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Tips To Becoming A Successful Freelance Writer

Tips To Becoming A Successful Freelance WriterBy Gary Dek

So you like to write, and you’ve been hearing so much about people quitting their day jobs and making a living off of freelancing. Why can’t you be one as well? You already know you can write and that you love doing it, so what’s stopping you?

Truth to be told, there’s nothing to stop you from taking the plunge. You can even make the transition slowly – first doing it on the side before ditching your day job. However, what you need to hedge against is that when you do decide to go the freelance writing route, you are equipped to become a successful freelance writer.

Just like any career, there are certain considerations and industry practices that you need to know. Here are some of the best tips to becoming a freelance writer.

Determine if the freelance writing life is right for you.

Freelance writers are often perceived as “living the life”. They answer to no one but themselves, control their time, and work whenever they want to.

To a certain degree, this is accurate but just because you’re a freelancer doesn’t mean you don’t need to be disciplined, organized, and follow a routine. The best freelance writers have very strong self-control. They treat the time between 9 and 5 as their work hours and ignore the plethora of distraction present at home. (more…)

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Interview with Farnoosh Brock – Founder of Prolific Living

Farnoosh BrockWhat did you do prior to becoming an entrepreneur?

I worked for a Fortune 100 technology company as a project manager in my last role. I held several different positions over the years starting from an engineer to a technical writer to a process improvement specialist to project management of various size projects. I was quite sure that I would be an employee for life, and I was quite good at what I was doing but after five years at my job, I started to get unhappy and unfulfilled, and even though I learned how to double my salary and earn big promotions and work on exciting stuff, I was not sure of the career path I was taking. I started questioning the purpose of my entire professional path and my life, and that’s when I stopped being interested in life as an employee.

What drove you to pursue a writing business?

I love the way you put it. I think of my business in many different ways since it doesn’t fit into a box. It’s a coaching business, an online business, a published author business, a teaching courses business, a juicing and smoothie niche business, but I never thought of it as just a writing business. But I am a big believer that writing is the essence of all wealth and writing is at the heart of my business, and I stumbled into it by complete accident. What drove me to do this was the hunger for creating something of my own, and I am in love with writing so it fit who I was and what I wanted to do. At first, I started a personal blog. I loved the process so much that I decided to pursue it. I wanted to do something I love for a change. Hence the birth of my official business. (more…)

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Are You In Need Of Some Vocational Soul Searching?

Are You In Need Of Some Vocational Soul SearchingBy Christy Schutz

You’d be surprised how many people I come across who have already invested a decade or two in a particular line of work and are still unsure of what they want to be when they “grow up.” This has been my experience with people who work in a traditional office setting as well as people who work from home. With so many different positions now offering full or partial telecommuting arrangements, it can be overwhelming to narrow the focus down to something that will meet someone’s work arrangement needs while also leveraging their skills, interests and personality.

If you can relate to this statement, I would recommend you set aside some time to do some career self-assessment, or, as I call it, Vocational Soul Searching.  You can dig deep and get clearer on the types of roles you should explore by completing the following four steps.

1.) Get really clear about what aspects of your current job you like or dislike.

Author and speaker Marcus Buckingham describes a process where you take the time over a week or two to be really mindful about the tasks that you are completing each day. Do they energize you, or strengthen you? Or do they weaken you? And it isn’t about what you are necessarily good at or bad at. Someone can be really good at a task, but, absolutely dislike doing it. To complete this task, keep a pad of post-it notes nearby. When you feel a strong emotion, take a moment to jot down “I felt energized when…” or “I felt depleted when…” Chances are you will start to see some patterns emerge on the types of tasks you should navigate toward or away from. (more…)

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Become a Stella & Dot Stylist In June and Get $450 in FREE Accessories

Stella & Dot BizLooking to earn extra spending money? Want a fun, flexible career in the fashion industry? Join Stella & Dot as a Stylist for only $199 and get paid up to 35% commission weekly!

Stella & Dot is a company that empowers women to live bold and joyful lives. Our mission is to give every woman the means to style her own life.  Being a Stylist means that you represent our line of accessories and sell one-on-one in person, through in-home Trunk Shows, and online. You take control and decide when and where to sell and how much time you want to invest in the business. This lets you create a business that fits your life, scaling up or down as you wish.

We are a new kind of company – one that lets entrepreneurial women like you style your own life. We design irresistible jewelry and accessories that are sold at home Trunk Shows and online. Over 12,000 active stylists are living the home-based career their mothers never had the chance to have – and loving it. You can, too. We’re an Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Company with a $25 Billion global market opportunity. We welcome you to become part of that growth. Want to learn more about the company? Watch our story and see what all the buzz is about! (more…)

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6 Business Books to Read This Summer


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6 Business Books to Read This SummerBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Where has this school year gone?! In the next couple of weeks my daughter will be out of school and summer will be upon us. While I have our vacation plans mapped out and my daughter’s camp activities booked — I haven’t had much time for focusing on myself. Fortunately, Amazon makes it so easy to do some quick research that I was able to find some fantastic reads for this summer.

So whether you’ll be traveling the world, lounging by the pool, or enjoying some quiet time at home while the kiddos are off at camp — make sure to stock up on some good books to help cultivate your mind and spirit over the summer months.

Here are 6 books that are on my reading list this summer.

Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friend and Influence People

This has been on my reading list for a long time. It was first published in 1937 and has since sold 15 million copies. Especially in this digital age where personal connections are lost, we can all benefit from Dale’s networking and relationship building techniques. This book gets 4 1/2 stars on Amazon and is only $2.99 for a Kindle copy.

Lois Frankel – Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money

For some reason, this title rubs me the wrong way. Perhaps it’s because I consider myself a nice girl. Anyway …  I was at the book store when I stumbled upon this book. (more…)

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