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10 Tips to Save Time & Do More

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The great Management guru Peter Drucker once said:

“Time is the scarcest resource of the manager;
if it is not managed, nothing else can be managed.”

If this is true for managers, then it must be true for the rest of us as well.

So how can we make the best use of this valuable resource?

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What Your Freelance Fantasy Says About You & Your Job

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Freelancers have it easy. They don’t have a boss, they don’t have set hours and they only have to commute if they feel like it. That’s the fantasy anyway.

Images accompanying articles about working as a freelance invariably involve someone in a beautiful setting, quietly contemplating the fruits of their creative genius.

You don’t tend to see them depicted in a state of emotional meltdown with coffee all over their laptop and their latest deadline looming.

The fantasy and the reality can sometimes be quite far apart — and that’s putting it mildly. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Become Financially Independent

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Financial independence is the dream many individuals aspire to reach.

The idea of being able to earn your own income is a worthwhile thing to pursue, and luckily if you’re an entrepreneur, you’re already a step ahead of the rest of the world.

On the other hand, just because you’re bringing in your own source of income at the moment doesn’t mean the situation is set in stone.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur currently working for someone else, or an established business owner, here are a few steps you can take to protect and preserve your financial autonomy. Click Here to Read Article …

Why Employee vs. Independent Contractor Classification Matters [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why Employee vs. Independent Contractor Classification Matters [INFOGRAPHIC]

Although some may overlook it, classifying someone as either an employee or a contract worker matters for both businesses owners and employees.

Businesses can face issues with the IRS for improper employee classification, and employees may be getting the short end of the employment stick if they are improperly classified in terms of both pay and benefits.

This infographic, compiled by Wunderland, a creative staffing agency, provides useful information for both business owners and job seekers about the differences between being classified as an independent contractor vs. being classified as an employee.

It also covers what you need to know about job mis-classification along with the risks of improper job classification, and how to protect yourself at work.

Here are some key points to note:

  • As an employee, much of the burden of the work falls on the employer, from training to providing you a computer and other resources to assuring your taxes are being paid from your wages.
  • A company can try to take advantage of an employee by improperly classifying them as an independent contractor.
  • Employers can work with a staffing firm to avoid mis-classification and IRS tax audits.

Check out the full infographic below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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What do you think? Is it easy to distinguish an employee from a contract worker in your line of work?

5 Secrets to Motivating Yourself

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What do you do when you’re feeling kind of blah and can’t seem to shake it?

Do you have ways to snap out of those moods and create a sense of drive and purpose?

If yes, keep doing what you’re doing (and leave a comment at the end of this post with your secrets).

If you’re like most of us, you may need a little extra help to get your mojo movin’ again.

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3 Ways to Create a Home Office

For over seven years, I devoted myself entirely to the practice of law and working as a corporate attorney.

When year number eight rolled around, with its continued promises of working long, stressful hours at a thankless job, I decided to make the leap out of the legal profession and into the realm of being a full-time freelance writer.

It didn’t take too long to realize that even though my office setting had changed, and I had more flexibility working from home, the long hours only increased.

I had to become even more productive to handle all aspects of the business myself, because I had no dedicated staff to run it for me. Click Here to Read Article …

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4 Ways to Deal with Criticism

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 …

5 Books Freelancers Should Read Now

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 …

7 Secrets to Faster Writing

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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 …

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4 Ways to Make Money While Writing

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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5 Secrets to Awesome New Blog Posts

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Blogging is a legitimate descendant of journalism. In some cases, you are chronicling the events and trends of your world for your readers, and, in others, adding your opinions. In other instances, you are offering advice and a place to share opinions, insights, and help.

The major difference between you and the observers of past decades is your potentially global audience. How disheartening, then, to encounter the same challenge that journalists, commentators, and advice columnists have always risked — a blank screen and an empty fund of ideas! Here are some ways to prompt creativity. You would not be blogging if you did not have ideas — the trick is to unlock them when you need them!

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How to Maximize Your Blog’s Potential

Whether you’re building a blog as a means of launching your own business, using it as a promotional tool to display your freelance portfolio, or even creating a new social media hub, it can be tricky getting the right people to see it.

It’s important to regularly accrue new visitors to your blog, and it’s even more important to keep them coming back. Having recurring visitors will transform your blog from a one-person show to a vibrant community.

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