This May Be Au Revoir…But It’s Not Adieu

Waving hand

A few weeks ago I announced that things were going to change around here and asked you to fill in a survey.

176 of you provided detailed and thoughtful responses, for which I am hugely grateful. It has opened my eyes to who you are in a way that I was not previously aware of.

In this post I want to explore that very topic (who LWB readers are) and then go on to explain what I intend to do with Leaving Work Behind in the near future.

How to Find Freelance Blogging Clients That Will Pay You What You’re Worth [Introducing Paid to Blog Jobs]

Paid to Blog Jobs

Any regular Leaving Work Behind reader will know that I’m a huge fan of freelance blogging.

It got me my start in terms of making money online and being able to quit my job, and my writing business (which evolved from my freelance blogging efforts) is my largest source of income to this day.

I see it as my responsibility to help others achieve the same success in freelance blogging as I have. That is why my team and I have spent the past several months developing a service that enables freelance bloggers to:

  1. easily find freelance blogging job opportunities, and
  2. pitch effectively for them.

That service is known as Paid to Blog Jobs, and today I am delighted to announce that it is finally ready for you.

Read on to discover how Paid to Blog Jobs can help you land more jobs with quality clients, and ultimately make more money from working on your terms.

How to Improve Your Life, One Small Step at a Time

Baby Steps

There is no ultimate goal in life.

There is no nirvana.

There is no pinnacle to be reached (even if we think we can imagine one).

There is no such thing as complete fulfillment.

The sooner you recognize these facts, the sooner you can get on with improving your life.

That may sound intimidating, but it isn’t. On the contrary, it’s massively releasing. Acknowledging that the achievement of one big goal is not going to make your life “perfect” will open you up to the realization that any positive step – no matter how small – can improve your life.

The Key Ingredient of My Success as a Freelance Blogger

Ingredients

As I reflect back on my beginnings as a freelance blogger, I consider myself quite lucky in a way. After all, my first two clients were WPMU (now the WPMU Dev Blog) and ManageWP.

James and the team over at the WPMU blog were wonderful to work with, and I still work with Vladimir and the team at ManageWP nearly three years later (as the blog’s editor).

How did I land those first two clients? I scoured the ProBlogger Jobs Board twice, submitting about 5-7 pitches each time. Each set of pitches landed me one quality client.

But regardless of the quality of my pitches, my writing skills or anything else, I was fortunate to be able to pitch two quality clients.

In my experience, “good” clients are generally harder to find than that on job boards – you have to sift through a lot of less-than-stellar opportunities across multiple job boards to find the diamonds in the rough.

But it wasn’t just luck that got me off to a decent start. Luck was certainly a factor, but it wasn’t the factor. The factor was something we are all capable of: hard work.

My Free Blogging Course, Beginner Blogging, is Now Live!

Beginner Blogging

A few weeks ago, I published a post here on Leaving Work Behind where I talked about the awesome opportunities that blogging gives us.

But the bad news was that I felt technical blogging guidance for absolute beginners is lacking. At the time I said:

…while there are endless resources relating to the creative side of blogging (my clear favorite being How to Start a Blog That Matters over at Fizzle), I see far less comprehensive technical help available for complete beginners.

To clarify that point, while there are plenty of technical blogging tutorials spread across the web, I’ve never found a free blogging course that does a great job in showing a complete blogging newbie how to get their blog set up in the way they would like – covering everything from design to functionality and beyond.

So I decided to create that course myself.

Today, I am delighted to announce that the above-mentioned course, Beginner Blogging, is now available for you to access. Oh, and did I mention that it’s completely free?