How To Be Confident in Your Entrepreneurial Journey

What is the most important part of being an entrepreneur? Confidence. You have to believe with every fiber of your being that you‘re doing the right thing, on the right path, and that the hard work is totally worth it. Sometimes I joke about working 14 hour days, so I must be a hustler, but it was true. I started my business while I still had a full-time day job, …

How Important is “Exposure”?

What is it and how to (& not to) get it. Merriam Webster defines exposure as “ the condition of being presented to view or made known” and “the condition of being subject to some effect or influence,”along with a couple other definitions. Practically speaking, as a freelancer or entrepreneur, you need exposure. It’s a fact of business. People need to know you exist in order to buy your product or services. How Can You Get Exposure? …

The Truth About Freelancing

And how to make money doing it! The world of freelancing is swirling with myths and straight-up lies in between all of the great people and advice within the writing community. It can also be confusing and can feel like every freelancer has specific rules they say are the only way to make money. Sometimes it feels like no one makes money AS a freelancer, they are just selling their books and …

How Saying “No” Has Made Me Successful

You are allowed to say no to work you don’t want to do. When I first started my business, I said yes to everything. You need a press release? Sure! You want help with a sales strategy? Of course! Oh, you need me to design the information architecture for your new website? Why not! I didn’t know how to do half the things I said yes to. But I kept saying …

8 Lessons I Learned in My First Year of Freelancing

I got my first freelancing clients almost on a whim, on October 31st, 2016. I began working with clients in the evenings and weekends for November, December, and January. Once I realized that being a writer was a viable career for me and people were willing to pay me, I made plans to quit my day job as a Director of Business Development at a recruiting firm. Friday, January 27, …

Relationship Building for Freelancers: How to Get & Keep Clients

Apparently, most writers aren’t good at marketing and many salespeople aren’t the best at writing. Or at least that is what people keep telling me. I am lucky enough to be both, which has been extremely successful for me. It has truly been my superpower, which allowed me to be my own boss and get my business up and running very quickly. Relationship building is an extremely important skill. Many …

#MeToo the Book — Share Your Story

I have been deeply inspired by the sharing and bravery of the people who told their story while #metoo swept social media in the last weeks. I have also been a victim of sexual harassment and assault, and I think it is more important than ever that we continue to talk about, continue to provoke conversation, and refuse to be victims. I am putting together a book of stories based …

Never Work For Free

A friend of mine is also an entrepreneur. She was asked about possibly doing a whole new project for one of her clients. She wasn’t super familiar with the details but knew she could do the main part, so she said she was interested. The client didn’t even ask her to, but she spent several hours researching information and details about parts of the project she wasn’t as familiar with …

Don’t Call Me A ‘Woman Entrepreneur’

I think we can leave my gender out of my job title. Yes, I am technically a female business owner, a woman entrepreneur, a lady boss, and a chick, broad, lassie, dame, gal, maiden, and a wench in some moods. My womanhood effects many things, from the size of the pockets in my jeans to the expectations of labor division, and the attraction my husband has for me. Guess what …

The Importance of Time for Yourself

It’s so easy to make work my whole life. As a work from home full-time entrepreneur, I am basically always at the office. My cell phone is my work phone and my personal laptop is my work computer. It can be hard to disconnect and just be a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter. I actually scheduled my mother into my calendar this week, so that we could have …