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7 Best Apps For Freelancers

 
When you’re a freelancer or independent contractor, being able to organize and manage your time is important. From there, knowing how to effectively communicate with clients and employers, setting your own schedule, and adhering to deadlines is invaluable—but often difficult—which is why it’s important to know the best apps for freelancers.

Whether you’re just starting out as a freelancer or been in the industry for years, here are seven of the best freelancing apps to help you keep your head clear, your schedule set, and your stress levels low.
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23 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Get Out Your Pen And Write

Sometimes the hardest part about being a writer is not the actual writing, but getting there. I remember when I first started my blog I was paralyzed by the fear of not being good enough, so much so, that for months I didn’t write anything. I couldn’t. I was scared of putting my drafts out there. I was scared of not having enough ‘polished’ work. And I was scared of people reading it. (Silly, right?)

But it was true—I was limited, not by my actual writing ability, but by my fear, my ‘busyness,’ and my excuses.

In truth, there is a writer within each of us, but it’s only when we combat our anxiety, push back against our writer’s block and say, boldly, “I am a writer.” that we actually become one. So in the spirit of inspiration, I’ve collected a few of my favorite writing quotes. These are the sentences and people that have pushed me forward; I hope, in turn, their words will give you the strength you need to pick up your pen and go. Continue reading

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4 Brutally Honest Truths About Being A Writer

1. You’re not the only one writing about a given topic.

One of the toughest things I had to realize (and subsequently get over) as a beginning writer was that there are millions of other people writing on the same/similar topics.

It’s nearly impossible to find something that hasn’t ever been written about, and it’s foolish to be frustrated if you stumble upon someone’s writing that has similar ideas to yours.

Now, this isn’t to excuse plagiarism at all, because I have had my fair share of negative experiences in that regard. But it is, however, meant to remind you that your ideas might not be as ‘incredible’ as you think—and that’s okay! They are still valuable, you just have to figure out what makes them yours. And what that means in comparison to others.

The goal, as a beginning writer (and as you improve and grow) is to create a special niche for yourself within a larger network. No, you’re not always going to have writing that changes people’s thinking (and don’t try to do that, especially if it’s not you!), but as long as you strive to bring your best and most authentic self to the table, your work will be successful.
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Tips And Products To Help You Stay Organized

 

When it comes to organization, I am the queen—just ask anyone in my life. Everything has its proper place, from the shoes to the pencils, to the condiments in the fridge, and I like it that. I learned how to be organized at a young age (blame my teachers and my mom). But honestly, when everything is where it should be I can focus all my attention on my work. Plus, being organized lowers stress, keeps me motivated, and helps me to reach your goals (so obviously a priority)!

Since primarily I work from home, it’s really important to me to have calendars, planners, storage bins, etc. so that whenever I need something, I know where to find it. In a one-bedroom apartment (where I have my home office), oftentimes my items have to be transportable so that I can easily grab them to take with me, and I love finding products that are small enough to shove into my backpack when I’m on the go, too!

Whether you’re a freelancer working from home, someone who loves to cozy up at your local coffee shop, or just looking to improve your workspace and organize your life, here are some of my top tips for organization, and Amazon products I’ve purchased over the years that have helped me the most. Continue reading

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11 Of The Best Creative Writing Prompt Journals (On Amazon)

From colored pencils to inflatable pool flamingos, colorful containers to invisible pens, there is no shortage of products you can find on Amazon. As an avid Prime user and hardcore fan of the two-day, hassle free shipping, I more often than not find myself scrolling through, looking for something that I want no need in my life. (Because let’s face it, that’s way easier than hauling your booty all the way to the store!)

Over the years I’ve done my fair share of ordering products online (from bathroom to housewares, outdoors to cooking utensils, etc.) but as both a writer and editor, I have plenty of experience with the best writing and office products. And in an effort to not only organize myself, but to help browse through (in an organized fashion) some of the best writing tools all in one place, here is a list of my favorite creative writing prompt journals.

Whether you’re feeling stuck, uninspired, or just looking for a refresher, there is something for you. Continue reading

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7 Ways To Spark Creativity In A Schedule That Dries You Up

To be honest, this past month I’ve had to literally remind myself to breathe. I’ve always been a person who loves the rush, the busyness, the crazy feeling you get when you’re pulled in three hundred directions and have to work like hell to pull it all off…but yikes. I need a breather, too. You know?

Maybe I’ve always felt the need to prove myself (to others, to my own mind) or maybe I just work better under self-imposed pressure? I don’t know. Regardless, one thing I’m sure of is the fact that no matter how wild my schedule and life gets, I always make time for my passions. And so I wanted to remind you of this:

Being busy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice creativity.

So whether your full-time job is stealing all your time, you’re finding yourself falling asleep before 10 p.m. totally exhausted, or you’re surrounded by people and things that are sucking all the life out of you, here are seven ways you can spark creativity, even when it’s tough. Continue reading