapt it to help you, in five simple steps (all the while I keep an eye on the word count!).

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