6 Mistakes to Avoid When You’re Self-Employed

Guest post by Evercontact

 

The appeal of self-employment isn’t a mystery.

 

Many of us are drawn by the idea of being your own boss, setting your own schedule, and enjoying a relative freedom from the confines of the 9 to 5. Indeed, non-traditional work environments such as self-employment are on the rise and projected to further take over our workforce.

5 Productivity Roadblocks Lurking in Your Home Office

 

How many times have you reached the end of your day saying, “I wish there was more time!” Too often it feels like 24 hours in a day is simply not enough to do everything you want to and still leave time to rest, relax, and have some fun.

 

However, many of us have come to realize it’s not the amount of time we have in the day preventing us from accomplishing what we want, but rather how we use that time. It’s easy to fall into unproductive habits, and sometimes distractions are out of our control. But this doesn’t mean we need to surrender ourselves to procrastination and the inevitable frustration that comes from it.

How to stay sane while leading a remote team

working remotely

Remote teams have been growing in number. In the U.S., the percentage of remote workers has increased from 9% in 1995 to 37% in 2015. This new business model has a lot of incredible benefits: being able to cull talent from around the world regardless of location, financial savings (no office building, etc.), and the convenience of everyone working their own hours rather than being crunched into the 9-5 workday.

While many remote workers report increased job satisfaction, what about those responsible for coordinating such teams?

How to get a meeting with any Silicon Valley exec

Silicon Valley Meeting

How do you get the attention of a top executive, let alone schedule a meeting with one?

Not only can their contact information seem difficult to come by, but with their full schedules and army of assistants, you need to have a pretty appealing offer to earn an appointment.

The average corporate employee sends and receives over 120 emails every day. For most executives, this number is even higher. How do you stand out in a sea of words? How do you make an offer that they can’t refuse?

Hint: It all comes down to making the right contact with the right person.

Why an efficient email strategy is essential for freelancers

freelance email strategy

Not only can email be a time suck, but if you’re not on top of it, you can…let more things fall through the cracks than any professional should.

Guest post by John Arthur

You’ve heard it a million times: time is money. And email, if not approached correctly, can be one of the biggest drains on your time, and by extension a drain on your bottom line.

Not only can email be a time suck, but if you’re not on top of it, you can miss crucial messages, neglect to follow up with important clients, and, generally, let more things fall through the cracks than any professional should.

Organizing emails to save yourself trouble