Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Ultiimate Guide to a Freakin' Bright Future!

Business slacking up a bit? Projects hiding out? Cash flow slowing down?
This spells like a sad, sad day in freelancing existence.
Oil that baby up with some of these self-and-biz building tricks laid out for you in the most informal way possible!
PLAY INTRO!


Alright, this month's theme is called BREAKING BARRIERS. When things aren't working out towards a bright business future, then it's time for a plan change. You can't make any outcome any different by doing the same things over and over., right? So it's time to BITE THE BULLET and GIVE YOURSELF A BOOST!
(Do you see the B plays going on here? You did? Heee... thanks!)

Like they always say, change begins within yourself. Going a little zen here, let's do just that. Check out your anatomy and craft the changes from there. Ready?

STEP ONE: BRAINS. YOU'RE A WORK IN PROGRESS. ALWAYS.
You can't sit on your skill set and say, "Yeah, I'm amazing." Sure, that worked for a while. But times are changing, the world is turning. In the middle of all this excitement, believe me, stagnating isn't cool. What you have to do is feed that brain. Soak it up in new knowledge. If you're good at writing and active in social media --then, how about learning the ropes of content creation and social media management? Beefing up your skill set expands your services and pulls in new demand. Oooh... I see LinkedIn additions!

STEP 2: BALLS. COMFORT ZONING IS BORING.
So you're used to operating within a certain client circle and it has worked for you for a good while. But if you've done great, then who's to say you can't do greater? Who's to say you can't flap those wings and fly South where the grass is quite possibly greener? In other words, if the local market isn't giving you the usual goods, hike up those balls, and go bold. Try your hand in the international playing field. Why not?! I mean, seriously, with how technology is going at a neck-breaking pace, you can even get business from Mars! Uhm, just make sure those Martians pay well.

STEP 3: BADBUTT. KICK ASS OR DON'T KICK AT ALL.
This doesn't need to be said. But because my heart beats for Captain Obvious, I'll say it anyway. Always work with passion. P-A-S-S-I-O-N! Was that hammered down enough? Have that 'Nothing leaves this bake shop half-baked' mentality. Breathe fire! Especially if you're embarking into that great big unknown world of business, you have to let it all out and perform to the utmost fullest. Make every output feel like your last. Sounds exhausting, doesn't it? But, honey, these are hard times and you're turning tragedy into opportunity. This road ain't easy street. And you're gonna like it!

Keep to these self-changing steps and even with this freelancing drought, you're gonna do fine. Heck, you're gonna do better!
How's that song go again?
'The future's so bright... I gotta wear Oakley... yeeeah...'


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Friday, March 11, 2016

PROJECT: PROJECTS

You are an amazing fireball of creativity and independence.
You are strong...
You're invincible...
You are freelaaaance...
(If you didn't sing the last 3 lines, I am so going to cry)

Well, I am glad you have that confidence going for you. But be reminded that while confidence in solopreneurship is a thing, it isn't everything. Freelancing by your lonesome can be harrowing at times. I mean, I've never known a freelancer who hasn't cracked under pressure or snapped due to stress. We have our moments. So who do we run to when work gets out of hand? There's family, friends, and that understanding tub of Ben and Jerry's. But we also need someone who gets us. Someone who knows what we're going through and might be able to pitch in some kind of valuable support other than that run-of-the-mill 'Don't work too hard.' advice.

No, I'm not talking about pooling all your pennies for a life coach. I'm talking about these two women. And their projects.

Leah Kalamakis of The Freelance to Freedom Project


She makes everything about freelancing sound so easy! The cool thing about her is that she has the tools to guide you through the choppy waters of independent creativity and she's all out sharing them. How cool is that! She has kits, for love's sake! And she sends you emails on a rabid basis, too… because she really wants you to succeed.
When I need a shoulder to lean on during one of those trying freelancing days, the Freelance to Freedom Project is my official go-to. Leah is like a big sister. She doesn't nag, but she'll be there to give you good solid advice over a hot cup of cocoa.

Ash Ambirge of The Middle Finger Project


Ok, if you're done talking to your big sister, now it's time to hit the streets with your zany girlfriend. Ash Ambirge of The Middle Finger Project is attitude on legs. And we all know that freelancing isn't just all about a skill set but a fine sense of 'Killin' it!' as well. You can't just dive into solopreneurship without the necessary balls. You have to have those babies. And aside from a middle finger, Ash has just that. The Middle Finger Project gives you a whole new perspective on the freelancing process, and equips you with the right sass to survive it all. These come to you via blogs and webinars.
When I need to rant and be told I'm right for doing so, the Middle Finger Project is my official go-to. Ash got my back. :P

There you go!
Let these amazing women and their empowering projects help you through your solo ride to awesome work and fulfilment. You'll feel a lot better about being an independent professional, and being yourself.
That is, until you can score another Ben and Jerry's.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Biz-o-meter 2016

WHERE DID JANUARY AND FEBRUARY GOOOO?!!!
Well, they went to work. And then, work. And positively, more work.
In other words... the months flew to the moon and straight on to happy days!

I'll be perfectly blunt here and tell you that 2015 had been a complete and utter turd to me. Postponed projects, delayed paychecks, ninja clients. It was a year that just kept on taking.
But you, 2016, are shaping up to be a lovely sort. Repeat clients, retainer arrangements, international fanfare. It's one electric surge after another!

Now, I'm not saying that you have to rely on the good fortune of a certain period to land yourself, well, good freelancer fortune. You still have to work. When opportunity knocks, you grab that opportunity and ride it off into the sunset. And when opportunity doesn't knock, well, go ahead and hunt it down. And this year so far has been way too giving.

So, I know it's still early in the relationship, but 2016 --I love you and the electric surges you bring!
Do I get my restraining order now?