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Careers for Freelancers (eBook)

Interested in building a career from the comfort of your own home? Or expanding on the career you’ve already created?

Written with you in mind, this edited and updated 2nd edition of Careers for Freelancers has more ideas for you, updated explanations, and estimations on how much can be made within each career choice.

Learn about new career options and side hustles. Then decide what interests you. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

There are many opportunities out there. Which one(s) will you choose to further your career and earn a bigger income?

11 page eBook

Only $4.99 (ePub)

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Organize: Create Processes

I’m still at it. Organizing my time and my surroundings, not to mention my processes. I’m doing all this to meet my goals for my theme of the year: Organize.

There are processes we use in building our careers. They may be different depending on the exact nature of what we are doing, but there are always processes.

I started thinking about the processes I use after reading something by Leonie Dawson. She had written about how having processes all typed out and ready for those working with you to look at can help speed up work. Each person wont have to figure out what to do in a situation if the instructions are right there, saving time.

The saved time might be used for other important tasks or, when added up over the year, allow for a day off to make time for yourself, family, or friends.

Having the processes typed and handy means that you’ll be able to quickly find directions for doing things that don’t come up often. If something doesn’t come up often, you might not remember how to do it the next time around.

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The above is a simple process for linking a picture to an outside location. This is something I do often, but someone who is helping me out when I’m unable to do the work might not know how to do this.

If that is the case, the person helping me out will be able to quickly access the directions and finish the job.

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This is a screenshot of my document on how to Upload and Link a File to a Page/Post. This is not something I do all the time, and I always have to do a Google search to find out how to do it when I need the information. Now, I’ll just check this file real quick and be able to finish up my post.

I’ve set up a folder in the documents on my laptop for these processes, and I’ll be printing each off and putting them in a binder. They can easily be changed if I notice something isn’t working, or a program changes a process and I need to update my files.

Have you begun setting up processes? While we may have differing goals, it would help us each out greatly if we documented our processes. I’ll be adding to the folder and binder over time.

*****

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Organize Your Space and Stuff is a compilation of many articles from How to Live the Freelance Life. Each article has been expanded on for this book, with updates on how things have changed, and action steps to guide you in setting up and keeping up with your office or office space.

A bonus section at the back of this eBook gives the reader creative projects that will aid in furthering their career and brightening their day. These projects are not to be missed. They are fun!

Organize Your Space and Stuff provides take-aways such as ideas for organizing projects and record keeping, as well as keeping track of successes. Organizing the way you do business does not have to be difficult. The eBook offers advice from someone who has tried many things, before beginning to get it right. It also offers recommendations for having a ‘greener’ office environment, and advice for keeping what you need on-hand, so it is available when needed.

*****

Warmest Wishes,

Shannon L. Buck




Book Review: How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life

indexHow to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life – While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie
Linda is one of my favorite authors on the topic of freelance writing and building a freelance business. It really wasn’t a stretch for me to buy this ebook, and I’m glad I did. I’ve read through the book, and am now working through the worksheets, and I can’t wait to get things in my life more organized and on track.

I love this book. It will be helpful no matter your career choice, and deals anything in life you want to accomplish. The ebook is well-written, and easy to follow along with while filling out the worksheets. On the days I feel like “poking my eyes out with a sharpie”, I can look back at this book and my worksheets, and know that everything will be okay and I’ll be able to get back on track in no time.

As a person who always seems to need to be busily working on something, How to Do It All is helping me to stay on track in each area of life. Thank goodness. I need all the help I can get.

This book, by the way, is a keeper. It gives advice on how to fill out each worksheet, as well as coming up with your own ideas when you want to do something else.



Time to Spring Clean Your Career!

I don’t know about you, but I love the sunny days of spring. We happen to be having one such day now, though it has been cloudy most of the month so far. Thankful for today, I’ve decided a post on spring cleaning our careers is in order.

What are we looking for during the spring months? Lots of sun, some organization, and a clean, happy work space. While we have no control over the weather, the rest we can control. Now is the time to take action. How? Here are some ways to get started:

  1. Clean off (and out) your desk, removing everything and giving the top, shelves, cupboards, and drawers a good cleaning with some fresh smelling all-purpose cleaner. Remember to get the sides, front, and back as well. Don’t put everything back. Go through each item, each piece of paper. Find a permanent home for things, only putting back what is necessary to have right at your fingertips.
  2. Place a plant at a back corner of your desk, or a couple of personal items such as a picture of your children and a decorative vase with flowers.
  3. Give the walls of your office a quick wipe down, and take the broom to the ceiling and corners to get rid of any cobwebs and dust.
  4. Wash the windows and sills, and place a few plants on the sills. Consider hanging window boxes outside, and planting flowers there as well. Open the windows to let the room air out.
  5. Throw the curtains and area rugs in the washing machine for a good cleaning, placing them to dry outside in the fresh air.
  6. Spend a day purging files, both physical ones and those on your computer.
  7. Hang some family pictures or some nice artwork on the walls.
  8. Clear shelves, dusting then washing well, and only putting back what needs to be kept. When putting things back, think of an attractive way to display those items.
  9. Clean out the closet completely, washing everything down and allowing to air dry before putting back only what needs to be kept.
  10. Sweep or vacuum, and wash whatever type of flooring you have.
  11. Decide if there are some clients you need to let go of. You know the ones. They don’t pay on time, they demand more than what they pay for, or they resist rate raises.

Have you freed up any space? Perhaps you have room to place a good size area rug, as well as an easy chair for reading and a table to go next to it. Or maybe two chairs will fit with a trunk in between the two, for holding client meetings.

For more information about how you can clean and organize your career, see Organize Your Space and Stuff. You wont be disappointed.

How are you preparing your career for spring?

Shannon L. Buck




What are You Most Excited about this Year?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.The possibilities for a freelance career seem endless to me. How about you? The ability to meld more than one passion together is also quite impressive. What does your freelance career look like? Are you doing just one thing, such as copywriting? Or are you combining different things? I’m combining the freelance blog stuff with short story writing, and I’m having a ball.

This is a new year, and it is time to think about what most excites us about our journey. Is it what we are already doing? Or is there something we need to add to give this year the excitement it deserves?

What I needed.

After February, and the finishing up of the publishing and promoting the four-part short story series, and the organization eBook for this blog, I’m going to start a new project for the freelance blog. It is a bit of a surprise, but I’ll give you a hint: It is going to be a series of eGuides that will help you be the success you deserve to be. I’m so excited about this new project! I just know you’re going to benefit from it in a big way.

I am also going to be introducing some worksheets that you’ll be free to print as many copies as you wish.

And, I have more short stories in the works. I’m having so much fun with these, I can’t wait to share them with everyone.

What do you need?

What are you excited about bringing to the table this year. Will you be creating a new eCourse, or perhaps offering one through Udemy, CreativeLive, or another outlet? Maybe you have an epic eBook in mind, just waiting to be written, or you want to offer workbook to others in your business that will help them plan their way to success! Whatever it is you feel excitement about, is what you need to do.

Is there something else you want to do as well? Such as write a novel or a book of poetry. Go for it.

When will you start?

Now is as good a time as any. Or this weekend might work better. But I do suggest starting right away, rather than putting it off. This way, you’ll be able to finish up the planning stage so you can move ahead with the rest of the project.

So, what big project will you accomplish this year? What is playing out in your head that you would like to start? Share with us in the comments below, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I always answer!

Shannon L. Buck




Break Away!

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.Do your own thing. What others do works for them, not necessarily for you. You are your own person, learning and living and working in your own way. And this is a good thing! No one really wants to be a carbon copy of someone else.

Your next course of action? Sit down with pen and paper and decide exactly what it is you want for your freelance career.

  • What things do you aspire to?
  • What do you want to do for your business?
  • What projects can you work on that would add an element of fun to your business, at least for yourself but maybe also for your clients?
  • How can you help your clients along with their own businesses?
  • What wonderful products can you create to sell on your site?
  • How can you creatively help yourself and your clients get over hurdles?
  • What sets you apart from others in your field?

Ask yourself questions that make you think.  And Keep moving forward.

Have you broken free from the norm? How did you make it work for you? What were your challenges, and how did you overcome them? Let us know in the comments below, or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I respond to all emails.

Shannon L. Buck




Don’t do Work You Don’t Believe In

Have you faced this dilemma?

340062_10150359049417668_1850983361_oI haven’t, but I was thinking about this the other day. What would I do if I didn’t believe in what someone wanted to write about? If I had a moral stance against it? Would I do the work, trying to keep my personal opinions to myself? Would that even be an easy thing to accomplish?

Anything that seems completely wrong to me is off limits. I want to be proud of the writing I do, of the projects I work on.

Also, I do not wish to promote anything that I do not believe in. For instance, I see many affiliate links on sites I visit. I wonder as to whether the people who own the blogs believe in the product or service they are sending people to. If they have tried it themselves, and know it is worthwhile.

So when I decided to add some affiliate links to this blog, I knew they must have something to do with products I like and people I find inspiring. They must lead to something I believe in.

What is your stance on this? Or, your experience. Please let us know in the comments below, or take a few minutes to email me. I always respond to emails.

Shannon L. Buck




Keep Moving Forward

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015Do you ever feel like you’ll never be as successful as you want?

Completely overwhelmed with everything you have taken on?

Like you have taken on too much?

If so, maybe it is time to sit back, reevaluate your priorities, make a plan, and then move forward. Are you ready? Here goes.

Sit Back

Relax. Have some downtime, a little retreat just for yourself. There is no need to go anywhere, just soak in the tub, pamper yourself a little, and tune the world out.

For how long? At least a couple of days, maybe a few more. Long enough to have a real break. Do things for yourself at this time.

  • Read a book, or catch up on reading those long forgotten magazines.
  • Take walks, or go on bike rides.
  • Commune with nature.
  • Have a movie marathon, or watch that season of the favorite show you missed while working on that last project.
  • Spend time alone. Time with your man/woman. Time with your children. Time with your mom, or the bestest. Catch up on what is going on in their lives, and ask them what they see as your (possible) next steps within your career. Feel free to discuss them anything you may be thinking about yourself.
  • Journal while sitting on the back porch.

Reevaluate

Once you’ve had time to yourself and with loved ones, spoken with them about your next step, and journaled your feelings, take out a notebook and pen. Sit somewhere comfortable by yourself, with no distractions, and brainstorm what you want to do from here.

  1. Will things stay the same?
  2. Will they change?
  3. Exactly what changes do you want to make?
  4. How do you want to go about making these changes?
  5. What has to be let go of in order for your business to be what you want?
  6. What do you have to add?
  7. How can things be streamlined so you don’t feel so overwhelmed in the future?
  8. Are there things in your home life that could be taken care of by someone else? Remember, each member of the family is responsible for helping with things. Not just you.
  9. Is there anything in your business that someone else could help with? It is okay if you need help. Maybe your teen can help with a few things after school, or you will need to hire someone for a couple of hours a day. What are you ready to give up control over?
  10. What projects might you complete, separate from client work, that will help your business along? An eBook. A special report. A weekly blog post. What will move things forward for you?
  11. Will you need to change direction completely, or add something to the existing business.

Answer any other questions you have, and jot down all ideas you come up with. Nothing is too small. Nothing too big.

Make a Plan

Take all those notes you made and make a plan. Will you use everything you came up with? Maybe not, at least right off. But it is good to place each item on a list according to importance. Getting stuff organized and hiring help may be top priorities. Or working on a particular project that will be sold on your site.

Move Forward

Now it is time to move forward. Start doing the things on your list, checking them off (or dating them when finished so you know when each item was completed). Here are some examples of how things might get done.

  • Clear everything from the office and give it a deep cleaning. Put things back in an attractive, more organized way.
  • Talk to your teen, or hire who you need from outside the family. If help is needed, get it.
  • If you hire help: Before you begin, know the kind of person you want to hire. What type of attitude should they have? Will they need to be able to work with you as a team, or work on their own? A combinations of the two? Will they need to run errands, or will he/she be doing mainly office work? Decide what you want now to make it easier to find the right person. For the interview, be sure you have a list of what responsibilities they will have, ready for him/her (and a copy in a file labeled with his/her) to keep. Maybe provide a notebook and a pen so he/she can take notes each day. Or a binder with paper and dividers.
  • Talk to your family about what you are doing, and whether or not household responsibilities are going to change. Keep it up beat and positive.
  • Let go of unnecessary clients/projects/or other things, and start to bring into the business what you want.
  • Begin making the changes to your professional blog or site, and then move on to creating any products necessary.

Take it one step at a time. Do not get overwhelmed. Stay positive, and do not stress out over things. Everything will work when it is supposed. It is entirely possible that a few things will be abandoned before they are even begun, and that is fine.

What changes are you considering for your business? Share with us in the comments below, or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I reply to all emails.

Shannon L. Buck




My Biz Dreamboard

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015I love to be crafty, to create, especially when there is scrappin’ involved! Leonie Dawson, in her Life + Biz Edition Workbook: 2015 Create Your Shining Year, prompted me to make a Mini Portable Biz Dreamboard. Being who I am, I had to go bigger. A sheet of poster board was my palate, and I created a masterpiece! (Okay, maybe not a masterpiece, but the finished product wasn’t all that bad.)

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015I started with the poster board and some scrapbook supplies, wishing all along I had the rest from Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015storage. But I made do with what I had.  I (somewhat) organized what I had to work with in the middle of the floor, so I could pick and choose as I wanted.

Placing things here and there without gluing, I could see where I wanted the pieces set.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015My year for this workbook runs April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, because I did not find Leonie and the workbook until after the new year. I am fine with this, and am working accordingly.

I began gluing the pieces on the board. First the years…

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015… then I decorated the corners and other areas with positive words that I want to manifest in the coming year. Giggle. Simplify. Laugh. Summer fun. Live. Relax. Have fun. Love. Sunshine. Words that bring a smile to my face.

This board is not just about business. It is about life.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015My daughters, being the most important things in my life, have a special place on my board. No matter what else I am doing this year, business or personal, my biggest goal is to visit with each of them at least once. They do not live close to me. I will visit Skye in November, and Zowie, Devan, and baby Dax during the summer months.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015And then I went ahead and added business goals, as well as a few more personal one. This dreamboard is busy-looking. It holds much information. For instance:

  • read
  • create
  • writingPhotograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015
  • photography
  • health
  • nutrition
  • yoga
  • walking
  • streamlining
  • organizationPhotograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015
  • baking
  • cooking
  • blog posts
  • articles
  • brainstorming
  • find/create book covers
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  • marketing/promotion
  • etc.

When I was done creating my dreamboard, I hung it on the wall and stood back to admire it. Not bad for an hours work 🙂

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.This affiliate link will bring you to the workbook I used. It is an AMAZING product that I use, so I feel good about sharing this link with you.

Feel free to comment in the comments below, or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I always reply to emails.

Enjoy!

Shannon L. Buck

 




Fun Personal Projects for Writers: Vision Boards

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.What do you want to accomplish with your freelance business? Your personal life? Education?

What are your end goals?

Where do you want to end up?

Take a good look at what you want your future to look like. Take notes over the next week or two. Leaf through magazines for pictures that match up to all the things you want to accomplish. Print things from online. Collect craft materials.

And the create your vision board.

Use color: Markers, crayons, or colored pencils. Even paints will work. Stickers, or scraps from your scrapbooking hobby would make great embellishments. Photographs of your family friends can be used if they fit into what you are working toward. The sky is the limit. Really. Hang the finished product in a place where you will see it each day.

NOTE: Rather than creating a lifetime vision board, you might consider a yearly or bi-yearly one. Maybe a 5 or 10-year board. Whatever you think will work best for you.

Just create.

Bonus: Create and print a bullet list of short points. What you want to accomplish. Hang this in a prominent place near your desk. Check things off as you finish them. This list could change frequently, when used to create baby steps for your end goals.

What will your board and list look like? Share with us in the comments, or email me and shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I don’t know if you can post pictures in the comments or not, but feel free to try 🙂

Have fun with this!

Shannon