Careers for Freelancers by Shannon L. Buck - Interested in building a career from the comfort of your own home? Or expanding on the career you've already created?

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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Give Your Business a New Year Gift

Are you thinking about ways to expand on your business this year? Or maybe you want your family to be involved in your business efforts? Consider getting your business a gift this year. After all, who knows what your business really needs better than you.

I’ve given my business a number of things over the years, including a tablet and eBooks related to writing.  One year I ordered a copy of The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman, I love gifting my business each year, and doing so helps to keep me motivated in the new year.

  • Have you been wanting to create a website you can move your free WordPress or another blog to? I like using HostGator for this purpose. The transfer is easy, and the price is reasonable.
  • Are you going to bet setting up and office this year? Looking to do so in a green way. Read Green Your Freelance Business by yours truly, and feel good about your space.
  • Pick up decorative notebooks or journals for note-taking and project planning. And don’t forget pretty pens!
  • Check out the offerings over at Freelance Writers Den, and look at their boot camp options.
  • Pick up a new laptop if you need to upgrade.
  • Are you planning to organize your office space in the new year? Read Organize Your Space and Stuff. I wrote it for this site, to help the freelancer, and it will be a huge help!
  • If you’re trying to figure out how to expand on an existing business, or what type of business is right for you, read Careers for Freelancers.
  • And if you want ideas on how to get your family involved in helping you to be successful, read Let Your Teen Help As You Build a Home Business – While Learning Valuable Skills for the Future.

There are plenty of things you can do to help your business along in the new year, and it is exciting to do nice things to aid you in building success.

(NOTE: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links for products and services I use or have used in the past. The money earned helps me to keep this blog running. Those funds are put to good use here. Thank you!)

Love, Peace & Joy,

Shannon L. Buck

New Year Goals for Freelancers

cropped-1546286_10152127595762668_871745507_n.jpgStill wondering what your new year goal(s) should be? I was a little stuck trying to figure out my word for the year, so I’m just now getting to my actual goals. It’s okay, though.

There are so many goals any freelance writer can work toward in the new year, but you will want to tailor your goal(s) to your passions. What really sets your mind to jump with possibilities? What gets you excited when you think about the outcome? What project fits in with your lifestyle or, if you prefer, goes against your lifestyle but still resonates with you? You might also work on something that will later help you to finish projects. Whatever seems right for you.

This list will help get you thinking, but I really want you to choose one or more goals that you are truly passionate about, whether they are on this list or not. Make it personal.

  1. Make time for a personal writing project on a regular basis. Work on that story on a day off each week. Spend 30 minutes each day working on a book manuscript. Take a personal retreat to work on that poem.
  2. Organize your online files, etc. Delete old documents, photographs, and downloads from your computer if you’re sure you wont need them, then back up what you keep. Organize what you keep in folders and subfolders. Do the same with email, being sure to unsubscribe from anything that no longer serves your purpose. And clear your inbox, filing what you need to keep, reading and taking notes on what is left, before deleting what you wont keep. Start the new year with a clean slate. Nothing in your inbox!
  3. Keep an idea journal. Don’t use a flimsy journal that will soon fall apart with constant use. Look for a sturdy one, or a hard covered notebook. Write down every idea you have for stories, articles, blog posts, and other projects. Keep adding to it over time, as new ideas pop into your head. To spice things up a bit, divide the journal or notebook into tabbed sections, and create a title page for each. You may not ever use some of the ideas, but you’ll always have projects to choose from, organized in one place.
  4. Commit to writing one blog post per week, and make it special. I’m not talking about a short 300 to 500 word post. I’m talking 1,000 or more words, including a photo, a take-away, and a little personality. Make each post matter, with important information, how-to’s, and whatever else you can think off.
  5. Make your health a priority. Mental, physical, spiritual, and nutritional health. This should come before freelancing and any other work. Take walks when possible, jog, or bike. Set up an exercise routine, even if it is just getting up from your desk for a five-minute mini workout every hour. Eat healthy, know and practice your beliefs, and stay positive. A healthy freelancer is a happy freelancer.
  6. Add a little personality to your website. While having a more professional looking profile picture is important, a couple of appropriate pictures of you having fun, or out with your family, can be added to your about page so your fans can see a more fun-loving side of you. You could even add a picture of your pet. Read your site content. Is it stale or stiff sounding? Consider adding a little of your natural personality to the page. You still want to be professional, but sound fun and interesting as well. Giving a little tidbit of your personal life every so often will help your readers to associate with you more.
  7. Be courageous! You can do it. You are good enough! Set a goal for something you have always wanted to do, even if you think you can’t pull it off. If you have always wanted to co-author a book with someone, send them a letter or an email. They may agree to work on something with you, they may not, but you will never know until you try. And, if they don’t, it isn’t the end of the world. Keep trying for what you want.
  8. Do you have a stack of books you’ve been wanting to read. Fiction books help to expand the imagination, and nonfiction books help better your personal or business life in other ways. Spend the time needed to get those and other books read, and you will also be relaxing the body.
  9. Put that old computer or laptop to rest. I know it seems like a hassle, but it will be worth it. A new laptop will run faster, and allow you to use necessary programs that may not work on your current device. Before getting rid of the old one, be sure all your files, pictures, and other necessary information makes it onto the new laptop. Then have everything wiped from the old one, and set it up to use again. What might you do with your old device? I gave mine to my daughter for high school, then we wiped it again and gave it to her sister. You could keep it as a back up, or donate it to someone in need. You might even be able to sell it for a little bit of money, to put into your business savings account.
  10. Update the profiles on your blogs, sites, social and professional media. Make sure the main profile pictures on each match up, and add a little personality to the description. Maybe just a tiny bit of personal information. Especially if you are selling services. Readers like to feel a personal connection with the people they buy from.

Action Steps:

  1. Choose a goal from above, or come up with one of your own, to work on consistently throughout the year.
  2. Schedule regular sessions for working on this goal throughout the year, writing it all in your planner.
  3. Work toward that goal and, when you’ve completed it, treat yourself and commit to starting a new goal.

Coming Soon:

I’ll be publishing an eBook in the next couple of months. I had hoped it would be ready for publication by now, but I was unable to finish on time. I am still working on it each week, and there is not much left to do. Last edits, putting together the end projects, and working on the graphics. Not long left! And I am excited to share it with you.

Are you planning goals for other areas of your life? These New Year goal articles may help: (If you enjoy any of these articles from my three channels, please subscribe to the email lists for updates when new articles are published.)

Living Healthy as a Family

Family Health

Eating More Fruits and Vegetables

Eating Healthy

Getting Finances in Order

Save Money

Learning to Live Frugally

Would you like to share your goals for the new year, or give an update on how things are coming along? Please share with us in the comments, or email me personally at I always reply to comments and emails.

Happy New Year!!!

Shannon L. Buck

Healthy Freelancers’ Recipe: Food Platters

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015. These platters were created for a crowd of people, but would make excellent trays to eat off for a good portion of a week. Pick whatever you like, making more than one option if you prefer.

Each time you eat, be sure to consume both vegetables/fruits with a protein source for optimal nutrition, and go easy on the fruit due to their sugar content.

Celery Platter for a Crowd

Snack Platter for a Crowd #1: Meat and More

Snack Platter for a crowd #2: Fruits and Vegetables

Grabbing something from one of these platters to go along with soup or a sandwich, or as part of a snack, saves time.

Share what you do to save time preparing healthy foods in the comments below, or email me at I always reply to emails.

Shannon L. Buck

Fun Personal Projects or Writers: Journal a Scrapbook

 Not always, but often, freelancers enjoy other creative outlets. Today I want to introduce you to the concept of journaling a scrapbook. I love to journal, and I love to scrapbook, so my scrapbook pages always have journaling cards.

You do not have to do anything special. Simply attach a photo and a journaling card to your page, and write about what is happening in the picture.

  • Who is in the photo?
  • How old are they?
  • When was the photograph taken?
  • Where was it taken?
  • What was happening?
  • Why were you there?
  • What were your feelings?

Simple. You can add embellishments such as stickers. You can have more than one photograph and journaling block per page. You can even fancy it all up with other scrapbooking supplies.

Take a month to finish this project, working on it in your spare time. Then, if you are so moved, let us see pictures of your finished project.

Have fun! Who knows, maybe you will aqcuire a new creative outlet.

Shannon L. Buck

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Freelancer’s: How Do You Celebrate Earth Day?

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day, and I am wondering just what all of you do to tread lightly on our beautiful Earth. I am doing (or learning to do) a number of things as far as my freelance business goes. Any or all of these may be used as a jumping off point to begin more earth friendly business practices. For instance:

  • I have reusable shopping bags made from fabric. When I need supplies for my business, I am able to bring these to the store with me to carry my purchased items home in.
  • I am seriously cutting back on post-it use. I used these for everything, but have been doing pretty well. I do still use post-its, but in moderation.
  • I reused a bunch of items from my families’ homeschooling days. Paper, folders, index cards, binders… all manner of items. I am still going through what is left of the homeschool related items, deciding what to keep to use myself, and what I will never use.
  • The ‘never use’ items will go to a charity such as Crossroads Ministries, to be sold in the thrift shop or used within their own offices.
  • The old computer, laptop and printers will be given to someone who can use them, rather than placed in the trash.
  • I used the nifty envelopes from Dell to mail back my empty printer ink cartridges, when I still used a printer. I rarely print anything now, so see no sense in owning a printer. If I need to print something, I can do so at my sisters. If needed, I can purchase them an ink cartridge once in a while, as well as some paper.

There are a great many other things that a freelancer may do to aid in creating a better Earth.

  • Plant a garden in your yard, that you can see while at your desk. Or plant an indoor garden near-by the work area.
  • Start recycling as many used office products as is possible. Set up bins for this purpose.
  • Find other uses for items that you use for your business.
  • Make a pencil holder using a vegetable can and scrapbook materials.

What ideas can you come up with?

Here are a couple of resources that you will find useful:

Article:  Earth Day Activities for Frugal Meal Preparation Throughout the Year

eBook: Greening Your Freelance Business

Happy Earth Day!

Shannon L. Buck