Learn How To Succeed As A Freelancer

[Event] Learn How To Succeed As A Freelancer [June 22]

Join us on June 22nd, 2017 from 6-8pm at Roam Atlanta in Buckhead Georgia. We'll kick it off with open Networking and Dinner (Chipotle Mexican Grill), followed by a freelancing success workshop. We'll close the night with a freelance question and answering session. 

The Ticket price includes the workshop, networking, dinner and a physical copy of Path Of The Freelancer: An Actionable Guide To Flourishing In Freelancing.

Early bird pricing ($15) for the first 25 registrants.

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How My Company Getting Fired Got Me Into This Leadership Effectiveness Growth Program

How My Company Getting Fired Got Me Into This Leadership Effectiveness Growth Program

This post is part 1 of My Leaders Lyceum Experience blog series. I'm writing in exchange for the opportunity to go through the multi-corporate program.

Three weeks ago, I participated in the Leaders Lyceum effectiveness development program. For those of you who are new to the Leaders Lyceum, it’s a transformational program for accelerating the development of leaders. Simply put, they make leaders more effective and do it faster than if they had grown on their own initiative. The program is based on the highly researched (Developmental Theory) five levels of human development. Keith’s Ted talkgives a quick insight into these five levels of development.

 

In 2011 I got connected with the Leaders Lyceum through a mutual friend. The Leaders Lyceum hired my marketing company (now closed, long story) to help them launch a website and create an animated video illuminating the value of their program. In the middle of this project, we launched a second side project for a one-time pilot leadership program called Great Together for marriages. The creative and marketing for this program were a huge success. Unfortunately, the main company project was a failure and the Leaders Lyceum fired Noodlehead Marketing (my marketing company).

While it was unfortunate that we lost our favorite client, it was the way in which they fired us that was so transformational for me and my team. At the time, we were in a major business model transition and we needed relief. We had been paid a deposit by the Leaders Lyceum for the website and video but had not delivered anything tangible for the compensation. When they let us go, they released the financial and work debt we were not equipped to fulfill at the time.

To embrace this unpleasant situation, I requested the Leaders Lyceum meet with me and my team so we could learn and grow from this failure. They accepted and we all met to reflect on our lessons learned. There was no immediate benefit to them, in fact, it cost them, but they still chose to help us grow as leaders. We had been fired by clients before and they usually went as terrible as you’d expect. It was rattling to be fired with such grace and encouragement. A firm but soft no.

This was a powerful experience for us in a real-life challenging situation. This is where the rubber hits the road and growth happen (when we lean in). It also had an impact on my team, and I eventually helped pay for a member of my company and her husband to go through the Leaders Lyceum program. Unfortunately, I never went through the program myself, so when I found out Keith and his colleague Karl Kuhnert was publishing a book about the concepts they teach, I ordered a copy and invited my father to join me in reading and reflecting on each chapter of the book. In addition to working through the book with my dad and another friend, I also shared excerpts and commentaries along the way on Facebook. As a result, Keith Eigel (Co-Founder) and I got reconnected.

The Leaders Lyceum is hired by corporations to take their team through the effectiveness development program. Unfortunately, smaller companies may not have the financial resources to take twenty people through the program so the Leaders Lyceum also offers a multi-corporate program where multiple companies can send one or many of their team members and get the benefit of one-to-one coaching in a group setting. Their next program started in April 2017 and they had an extra open slot in the program. Keith invited me to participate on this track in exchange for helping them more effectively communicate their offerings, also to help build awareness of their company and it’s unique and powerful offering by writing about my experience.

Six years after first connecting and finding value with what the Leaders Lyceum is doing, I now get to experience the program first hand. This is the first of many posts to come from me participating in their growth curriculum (in exchange for my freelancing services). You can expect to get an inspiring glimpse of the inner workings of what you too could experience for yourself and company.

Tag along and enjoy the journey.

Mentoring is at the Heart of Entrepreneurship

Mentoring is at the Heart of Entrepreneurship [StartupNation Guest Blog]

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

The Book Is Now Available On Amazon! Have You Bought A Freelancer A Copy?

The Book Is Now Available On Amazon! Have You Bought A Freelancer A Copy?

I shared three endorsements on why you should buy Path Of The Freelancer. Now you just need to go buy a copy for yourself or if you're not interested, buy a copy for a freelancer you know.

What are you waiting for? 

FYI, if you buy the physical copy, you get the kindle edition for free as part of the Amazon Matchbook program.

UPDATE - April 29th 2017

Unexpectedly, Amazon is running a promotion on the book for 10% off the total price. Get the book for $22.50 for a limited time only.

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What I've Been Writing About Lately

What I've Been Writing About Lately

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.

Book Interview

Freelance Related Content

Non-Freelance Related Content

Book Endorsements: Brilliant, Perceptive, & Comprehensive

Book Endorsements: Brilliant, Perceptive, & Comprehensive

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
Click here to order Path Of The Freelancer (Print or Kindle) on Amazon.
This One Behavior Will Set You Apart From Everyone Else

This One Behavior Will Set You Apart From Everyone Else

Explicit Communication.

I was talking to a fellow freelancer about communication and the general lack of response of people when we email, text or call others. Many times we send messages and don’t hear back for days, even weeks. Sometimes we don’t receive any feedback until we follow up numerous times. This happens with active clients and people with whom I have a relationship. When it comes to sales activities, the perpetrators are even worse.

Continue Reading About Explicit Communication

Why I’m Building Freelancers Up Instead Of Building A Marketing Agency

Why I’m Building Freelancers Up Instead Of Building A Marketing Agency

I’m a full-time freelancer operating at full capacity. While I’ve been full, it has not stopped existing and potential new clients from requesting my services. In the last year, I’ve increased my hourly rate twice from $75 to $80, and now $85 per hour. My capacity remained full and the requests did not slow down after these increases.

I’m perfectly positioned to begin building a marketing agency. I could easily charge my next client the $85/hour and tap into a freelancer who charges $20, $40, or $60 per hour profiting from their labor.

But, I’m not going to.

Read Why I’m Building Freelancers Up Instead Of Building A Marketing Agency

Making Quora Work For Writers

Making Quora Work For Writers

I’ve recently written a book about flourishing as a freelancer. As part of my strategy to build awareness for the upcoming release, I decided to more seriously dive into the Quora community.

 

If you’re not familiar with Quora, it’s a place to “gain and share knowledge”. People ask questions and other people answer those questions. The best answers rise to the top of the pack.

Read More About Making Quora Work For Writers

We've Bought A House & It's Changing Some Things

We've Bought A House & It's Changing Some Things

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

Publish Date & Amazon Page Set For Path Of The Freelancer

Publish Date & Amazon Page Set For Path Of The Freelancer

It's been almost eighteen months since I started the journey of writing Path Of The Freelancer. I've recently hit a new milestone. The book now has a publish date, April 26 2017, and is available on Amazon for preorder. The Kindle edition will be loaded up soon, and if you buy the physcial copy of the book, you'll get access to the Kindle edition at no additional cost.

Click here to visit the Amazon preorder page.

Path Of The Freelancer Website

If you have not been following along the Path Of The Freelancer blog, there's been numerous guest blogs by other freelancers as well as blog posts by me published on other websites. You can get a breakdown of all this activity at the January content round-up page.

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