Since May 2017, I've been using Harpoon* to manage my invoices (automatic payment reminders), track my expenses, and project my future expected income (with dashboard charts). It wasn't until after I wrote Path of the Freelancer that I found this wonderful tool, and when I did it seemed like they created the app from the what I wrote! We were aligned with our philosophies when it came to managing income and invoices as a freelancer.
Freelancing is hard. The roller coaster is wearing. And then it happens. You lose several clients all at once for a variety of reasons. You experienced what it was like to survive as a freelancer on your journey to sustainability, but it's a different situation when you regress back to survival mode after a season of success.
In an instant, it feels like your back to where you started. Depression sets in and doubt creeps your way as you begin pondering if you have what it takes. So where do you go from here?
If you fully commit to making this work (pursue new clients instead of a new job), I've got five systems to help you move forward and minimize the risk of this happening again. It starts by planning with the expectation that these challenges will continually come your way.
With $100 in credit at the real-time survey tool 1Q (referral link), I had the idea this past weekend to send an open-ended question to business owners as a way of exploring topics I could write about here on this blog. I set up my AskVert (what 1Q calls each survey panel) and sent out the question listed below.
- What's one of the biggest challenges (Business, Personal, Relational, anything...) you're facing right now?
The mini-survey went out to self-employed married men ages 28-55 with at least two children and earning at least $75k per year (a similar profile to myself). The question went out at 1:06 pm and within 41 minutes, I had one-hundred answers.
This open-ended question received a combination of short and expanded answers. Some answered with more than one challenge while two of the results were null (it's why the numbers don't add up to 100). Here's a summary of the results after I sorted through and organized them for a more effective understanding.
There are unexpected events along the blogging journey, and those ahead of me that share provide insight and inspiration to help me along. So here I am, doing the same. One of these surprises included discovering the blog post driving a majority of my site's organic search traffic (Three Ways We Can Respond To Those Who Offer Their Help).
Until recently, I wasn't writing articles with a focused intent to generate organic website traffic. So, it was a pleasant surprise when I discovered success ten months after publishing my article on how to respond to an offer of help. Out of everything I wrote, I would not have guessed this post to be the one to drive a thousand visitors my way.
I wrote previously how I began my spicy eating habit as a baby, with the help of my mom. As time’s progressed, I've continually upped the ante' with multiple milestones along the way to eating the hottest of the hot.
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