As freelancers, we get up close and personal with new acquaintances very quickly.
We go from cordially greeting a businessperson and exchanging pleasantries to sending that person the work for which they’ve hired us in a dizzying space of time.
Whether we’re designing graphics, preparing spreadsheets, writing copy, whatever our bag, we discuss the results a client wants and get to work.
After we’ve put things together and sent them off, we may find that a variation on one of the following ensue: Click Here to Read Article …
We can agree it’s important to keep up on the current state of one’s industry. It’s key to look beyond the computer screen from time to time. That could mean learning the latest trends in content marketing, outsourcing or graphic design. It could be checking in with the role of working at home in the global economy or the future of contract work as we know it. Everything is changing and it’s essential to know what to expect. Even if you have a favorite freelancing trade journal you faithfully read — in print or electronically — here are a few recent books you may wish to devour. Click Here to Read Article …
One of the main qualities of a good freelance writer is their ability to not only write well but to write quickly.
This is especially true if you are at the beginning of your writing career. You must learn how to write faster because you need to write more; you are getting paid less.
And if you like eating three meals a day, and so does your dog, then you better learn to write faster before both of you are hungry — very hungry.
Here are a few tips to help you get started on becoming a faster writer. You and your dog can thank us for them later. Click Here to Read Article …
Decisions, decisions. Sometimes it feels like our lives are one big set of decisions strung together between meals and sleeping.
Maybe that’s because on average all of us are asked to make more than 100 small to medium decisions every day — just in our personal lives.
If you are a supervisor or manager, then you are likely being asked to make even more — often more important — decisions than that every working day.
It is no wonder therefore that so many of us have decision fatigue. It is characterized by a range of emotions and reactions including indifference and inertia. Click Here to Read Article …
In the last 50 years there have been dramatic changes in how working space has been provided to employees.
Once, almost everybody who was somebody had an office and almost all of them had windows.
Eventually this was winnowed down to open space design and cubicles.
Now it appears we are ready and in some cases already experiencing an office-less working environment. Click Here to Read Article …
It used to be a given that getting an MBA degree was a sure way to also gain access to the executive suite.
But times have certainly changed in recent years, and while an MBA is still an asset, it no longer has the cachet that it once claimed in corporate circles.
That may be because of the explosion in the number of schools and universities offering an executive management training program.
In the United States alone there about 100,000 MBAs being granted each year and another 250,000 students enrolled in MBA programs at any given time in that country. Click Here to Read Article …
There is now a lot of scientific evidence that we are not getting enough sleep and not only is that making us grumpy in the morning, it is costing the global economy billions of dollars in lost productivity.
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control has estimated that about 30 percent of the American population doesn’t get enough sleep.
Researchers at Harvard University said that in 2011 this cost the American economy over $60 billion a year!
On an individual basis we know that we just aren’t at our best when we don’t sleep well and while we can get by for a while on little sleep, it can have a disastrous impact on our health and our work in the long term.
So getting a better night’s sleep is a good thing, right? Here are five ways to get a better night’s sleep. Click Here to Read Article …
There is no doubt cloud-based apps help you grow your business successfully and let you provide a better overall experience for your customers.
But as you grow, a tipping point emerges that can make you feel like you are working for your apps — moving data and repeating data entry — instead of having them work for you.
Most independent and home-based businesses now use at least five cloud-based apps, including email, marketing, project management software, online calendars, invoicing and book-keeping, and cloud-based storage services.
This is great when you are starting up: Each cloud app will help you to organize your business operations without having to invest in licensed software. Click Here to Read Article …
We all want to get ahead in our company and in our career.
Some people seem to just float through the levels without any difficulty while others get stuck in a position far below their ambition or capacity.
So how can you get out of that rut and start climbing on the corporate ladder to success?
If you’re wondering how to get promoted, here are five ways to get noticed and to get a promotion at work. Click Here to Read Article …
There are always new trends and themes that emerge in the workplace every year.
The most successful people catch onto these trends and ride them to even greater success.
Of course, not every office trend may apply to your situation, but that doesn’t mean they won’t in the future. It pays to know what’s on the horizon.
Here are five workplace trends that you should know about and catch onto for your own workplace success. Click Here to Read Article …
I’ve spent a lot of my adult life fretting about jobs, having job openings called to my attention, feeling a reflexive jolt of recognition at the sight of any “Help Wanted” sign.
I’ve often felt I was re-inventing the wheel and constantly redefining what I wanted to be when I grew up. That’s a sad state of affairs for someone with a guiding passion — writing — that is as well-defined, and that I’ve followed as faithfully, as the life’s work of anyone I know.
I’ve always said writers have to have two jobs. A doctor or engineer or school teacher find that their self-realization and bread-winning vocation are one in the same.
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