Remote Work and Travel Program: Reboot Life

Reboot Life is a unique remote work & travel program that brings together a diverse group of like-minded professionals, travelling together across continents while working remotely. We curate a community of 30-50 amazing individuals (we like to call them Rebooters), on a journey across the world to the most inspiring cities for 12 months, letting […]

Joanna Wiebe

The problem with polish is that nothing sticks to it. That you write the way you speak is fab - it's one of the top rules of writing anything, anywhere, anytime. You just need to find an audience that loves the way you speak. That's at the core of building a tribe, right? That's what dear Mr Godin has suggested. I once got "in trouble" for using the word "mofo" in my byline on a guest post I wrote. A famous copywriter left the first comment, in which he chastised me for using that word. But I wasn't writing for him. I was writing for MY audience. (And if anyone should get that, a copywriter should. #eyeroll) So I'd say keep doing what you're doing. But if you find people aren't responding, you may need to optimize - either your writing / voice or where you're publishing it. And one last word of caution: it's easy to become a sort of caricature of yourself when your voice is very strong... so it's good to watch that in order to avoid overwhelming people with the power of your voice. Yeah?

So what’s PM freelancing all about?

In an interview with a really fantastic and humble project manager (me!) Will Sykora from Covailnt grills me about project management in the freelance world. If you think you don’t need a PM, then read this and tell me in the comments why I’m totally wrong!

Tarzan Kay

Some of what you're looking for is in this book --> It's like Eat Pray Love for freelancers. Fo' serious though, I didn't take my career seriously or try very hard at all until I had a kid. My freelance business barely made enough to fill the fridge before that. But we made a bold move 2 years ago—my man took over at home, and I took over at work. That was the gamechanger moment that made me turn it into a real business. I couldn't be lazy anymore, and if I was going to undercharge it would be at the expense of my family. Having a fire under my ass really helped. I still work like that. I need strict deadlines. Tight timelines. Big goals. It's the only way I work.

Mark Fromson

Hi Kristy, sure, here are some tips: 1) Use a task or to do tracker application like Todoist, Asana, Basecamp or Trello to track all the things you have to do across all your projects. Assign them to yourself and your teammates. Establish due dates and set the applications to send reminders. Every time you think of something, track it, don't wait until later or you might forget. 2) Each morning, review your tasks across all projects and do a quick prioritization. Then tackle the most pressing items, in order. 3) For a few hour periods during the day, turn off all your notifications, email and chat programs so you can focus on the tasks with no distractions. You'll be surprised at how much you can accomplish with no interruptions. Cheers, Mark

Ever heard of #SquadGoals? Here are 7 people that freelancers need in their corner.

As freelancers, we focus most of our time and effort on attracting clients, but there are a handful of other relationships that can be just as influential on the success (or failure) of your business. If you can’t comfortably put a checkmark next to each of these freelance team members, you should make that a […]

Dropbox Launches “Showcases,” a way to share your files with clients as a branded “Collection”

Hey everybody! Just wanted to share a new feature that has been rolled out by our friends at Dropbox. If you’re on a “Professional” plan, you can now share files with clients in a branded collection that feels something like a portfolio or a mood board. For those of us who already use Dropbox, this […]

Will The Most Freelance-Friendly Generation Reshape the Future of Work?

The jury’s out — freelancing is now more popular with our generation than any other: “They are choosing freelancing as a way to work moreso than any other generation,” says Rich Pearson, senior vice president of marketing for Upwork. “The data is showing that with each new generation more people are participating in freelancing.”