Did you know that as a freelancer you’re actually far more of a salesperson than you might have anticipated? A lot of what we do as freelancers is selling our work and selling ourselves.
There’s a saying- new level, new devil. It’s true. I’m sorry, there’s no fast pass where you never encounter challenges ever again.
It might sound like strange advice to tell you that you are going to have to fire your clients as you grow your online business, but it’s absolutely imperative that you consider this as serious advice. In fact, I tell many people that one of the reasons that I have been able to grow a freelance writing business with six figures in revenue is because I have fired clients and understood the negative qualities about past clients that I don’t want to see in future ones.
Let’s be honest- we’re not always telling the truth about how productive we are. Admit it- you probably spend ten hours or more per week watching TV, right? Probably another five with email?
Ever find that between emails and that written to-do list that you’re not exactly sure what you’re supposed to be working on? Yep, me too, until I found a central place to keep it all.
Listen – I had a catastrophic accounting mistake that happened early on in my freelance career by assuming that any CPA could manage my taxes. What happened was the CPA who was more experienced with brick and mortar businesses, made mistakes that it took me years and hundreds of dollars to fix with the help of another CPA. That was essentially money and time thrown down the toilet and I was very bitter about it for a long time. However, I’ve chosen to use that bitterness to help teach you an experience.
If you are like any entrepreneur (or maybe I’m specifically speaking for myself, that I’m sometimes way too disorganized) then you could potentially benefit from an online business manager. Once you reach a point in your business where you have solid profits and are growing your revenue, it is important to consider what you can take off your plate.
Starting your own business comes with all kinds of ups and downs, but things can get much more emotional when you have to involve your family members. Whether you are starting a side hustle or planning to launch out of a traditional career into a more non-traditional one as a blogger or other online business owner, your family members may not understand what you are doing.
Life in your twenties and thirties can be confusing. One minute you’re on top of the world, and the next it can feel like pretty much everything is crashing down. I always thought a quarter life crisis was something you had once, like when a middle aged single dad goes through a mid-life crisis and buys a yellow Porsche and takes up tennis and maybe also joins Tinder. Turns out though, the quarter life crisis can strike any time, and tends to show up more often than you’d think.