I recently read that 50% of American GenX physicians are suffering from burnout. The only thing I find surprising about that stat is that it isn’t higher.
It’s hard not to burn out when you’re juggling so many competing pressures that take you away from what you actually want to do and what you went to school for — helping people and making them better.
Many healthcare professionals spend more time filling out charts and forms than seeing patients, and their days are dictated by the bureaucratic requirements of health insurance and malpractice insurance. They’re overworked, stressed, and unhappy.
A magical thing happened to one of my coaching clients. In one week, she received four referrals, and two of them hired her on the spot.
She was ecstatic. This was what she wanted (and what her bank account desperately needed). These were big companies and the gigs were great work.
But there was a catch.
Each of the new projects was massive. Each would be a full-time job for at least three weeks. Both had tight deadlines, too, so she couldn’t take care of them sequentially.
For the next month, everything that wasn’t project-related went by the wayside. Marketing…
Has this ever happened to you? You work hard on an article that you think has a lot of great information for your target audience…
…and it falls flat.
A total bust. No reactions, no eyeballs…
What’s up with that?
Well…one possibility is that you didn’t write it from your audience’s perspective. And this sin will cost you no matter how well-written the material is.
I know this from recent personal experience. I wrote an article with a wealth of important information about how freelancers should plan for emergencies. …
Preparing for a catastrophic event makes a huge difference when you’re self-employed
Picture this: things are going swimmingly. You’re healthy, happy, and even have great clients.
You decide to celebrate with a mini-vacation in NYC.
You’ve got tickets to Alladin on Broadway and made a reservation for dinner at Becco.
The crisp autumn air is refreshing and the NYC crowds are exhilarating.
You step off the curb to cross 42nd Street (lawfully, you’re not jaywalking), and
A bike courier who just ran a red light slams into you at 35 miles per hour. You’re knocked down to the ground…
My friend, Beth (not her real name), is an exceptional freelance writer. Her words flow with clarity and grace that few can match. Yet, for years, she’s been struggling to make ends meet as a freelancer.
The other day, I asked her how she prepares for a conversation with a new client. She gave me a perplexed look. “I think about how awesome it would be to have more work and I pray to the freelance gods that the new client will like me?” she answered, her voice rising into a question.
Aha. And there you have it. Like so…
Congratulations, you’ve been selected to work as a negotiator every day for the rest of your career!
How did that sentence make you feel?
Surprised? Intimidated? Nervous? All of the above?
Out of ALL of the important topics that come up with freelancing, somehow negotiation gets shoved to the bottom of the list (or never talked about at all).
If you’re a freelancer and that sentence made you want to hide under ALL the blankets, we gotta talk. …
Some subjects are complex. There’s no avoiding this reality. Writing about science, medicine, law, or accounting requires grappling with difficult concepts and big words.
But many of us succumb to the habit of piling unnecessary complexity on top of what the material already requires. We hew to the norms of our professions’ writing, forgetting that these norms are quite dreadful from the reader’s perspective. Our sentences become multi-clause affairs and our paragraphs become a solid and menacing wall of text.
Before you know it, we’ve written the stuff that makes readers’ heads hurt. We’ve written something that requires two or…
When I first went out on my own, I was scared to spend money. Before quitting practicing law, I had dutifully saved up a war chest, and that money had to last until I built up my freelance writing business.
But fear deforms the lens through which we evaluate things.
In fact, scarcity thinking is well known to rob us of the ability to see straight. That’s why a swamped executive has no time to delegate and lighten her load. Lonely people avoid seeing friends. …
I’m curious, what percentage of your time are you spending in writing and freelancing communities (online or offline)?
Isn’t it awesome to be surrounded by people who get what you’re doing? Who are going through what you’re going through?
It’s not in the least bit awesome for your freelancing business at all.
It’s a natural instinct to gather among our own kind. We learn from each other’s stories and experience. We smile wryly as we recognize cringe-worthy moments that happen to all of us. We gain hope from others’ moments of triumph…
But generally, no one in these…
Freelance writing can be a hard way to make a living. On the one hand, the Internet has opened an insatiable appetite for content. On the other hand, most of that insatiable appetite is serviced by content mills that pay peanuts (or even just the shells of peanuts).
But a few freelance writers are able to charge a premium for their services and have clients beating a path to their door. While the median freelancer earns around $20,000 a year, these writers easily top six figures.
How do they do it? Read on.
1. Writers get paid more when they…