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 …

Some Freelancers Pitch to Publications, I Pitch to People

Grinding It Out versus Growing A Business There were two separate stories about pitches on my main Medium feed this morning. One about pitching to journalists and writers about THEIR clients for publicity purposes and the other one was about pitching your article to online publications. They both had some excellent points — keep it about the person you’re pitching to. How does it benefit them? Don’t get bogged down in filler words and …

You Definitely Need An Editor

Even great writers need editors. Here’s why. When it comes to writing a book, it can feel like you’re climbing a mountain, slogging through each step. When you reach the summit and the book is complete, it is easy to feel like you’re done. DONE! While your original manuscript is done, you are now ready to begin the editing process. There are a ton of reasons why you need an editor, …

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 …

The Hardest Part of Writing a Book

I see this question many places — on Quora, in articles about writing, when I’m asked directly. “What is the hardest part about writing a book?” I understand why people want to know, but the truth is that just like everything else in life, what is most difficult for me may be easy for you and vice versa. Here’s what I can tell you from my own experience. I have ghostwritten a …

How To Be Inspired Today

Creativity begets more creativity. Inspiration can be found from anywhere, but it can be easy to get so mired in and forget or be unable to find the beauty in the world. Stop what you’re doing. Right now. Just take a moment, put down the pen, the phone, remove your fingers from the keyboard. Just stop. After you read this sentence, close your eyes and take a deep breath and …

Time Management & Working From Home

As a working from home entrepreneur, time management is extremely important to me and my success, just like it was when I was an 8:30 to 5:30 corporate salesperson. I think the unifying thing across all jobs and all industries is being able to effectively manage you time and all of your priorities and tasks.   When you work from home or are an entrepreneur in general, time management and …