One 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.
It’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.
So, you want to be a professional writer? No problem.
Seriously: no problem. I’m not going to say that becoming a professional, paid writer is easy – at some point, you’re going to need to sit down and type out a few thousand original words – but it is achievable.
There are plenty of ways to get paid for your writing. Maybe you’ll earn enough to make writing a lucrative side hustle, and maybe you’ll follow my example and make writing your full-time job (I write about 3,000 words a day, Monday through Friday. It isn’t easy, but it is a lot of fun).
How can you get started as a beginning writer? Here are some tips, direct from The Write Life’s new ebook 71 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer. I helped The Write Life put together this resource, and I’ve done a lot of these money-making ideas myself, so I know they work!
I just got back from my first vacation as a full-time freelancer.
I’d give myself a B-. I tried to prepare as much as possible by working ahead on client work, letting my clients know I was going to be gone and setting an out of office message on my email.
But it wasn’t until the end of the week that I truly was able to unplug and relax. Part of this is that I still needed to work in some capacity by checking email for my two virtual assistant clients while away. And part was that I wanted to know what I was missing while I was gone.
Silly, silly me! As I mentioned, towards the end I was able to relax and enjoy myself a bit more. And I learned a lot about myself and my business in the process. Here are my four best tips to help you take a more successful vacation from your freelance business next time around.
So, you’re writing a great blog post. You’re really pleased with it. And you have a strong feeling that it could
go even further – but how do you make your way into the lucrative yet confusing world of magazine publishing?
Believe me, it’s not as hard as it looks. For a lot of blog writers, getting something into traditional publishing looks daunting and – whisper it quietly – for a magazine writer, blogs look like a mountain to climb too. But there are a few easy, basic rules for success.