skills

Managing your time when you're self-employed
Back when I worked 9-to-5 and in between jobs, I’d go to a nearby coffee shop and work on my passion project: my fiction. With complete control over my schedule, I’d work whenever the mood struck. I had the freedom to...
Making time for career development as a freelancer
Back when I had a day job as a proofreader at a small publisher, it became obvious that our company sorely needed a social media and content marketing plan. Besides a simple business website, the publisher had...
What’s Hustle Con about, anyway?
Before I went to Hustle Con 2019, any conversations I had (with co-workers, friends, my husband, or anyone else) went something like this. “Why are you traveling to San Francisco?” “I’m going to a conference.” “What’s...
Next Steps After Making a Business Website
Congratulations, you’ve just finished building your new website. It’s beautiful, and I bet you’re excited. Now, how do you get people to visit it? There are lots of resources about driving traffic to your website with...
Social media support for entrepreneurs
As a business owner, social media and customer service are probably both top of mind. Study after study has shown that good customer service will allow you to get and retain customers, while sub-par customer service...
How hiring other freelancers made me a better freelancer
During my second year as a freelancer, I was slammed with work. To lessen my load, I decided I’d hire someone who could help me proofread and research a batch of articles. I thought that finding a freelancer to fit the...
Why I freelance: Designing a lifestyle-based business
A few months ago, I was at a retreat for women when one attendee, a fellow freelance writer, mentioned that she puts her values above any income goals. In the past, she was earning a six-figure income as a freelancer....
What it’s really like to be your own boss
Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss? Of the freedom to choose what to work on, and when, and how? It’s a heady thought. And if you’ve ever worked for a real headache of a manager—someone who gave you too much...
Choosing the right accounting software for your business
All too often, I talk with clients who say “I do my books once a year, in a panic, when I have to do my taxes.” And every time I hear this, my heart breaks a little. Not only is this a stressful way to live and do...
An entrepreneur’s guide to negotiating your rates
Whether you are a freelancer or small business, entrepreneurs must master the art of negotiation in order to scale. Negotiating rates, prices, and deliverables is at the heart of profitability, especially for new...