As you might have realized, I’ve been a bit missing in action with regard to my blog. But I’m back – and I mean business. This week I’m featuring a guest post by a recent freelance friend. Freelancing can be a rather lonely journey, so it’s always pleasant having a fellow writer reach out and[…]
I have to be honest. I was probably your typical University student. Studying a BA Degree already put me in the party category of University living. What I learnt from myself during school was that, as a procrastinator, I was capable of cramming loads of information in a short period of time.
At this point in time studying wasn’t a necessity and what came first was either partying or spending time with my boyfriend. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not at all regretful of how I spent my early twenties, because I do feel that you need to get all those needs and wants out of your system before entering the real word.
The ideal office space is one where every employee is always cheery and ready to lend a helping, but unfortunately we are all human and an off day every now and then is as likely as the sun rising. Don’t allow your bad mood to damage your entire work day. Acknowledge the fact that you are feeling less than pleasant and follow these steps to switch from a bad to good mood at work:
This is a guest post by Rusja Foster
Being a travel writer was never a profession that I ever thought I’d be in, but it kind of happened accidentally. I’d always loved to write, whether it be stories, poems, essays or songs, and then later on in life I got bitten by the travel bug and somehow the two just sort of melded together. […]
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been itching to make a change. But for some or other reason I’ve been perfectly happy with playing it small at work, home and life in general. This is something I’ve been struggling with, so let’s make sense of it together…
5 Reasons Why You Are Happy With Playing It Small
Fear of the Unknown
One of the biggest reasonswhy I think people are playing the supporting actor/actresses in their own lives is because they are afraid. We don’t recognize how powerful we can be, should we get the chance to control the dialogue in our own lives. The unknown is exactly that – a world that hasn’t been explored. Instead of approaching it with fear, we can approach it with curiosity. With the right state of mind and go-getter attitude you are capable of planting your flag in the abyss. […]
This might be more of a personal rant than genuine freelance advice, but I do think it is something that needs to be discussed.
For some or other reason creatives tend to be rather apologetic. Throughout my writing journey and freelance career I’ve never really felt that I deserved success in life. I don’t know if it is part of our Afrikaans culture, but we tend to apologize for everything under the sun.
“Sorry for bothering you, but this is not what I ordered. If it’s not too much trouble would you maybe be able to give me my the right one?”.
That is the type of sentences that will come out of my mouth when my boyfriend and I are dining out. I did that the other day, and he argued that I will never be able to be successful if I keep saying sorry for anything and everything.
It doesn’t mean that I have to be an mean-spirited person, but I should just own up to situations and demand the attention and respect that I deserve. […]
How just being part of the masses in China led to a post about Webinars…
I am back in business after a spectacular holiday in China and even though I would have hoped to be a bit more rested, it’s time to push my limits and surprise myself. The Chinese have had a immense impact on me with regard to their work ethic and self sacrifice. We could all to with less complaining and more ‘doing’; after all we are the only ones capable of changing our lives. For some reason the first topic that came to mind when I arrived home, is something I have not yet explored, so there is no better time than NOW, to check it out.
I’ve always promised myself that this blog would be sincere and honest and that I would be open about the things I don’t know. […]
So as it happens my blog has been playing second fiddle to my article writing for other websites and clients. Productivity in the workplace seemed to be as unrealistic as losing 10kgs in a week. As a freelance writer I can never seem to shake the feeling of being lazy or not working enough. […]
As any freelancer would tell you, establishing a routine is important. For me, however this is a much more daunting task than I initially expected.
Some days I wake with a world of ideas and other days drag by as I search of my oasis.
Freelancing is a career that people have mixed feelings about. On the positive side, your working hours are flexible, you are your own boss, and you can choose your clients. On the other hand, finding work can be a struggle, financials are often tight and when you’re unable to work, there’s no sick leave allowance.
Overall, many people choose to start freelancing whilst holding down a full time job. This has challenges of its own. You have less time to yourself in the evenings, you need to find clients who will accommodate your late hours, and your boss might not approve, making things difficult.
However, starting as a freelancer when you’re working full time can prove to be a great way to build up a client base, improve your skills and ease your way into running your own business full time.
As a full time worker and after-hours freelancer, I’ve had to learn to juggle my time to get everything done properly and timeously. My first experiment was as a life coach, coaching over the phone in the evenings and meeting clients face-to-face on weekends. My biggest challenge was giving up my free time to follow my passion for personal development. The most rewarding outcome was the gratitude I received from the people I helped move forward in their lives. […]