It’s hard to say no.
Especially when you’re a people pleaser, like I am.
And it’s especially hard when you have to say no to a prospect or client.
As service professional, you’re wired to say yes to … Read more
If you want to survive and thrive in this difficult economy, you need to change some elements of how you think and what you do.
Specifically, you need to adjust your critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and … Read more
We don’t talk enough about money in the U.S.
But as self-employed professionals, few things are more important than mastering our personal and business finances.
Because when we’re stressed about money, it puts undue pressure on our … Read more
Are you trying to scale your writing business by hiring other writers?
That can be a very profitable and rewarding model. But it also comes with its own set of challenges, one of which is clients … Read more
Every challenge carries with it the seed of tremendous opportunity.
We understand this intellectually.
But when we’re in the middle of a challenge, it’s not so easy to see.
When the pandemic hit, many of us found ourselves having to lead our children with their distance learning efforts.
We’ve had … Read more
According to bestselling author Dan Pink, we learn best when we teeter on the edge of our confidence.
If a challenge is too difficult, we get discouraged.
But if it’s too easy, we become complacent and stagnate.
So … Read more
Yep, running your own business is stressful.
Sometimes things get so hectic, you wonder if you should take an office job!
Of course, running away from stress isn’t the answer.
You have to find ways to lower your … Read more
In his 2012 keynote address to the University of the Arts, author Neil Gaiman said:
“The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.”
Many of my … Read more
We're all familiar with to-do lists. But have you ever created a NOT-to-do list?
This is something I did recently.
My NOT-to-do list is a list of things I do but no longer WANT to do.
These are … Read more
Setting and maintaining healthy boundaries with clients is an important topic. But we don’t talk about it enough as freelancers.
For a relationship to be healthy, it needs to be balanced. Each side must feel like … Read more
Do you know what’s truly liberating in this business?
It’s getting to a place where you're not emotionally attached to a yes or no from prospects.
Here’s what that looks like:
You have a discovery call and qualify … Read more
For most of us, working from home is not a new thing. So I know you’re not just sitting around binge-watching Netflix.
If anything you’re busier than ever. You’re working hard on your business and maybe … Read more
One of the worst things you can do as a writer is obsess over low-cost providers.
It’s not good for your mental health.
Sure, you worry about discount writers here or overseas.
Or you might be concerned about … Read more
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”
— Victor E. Frankel, Man’s Search for Meaning
We’re living in unprecedented … Read more