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A reader emailed me this week with a suggestion. She left her job over a year ago to travel the world and start a business with her partner.
2011 was an incredible year for me, this site and Insanely Useful Media. I started blogging here back in 2009 (this site used to be called Free Pursuits).
New Year’s resolutions. End-of-year planning.
Last week, I wrote a post aimed at those of us with the entrepreneurial bug. If you’re like me, you’ll probably never be completely satisfied working for other people.
My friend and DJ Sean Gallagher runs an online business teaching people how to DJ. His business gives him the freedom to live anywhere in the world, and he built this lifestyle very intentionally.
Before you ask how to become self-employed, there’s another much more important question to ask yourself.
[fblike width=”550″] Let’s face it. Jobs suck.
Perhaps there’s a way to give away all of your work for free and still support yourself from it. I haven’t discovered that yet, which means I have to charge for some of my work.
If you rely on creativity for your work, for fun, or for a business you’re building, you know how easy it is to exhaust your creativity and motivation. Sometimes you just don’t have anything more to give.
Note: I would love to hear your opinion about the current state of online marketing in the comments below. This is an incredibly important topic.
If you’ve been following along, you know that during November I published a blog post here every day. Monday, Tuesday… every day including the weekends.
If you didn’t get paid for what you do, would you still do it? If you’re working to support yourself through your creativity, are you doing it for the money, or because you love the craft?
The actions we need to take are usually straightforward. It’s the mental game we play with ourselves that really keeps us from succeeding.
Update: the sale is now over. Get on the list to be notified when the next one opens (just click on the link).
It’s time to rewrite the rules we live by. You don’t have to live how everyone else expects you to, or according to any limits society places on you or you place on yourself.
Laptops have changed our lives in amazing ways, but they’re not always the perfect tool for the job. Even with so-called “distraction free writing tools” like WriteRoom (which I use regularly), it’s still far too easy to get distracted when working on the laptop.
Here are 3 awesome black Friday deals you might want to know about. One of these is today only, and the other two run until next Monday.
Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it. In case you’re feeling like you have a little extra to offer the world this Turkey Day, I’m going to share a few of my favorite charities and special causes with you.
If you purchase anything for yourself in the next month, I strongly recommend checking out the incredible Only72 sale coming this Monday, November 28. If you’re not familiar with Only72, here’s how it works.
You don’t have to be the most eloquent writer on the block to write well. You don’t have to possess an incredible vocabulary, be a fountain of knowledge or know every nuanced rule of grammar.
How did I end up here? Why don’t I believe I can do it?
When you know what you’re fighting for it’s easier to stay on course and to make big decisions. Whenever you approach a fork in the road, you ask yourself which fork would stay true to your “reason why.” Usually you won’t know all the details about both forks, but you’ll be happy that you can lean on your reason why to make an objective decision.
How often do you wrestle with procrastination? For me, it’s almost daily.
I’m willing to bet right now that you know exactly what you should be doing to create your next personal or business breakthrough, but you’re not doing it. We all have these obvious high-leverage activities that we don’t pursue.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. – Thomas A.
Hot off the grill! It’s time for another video.
Does your work make you happy? If not, you’re definitely not alone.
Some people will complain, no matter what you do. It’s easy to tell the difference between someone who complains constructively to help you, and someone who complains to drag you down.
I overheard a young woman yesterday explaining that she was “a quarter million dollars in debt” after five years at private undergraduate art school. She still didn’t have a degree, but was hoping to finish soon.
It’s easy to feel stuck or overwhelmed when you think about everything you want to accomplish. The gap between where you are now and where you want to be can get you down.
Being “on the fence” is one of the worst places you can be. Being undecided means you’re uncommitted.
In part one of this little three-part series, I shared the “stop doing list” as a simple way to make business more fun, both in the short-term and long-term. Now let’s talk about something too many people overlook.
Have you ever felt stuck in a rut in life or work? Have you also felt helpless about it, like all you can do is wait for something magical to happen?
After weeks of planning and development, I’m finally ready to share my latest project with you. My new blog Expert Enough is open to the public today.
Let’s face it, starting a business isn’t all unicorns and sunshine. As an entrepreneur, sometimes you’ll find yourself unmotivated, uninspired, unsure or even scared as hell.
For the Occupy protesters and everyone else unhappy with the current economy and corporate power, there are things we can do to influence change. Thousands of people are choosing to take to the streets as one form of influence.
Creating great content on a regular basis is challenging, especially when you’re trying to write multiple blog posts per week. The same challenge (and the solution I’m about to share) applies to video, audio or written content just the same.
Reader Sarah wrote in with this question: What I would love to hear more about was how you made the leap to self-employment. Beyond what’s written on your “About” page, were you ever scared that you wouldn’t be able to make things work financially as a blogger?
What’s the difference between you, right now, and the most incredible people who have ever lived? Think about the most accomplished people you admire and look up to (I’m probably not talking about your mom or boss here).
I had coffee with an entrepreneur yesterday who admitted how regretful he feels about not having started earlier on his entrepreneurial path. Maybe you’ve had a similar thought before: “What if I had started this when I was in my early 20s?
Here I am, sitting somewhat groggily in my home office after having forced myself to wake up “early” to write. What’s “early” for me?
For the next 30 days, I’m going to try a little experiment here. I’m going to publish something on this blog every day for the next 30 days (until the end of November).
“You’re so lucky!” “I wish I could do that!” “Must be nice!” The new guide Dream, Save, Do by my friends Betsy and Warren Talbot starts out with those three lines. Betsy and Warren have been traveling full time for over a year now, and have no plans of stopping anytime soon (they plan to be gone for at least three years).
It’s easy to give other people power. It’s easy to let them define you, to let them take leadership roles and say what’s what and create the rules that you live by.
I have a confession to make. I’m taking a vacation for a week starting tomorrow, and I’m unplugging from the Internet for the whole week.
Guest post by Jennifer Gresham of Everyday Bright and the No Regrets Career Academy which launched this week. You tell yourself it’s irrational.
I’ve seen a variation of a very similar story play out online for dozens (perhaps hundreds) of people over the past two years. Tell me if this sounds familiar.
When you’re trying to change your life or pursue a dream, what you don’t do is often as important as what you do. We’re all given the same 24 hours each day.
I’ve noticed something about my blogs and business over the past couple of years. The more I open up and share my real self with the world, the more successful I become.
Have you ever heard someone say something limiting about himself or herself that just sounds ridiculous and shortsighted? “I wish I could get in shape, but I don’t have the time.” “I’d love to travel more, but it’s too expensive.” “I want to get out of debt but I don’t make enough money.” To the person making the statement, these thoughts might seem completely true.