Articles tagged 'planning'

Simple ways to deal with cash flow gaps
Simple ways to deal with cash flow gaps
During my first full year of freelancing, I lost three of my main clients within a week. In turn, my monthly earnings sank from $6,000 to about $2,000. As I was earning a mere fraction of what I needed to get by, I panicked. I wasn’t earning enough...
Managing your time when you're self-employed
Managing your time when you're self-employed
Back when I worked 9-to-5 and in between jobs, I’d go to a nearby coffee shop and work on my passion project: my fiction. With complete control over my schedule, I’d work whenever the mood struck. I had the freedom to take a midday lunch break to...
Testing a business idea
Testing a business idea
There’s a reason why so many successful entrepreneurs have a pivot story—the moment when they decided to change their products and business model because their original vision wasn’t working. Not all businesses need to make a 180° turn, but every...
Why I freelance: Designing a lifestyle-based business
Why I freelance: Designing a lifestyle-based business
A few months ago, I was at a retreat for women when one attendee, a fellow freelance writer, mentioned that she puts her values above any income goals. In the past, she was earning a six-figure income as a freelancer. Now, she lives in a rural part...
5 steps to plan for a successful year
5 steps to plan for a successful year
1. Assess the past year At the end of the year, business owners are closing out their books, preparing their year-end financials, and getting ready for tax season. This is also a great time to review your goals for the past year, assess your growth...