How to Streamline Your Freelance Business with Systems, Software, and Automation

Systems are a key part of making your business efficient, consistent, and easy to run. By using systems alongside the proper software, you can streamline many of the tasks that you do on a regular basis - saving time, saving money, and giving you the opportunity to grow your business further. Before we get into the subject, though, it’s important to know what we mean by ‘systems’. Here’s our working … [Read more...]

Is It Time for Freelancers to Slow Down?

We freelancers seem obsessed with speed. There are many articles out there to instruct us on how to get more done in less time. Not only that, but I'm often contacted by freelancers who are looking for ways to do their work more quickly. The common thinking is that the more a freelancer does, the more they will earn. And it's not just freelancing. Our entire culture seems to be in a rush. But is it … [Read more...]

9 Things to Do Today So You’ll Get More Done Tomorrow

Do you want to earn more money. Simple. Get more done. At least, it sounds simple, but it's really not. As freelancers, our income depends partly on our productivity. That's why there are so many blogs and posts on how to be more productive. Despite all those posts about how to be more productive, I've seen very few on how to close your work day so that you can get more done the next day. Yet, the stage … [Read more...]

Stop Wasting Time Today

How much time do you waste in a typical day? Is it minutes, hours, or even more? The real answer might surprise you. All of those distractions add up. Worst of all a distracted freelancer is a less productive freelancer--and that can cost you money. In this post, I'll examine six surprising areas that may be wasting your time. Then, I'll suggest a strategy to help you avoid them. … [Read more...]

David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”: Is It Relevant to Freelancers?

  I first read "Getting Things Done" (GTD) by David Allen in 2007. Back then, I was working full-time in UNICEF, juggling my work responsibilities with a family. Although I didn't implement GTD completely, it did allow me to unclutter my entire work area (not just my desk). It allowed me to tame my overflowing email inbox. It allowed me to leave my files neatly organized for my successor. GTD was … [Read more...]

Why the Shortest Route Isn’t Always the Best One

A few weeks ago, I had an appointment in another city. I plugged in my GPS, set it to find the shortest route to my destination, and I was ready to go. Or so I thought. Unfortunately, taking the "shortest" route used an extra hour. I wound up being late for my destination. My shortcut wound up being the worst way to go. I hear about freelancers taking shortcuts all of the time. At first glance, what … [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...]

Designing a Dream Home Office

One of the best investments I've made into my business wasn't a fancy gadget or a shiny new toy. It was my office. It's interesting to see how many freelancers just work wherever they can, be it the local Starbucks, a spare bedroom or even the kitchen table. From my experience though, it's extremely important to have a nice dedicated space, preferably filled with your favorite things. While I don't do any … [Read more...]

5 Productivity Tools To Boost Creativity

This is quite a tricky post. Recently I realized that there are a few tools I use that not only save me a ton of time, but also make me more creative. By sticking to their simple and efficient functionality I have started to create more content in ways I haven’t imagined before. Here is a list of these five "creative" productivity tools for you. … [Read more...]

Kill Your To-Do List

We’re all well acquainted with the concept of the to-do list. Whether or not we get along with them is another matter entirely. Sometimes to-do lists just don’t cut it, and at the end of the day, the checked boxes are buried amongst all the empty ones. Well, gee, if that isn’t a morale boost, I just don’t know what is. In this post, I'll discuss a to-do list alternative--The Single Day Schedule. I'll … [Read more...]