Top 5 Reasons You Need to Embrace Being a Generalist as a Creative Entrepreneur

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Top 5 Reasons You Need to Embrace Being a Generalist as a Creative Entrepreneur

How many times have you felt like a Jane (or Jack) of all trades as a creative professional?

You know, that oh-so-familiar scenario when instead of focusing on what you’ve been hired to do, you end up giving advice on design, UX, wire-framing, visual content for social, or any other thing you know how to do well.

After all, your client asked if you could do this – and obviously you can, so what’s the big deal with being multi-passionate AND a highly skilled creative?

What about all those times you’ve wondered if you should follow the experts’ advice and finally niche down to a single thing you, too, can become an authority in?

Surely they must know something more than you do. They’re not called “experts” and “gurus” just for the fun of it... right?

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5 Sneaky Confidence Killers You Need to Banish From Your Life

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5 Confidence Killers You Need to Banish From Your Life

Confidence is sometimes one of these mythical, magical creatures that are nowhere to be found when you *really* need a sign that they’re out there.

Other times?

Confidence casually shows up when you least expect it to and you get reminded of how awesome it is to feel confident and actually have your self-esteem back.

Most of the time, though, the reason you may not feel confident enough in life, work, or your relationship with yourself is that your confidence is being kicked out of your life in the presence of 5 sneaky culprits. What’s worse, you may not even realize it.

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11 Good Reasons You Procrastinate (and How to Fix That)

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Every wonder why you procrastinate?

Oh, you thought it was just you? Nope, not at all!

The truth is, procrastination has been around for centuries. In fact, way back in 700 BC, the ancient Greek poet Hesiod put it this way: “The man who procrastinates struggles with ruin.”

His point, dramatic as it may be, was that those who procrastinate are in effect destroying themselves (and their lives) in the process. Whatever the reasons, the difference between “later” and “too late” can have a direct impact on your life.

Now, bringing this back to the 21st century, if you’ve ever delayed in getting anything done, you’ll probably agree that there is some truth in this statement even today.

Unfortunately, for a long-time procrastinator, pointing that out is not very helpful. And getting a few tips on how to stop putting things off is not going to make much of a difference, either.

If that were enough, there would be hardly any procrastinators left on the planet, and that clearly doesn’t seem to be the case — even if things seem to get better as we grow older

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2 How to Focus Your Energy for Serious Biz Growth

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Starting a business is the easy part.

You have a great idea, you know you can help someone with your product or service, and you give it a shot. You set things in motion.

The tricky part is, well, what happens next.

Sure, you got yourself a little space on the interwebs and you officially have an online home.

But how do you actually attract people and turn this business idea of yours into something successful you’re proud talking to your friends about?

How do you know the exact steps you need to take to grow your biz?

After a simple search on Google, you’re suddenly facing things like:

“10 ways to grow your business”

“7 secrets to grow your business quickly”

“14 ways to grow your small biz”

Seem familiar?

With so much advice, tips, and tricks out there, it’s nearly impossible NOT to panic and freak out.

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9 Ways You Let Procrastination Get the Best of You Every Day

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Procrastination — Productivity — Procrastination Survival Guide Series — Productivity Tips for Creatives

It’s painful to admit, isn’t it?

A little shameful, even.

But the truth is, your biggest enemy is also your most (annoyingly) loyal companion.

And her name is Procrastination.

She greets you every morning as you wake and kisses you goodnight before you go to bed. She follows you around and hardly lets you do anything.

Anything other than putting things off, that is.

It’s suffocating and tiring, yet her persistence wins you over every time. Just as you make up your mind that “Today is the day I will do [insert big plan here]”, she strikes you hard and squashes your motivation until it’s so tiny you wouldn’t even find it under a microscope.

She is the definition of being victorious.

And it doesn’t help that you know it or hardly even like it. She still rises up and gets the best of you each time, while you’re left with nothing.

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How to Be Intentional About Your Blog and Land Your Next Client

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Remember how in Part 1 of this series, we touched upon having a blog as a way to land more clients?

If you’ve already created your blog and want to find out how to use it strategically to land your next client, keep reading.

But if you’re still a bit unsure as to whether this is something you want to get into, then definitely keep on reading. Because your blog is an opportunity to engage your readers and attract your ideal client, you don’t want to miss this final installment of the series.

In the last part of the Awesome Freelancer’s Guide to Landing More Clients, we’re looking into how you can get more clients through your blog, by being intentional and strategic about it, and we go over some of the strategies you can use to accomplish that.

For a lot of creatives, putting together engaging and interesting content looks and feels like a LOT of work. Especially when they’re not in the writing niche.

But having a blog is not just for the writers and those word-weaving geniuses among us.

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5 Simple Questions That Will Help You Start Your Website Right

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5 questions to help you start your website right — Starting a New Website — Start a Website — Launching a New Website — Starting a Website Questions — Website Questions

After days of consideration, you’re excited and can’t wait to launch your first website.

It’s time to turn heads with your creative badassery and wow your prospective clients. What is there not to be excited about?

Totally with you, my friend. But before you get started, it may be a good idea to take a second and think about this new journey you’re embarking on.

Naturally, it’s an important step for you and your freelancing success. So, before you get too excited, there are five questions you need to think about and answer. They may be simple but they’re pretty important for giving your website the solid foundation it needs.

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Make Your Clients Fall in Love With You: How to Impress by Being Profesh

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Can clients actually fall in love with you?

Isn’t that ... a little too far fetched?

Sure, it may be.

But think of it this way.

When you start working with a client, you both enter a relationship. A professional at that, but a relationship nonetheless.

So what happens when you make that first contact?

You probably enter the initial stage of the relationship expecting certain things from each other and having a specific goal in mind.

For you, that may be growing your clientele and adding another project to your portfolio. For your client, that could be finding someone they can entrust their vision and project to, in order to launch a product or service.

But it’s when the client actually starts to feel warm and fuzzy inside that magic starts to happen.

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How to Build Your Authority as a Freelancer (and Never Be Underbooked Again)

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Can you honestly think of anything better than getting paid to do what you’re passionate about?

I don’t know about you, but ... I’m struggling to find something.

(Other than cats in spaceships. Obvs.)

But furry cats dreaming of space aside, when you first started freelancing it was probably because you wanted to escape the 9-5 lifestyle and become independent.

Now, you may have already been great at something when you started.

Or you may have become great at something by repeatedly doing it every single day.

Whichever the case may be, it doesn’t change the fact that you’re doing what you love. You know your stuff SO well that you could spend hours talking about it, and it shows.

From how to write better emails and more engaging blog posts, to taking gorgeous shots for Instagram and creating drool-worthy sales pages, you’ve got skills. And you’re using them every single day to create amazing work for your clients.

But what if you realize that your clients have become fewer all of a sudden?

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How to Choose the Best Website Platform for Your Needs

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How to Choose the Best Website Platform for Your Needs — Build Your First Website — Choosing a Website Platform — Launch a New Website — Start a Website

If starting a blog or launching your first website has been on your to-do list for a while, you probably find yourself having a lot of questions.

“Where do I start? What do I look for? And what do all of these terms mean?”

These may be just some of the things you’re trying to find answers to. And as with everything new, it can all get intimidating especially if you don’t know where to start.

Perhaps the first thing you did was to start searching on Google for things like “start a website” or “how to start a blog”. Some of what you’ll see popping up are phrases like “website builders”, “website platforms” and “content management systems”.

I remember how confusing all of this was for me back when I first started. And the fact that there’s a somewhat blurry line between all these terms doesn’t make it any easier.

Besides, what difference does it make anyway if it’s a builder or a platform we’re talking about? They both do the same thing, no?

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