Your Number One Asset…and How to Protect It



As a freelance writer or small business owner, do you know what your most important asset is?

If you think it’s your website, a piece of equipment, or a product that you sell–you’re wrong.

For all small business owners, your most important asset is your health. Here’s why. If don’t feel well enough to work, your business suffers. If you get sick too often, your business could even go under.

In this post, which wraps up the series I began with How to Get More Done and Earn More $$, I’ll talk about some simple steps you can take to protect your health.

Note: I am not a doctor or a medical professional. If you don’t feel well, check with a medical professional for advice on your specific situation.

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How to Quickly Stop These 5 Common Distractions Before They Stop You



One of the biggest productivity drains that most freelance writers and other small business owners complain about is distractions.

All day, every day, we are surrounded by circumstances that distract us from the work we are trying get done.

Luckily, there are ways to keep distractions to a minimum.

Handling distractions is a key part of becoming more productive. In this post, I explain how you can quickly and effectively handle five of the most common distractions freelance writers and other work-at-home professionals face.

This post is part of my series on How to Get More Done and Earn More $$.

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To Earn More, Learn More



Should freelance writers take classes? You bet they should.

For the past few weeks we’ve been learning about how to get more done and earn more money.

Keeping your skills current is a big part of that process.

I understand why many freelancers hesitate to invest in training classes. After all, classes usually cost money and take time. Plus, you can learn what you need to know “on the job,” right?

In this post, I list three reasons why learning new things is important for freelancers.

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Special Offer: Free Udemy Writing Course for 50 Readers

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Today, I have something special for you.

Whether you are just starting your freelance writing career or trying to brush up on your writing skills, taking a writing course might just provide the career boost you need.

I’ll write more about the importance of training in a few weeks. But for now…

Our friends at Udemy have offered a free business writing course, Writing With Flair: How To Become An Exceptional Writer to the first 50 readers who redeem this offer. (This course is normally valued at $299.00.)

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You’re Not Alone: Getting the Work Help You Need


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Freelance writers and other small business owners tend to work alone.

It’s a stereotype, but I know plenty of writers who would rather work by themselves. You probably do too.

For many writing projects, working alone is no problem.

For smaller projects or projects with a comfortable deadline, it’s actually more efficient to work alone.

Some projects are better handled by teams, though. That’s where getting help to get more done comes in.

In this post I describe three different ways that freelance writers can get help. This is the fourth installment in my productivity series.
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Want to Be More Productive? Clean Your Mess!

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No matter who you are, you only have twenty-four hours in a day.

Since we all sleep and eat, to say nothing of needing downtime, the hours we can spend on work are far fewer.

Whether you plan on an eight workday, or something more or less, every hour counts if you want to maximize your productivity. Losing a few minutes here and there can add up.

What’s one of the biggest setbacks to productivity for many of us?

Surprisingly, it’s organization.

Each time you stop to look for something you can’t find, you’re not being productive. And if you’re in right in the middle of a project you may momentarily forget what you were doing, putting you even further behind.

In this post I identify two types of organizational problems that plague writers and other small business owners. I also explain how to overcome each type of disorganization.

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4 Crucial Tips to Help You Plan to Be Productive



What will you do tomorrow? If you have no idea, you’re probably not a planner by nature.

Unfortunately, good planning is an important part of being productive. Fortunately, you can change your habits and use planning techniques even if you don’t normally plan.

In this post I share four critical tips that will help you to get more done.

You can use these tips for writing tasks, general tasks related to running your business, or just about anything you need to do. At the end of the post I also include some calendar tools that can help you plan your writing.

This is the second post in my series on productivity. The first post in the series is How to Get More Done and Earn More $$.

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How to Get More Done and Earn More $$

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Do you want to earn more money?

Of course you do. If you’re like many small business owners, there’s only one obstacle in your way–time.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but how we spend those hours has a direct bearing on how much money we earn.

Most freelance writers and other small business owners tackle the problem of not having enough time the wrong way–by trying to write faster.

As I’ve mentioned before, writing faster isn’t always a good idea. Writing faster is definitely not a good idea if it means skipping important steps like proofreading or cutting corners on research and other vital parts of the writing process.

Fortunately, you can get more done without compromising quality. In this post I give an overview of some basic productivity concepts that will ultimately help your small business.

And each concept can be applied to your writing and non-writing tasks.

In the coming weeks we’ll look at each productivity concept in more depth, so check back often.

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Help Clients Find You with Writer Profile Sites (Revisited)

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How easy is it for potential clients to find you online?

There are thousands of freelance writers out there. A strong online presence is crucial for attracting clients.

But if you’re like most new freelance writers, you may be rather hard to find online. Even if you have a website and/or blog, it may not rank high enough in the search engines for anyone to find it.

One way to build up your online presence is through writer profile sites. I first examined writer profile sites in this post, 4 Writer Profile Sites Reviewed, nearly three years ago.

Today, I take another look at writer profile sites. I’ll explain what a writer profile site is. I’ll re-examine the original four sites that I reviewed. And I’ll look at three new writer profile sites.

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