Want to know a dirty little secret about Carol Tice? She doesn’t even have a home office.
Depending on the day and the level of clutter (perpetrators responsible for the mess = hubby and kids), she floats from the living room to the TV room.
How’s your home office space for writing? Frustrating, distracting, the bane of your existence?
If you’re trying to crank out copy at the dining room table next to a syrup spill that keeps sticking to your arm, or every room in the house is littered with toys, clothes, and never-ending piles of crap that seem to regenerate like the legs on a cockroach, you may have a problem.
When you work from a home office, you have to figure out a way to declutter and minimize distractions so you can actually…you know, work.
Wondering where to start?
If you’re writing in a clutter hole, follow these writer recommendations to clear space for your home office:
Ever feeling like one failure after the next keeps you from finding good freelance writing jobs?
I know I did. When I first started looking for freelance writing jobs, I felt like a total failure. I even thought about quitting. It sucks when…
Instead of giving up, I decided to take a step back and look at what I was doing wrong. I really wanted to find a way to turn things around and get back on track.
And I’m glad I did. It took me about five months to break down all the false ideas I had about freelancing writing and start landing better-paying gigs. It wasn’t easy, but I learned a lot from those failures.
Want to avoid making the same mistakes? Check out these five fast-track fixes to find more freelance writing jobs:
What’s your game plan as a freelance writer for unexpected events and expenses? Do you have an emergency fund?
Imagine buying same-day international plane tickets to flee political violence with a toddler. It happened to me while I was freelancing in Nicaragua. And those tickets were expensive.
What about an unexpected medical bill? Could you take time off if a family member got seriously ill…or if you were ill yourself?
If your house burned down, could you put yourself up in a hotel and restock your toiletries, underwear, clothes, and food before an insurance payout?
Most people don’t like to think about all the possibilities that could turn an ordinary day of freelancing into a need for fast cash. But it’s bound to happen.
And when it does, being prepared can make all the difference between being stressed out and desperate or nothing more than a minor bump in the road called life.
Here’s how I built an emergency fund as a freelance writer:
NOTE: Want to know the secret to boosting your freelance writing income? I learned this a long time ago, and it’s still true. Change this one thing, and you’re on your way. Enjoy! —Carol.
Would you like to create a drastic shift in your freelance writing income?
There’s really only one way.
The good news is, this is something you can do no matter where you live, or how the economy is doing.
I was reminded of this when I ran into a mom I know casually — she’s the mother of one of my son’s longtime friends.
I hadn’t seen her in a while, and I about fell over when I ran into her at a local bike race I did with my family recently.
She has lost probably 80 pounds or more, and looks 15 years younger!
Between slimming down and growing her formerly very short hair out to ponytail length, she looked almost like a teenager. Even the shape of her face had changed.
And you know what? Her approach to losing weight was so smart, it can even help you boost your writing income. Here’s how: