The therapeutic power of saying “No”

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.As freelancers we need to manage our work, our time, our money, the direction we’d like our business to go.Learning to say no is a key step to grow your business exactly the way you want to. And a way to become a trusted professional.But saying no to what?NO to bad payersIs it worth keeping a client who always seems to forget to pay you by your terms, or altogether? Is it worth having to work hard with the worry all that time will go to waste?You know the answer.Yes, it is scary to say farewell to a client, let’s not lie to ourselves. But then you’ll find it is liberating, too. It is, trust me. You will find other clients and you’ll be able to work with the peace of mind of knowing your time, efforts and knowledge will be rightly rewarded. And with people as reliable as you.Trust and reliability must be there on both sides: you do your work at the best of your powers, on time, under the agreed terms, and the other side pays you the agreed sum on time, on your terms. This is the business you want.NO to working during the weekend or at nightI work in the translation business, and some agencies have the bad habit of taking for granted freelance translators who can (or want to) work over the weekend, sending you work on Friday late afternoon for delivery at the start of business on Monday.Of course this is a personal choice, and every one of us has had to work weekends or holidays once in a while, due to work overload (there are times when clients seem to call out to one another and come knocking at our door all at the same time, aren’t there?).But it should not become a habit. Once you have worked for the whole weekend, how do you think you’ll feel on Monday? Fresh with new energies? Don’t think so.It is also a matter of professional dignity and of avoiding going from being a freelancer to being chained to your desk. Finding a balance between work and life is difficult for everyone, but it can be even more difficult for freelancers. In the back of our minds there’s always a tiny (sometimes not-so-tiny) nagging voice asking you, “What if I refuse this and no other project comes along?”In time, we all learn work isn’t (usually) steady and not to be too scared of dry spells (remember that in those times when you can’t even come up for air).NO to work beyond your abilities or capacitiesSaying no can help us become better professionals as well. Like refusing more work where we are already overloaded, knowing we couldn’t give the additional work all of our usual attention, time and focus.Equally important is learning to saying no to work that is beyond our expertise. Being jack-of-all trades is not a smart choice in today’s business world, where the holy grail is, on the opposite, specialization.Saying yes may be easy. Most of the times, saying no is not. It is scary, it generates doubts, sometimes regrets.But it is a stepping stone in becoming a better professional. And in leveraging the free side of our work approach to get a better quality of life.I am an Italian specialist in marketing, creative and legal translation and editing. I put my many years of experience to the advantage of my clients by creating texts resonating with the Italian-speaking audience and making brands locally relevant. Connect with me on Twitter or visit my website.last_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 To make money blogging, you will first need to understand the Internet’s current landscape. Content might be king, but it’s also becoming quite overwhelming. When it comes to creating content, you need to focus not only on the value of what you produce but also how you are going to promote it.[Related: 6 Things You Can Do Every Week to Grow Your Personal Brand]Below, we are going to look at three of the most effective ways to make money blogging in 2016. Each of these methods will help you build out your content, target your audience and get people to convert to a revenue model once they hit your site.Google AdSenseGoogle is the largest search engine in the world. They make billions of dollars every year from advertisers who want to appear at the top of their search results. Google AdSense is based on this same principle. Through their AdSense program, Google is able to display this type of advertising on millions of other sites, giving the site owner a small percentage of the advertiser revenue.This method works so well for two reasons: It’s extremely simple to set up, and only relevant advertisements will be displayed on your site (based off of the written content). For a new site owner or blogger, Google AdSense is the easiest way to make money online. You only need to place a simple line of code on your site to start serving banner ads. Google does the rest.Read the rest at…Zac Johnson has 20 years of experience in the online marketing and business space. You can learn more about Zac at and through his latest online learning course and community at, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious young thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners.last_img read more