Leaving Work Behind

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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Is It Possible to Freelance Across Multiple Fields?

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 2, 2016. 15 Comments

Three juggling balls in front of a blue  backgroundA lot of people divide their time working online between many different tasks. It could be transcribing in the morning, content mills in the afternoon, and writing fake reviews in the evening. But no serious freelancer would consider splitting his time across multiple fields, right?

While I’m still a long way away from being an expert in either of my fields, I’ve done a pretty decent job of achieving a balance between freelancing in two different worlds: web development and writing. It’s not a matter of money either (although more is always welcome!) – just a personal decision to pursue the two fields that fulfill me the most in the only way I know how: right from home.

If you’re curious, please bear with me while I explain how this works in my case, why it may work for you as well, and the reasons why it may not.

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The Traveling Freelancer: How to Trade Services

Written by Anne Dorko on July 19, 2016. 0 Comments

Boots walking on train track.Taking “as you need” freelancing work to support your travels can work out really well…most of the time. Unfortunately, every so often you may find yourself on the low end of the cash flow cycle. How can you put a roof over your head or afford meals without cold, hard cash?

I have good news: the barter system is alive and well. By pitching your services the right way to the right clients, you can work out deals to help you survive until your next traditionally paid gig.

Today, I’m going to share with you a few times I was able to use this technique on my own journeys. It helped me make the most of situations that may not have otherwise turned out so well. Ideally this insider look will help, should you ever find yourself up a creek without a paddle.

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