Why a plan is more important than motivation

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The events of this year have impacted everyone. There is an eerie, end-of-times vibe to it. One thing is certain — we won’t be going back to where we were before Covid-19. Maybe this is how it felt in 1969, the year Vietnam-war protests, Woodstock, Charles Manson, and moon-landings all converged. We remember the extraordinary events that define years, but I often wonder how ordinary people felt as they went about their daily lives.

At the beginning of this year, I was in an unfamiliar space. Like many, I didn’t know what to do with the rest of my life…


And why we still love direct clients.

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Contented male freelancer in grey t-shirt sitting at the computer with hand poised over the mouse, in a light, airy working space,
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This year has been a wild ride for freelancers. Like millions of others, you may be registered on a freelance platform or considering joining one now. One question that arises repeatedly is whether it is better to use a platform or find direct clients. There are arguments for both methods, but freelance platforms tend to get a bad rap. They are easy targets because, with millions of contracts carried out on them, there are bound to be negative stories and experiences.

This year, after a long time spent in tech startups and digital agencies, I created my own digital publishing…


And what I will do differently next time.

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Male hand, holding Kindle device, inside brightly colored tent, looking at tall mountain in the background
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If you haven’t published a book on Amazon before, you might wonder what it would be like to do it. The self-publishing industry is taking off, and even if you don’t want to be a full-time author, you may have some ideas for a good book.

I recently fulfilled my own long-held dream and published a non-fiction book: Independent Wealth: How to Start an Online Business in 5 Steps. It wasn’t until after it was live on Amazon, though, that I found out what I didn’t know about Kindle books. …


How DJs and Tim Denning can help you earn more

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Cool DJ with sunglasses, silhouetted by strobe light, over turntable, intently trying to connect to the crowd with his music
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If you are anything like me, you may have a patchy relationship with machine learning. I have gone through phases: from pretending it didn’t exist to thinking I was adding value at a party by talking about it, and everything in between. You may wonder what impact it has on your own writing, or you may not be conscious of it at all. In fact, machine learning has changed dramatically in the last five years, and it does more than affect our income; it determines it.

As important as it is, machine learning isn’t always well understood by writers. There…


Even when you feel like your phone is already overloaded

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A line of virtual people, fixed on their phones, moving towards a large mobile phone, turning into robots as they pass thru.
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It’s late. You have to pay your electricity bill before tomorrow. You’re in bed and can’t be bothered getting up to go to the computer. You scroll through your phone, past the weather and the news apps, past the Kindle and library apps, till you find your banking app.

It should remember your log in, but it doesn’t. Damn. The fingerprint scanner doesn’t recognize your index finger either.

It tells you to “Try another finger”. You think about which finger you would really like to show it. Ire bubbles to the surface. You try again. …


The first 3 steps you absolutely need to take

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Colorful hopscotch numbers 1 to 3 painted into squares of a concrete footpath
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You have a feeling that becoming a Virtual Assistant is right for you.

You’re excited.

Working from home would be awesome. In your pajamas, when you want to.

All you can think about is the freedom you will have. To set your own schedule. To choose what you work on. Who you work with. As a bonus, you will lose the mind-numbing commute and the annoying colleagues.

The only problem is, you don’t know how to start.

As exciting as the potential of freedom is, there’s a lot to think about. Especially if you’re new to entrepreneurship.

Don’t focus only…


And the system that Helped Me Do It

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Daunting front door step of suburban house
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If you are learning how to sell yourself or your startup business then you may be able to relate to this story.

Going up to a stranger’s door to try to sell them something, might be a worst-nightmare scenario for many people.

That stranger could turn you around and send you on your way. Rudely.

Even for an outgoing person, selling door-to-door can be daunting. You’re putting yourself in an inferior position.

You might be looked down on.

It takes a tough mentality to do it for a day. …

Joe France

I help entrepreneurs to market themselves through publishing a book. Check out my own book: https://amzn.to/2S4sHxj and my Blog: https://theindependentyou.com/

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