How to Sell Yourself If You Don’t Like to Sell

Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt Whether it’s interviewing for a job, selling a product, or gaining a new client, it would be nice if we could rely solely on our expertise and experience to succeed. Unfortunately, the real world doesn’t operate that way. Getting others’ buy-in usually requires selling, and some…

How to Be Productive Instead of Busy

When I bump into someone I haven’t seen in a while, we exchange the usual, “How’s it going?” greetings. In response, I habitually say, “Oh, I’m keeping busy.” I’m sure that’s a stock phrase for a lot of people. But think about what it means to be busy. Busy keeping up with email, busy editing blog…

Develop a Productive Morning Routine as a Freelancer

I’m a morning person. I’ve trained myself to wake up by 6:00 AM. At this time of year, the early morning coolness and lull feels good. It’s quiet time I have all to myself, and it eases me into my workday and increases my chances of a productive morning. You might not be a morning…

I Quit My Job and I Feel Great

I did it. I mean, I was true to my word. I quit my job of six years and now I’m freelancing. That was over a month ago, and today I still feel great. At my last job I had great pay, a generous leave package, and the best damn health insurance I’m ever going…