Pep Talks

Feeling Lost and Directionless? I Was Too.

I went to my dad’s funeral in 2011. There, I met David. I’d never met or even heard of him before. He was one of my dad’s old friends. They used to go to the pub together. A smart, academic-type guy, we got chatting about what the hell I was going to do now. I’d just returned from backpacking, which was what I’d planned to keep doing for the foreseeable […]

Losing Motivation to Follow Your Dream? Try This.

Do you constantly scour the web looking for the next inspiring article to encourage you to go after your dreams, chase your passions, do what you love – and then promptly flip the kettle on, grab the cookies, and hunt down the next inspirational article? Yeah. You need to stop that. The occasional dose of inspiration is fine, sure. If you’ve hit a low point and need a kick up […]

What to Do When You’re Paralysed with Fear and Can’t Take the First Step

I met for coffee with one of my readers today. She wants to start her own freelance writing business – has wanted to for years, in fact – but she’s never been able to take the first step. Because she’s paralysed with fear. Because she’s a perfectionist and doesn’t want to get it wrong. Because she doesn’t know what she’s supposed to do first. Or second. Or tenth. And she’s […]

Why Working a Minimum Wage Job is the Easiest Way to Start Your Own Business

When I first decided to start my own business, I felt like it was something reserved solely for people who wanted to escape the 9–5, or cubicle nation, or the corporate world, or whatever you want to call it. It’s just not something people who work as waitresses or bartenders or shop assistants do, right? If you’re in a menial minimum wage job, it’s got to be pretty tough to […]

How to Start Freelance Writing When You’re Scared You Don’t Know Enough

Do you feel like you need to learn absolutely everything you can – to truly master the subject – before you can even contemplate starting your business? Do you feel so panicked at the prospect of how much you have to learn, how much stuff you need to get right, that you can’t even take the first step? We’ve all been there. There’s some fear or anxiety or whatever that […]