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Productivity

Articles about productivity, organized by topic.

Teach Freelance Clients to Respect Your Time By Setting Business Hours

Do you ever wonder why clients assume that freelancers are available 24/7, over weekends, and after hours? It's because too many freelancers respond to their requests over weekends and after hours. Teach clients to respect your time by setting normal business hours.

Client ManagementProductivity
7 Lessons from My First Year as a Full-Time Freelancer

After one year of full-time freelancing, I share the observations I made, lessons I learned, advice I have for anyone interested in becoming a full-time freelancer. Make sure you have a desire to freelance, not just quit your 9-5 job. A false motivation can quickly lead to failure.

Getting ClientsProductivityStarting a Business
How to Stay Comfortable as a Freelancer Even When You’re Stressed

There's no avoiding stressful and uncomfortable situations when you run your own freelancing business. The key to staying comfortable during stressful situations is to maintain control of your business from every angle.

ProductivityStarting a Business
5 Tips for Managing Sick Days as a Freelancer

You aren't allocated a specific number of sick days each year as a freelancer. That's why it's important to have a plan for sick days before they happen.

ProductivityProject ManagementStarting a Business
Find Your Own Success Without Idolizing People in Your Industry

Is there anyone in your industry you really admire? Anyone you follow intensely on social media? Blogs you read religiously? If only you could be more like them, your career would be better, right? Not necessarily.

ProductivityStarting a Business
Reduce Referral Spam in Google Analytics Without Using Filters

Referral spam can pollute your Google Analytics account and make it impossible to track user data accurately, but you don't need to use complex filters.

Branding & MarketingProductivity
Add 50 Hours to Your Month by Subtracting Social Media

Do you ever wish there were more hours in a day? Most of us end our days feeling like we haven't accomplished enough. The truth is, you can grant yourself that wish if you're willing to sacrifice the time you spend on social media.

Productivity
A Simple Design Process to Use for Every Digital Project

There's a simple 3 step process that you can use for every digital project by breaking the design process down to it's fundamental elements.

ProductivityProject Management
Why Responding to Every Email is Good for Your Business

Responding to every email is a great way to build your network, but it's also time-consuming. Using pre-made email templates will save you hours each week.

Client ManagementProductivity
2015 Year in Review

After two amazing back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014, I wasn't sure if 2015 would be able to top it. But it totally did. I hope that by sharing my accomplishments I can inspire you to do great things in your personal and professional life too.

ProductivityStarting a BusinessYear In Review
Gravity Forms + ConvertKit: The Killer Combo That Defeated MailChimp

When I first started my newsletter, my goal was to cultivate an audience that I could educate and offer paid products to in the future. So, I quickly researched popular email marketing platforms and chose MailChimp, but it turns out that ConvertKit was the better choice.

Branding & MarketingProductivity
Get Back in Control of Your Inbox With a Single Click

When you look at your inbox each day, how do you feel? Do you dread opening Gmail because of all the emails that need your attention now? If you're anything like I was, you'd be stressed already and not even out of bed yet.

Productivity
How to Maximize and Manage Your Time as a Freelancer

Freelancing awards us the freedom to choose the hours we work, but it is important to have a plan for your days and weeks, even if that plan changes from time to time.

ProductivityStarting a Business
12 Essential Freelance Tools That Will Keep Your Business Running Smoothly

Being in business for yourself comes with a lot of added responsibility. Gone are the days when you can focus on your work and leave the billing, scheduling, client management, project management, and new business development to someone else.

ProductivityStarting a Business