How to stay in the zone when you’re working from home

By guest contributor, Georgette Eva

When you’re your own boss, number one employee, and right-hand-person, it’s sometimes hard to stay motivated.

It happens. It’s hard to self-motivate constantly, and as freeing as freelancing can be, keeping yourself on task (along with all of the other things you’re doing to run your own business) can be difficult in itself.

Happily, freelancing today is made much easier with apps to keep you on task, strengthen your focus, and keep you accountable. Here are a few apps that will keep that laser-like focus— okay, productive, human focused— while working on your own.

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The starter kit every Freelancer should have

By guest expert, Zac Choi

Taking the leap and working for yourself can be a daunting experience.

Where do you begin? What tools do you need (or not need) to get things going?

While my expertise as a business consultant is revenue growth and workflow science (basically how to increase income and decrease cost), my passion is to build tools for and to share best practices with those who want to work for themselves.

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4 Time-Saving Tools for Freelancers

Freelancers place a high premium on their time—at least those of us who don’t want to be stuck pulling consecutive all-nighters do. Unfortunately, however, we also don’t have a whole team to help with the administrative heavy lifting: there’s just you, your laptop and the cat—and we all know that cats don’t make the most helpful coworkers. Add that all together and you have a recipe for frustration, unless you take steps to reduce the amount of time you spend on repetitive, time-intensive tasks.

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How to growth hack your freelance business

Freelancing is much more than getting paid to do what you’re good at.

You’re also a marketer, business manager, and maybe even an accountant, all at the same time.

As a freelancer, you’re running the show. Knowing how to manage your time and money becomes even more important so that you can focus on what matters: your work.

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Time Management Tips for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Welcome to the glamourous life of being a founder — a life where you’re the first to be blamed and last to be paid, first in the office and last one out. It’s pretty amazing though isn’t it?

To help you out, here are three time management tips that can help you navigate the life of a first-time entrepreneur. Two of these tips are from hustle-gurus while the third is my own practice. Let’s get started!

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Why Personal Branding Is Essential To Your Lifelong Success

Personal branding shouldn’t be a buzzword. In fact, it shouldn’t be something “new” or brought on by modern advances in social media. At its core, it’s a facet every single one of you should be aware of and have control over.

It’s not a “nice-to-know”, it’s a must have.

By definition, and depending on the source, personal branding is knowing yourself, your preferred industry, and whom you serve.

It’s what people think about you when you’re not in the room.

The first thought that pops into their mind when your name comes up.

It’s the alignment of your core values and day-to-day actions.

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3 secrets to simplify personal branding

A proven strategy designed to help you develop a story about who you are, what you do, and what makes you interesting.

I was in a marketing workshop recently and the presenter asked the room if anyone actually thought of themselves as a “brand.”

I hesitated. My inner thoughts went something like this:

“I mean…yeah. I’m supposed to say yes, right? I’ve taught personal branding workshops all over the world. I’ve built a lot of my career on my personal brand. I sell personal branding to other people.”

But no one raised their hand.

I didn’t want to be the only one to do so.

So I stayed quiet. And then I started wondering what a personal brand actually means.

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Freelancers: Here’s How to Rock a Client Recap

“So, how was everything?”

This question is an easy one to answer after a meal at a restaurant or a stay at a hotel but takes on a far deeper meaning when summarizing our work on a freelance project. The time spent immersed in a project is hard to encapsulate in a “Good!” or “Fine!” response, and if there were issues or challenges along the way, such a response may not even be appropriate.

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7 Ways to Effectively Work from Home

More time.

More money.

More creative freedom.

The secret to achieving the above?

Working from home.

Not to mention, you can also opt for sweatpants daily when you’re office is your living room.

But that’s not to say that the good life of working from home doesn’t have it’s challenges. How do you keep from getting distracted with household duties? How do you get anything done if you have kids around? How do you stay motivated and focused?

We know working from home takes some serious commitment! With this in mind, here are 7 tips to help make working from home work for you:

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How to Define Your Career Headline

You’ve created dozens of presentation decks, written an encyclopedia worth of articles for clients, but still, crafting your career headline is a task you haven’t conquered yet.

Freelancers are often troubled with explaining the most diverse experience through the smallest window. Your career headline has to be all-encompassing in the least amount of characters. It’s a difficult ask, but once solid, it can lead to an array of opportunities that grow your network.

When you work for yourself, being able to showcase your skill set is half the battle and it starts with your career headline. A few key factors can make for a captivating social profile and the world of difference when it’s time to find new opportunities. Let’s explore some examples of quality career headlines and what you can learn from each.

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