So, you’re ready to start working at home full-time, eh?
Freedom, flexibility, more time to do what you love. You’ve been dreaming about these things for months. Maybe years.
It’s normal to be eager. But switching to work-at-home life is an adjustment.
Here are five elements of working at home you should be prepared for.
You go from some (or even many) coworkers to zero workers.
The sounds and background noise will change. Your options on filling in that noise will change as well, whether that’s music, podcasts, or just silence.
Your house may feel like a safer…
Less scrolling. More living.
I had already seen it.
A few friends and people I look up to had already done it.
And being pro-research, I had heard the statistics.
I was still a few months away from seeing a counselor, but I had already done a lot of research on my mental health. My anxious and cluttered mind had needs, and Facebook was not meeting those needs.
So it wasn’t an issue of trying to convince me getting off Facebook for good may be beneficial for me — I had seen the evidence from both science and my inner…
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Creating better eating habits is an excellent place to start when it comes to improving your health. Part of this process includes making smarter choices at the grocery store. This means you’re probably reading labels of food packaging more often.
Labels should help you better understand the food you want to…
Jeepers, Anna, who hurt you?!
No one. If anything, I value experts, especially those willing to share their experiences and offer valuable advice. Whether through books, podcasts, blogs, you name it, I love observing what successful people I admire have achieved and how they got there.
But when it comes to learning a new skill or reaching a goal, I’ve noticed that people often fall into the (understandable) habit of researching, reading, listening to podcasts, soaking up gallons of information every day. They almost expect the experts to do the work for them. …
Rejection is hard. You know that by now.
And while there are many useful tips out there on how to deal with rejection, experts tend to neglect explaining why it’s hard:
Any form of action you take to move past rejection starts with your mind.
Like many elements of freelancing, dealing with rejection starts with having confidence and systems in place to help keep you focused. So here are a few affirmations to use to help keep your head clear and focused. Make sense?
Let’s start with the most important one:
Be honest with your emotions. Are you sad because…
I was fresh out of college when I wrote my very first guest post. And it’s painfully obvious. I cringe at it now, but it taught me a valuable lesson, both as a writer and an effective communicator.
Ditch the sophisticated writing style. Write clearly.
I understand the fear of using simpler phrases. Maybe you’re worried you won’t be taken seriously by “dumbing down” your writing to a fifth-grade reading level. Or you’re concerned your readers will lose interest by reading this type of writing.
They won’t. I promise.
And the reason why has two parts.
Part one, your online…
Online learning is on the rise.
It’s been on the rise, even before COVID-19.
And when Google announced a new certification program that not only takes less than a year to complete but also costs a massive percentage less than a traditional college education, well, it’s pretty safe to say the foundations of the concept of going to college are starting to crack.
In this day and age — YouTube videos, podcasts, books, blogs, Instagram profiles, studying the journeys of other entrepreneurs who are gracious enough to share their history on the regular — you can learn almost anything from…
“Write on Medium,” they said.
“It’s not that hard,” they said.
“You’ll even make money!” they said.
No matter how glamorous and sparkly an idea may seem on the outside, the fine print (AKA reality) is hidden somewhere, and you often don’t see it until after you take the plunge.
So, call this post what you want (my review, my testimony, etc.), …
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
— Philippians 2:3–4 (NIV)
Humility is tough to balance as a worship leader. You get compliments, feedback, critiques. The very nature of your work seems to contradict the true nature of your calling as a ministry leader.
So how do you know you’re on the right track? There are many ways to find out, but here are three great places to start.
I’m not talking about praying during…
It’s a common question asked among newbie writers:
“Am I ready to quit my current job to freelance full-time?”
It’s a simple yes-or-no question. But unfortunately, like many elements of freelancing, only you are capable of knowing the right answer to that question.
I can’t tell you whether or not you’re in the best place to quit. I don’t know your job situation, your income, your savings, your monthly spendings, your needs at home, or your goals as a freelancer.
But I can offer a few suggestions. …