I sat and sat in front of a white screen for longer than I care to admit. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. It’s not that I’m not prepared. I have an outline a mile long for crying out loud. I’ve moved and moved and erased until I thought I was there and ready to shoot for the moon and all that jazz.
Unless you’ve worked with one before, you’re probably not sure how to scout someone out. Sure, you can try your hand at Craigslist and content mills, but before you go that way, you wanna talk to a seasoned expert in the field to give you the rundown on our process and what you can expect, am I right?
Start right here, my friend!
The process doesn’t have to be daunting. Ghostwriters are interesting characters. Our opinions and insights are formed by years (in my case a decade) of absorbing the thoughts and feelings of strangers. We’re like sponges. But meeting one you hit it off with right away doesn’t make that ghost any better or worse for you or – more importantly – your project. Ideally, you both should have a mutual level of respect for your project. Now, if that’s missing from the equation or if your preliminary interview doesn’t go well at all, take it as a red flag and check out someone else. more “How to Choose the Right Ghostwriter”
In working on my upcoming course this week, I was briefly reminded of why I’m doing all of this in the first place. It was only for a fleeting moment that it whooshed over me and left.
But the weight of it, the memories and the feelings that soon followed carried me over to another land, somewhere I once knew the value of my why, the reason that kept me hustling. I’m glad I’m still there. more “Here’s the Real Reason for Your Why What I Learned This Week“
I chewed off most of my nails in the hour leading up to the start. I’d never put myself out there like that. And although I didn’t fear judgment or what people thought, I was heavily concerned with having enough questions to fill the time and giving folks the right answers. As I suspected, most of the questions I wielded related heavily to ghostwriting. Not surprised. It’s what I’ve done most of my life.
And then there was the giveaway.
I’m just starting to get myself back in the scheme of things. After taking time off to gather myself, to stabilize my life in terms of my health, I’m back.
This week’s lesson came from several false starts of me trying and failing to get this site back up and write a few articles I’ve been commissioned to do. These required research – tons of it – and a solid block of time with which to organize everything. Stoked to be doing it in the first place, I was more than a little disappointed when it all fell apart each day I tried to execute my plan of attack.
I won’t go into details about what happened. They simply don’t matter to the overall message of this post, which is: If it doesn’t move you forward, don’t focus your energy on it. Let it go. Easier said than done, I know. But hear me out. more “That Which You Feed Will Grow What I Learned This Week“
She wouldn’t admit it at first. But a few minutes into an argument about my job is more important than your job, she said it, “I don’t care what you do.” The first thing that popped into my head at that point? Well then, it’s a good thing I care!
I’ve worked as a freelancer in one capacity or another for a decade. That means that for the last 10 years, this woman, this important part of my family, has known all about my line of work. How long he hasn’t cared, that I don’t know. But waiting until now to tell me that – at a point in which my professional life is taking a slight pivot – reminds me just how lonely our line of work can be. more “What to Do When Loved Ones Don’t Understand Your Hustle 5 Ways to Build a Network of Support “
I haven’t done one of these in such a long time that I almost forgot why I used to do them at all. Bottom line, it reminds me that the lessons I’ve learned are real. This piddly, little exercise in regurgitating the week’s nonsense seems lame sometimes. But then I remember that one John Oliver makes a load of dough while doing just that. So, here I go. I’ll now stop freelancing with blurred lines. Maybe. more “Freelancing With Blurred Lines Sounds Cool…and THAT’S about It! What I Learned This Week from Working as a VA“
I remember quite vividly when I started out. I had dreams about what I wanted and how far I wanted to go in this business. Not that I’m anywhere near that just yet, but my coaching services have grown quite a bit lately. So much so that I’ve decided to launch an affiliate marketing program for coaching services specifically. more “Launching My Affiliate Marketing Program for Coaching Services”
I almost feel like April was the month in which I grew up. I made a lot of decisions and changes to the way I run my business. I wasn’t expecting to be able to do half the things I did! It took a ton of work on my part, but I had great help, too!
I was able to produce similar income results compared to last month. And I even saw some growth!
Was it a difficult month? Absolutely! But I think I did okay, all things considered. In all of this, I haven’t wanted to give up. It’s far too amazing a ride to get off! If anything, I’ve thought long and hard about what I want from my business. I can see growth (HUGE growth!) just over the horizon. I just need to set aside the right amount of time to work on putting myself there.
Curious about what I’m talking about? Keep reading! more “Kicking Butt and Taking Names My April 2016 Income Report“
I can’t believe I just typed those words! All at once it feels both surreal and like it’s been a long time in the making.
But this is actually happening! And I’m overjoyed by it!
What you may not realize is that most freelancers want nothing more than to grow their businesses beyond capacity. All they see is the opportunity to earn well. When we’re blinded by money and rare opportunities we become blinded to the client’s needs (remember, the one who gave you the overflow to begin with?). more “Hiring My First Subcontractor”