How to Beat the Loneliness of Being a Freelancer

The top ten jobs in the United States are not lonely jobs. If you’re a retail salesperson, cashier, food prep staff, or even a general office clerk, you get to be around people all day long. Millions of people leave their house every day and meet people. Freelancers are generally not among them. Most freelancers work from home. And a lot of us are lonely. I realized this one day when the power went out at home. I had a stack of work to finish so I called the local cafe to see if they had power. They did. I packed up my laptop and left. When I arrived, I wasn’t the only freelancer who had the same idea. We made a line that stretched out the door. So many of us were in the same situation that I shared a table with an acquaintance. If I were single, this would […]

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Five Signs You Should Quit Your Job and Live Your Dreams

“Just do it. Don’t let your dreams be dreams.” Whatever Shia Labeouf intended by his 30-minute performance art, these two phrases are the most oft memed and gifed. He screams “JUST DO IT!” and softly speaks the next phrase. It’s jarring and at the same time uplifting. Dreamers get a pedestal in our society only if they don’t keep their dreams to themselves. A dream ceases to be a dream once it becomes reality. Are you converting your dreams to reality or are you biding your time? Would you rather be Mr. Anderson in a cubicle or Neo following the white rabbit? And how do you know the difference between the two? Today I’m going to free your mind. By the time you finish this article, you will know whether you should continue in your current job or quit and make the dream a reality. 1. You’re Bored to Death […]

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How to Start Freelancing (And Get Your FIRST Client!)

Freelancing is the number one way to get started with online business. Here’s why, plus how you can make more money doing it and transform your side hustle into a full-time, scalable business. Pat Flynn March 26, 2018 The SPI community has been asking about the world of freelancing a lot lately, so I thought I’d share some recent thoughts on freelancing to guide you in how to start freelancing (and get your first client). But first, I want to take you back to a post I shared in November 2017: The 2 Quickest Ways to Generate an Online Income In that post, I explain that freelancing is one of the two quickest ways to generate online income (the other is affiliate marketing). Freelancing allows you to quickly get paid for a task that can actually help solve problems for people. And when you’re first starting out, freelancing is the […]

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The 2 Quickest Ways to Generate an Income Online

Why reframing “how do I make fast money online?” can help you better understand what it truly means to generate an income online, and how to do so quickly. Pat Flynn November 6, 2017 On AskPat, I’ve collected over 3,000 voicemail questions related to starting an online business. The most common question of those I get is this: “What’s the quickest way to start making money online?” Before I get into my answer, let me tell you exactly why I don’t really like this question. There are two specific reasons for this: First, the emphasis on being quick. I’ve witnessed several new business owners who’ve put speed over quality and value, only to end up further behind than where they were when they started. Second, it implies trying to avoid the work it really takes to make money online. Building a successful business takes a lot of effort and strategy. […]

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How an Introvert Accidentally Networked His Way from Scratch to a 6-Figure Consultancy

It was done. Over. Finished. The business that I had worked so hard to start, fund, and build was officially dead. Customers had been told, employees had been let go, and investors had been notified. All that remained was me. Plus, a substantial amount of debt to keep me company, along with questions that kept me up at night, and gnawed at my soul. How would I pay my bills? Should I quit this whole entrepreneurship thing? Should I (gasp!) think about getting a job? Painted into the Entrepreneurial Corner… It soon became clear that most of those questions were moot. The “get a job” idea, for example, was a non-starter. Back then I wasn’t particularly credentialed or qualified… and even if I found something in the higher end of the market value that I thought I could command, it wouldn’t have been enough. Even if I put every cent […]

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