Posted January 23, 2012 in Lifestyle
Are you one of those people who always get the Monday Blues?
Do you have to drag yourself out of bed? Do you feel sluggish and unmotivated all day Monday? And does every thing seem to go wrong on this day?
The Monday blues are common. In fact, a study by the firm Mercer found that 35% of all sick leave is taken on a Monday. In another study, more than 25% of people surveyed said the thought of going back to work on Monday morning was enough to ruin their weekend.
These studies were done among employees, and you’re a freelancer. But I’ll bet if you could take Mondays off, you would.
Most freelancers do, but the challenges of working from home can sometimes make life/work balance seem unattainable. You may feel like you are constantly being pulled towards both family and work commitments–a bit like being in the middle of a tug-of-war.
One answer that can help you achieve better balance between your work and personal life is boundaries. In this post, I’ll explain how boundaries help freelancers. I’ll also list some of the areas where you should consider establishing boundaries in your own freelancing business.
Posted January 18, 2012 in Business
Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and other “serious” businesses have them. Should your freelancing business have one too?
A vision, that is.
A vision is simply a statement (several paragraphs, actually) of where you’d like your business to be in the next x number of years.
Apparently, a vision is really good for any business, including yours.
Negotiations are key for successful freelancers. Nearly every project starts with negotiations (or if it doesn’t, it should). Freelancers who can’t negotiate a profitable deal are at risk for losing money, or even worse, going out of business.
So, it stands to reason that negotiating skills are also important. In this post, I identify five common negotiating mistakes that freelancers often make. Read the post to make certain that you’re not guilty of making any of these errors yourself.
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