+ What it really takes to be successfully self-employed

What it really takes to be successfully self-employed

Many people love the idea of being self-employed. They want to be entrepreneurs, freelancers, artists. They want to live life on their own terms. They don´t want to have to go to an office all day. The idea of having a boss makes them sick to their stomach. Waking up early is torture. They despise schedules. I know exactly how they feel. I am… Read More

+ 8 Apps I use to manage my digital business

8 Apps I use to manage my digital business

I’m always on the lookout for ways to streamline my professional and personal life. Since I’m self-employed and work from home, often what helps me manage one part of my day benefits the other parts too.  Here are some apps and services that I rely on to simplify everything. It’s not an exhaustive list, but they’re the ones I use the most FOR ORGANIZATIONAL… Read More

+ Johanna Voss

A strategy session with Johanna Voss changed my business & my life

When I launched the website VivaFifty.com early in 2014 I told my husband that it would probably take a year or two for it to make any money. To my surprise I was dead wrong. I had started it off as a personal blog, with a completely different look and feel than it has now. I just wanted a creative outlet from my contractor… Read More

+ How I pull off a 4-hour workday

How I pull off a productive 4-hour work day

As a lifetime freelancer, I´ve always worked without counting the hours or even the days. And I never really made a distinction between weekends and weekdays. If I had a deadline, I worked, if I didn´t have a deadline, I´d rest and have some fun. Once the Internet and, later on, social media came around, it became easier and easier to fall into the… Read More

+ 7 Meaningful gifts by women for women

7 Meaningful gifts made by women, for women

I’m a big proponent of gifting items and services made by women for women. It’s a way of supporting small businesses and other ladies. Here are some of my favorites, and please know that the list is just a small sample of what is out there! Pressed Intentions Maura Hernandez is a journalist and an editor who launched this Etsy shop as a creative… Read More

+ 7 things to do when your creative business is slow

7 Things to do when your creative business is slow

Recently a colleague posted a question on Facebook. She asked how creative entrepreneurs stay motivated when things are slow. I didn´t have a quick and snappy answer in the moment. But I placed her inquiry in the back of my mind so I could write about it when I had the time. Having always worked for myself, I´m familiar with the ups and downs… Read More

+ 4 Things you should stop doing for your own sake

4 Things you should STOP doing so you can reach your full potential

There´s a lot of talk about what to do to be successful. Equally important is what to STOP doing. That’s right. We all have to stop doing whatever is getting in the way of reaching our goals. After a lifetime of working for myself and making a living with words – writing, editing, translating and adapting them, – these are the things I feel… Read More

+ Lorraine C. Ladish and Alexia at BlogHer17

Dealing with post-social media conference exhaustion

Have you ever returned from a professional conference, particularly a social media conference, feeling all pumped up only to crash and burn a few hours after getting home? If so, please know you’re not alone. Your level of post-conference exhaustion will depend on different factors like how long the event was, whether or not you had to travel, whether you presented at a panel,… Read More

+ Handling the end of a gig like a boss

Handling the end of a gig like a boss

As a lifetime freelancer, it’s always been clear to me that gigs come and go. I will never forget when, in 2008, the editor of a newspaper I had been working with for four years called to tell me our collaboration was over. There had been numerous layoffs of full-time and part-time staff. Now it was time to let go of the freelancers because,… Read More

+ Insights to help you make it as an entrepreneur

7 Insights to make it as a freelancer or entrepreneur

Just for kicks, every now and then I’ve tried to rock an office job, but it’s just not for me. Regular schedules and strict hours aren’t my cup of tea. The very idea of having to report to someone or ask for a day off has been enough to keep me away from being on anyone’s payroll. So, for nearly four decades now, I’ve been… Read More