Early in the Noodlehead Marketing journey, I needed a tool to help me manage my contacts and sales pipeline. Originally I ended up using the simple CRM, Highrise. After awhile I needed a CRM that offered more functionality and reporting and eventually found the wonderful tool PipelineDeals (Affiliate Link).
Up until we shut down the company, this was the tool we used to help us organize and manage our sales pipeline and this partner was a perfect fit. Each time, they'd roll out updates and improvements they'd be right in line with what we needed. It was neat to work alongside a company which shared similiar values and approaches to the way we work. In addition to using their tool, I interacted with their team often, provided video testimonials and became a regular ambassador for their brand to those I met here in Atlanta.
In the last several months, I've been reaching out to others to help create exposure for Path Of The Freelancer. It was a no brainer for me to reach out to my friends at PipelineDeals and ask them if I could write a guest blog post. They accepted the request and after working out the details, the blog post about how to effectively boost sales effectiveness is now live. If you're in sales it's a insightful read. If not, share it with someone you know who is in sales.
Read From Agency Owner To Freelancer: Three Ways To Boost Your Sales Effectiveness
Read more about this freelancing event and our partners
I was recently connected and invited to compose an article for StartupNation. What is it?
"StartupNation has inspired, educated and consistently attracted entrepreneurs and small business owners from Main Street America who want to be their own bosses and live the American Dream."
As I thought about what I wanted to share with startup business owners, leaders and team members the eighth and final achievement from Path Of The Freelancer came to mind. We Share What We've Mastered. There are many who have shared their life by teaching and mentoring me. In response to those who have given so much to me, I've turned around and done the same for others. This process is an important and meaningful one.
In my guest post, I share how Mentoring is at the Heart of Entrepreneurship. I dive into the four stages of teaching, how these stages apply to our business, and specific action items we can take to move the next generation forward. Check it out at the link below.
Mentoring is at the Heart of Entrepreneurship
It's April and I've only managed to write four blog posts on my website, and three of them were about Path Of The Freelancer. With the book release a week away, I've been working hard at spreading the word and expanding my digital platform. While my writing here has been light, I've been active writing in other places.
Here's a roundup of what I've been working on.
Freelance Related Content
Non-Freelance Related Content
Path Of The Freelancer
is just two weeks away from going public. It's been an interesting road writing this book
over the past 19 months. As part of promoting the book, I've sent the manuscript out before launching, to request endorsements. The following three book endorsements do a great job of surveying what to expect while reading it. If you are a freelancer or know one, please pre-order a copy
With the right balance of personal experience and solid business advice, Jason has written a comprehensive guide to achieving freelance success. Infused with memorable analogies and infographics, The Path of the Freelancer appeals to a variety of learning types, and remains engaging throughout an impressive amount of content. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is either getting into freelancing, or ready to take their current business to the next level.
-Co-founder, Harpoon (Financial Software For Freelancers)
I've read "Path Of The Freelancer" in its entirety and recommend it to anybody that's looking to start freelancing - in any field - and also to those who already are freelancers. Jason is extremely perceptive and is filled with valuable insight that he regularly pours into others in an effort to help them. This book is his attempt to do that for those that he'd otherwise not be able to help.
-Keith Taylor, Professional Freelance Photographer
As a freelancer, Path of the Freelancer is a must read. It's a brilliant piece of work I glean from and recommend to all my colleagues. It will be my go-to-guide for years to come!
-Allison Miller, Speaker and Author of Desperate for Love
to order Path Of The Freelancer (Print or Kindle) on Amazon.
I mentioned at the end of 2016, we were in the process of preparing to buy our first home, but we hit unexpected roadblocks. Since then, we've resolved those roadblocks and have now purchased our first home! We close March 27th and will be moving in the week to follow.
As part of the process of buying a house, we went through a lot of soul searching to discover what we wanted our life to look like. Where did we want to live? Where did we want do go to church? Where did we want to build a long-term community? How did we want to raise our children? And, what was the type of home we wanted?
Read More About Our Move To Sugar Hill & Changing Churches
This week, my third physical proof of Path Of The Freelancer will arrive. My goal is to identify and fix any remaining issues with the book and make it available for presale on Amazon. While I've started marketing the newly launched website, I'll kick up my external marketing and promotion efforts by focusing on driving people to pre-order the book when it's ready.
Read About Path Of The Freelancer's Website Launch
What began in 2014 and continued in 2015, has now become an annual tradition. This reflection point yearly blog post is my last write-up for 2016.
2016 has been a jam packed and accomplished year for my family and me. In February, we had Elihu Axel Montoya, our fourth child. In the spring, we began the process of buying a house, and I also published IDEMA. This fall, I've launched The Island Story and just recently finished writing Path Of The Freelancer, my first book. All of this was on top of excelling in my best financial year ever, as a freelancer.
It is by God's grace, the support of my love wife and family, and the encouragement of my community that has empowered me to succeed. Looking out on the horizon, there are also new and exciting changes coming ahead. Looking back, I am excited about the progress we've made and looking out on the horizon; there are new and exciting changes ahead. Let's dive in.
About My Year 2016