It’s easy to feel alone when building your own freelance career or starting a business. (Cue All By Myself here, if you feel the need to dwell in the loneliness.) When you approach it like a lone wolf, you’re more likely to burn out and get overwhelmed. It doesn’t need to be this way!
Building autonomy doesn’t actually mean living and working in a vacuum. Making it on your own actually involves other people. Right now, I’d like to make the case for having accountability partners or joining a mastermind group. These are small groups of like-minded folks with similar goals who check in on a regular basis to keep each other motivated.
If you’re tired of going it alone, but aren’t sure whether this is the right approach for you, allow me to offer three ways that asking for help is beneficial. However, before that, let’s take a look at how you find accountability partners in the first place.
Tom: The following is a guest post by Monika Tudja, Head of Business Development at Fried.com – a platform dedicated to educating individuals on how to protect their online privacy. As you might have guessed, Monika is passionate about online privacy, cyber-security, and keeping the web ‘free’ for everyone around the globe.
People say that experience is the best teacher, and while they’re mostly right, it certainly would be nice not to have to learn everything the hard way. When it comes to mastering the balance between work and life, this maxim rings particularly true. Striking this challenging harmony is hard – ask any overworked person and they’ll be happy to tell you the same.
The key to avoiding this issue is to be mindful of how others around you deal with it, as well as those who have come before. You can take their experiences as references for what (and what not) to do.
In this article, I’ll discuss the four main mistakes I made in my past, then tell you how I tackled each of them. Join me for a walk down memory lane!
10Failure is a scary word. It’s easy to be optimistic upfront, telling ourselves that whatever we’re doing is a great learning opportunity. However, once failure inevitably hits, it hurts much worse than we imagined. Moving forward doesn’t sound quite as nice as forgetting disappointment ever happened, and jumping ship.
Unfortunately, some level of failure is inevitable anytime you try to achieve something. It doesn’t matter how good your intentions are, how talented you are, or what a great person you are. To succeed, you’ll need to push through the temptation of quitting, and simply keep showing up.
It is a simple enough plan, but that doesn’t make it easy. In this piece, I’d like to offer you three common situations that make you feel like quitting, then show you how to get through them.
Tom: The following is a guest post written by Chelsea Baldwin – the Founder of Copy Power, where she teaches freelancers how to reverse engineer their copywriting for more conversions and sales to grow their businesses. She’s written a free e-book with five easy to implement copywriting tricks to help you reduce your bounce rates, keep people on your site, and increase your leads.
Even before I quit my job, I knew I wanted to offer premium-priced services. I’d tried my hand at freelancing just after graduating college, and figured churning out 8–10 articles per day at $15 a pop wasn’t going to do me any good in the long run. The work was hard to find, and there was always someone willing to do it cheaper. What’s more, even though clients were spending little, they were endlessly picky.
However, working in an office setting showed me something: business owners shell out top dollar to get a good service. I also learned that price is the representation of a service’s value. It’s incredibly empowering to know, but how to do it is another thing entirely.
There are no hard and fast rules for how to go about positioning yourself for premium pricing, but in this post, I’ll walk you through how I did it in four steps. However, first let’s discuss your attitudes to your market value.
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!).