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.

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.
www.letscollabo.com
DaveM@letscollabo.com

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.

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Five ways to beat the dreaded freelance isolation zone

Posted on: February 9th, 2014

Welcome to guest writer, Marina Gask.

When I tell people I’m a freelance journalist and press consultant their response is either ‘You lucky thing, is it brilliant being your own boss?’ or “Don’t you find it a bit – well – lonely?”. To be honest, it’s yes to both.

The freedom to choose your own projects and not have to answer to anybody is a joy indeed. But there are times when you can feel isolated and find yourself climbing the walls. Here are a few ways to make sure you enjoy the freedom without wasting your day pining for human company and talking to the TV.

1. Know yourself
If you’ve previously spent years working in a busy office and thriving on human interaction, you’ll need to make sure you build some into your day. Take your laptop to the nearest friendly coffee bar and spend the morning there, or arrange to meet a friend for lunch, or schedule something fun for after a work meeting, or join local networking groups like Meetup (www.meetup.com) to find out about gatherings of likeminded people. Or have a work-free day every week to go out and do something fun – all day. Just because you can.

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How do I stay healthy and fit?

Posted on: December 29th, 2013

Welcome to guest blogger, Olga Arakelyan.

Hi Carole! Thank you so much for your kind invitation to write a guest post for your blog. But first, I’d like to share the story behind this article. In November, I published the post called “Being a healthy freelancer: your eyesight matters” where I shared some tips for those who, like me, suffer from overstrained and tired eyes. This post caused an active discussion both in my blog and in social networks and many more useful tips were shared by my colleagues.

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