The 4 Essential Habits That Let You Finish Work by 4pm

Posted on: April 15th, 2015

Welcome to guest writer, Charles Bordet.

Over the years, I have tried tons of different methods, systems, tools and habits to improve my productivity.

My goal was to be the most efficient possible, to finish my work earlier and enjoy my free time by going out with my friends or making progress on my other personal side projects.

I realize that I was more motivated to finish work than I was to actually work. However, that motivation was, in fact, what pushed me to develop the powerful habits that have allowed me to increase the quality of my work while decreasing the amount of time I spend on it.

Today, I want to show you the four most essential habits that helped me and can help you as well.

 First Habit: Work on your most important project first thing in the morning
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Start my own business? Could I do that?

Posted on: January 1st, 2015

Welcome to guest blogger, Caroline Law, who explains how she took the plunge and set up her own online video editing service.

I love coming up with ideas.  They can sometimes be a bit ridiculous, like having an elderberry farm or becoming a lumberjack for example. This one however started small.  I just wanted to spend more time with my daughter and continue in the job I already love. So I decided about a year ago to set up my own online video editing service that included myself as an editor and some of the great editors I’ve been lucky to get to know then lucky enough to get on the books.

Working as a television editor in Soho, the hours are long and you are expected to give everything up for the 6-8 week contract that you’re on.  Being a mum is amazing, but coming home to my already fast asleep daughter every night is heart breaking.  I want the best of both worlds.  I want to be able to do the job I love from home and I’m going to make every effort to get it. I’ve almost managed to take one of my ideas to fruition, it’s not been easy but it has already been rewarding.

Why it’s important for freelancers to take breaks

Posted on: April 22nd, 2014

I hope you had a fun Easter filled with chocolate and sunshine. Did you decide to work over the weekend or did you take time off?

I usually spend time working ON my business over the four-day Easter break. However, this year I had a long weekend off. (Well, apart from giving some initial thought to a presentation I am giving later this week.)

I spent most days over the holiday weekend walking. I strolled around Kew Gardens, I followed the Thames path at Richmond and I explored the newly-opened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. (Sunday was wet, so not ideal conditions for enjoying a walk.) Today, I am back at my desk and it feels ages since last Thursday afternoon. The difference is, I also feel more refreshed.

As freelancers, it’s important for us to take time off – even if it only for a few days. It is far too easy to get sucked into working all the time. We say ‘yes’ to projects even if we know we are busy and the result is we have to spend our weekends working. But we end up not recharging our batteries.

Two tips to help you achieve your freelance goals for 2014

Posted on: April 6th, 2014

We are now in the second quarter of 2014 (and, in the UK, it’s now the start of the new tax year) so it’s probably a good time to reflect on what happened in your freelance business between the beginning of January and the end of March.

Take out your list of goals you want to achieve for 2014. How much progress have you made towards achieving them?

Don’t worry if you haven’t much all that much headway yet, you still have nine months to go until the end of this year.

TIP 1: Just make sure you take one action today towards achieving the first goal on your list. And another action tomorrow, and so on…

Have you achieved the income targets you set yourself? If so, congratulations! If not, do you know what the reason might be? It might be because something was out of your control, such as the client decided to cancel the project, or they took the work in-house, or you were off sick for a couple of weeks and couldn’t earn anything.

Act Like A Startup: Four Customer Acquisition Tips

Posted on: March 24th, 2014

Dave Marcello is co-founder of Collabo, a virtual water cooler for solopreneurs. Following a ten-year stint as Director of a marketing agency, he is now a freelance creative marketer for startups and small businesses.

At some point in every freelancer’s career, you come to the understanding that no matter what your specific skill set is, the ability to consistently identify and close new business is the lifeblood of your operation. But aside from schmoozing networks and attending industry events, I find many solopreneurs have difficulty in the business development area. Never fear, there is hope! It can be found in a similar scrappy-and-crafty work environment: startups.

For a just-born, early-stage startup, there is a magnifying glass over every effort made to acquire and grow its customer base. And with limited budgets, laser focus, and unbridled passion, there are plenty of parallels between startups and freelancers. Here are six ways you can adopt a similar approach to increasing both the quality and quantity of new clients.

7 steps to take you from ARGH!! to AHHH!!

Posted on: March 19th, 2014

Three reasons why your technical knowledge isn’t enough AND how to earn more money, be more likable and be happier too.

85% of your financial success is down to your EQ, MQ & BQ, only 15% can be attributed to IQ.

As a freelancer, you are the biggest influencer in your business and you are what people are buying into. Your biggest asset in business, and in life is YOU; so investing in YOU is the best place to get the greatest ROI.

Your success or failure is down to your ability to relate to others.

Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85% of your financial success is down to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15% is due to technical knowledge.