Mentoring is at the Heart of Entrepreneurship

Mentoring is at the Heart of Entrepreneurship [For StartupNation]

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

Interview With The Joomla Transition Team

Interview With The Joomla Transition Team [for Joomla]

One of my service offerings is building semi-custom Joomla websites. Joomla is my preferred open-source CMS platform, and I've been using it almost since its inception (2005). To get more involved in the Joomla community as well as moving outside my own bubble, I volunteered to contribute to the Joomla magazine. As a result, I was placed in charge of interviewing the team of people who were transitioning the Joomla organization to new leadership. 

Click Here To Read My Joomla Transition Team Interview. 

Photo by Ben O'Sullivan on Unsplash

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.

Buy Path Of The Freelancer On Amazon

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

How Do Writers Make Quora Work For Them?

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

5 Freelance Marketing Tips To Acitvely Build Authority & Generate New Clients

5 Freelance Marketing Tips To Actively Build Authority & Attract New Clients

This blog post is part of the freelancermap Blog Carnival. Click here for other freelancing marketing tips. freelancermap a tendering platform for IT projects and presentation platform for IT freelancers and companies.
I've freelanced full-time since April 2014. It was not a vocation I expected to go into, let alone write a book about three years later, but there was a non-stop stream of business leaders that sought me out to help them solve their communication challenges. I embraced freelancing.
When I look back over my three-year path to a steady and flourishing freelancing career, I noticed several activities that played a large role in my success. It all began by aggressively engaging in my community and network.

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Lighting Essentials: Path of the Freelancer [Interview]

Lighting Essentials: Path of the Freelancer [Interview]

Don Giannatti is the founder of Lighting Essentials, an online resource center for photographers. The two of us were connected by a mutual friend and the writer of the book's introduction Keith Taylor. In this interview, Don and I discuss my storythe book, and insights to help you thrive as a freelancer. It's a fun and casual discussion on the roller coaster of freelancing. 

Watch the video interview below.

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