Leaving Work Behind

The Best Kept Secret That Leads to Success as a Blogger

Written by Anne Dorko on March 21, 2017. 0 Comments

A woman holding a finger over her mouth, epitomizing the secrets of successful bloggers.

It seems every superhero has a secret power that helped them become who they were truly meant to be. For example, Superman isn’t bound to earth’s physical rules, Spiderman has spider powers (obviously), and full-time bloggers are free from the confines of the standard office – yes, I see successful bloggers as superheroes!

Well, we know Superman is an alien from Krypton, and Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider, but how do the bloggers do it? The key factor, it turns out, is that they often teamed up with a mentor.

When I was first advised to get a blogging mentor, I scoffed at the idea – largely out of pride. I’ve since changed my tune! To spare you the same heartache, I’ll share three ways a mentor could have helped advance my blogging career from the beginning, then discuss how you can find a mentor of your own. However, before that, let’s look at why having a mentor is a good idea. Keep Reading

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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4 Things I’ve Learned While Freelancing in a Third World Country

Written by Alexander Cordova on May 31, 2016. 21 Comments

A Venezuelan man holding up his glasses.In order for this article to make sense, I need to explain something. I live in Caracas, Venezuela – and as you might know if you’ve been paying attention to the international news lately, my country is in the middle of a delicate situation (to put it lightly).

How delicate? Well, imagine going multiple days without power, spotty internet service, lack of water, and other basic necessities. I’ve gone (and still am) going through all of these roadblocks, and still found a way to build a modest freelancing career.

While hopefully you won’t ever find yourself in a similar situation or environment, the lessons I’ve learned so far may still be useful for some of you, particularly traveling freelancers.

Let’s take a look at the four things I’ve learning living in Venezuela.

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3 Tips for Handling an Unexpected Life Event as a Freelancer

Written by Gina Horkey on April 7, 2016. 21 Comments

Two plastic figures looking frightened.On Monday, August 24th, 2015 at just after midnight I awoke with abdominal pain.

Pain that wouldn’t go away no matter how I tried to lay, sit or stand. Pain that reminded me of birthing contractions, but which didn’t offer any reprieve in between.

Halfway through a phone call to the hospital’s nursing line (during which my husband was frantically googling symptoms), I decided I’d be going to the emergency room no matter what they told me. The nurse agreed, my mom arrived to care for our young children, and Wade whisked me off to our local hospital.

Not five hours later I was in recovery, sans appendix. As the anesthesia started to wear off, I briefly wondered if it was all a dream? All it took was a glance down at my hospital gown to confirm it was definitely not.

I sit here typing just over a week out from surgery, three new scars on my abdomen, feeling about as normal as I can. I’m sharing my story not for sympathy, but to hopefully better equip you in handling unexpected life events as a freelancer.

Here are my three best tips!

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Five Freelance Writing Nightmares (and How to Deal With Them)

Written by Lis Stedman on March 24, 2016. 15 Comments

A woman waking from a nightmare.It’s 3am and you wake up in a cold sweat, torn away from a terrible nightmare. What was it about? Some TV monster? Justin Bieber? No – it’s your freelance writing career.

What are the problems that keep you awake at night, and what’s the best way to deal with them? Here are some thoughts – both on the types of things that freelancers worry about most, and useful solutions.
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