How to Feel Fresh on Friday

Blah! It's another one of those days and you just don't feel like working. But, of course, you have to work. You've got deadlines and besides you need the money. Every freelancer has times when they struggle with motivation. You may struggle to stay motivated on Friday after a long week's work, or you may have trouble getting back into the swing of things on Monday. No matter what your motivational … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Why Did You First Become a Freelancer?

Everyone has a different story. Everyone starts freelancing for a different reason. Some people want to increase their earning potential. Some people want to start an empire. Others are simply looking for a way to spend more time with friends and family. Still others may start freelancing for an entirely different reason. Every freelancer has a set of goals that is unique to them. The beauty of … [Read more...]

Finding Your Writing Rhythm

As a freelancer, there is a constant conflict between the practical side and the creative side of your brain. Your practical side works at 1,000 miles an hour, quickly navigating the logistics of pitching a story, negotiating fees, and creating connections with editors. But once you land an article, you have to immediately switch to your creative side, that part of your brain that generates innovative ideas … [Read more...]

Four Tips to Once & for All Detonate Procrastination

I nearly didn’t write this article because I didn’t know if I would ever get around to it. That, my friend, was a joke! I know of so many people who battle with procrastination. But their main problem is this. They never ever get around to dealing with the problem head on, and that makes the problem bigger than it really is. So, here are some tips to help you once and for all detonate … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Instant Motivation

Do you know the story of Pavlov’s dog? If not, very briefly it went like this. Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov would ring a bell and when his dog came bounding up to check it out, Pavlov would give him some meat to eat. He did this for some time before noticing that weirdly, the pooch started salivating as soon as he heard the bell ring and before he’d even seen the meat. Pavlov realized he had stumbled … [Read more...]

Freelancing Accountability Tips to Help You Stay on Target

Many complain about the inconvenience of working corporate hours, but freelancers understand best how having a rigid schedule can help with focus and productivity. The advantages of working your own hours and sitting wherever you call your "office" also bring many detractors and a constant need for self-imposed focus. Here we offer tips for moving forward--rather than sideways --with your projects. … [Read more...]