Mindset

A Life-Changing Mantra for the Unconfident Writer

Are you one of those writers who panics about not being good enough? I’m betting you are. I mean, there’s like an 80% chance that you are. Unless you’re not a writer and are just here for the awesome logo (LOOK CLOSER) and witty repartee, in which case, well, hi, I guess. But back to the 80% – I know you. I’ve met many people like you. The lack of […]

My 5 Secrets for Morning Routines That Stick

I’ve tried again and again and again to figure out the best way to start my days – to find that mystical perfect morning routine. Should I exercise? Read? Write? Do something else? And what about meditation and all that other crap the ‘gurus’ (ugh) tell you to do? I got a little obsessed for a while. Mostly because I was frustrated I couldn’t figure it out. And then, slowly, […]

Is Fear Keeping Your Rates Low?

If you ever want to start making decent money from freelancing, you must stop operating from a place of fear and scarcity – feeling like this client is the only client you’ll ever have, and that if you lose them, all else is lost too. If you’re always scared you’ll lose the client, you’ll never be able to put your rates up. Actually, scratch that. Because you will always be […]

How to Get Over Your Fear of Starting A Business

Something I get asked pretty often is whether I was scared when I decided to start my business – and what I did to get over that fear. Honestly, I don’t remember ever feeling scared. Excited, yes. In awe of the possibilities, yes. But scared? I don’t remember that. I don’t remember ever wondering if I would fail, or what I would do if I did. This probably has a […]

How to Improve Your Life and Business by Conducting 28-Day Experiments

Something I started doing a few months ago is 28-day experiments. I’ve found that they’re an excellent way to make gradual changes to my work and lifestyle without too much pressure. I’m the kind of person who rebels against rules and is absolutely horrified at the thought of any sort of restriction placed on me, so saying I’m going to commit to doing something ‘forever’ – the way we often […]

What to Do When Your Clients are Getting You Down

You’ve heard the old adage ‘the customer’s always right’, haven’t you? Course you have. You’re a human person with ears. Speaking from seven years of experience working in bars, I can report that that saying is utter bollocks. I once rejoiced in pissing off a snobbish elderly couple who were adamant that I MUST OPEN A FRESH BOTTLE OF WINE for them. I resolutely refused. ‘This wine is fine. I […]

How to Get Clients as a Total Newbie – Without Lying About Your Experience

One of the biggest fears new freelancers have is being ‘found out’. Exposed as a fraud. Called out on their lack of experience. They worry that if a client guesses they’re totally new to this game, they won’t get hired. The trouble, of course, is that they also don’t want to be dishonest. They don’t want to lie and say they’ve done this a hundred times before. They dread the […]

The Number 1 Sign You’re a Professional

I could talk about integrity right now, or talent, or good communication skills. Confidence, punctuality, ability to meet deadlines. Even initiative, being a ‘team member’, and all that other crap you used to write on your CV. (Because you don’t need a CV any more, amirite? Huzzah!) But the thing is, all of those things are worthless unless you have this one other trait. Without this singular trait, there’s no […]

How to Raise Your Freelance Rates with Cheapskate Clients

I get asked this a lot. How do you raise your rates with clients who are paying you a pittance? So this is kind of a trick question. Or trick headline. Whatever. Because the thing is, trying to raise your rates with clients who don’t understand value is almost impossible. These guys view you as a commodity… so why should they pay you more than any other freelancer? In their […]