Whether you are just considering dipping your toes into the freelance world or are already a successful freelancer, there is always room to expand and grow your freelance business. Perhaps you launched your freelance venture focused primarily on freelance writing, and now you may be looking to broaden the scope of services you offer while trying something new and different.
A diverse set of skills and services can add significant value to your freelance business. In addition, a wide range of services increases the potential for new opportunities to come your way. If you are looking to expand your freelance portfolio, consider these five options for development.
A virtual assistant functions just as any other type of assistant does, however, they operate from afar; often from the comfort of their own home. Virtual assistants can be hired for ongoing work or contracted on a project by project basis. Virtual assistants are responsible for a wide range of tasks including, but certainly not limited to email management, data entry, market research, and personal errands. Many bloggers utilize their virtual assistants to help manage their blog. In addition to monitoring incoming emails and moderating and responding to blog comments, virtual assistants also act as staff writers and content editors.
We all know that hard work pays off in the form of success. As the famous Thomas Edison quote goes “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”. The end result of hard work is often incentive enough for us to put our noses to the grindstone and plug away at our goals. However, in addition to the obvious rewards of our hard work, we can reap other, often overlooked benefits from our hard work.
Hard work gives you an advantage.
If you’re looking for a competitive edge and a way to stand out and get noticed, hard work is the answer. Those who have achieved success often attribute their success to hard work, determination, and perseverance. Michael Jordan is a great example of someone who used work ethic to gain an advantage. Known for honing and perfecting his skills in the off season, he was able to set himself apart from the pack through his relentless pursuit to improve himself. Often time the advantage goes to the person who was willing and able to dig deep and put in the extra effort.
Opportunity is another advantage that comes with hard work. Individuals who work hard and show initiative are among the first to be noticed and considered for new opportunities when they arise.
Routinely practicing gratitude can have a big impact on the success of your business. More than just a simple “thank you”, gratitude is as defined by gratitude researcher Robert Emmons as, “a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation for life.” This type of grateful thinking can be applied to your business as well. By expressing gratitude and relishing in the success of your business achievements you are setting yourself up for the growth and success you desire.
Benefits of gratitude
There are a wealth of benefits that come with being grateful. Increased energy, focus, and optimism to name a few. Most importantly, gratitude increases happiness which is a predictor in success. Think of gratitude as an advantage you can utilize to help you reach your business goals.
It’s important to practice gratitude regularly. There are many ways to practice gratitude. The best way is to find a method that you enjoy and will stick with for the long-term.
Managing a side hustle business along with full-time work and home commitments can be difficult. The amount of work you’re required to accomplish on nights and weekends can be overwhelming and exhausting.
When fatigue sets in it’s easy to become discouraged; you may even consider giving up. However, before you throw in the towel on your side hustle consider these tips to reenergize and inspire you.
Remember your goal
Reflect on what motivated you to begin your side hustle in the first place. Whether your intention was to pay off debt or become a solopreneur, take yourself back to the time when you decided to launch your side business. Visualize the end result you’ve always imagined. If you still feel passionate about achieving your goal, continue forging on. If your goals have changed, take some time to chart a new path for achievement. [Read more…]
Have you chosen to balance your time with a “best of both worlds” approach to employment and entrepreneurship? This means you’re holding down a full-time job working for someone else while running a side hustle or side business in your off hours.
Yes, it means more work on your part, but there are also greater benefits and rewards to reap.
If you’re employed, you have access to things like employer-sponsored retirement accounts, health insurance, and other company benefits. And if you’re doing work on the side as a freelancer, contractor, or bringing in another form of self-employed earnings, you’re increasing your income, financial stability, and that personal satisfaction that only comes from being in charge of some aspect of your own career.
When you choose the best of both worlds, you’re likely perfectly positioned to pick up an additional perk for yourself. You may have your retirement account at work and a Roth IRA to house all your extra income, but you can continue to make the most of your dual role as an employee and entrepreneur by opening a SEP IRA. [Read more…]
When you’re working hard to develop a side hustle or business, or trying to make the leap from employment to entrepreneurship, you’re going to need a few shoulders to lean on from time to time. Managing a full-time job working for someone else while establishing your own side gigs is exhausting, and everyone needs a little help along the way.
It’s not just that starting up your own venture takes lots of time and energy – it’s a long, hard process full of emotional ups and downs too. There’s a whole lot that you have to put into it, and that doesn’t stop and start at just the actual work you’re doing.
Entrepreneurs and side hustlers often need to tackle new skills, deal with a wide variety of people (some who are more pleasant than others), manage tedious back-end tasks, keep themselves organized by implementing new systems and processes to help manage the crazy amount of stuff happening, and so on.
Especially when you’re doing something you’ve never done before, you need some kind of support system. While many people turn to a significant other, parents, or very close friends, not everyone has that built-in network available.
Maybe you’re not ready to tell all your friends about your efforts. Maybe you’re not married or in a serious relationship. Maybe your family thinks you’re nuts for working on your side hustle or business, and has told you it’s not realistic or feasible.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t have a traditional support system in place – or the support system you wanted to rely on is less than encouraging – here are three ways you can build your own group of supportive individuals who will be more than happy to help you along every step of the way as you increase your income or build a business. [Read more…]
For those of you who don’t know, I recently had the pleasure of testing out the four hour work day. Although my experiment only lasted a few months, it gave me great insight into what it would be like if I was working for myself full time. And by full time, of course I really mean only four hours a day 😉
But now that I’m back working 8 hours a day at a real job I’ve started thinking a lot about efficiency and what it means to be an efficient worker. One of the big reasons why I don’t like 9-5 office type jobs is because of the amount of time wasted. Would you be surprised to learn that at my last day job there were literally days where I went in and didn’t do one ounce of work? I’m sure there are some people that go into work and work their ass of for 8-10 hours a day and take lunch at their desks but I’m certainly not friends with any of them. [Read more…]
On most nights when I get home from work, I have a pretty consistent routine. I’ll work online for a couple hours while I have a little snack and then it’s off to prepare dinner, or grab a quick bite to eat. Once in a while, my fiancee will even cook dinner for me! But after that, I sit down in front of the TV and put on one of my favorite shows: The Office. It’s kind of sad but that show is one of the only ones I can watch over and over without it ever getting old.
One of my favorite characters is the boss, Michael Scott. The show is actually based around his lunacy and idiocracy when it comes to managing an office and he excels in these departments. He’s also best known for coining one of my favorite phrases: “That’s what she said.” But every time I see Michael in action, his managerial skills actually remind me of how poor most managers are at their jobs in real life. Now they’re not as bad as Michael Scott but most people just aren’t born to be natural leaders. [Read more…]