Well, I enjoyed taking a few days off last week, and as usual … I actually couldn't wait to get back to it. But that's another reason why breaks are so important.
And it's also a good indication that you love your work.
This week, I want to highlight the selection from the Unemployable Mindset category. It's a piece from Fast Company called How To Work Less And Still Get Ahead, and it's got some of the most important advice that I had to learn over a decade ago.
Yes, we all have to work hard, hustle, sacrifice … but that's a means to achieving our goals, not some badge of honor.
I'm pretty sure my former preoccupation with being perceived as a “hard worker” originated in my days practicing law. It's a sick work culture for the most part, and it was entirely too easy to drag over into my entrepreneurial journey.
So, in some ways, this continues my theme from last week about the virtues of goofing off. Yes, I do love to work … as long as I'm doing it on my terms.
Keep going –
Unemployable Classic: The Perpetual Side Hustle
It was the most popular episode of Unemployable Season One, and was a recurring theme throughout Season Two, expressed by guests ranging from Henry Rollins and Gary Vaynerchuk to Jadah Sellner and Nathan Barry. The idea is simple but important: Whether you’re solo, running a larger company, or somewhere in between, what you're doing now is a means to doing the next bigger and better thing.
Spend some time at business conferences or gatherings of entrepreneurs and you’ll soon hear people saying “I’m a workaholic,” “I’m married to my work,” or “the only time I’m not focusing on my work are the five hours I sleep each night.” The thing is, these declarations are virtually always boasts instead of quiet admissions of desperation for a more balanced life.
When a potential client proposes a project to Joe Service Business, he’ll immediately respond with, “Sure! I can do that!” (or another phrase with a similar sentiment) before he finds out everything he needs to know about the project. When you respond to an inquiry and move ahead with a project too quickly, you operate under the assumption that you’ll figure out the details later, as issues arise.
Automate to Dominate
Everyone seems to be running a lucrative freelance business while still staying updated on admin and bookkeeping tasks. How do they do it all? Well, the truth is, they’ve learned how to automate their freelance business so they spend more time bringing in the moolah and less time on tedious tasks.
Create Without Code
Interesting new project that encourages non-technical founders to create products without code. I can't vouch for it at this point, but like I said … interesting. Here's one founder's experience with the process.
As a freelancer, you’re constantly juggling client assignments, various deadlines, a multitude of client requests, not to mention your own ideas for your blog and personal projects. How the heck do you keep track of all your assignments, deadlines and client details?
It's What *They* Say …
Customer support has never been more important. More and more often, customers that give negative feedback are moving to other companies. If you want to master the art of persuasion, you need to take into account what your target audience is saying about you.
Many entrepreneurs don’t realize that according to statistics, more than 90 percent of satisfied entrepreneurs use bootstrapping, since other people’s money always comes with strings, most of them negative.
Whether you’re looking to expand your company’s physical presence or intending to secure the most favorable business tax and legal environment for your company, you may be considering doing business in a different state. It can get a little confusing as you try to make heads or tails of what requirements apply to you.
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