Leaving Work Behind

Why You Should Take a Solo Work Retreat

Written by Ransom Patterson on November 15, 2016. 2 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.

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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. 4 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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How to Be Your Own Boss (5 Invaluable Tips)

Written by Ransom Patterson on October 4, 2016. 3 Comments

An empty boardroom.One of the best things about self-employment is the flexibility it gives you. There’s no boss or company telling you when, where, or even how to work. This freedom lets you do cool things like go on a 30-day solo bike tour or move abroad to learn a new language.

However, it’s not all fun and games. Working without a boss means more flexibility, but it also means more responsibility. As a one-person operation, it’s up to you to plan, assign, and create high-quality work. With all of this additional management responsibility, it’s easy to let your creative output suffer – especially if you’ve never had to manage your own work before.

Don’t worry, though. In this post, we’re going to show you how to strike the right balance. We’ll give you five invaluable tips for being your own boss, while still producing outstanding work.

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How to Work From Home (And Stay Physically and Mentally Healthy)

Written by Alexander Cordova on September 20, 2016. 0 Comments

A tower of colored stones.Freelancing from home sounds like a dream come true to many of those stuck in a nine-to-five job, but it comes with its own set of physical and mental hurdles that are not apparent at first glance.

Learning how to deal with these downsides is perhaps the biggest challenge you’ll tackle as a freelancer, but it can be done – if you’re willing to make some changes to your lifestyle.

In my case – and maybe yours – the three greatest hurdles are isolation, a lack of exercise, and mental fatigue. Let’s talk a bit about each, how I’ve dealt with them, and how you can too!

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4 Steps to Declutter Your Digital Life and Get More Work Done

Written by Ransom Patterson on August 23, 2016. 4 Comments

A broom sweeping across a wooden floor.Since you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you want to spend as much time as possible doing work that matters. Doing so is an essential part of the path to working for yourself. It’s difficult to focus, however, when you have digital clutter slowing down your computer, clogging up your email inbox, and generally getting in your way.

To take back your time, you need to do a purge and clear out the excess.

This can seem like an overwhelming task at first, but just as with physical decluttering, the key is to take things slowly and have a plan. Today’s post will show you how to efficiently declutter your digital life, and prevent clutter from piling up in the future.

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