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Do You Know What 9 to 5 Habits You Need To Change To Become A Freelancer
March 07, 2017

Weekly Newsletter for Freelancers


Do You Know What 9 to 5 Habits You Need To Change To Become A Freelancer?

If you have been a 9 to 5 employee without having to worry about the finances or the business development of your employer's business the change to freelancing can be a bit of a shock. You are suddenly the boss of everything! It is a good idea to take a step back and look at yourself critically before you make the final decision to leave the safe harbour of employment. There is a page on our website about this here.

Jennifer Locke's article in the Freelancer FAQs blog has taken self evaluation further by challenging you to look at your habits that you have to change before you leave employment. I would rate her skill number two as the most important! You can read Jennifer's article here.


Motivate Yourself!
“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.” — Robin S. Sharma

Have You Ever Wondered What It Takes To Be A National Employer Of The Year?

Being a good employer just does not happen by chance. It requires good leadership, thought and planning plus follow up. Freshbooks was named Canada's employer of the year because of its culture. This is a reward that any employer would be proud! Carly Moulton has written about this in the Freshbooks Blog. There is some lessons for freelancers in this who often work with remote teams of virtual assistants to accomplish their goals.

I have worked for some organizations where the culture was toxic and if you tried to improve products, policies and procedures you were ostracized. Clearly this is not the case at Freshbooks.

Carly takes us inside the mindset of Freshbooks and tells us the right way to run a business to encourage your team members to develop the right mindset to make a business successful. You can read Carly's article here.


Productivity Tip Of The Week

Do You Know What The Benefits Are When You Learn To Code?
If you like being creative and solving problems than becoming a coder could have a lot of benefits for you. A lot of the problems of the world are now being overcome by the creativity of programmers or coders. This may conjure up in your mind that you will be spending your life huddled over a computer and not interacting with the rest of the world, only with your computer. This is now clearly not the case as many projects are international in scope and coders and other skilled people can work on international projects.

Eric An has written an article for the Career Foundry Blog about the benefits of training to be a coder. You can read Eric's article here. If you are ambitious you will especially like the benefit number four.


Work-Life Balance Tip Of The Week

How Do You Rate The Importance Of Your Emotional And Mental Fitness?
As a freelancer you have to have mental and emotional toughness if you are to be successful. If you don't have these attributes it is difficult to keep going when something goes wrong or you have a failure on one of your projects that you thought was perfect, but is rejected by your client. That can be tough!

I have had many of these incidents and had to back track to start again on another approach. It is not only the drain on your time and money that impacts upon you. It is also about how you feel about a failure and getting yourself ready to try again without losing enthusiasm.

Julian Hayes II has chosen this important topic for his article in the Well Being Blog of Entrepreneur. In the article he gives three important tips for freelancers that are universal to all of us. I think that tip number three is the most important. You can read his article here.


Financial Tip Of The Week

Living Well In Retirement Can Be A Work Life Balance And Budgeting Challenge
Enjoying life in retirement can be a challenge both from a work life balance perspective and from learning the tips on how to get an enjoyable life while on a budget.

If you are starting to think about retirement while still freelancing you can get some tips in this article on Freelancer's Lifestyle Tips: How to Achieve a Healthy Life Work Balance by reading this article here. However, the key to a successful retirement is to also look at the way that you spend your money.

Dana Anspach has been writing on the subject of retirement for some years and has many insights to share that will help retirees live well on a budget. In her article for The Balance Blog Dana gives ten tips. I think that her tip number nine is the most important. You can read her article here.


Freelancers And Cyber Security

We have gained approval from Robert Siciliano to bring you extracts from his books related to cyber security for freelancers. Robert Siciliano is an identity theft expert and consultant. He also gives self defense and personal safety seminars. Robert provides safety and identity theft fraud prevention tips and advice on multimedia channels in the United States. We have his approval to bring you weekly extracts from his books:

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