Here’s how not to let crises kill your freelance business.

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Everyone gets sick from time to time. Everyone deals with equipment malfunctions or family emergencies.

As a result, everyone falls behind at one point or another.

The trick is knowing what to do when that happens, how to get back on track, and how to keep your clients happy, so you continue to have work.

Here are some valuable tips.

Talk to the client

There are a lot of things that can go wrong unexpectedly. …


And what that can mean to you.

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I was browsing through Seth Godin’s book The Practice the other day when I came across a reference he makes to Saturday Night Live that just blew me away.

As with many of Godin’s mini-essays in this book, he doesn’t spend much time getting into the meat of some of his observations. He leaves a lot of that to the reader.

His one sentence on SNL, however, I felt deserved a slightly deeper dive.

So here goes…

Not Ready For Prime Time

Simply put, Saturday Night Live, a 90-minute sketch comedy show featuring live music that has been around for over 40 years, goes on…


There is power in a well-presented speech. Harness that!

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Whether you’re a teacher, preacher, activist, or artist of any kind, it’s to your benefit to become a more effective public speaker.

Speaking to groups of people often signifies you as a thought leader and influencer (old school style).

Becoming an effective public speaker can boost your confidence, help you organize your ideas better, and allow you to build a better relationship with your audience.

Here are some ways you can become a better public speaker.

Murder the Uhh’s

I’m starting out with one of the biggest challenges to effective public speaking. It’s a hard habit to break. Even the best of speakers…


Want more freelance writing success? Avoid these mistakes.

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At a certain point in your freelance writing career, you’re going to want to move on from looking for work on sites like Upwork to making pitches directly to the clients themselves.

And why shouldn’t you? The pay is usually better, and because you’re pitching an idea you are interested in writing about, the work will be more fulfilling.

Making a good pitch is an essential skill for any freelance writer who wants to move from minor league work to major league.

But crafting a good pitch can be tricky. It takes practice.

You’re going to fail more than not.


…that I’m passing on to my son.

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I may not be the wisest person in the world, but I picked up the occasional pearl of wisdom from my dad as I was growing up. As I’m a father now, I feel it’s my responsibility to make sure some record of this advice is made for my son to read someday in case I’m not around to pass it on in person.

And, who knows? Maybe you’ll find something useful here as well. Today I’m focusing on cooking and driving. I may cover other topics in the future.

So, that said… a little bit of advice from my…


There is more than one way to cross a finish line.

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We like having goals. They give us forward momentum, something to work for, and a chance to improve ourselves.

But they can be frustrating as well — particularly when momentum is lost. Things happen. Conditions change. And too often, we tie our sense of self-worth to our goals.

Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to keep on top of finishing what you start. Whether it’s a personal fitness or a professional goal, here are some things to try.

Starting is easy, but…

Getting underway is considered by some to be the most challenging part of a project. …


Laying down a solid foundation for any freelancer.

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How do you make a successful freelance business even more successful?

How do you help a fledgling freelance career survive that first year?

Much of it comes down to hard work and focus. The trick is knowing where to place that focus and what tasks need to be done.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a freelance writer, editor, artist, designer, or someone who builds luxury custom cat trees. There are always things you can do right now to help you and your business thrive.

Build a Better Workspace

Whether you call it your office, studio, or workshop, the place where you conduct most of…


I have good news for you.

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There has likely never been a better time in history to be a writer than right now. Whether you’re writing fiction, nonfiction, novels, scripts, ad copy, or travel blogs — this is the time to do it.

Why?

Several reasons. For one, there are fewer gatekeepers. There are also more opportunities around. And, if you do it right, you can even make some decent money at it.

A lot depends on your goals and expectations, but I maintain that it’s better to be a writer these days than it was, say, twenty years ago.

Fewer Gatekeepers, More Opportunities

If I wanted to write a…


A lot of it comes down to accessibility.

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This is a bit of a love letter to living in the year 2021.

I’m a Gen-Xer. Born in the late 60s, I grew up in the 70s and 80s. I was an early adopter of most technology — having been online in one form or another since 1988.

I’ve seen a lot of change over the decades, and I am not one of those who decry change.

If anything, I love it and can’t get enough of it — so long as it’s changing for the better.

Even with some of the hassles that come with technology, there is…


Inspiration comes where you’re willing to find it. Even the gutter.

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What can one say about the poet Charles Bukowski (1920–1994) that hasn’t already been written on a dirty bathroom wall?

Not much.

He was an unapologetic drunk, womanizer, bum, barfly, brawler, occasional petty thief, gambler, and bad with money.

If you were to point this out to him, he’d probably add a few more things and spit in your mouth — if he cared enough.

Which he probably wouldn’t. He was a fairly unpleasant person in real life. When he attained success and recognition and went on speaking tours, he was often drunk and abusive to much of his audience…

John Teehan

Writer specializing in tech, business, parenting, pop culture, and gaming. Visit wordsbyjohn.net for more info and rates. Twitter: @WordsByJohn2

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