The Ultimate Guide on Mindfulness and Meditation (2019)

This article was last updated on November 16, 2019 Introduction Welcome to the wonderful world of meditation. I’m glad you’re here.You’ve probably heard all about the amazing things meditation can help you with: relax your mind, calm your body, bring inner peace. But where do you start?  If you’re interested in learning more about meditation and …

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Freelancer Cost Calculator

With this calculator, you can see how the hourly rate of your (future) freelancer/assistant translates to your bottom line. The first results “outsourcing cost” calculate how much your freelancer will cost you per day, week, month, and year. If you want, you can also enter how much you, as an entrepreneur, earn yourself to see …

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Prioritize and Laser-Focus: Use the “Warren Buffett 5/25 Strategy” to Set Goals

An anecdote about Warren buffet is often told about Warren Buffett asking his long-time pilot to list his top 25 goals. According to the story, Buffett told him to circle 5 goals that are of highest priority to him. His pilot struggled to choose the top 5, as the other 20 were also important to …

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How to do a Personal Kanban to Manage Time and Get Things Done

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by tasks and projects that keep on coming and you feel like the job’s never done? Perhaps you’ve even tried many different kinds of systems to help you be on top of your tasks and therefore feel less overwhelmed.  The thing is, no matter what system you use, you still …

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How Solopreneurs Can Start Managing Based on Objectives

Curating the right plan is crucial to the success of any business owner. However, it’s particularly important if you’re a solopreneur. Without anyone else to hold you accountable, you need to ensure you’re prepared to reach your goals more efficiently. That becomes easier when you adopt a Management by Objectives (MBO) approach. Developed by Peter …

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Accountability Partners: Why Every Solopreneur Should Have One

When it comes to motivation, it can be a little tough as a solopreneur. We don’t have a team of colleagues behind us pushing us forward, or a manager we need to impress. What tends to happen is that our focus wanders, leaving our goals unmet and our to-do list untouched.  What’s a solopreneur to …

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Free your productivity: Freedom App Review

Are you easily distracted when you’re supposed to be working? Do your finger and thumbs constantly crave to scroll through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram when you hit any sort of obstacle? Or perhaps the incessant pings and notifications are demanding your attention when you desperately need to concentrate? Then you’re in the right place because …

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Is the Hawthorne Effect Relevant to Solopreneurs?

The Hawthorne Effect has been used as a means to bolster productivity in the workplace for more than 80 years. But the professional landscape has drastically changed since it’s conception. The rise of remote teams means that the workplace and its behaviors have shifted, which begs the question, Is the Hawthorne Effect relevant to today’s …

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Are your Freelancers Polychronic or Monochronic?

Thanks to the rise of freelancer platforms such as FreeeUp, solopreneurs have unprecedented access to a worldwide pool of talented experts ready, willing, and able to help them reach their business goals. You can be working from your home office in a small town in mid-America and employ a VA located thousands of miles away …

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Book Summary: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Introduction You can’t change what you’re not aware of. The same thing goes with shifting habits: Understanding how habits are formed allows us to work with our biology to create positive routines. As you read Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, you’ll realize that you …

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Best Remote Work Tips for Solopreneurs

Many equate remote work with living a dream life–working anytime and anywhere, on projects and with clients you’ve chosen yourself. But as a popular quote goes: “With great power comes great responsibility.” In the case of remote work, well, that power to run our own show also implies that we are solely responsible for our …

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Understanding procrastination – Part 2 of 2

Procrastination was once thought to be a basic time-management problem, but recent studies have proven it to be a highly complex phenomenon and one which is largely individual. While the behavior is universal, the HOW and the WHY we experience procrastination are very personal. In Part I, we looked at the larger picture of procrastination, …

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Understanding Procrastination – Part 1 of 2

Many people ask me how to overcome procrastination, hoping that there is a quick fix that they can implement and suddenly stop it. Sorry guys! That’s not how it works. Procrastination is a highly complex thing and ‘curing’ it is a long hard process and one that won’t happen overnight. Sure, you’ll find a huge …

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A Solopreneur’s Guide to Delegating Freelancers

If you’re just about to hire your first freelancer you may be a little worried about delegating tasks. Or, perhaps you already work with freelancers but the process isn’t going as smoothly as you’d hoped. Either way, delegating is a valuable skill to have if you want to grow your business. Many solopreneurs struggle to …

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Productivity Hack: Vertical and Horizontal Time Theming

Sometimes, as a solopreneur it can seem like you need a split personality just to fulfil all the roles required to run your business. In a traditional 9-5 business you’d have whole departments managing the different tasks that you are now solely responsible for. You have many hats to wear— the CEO hat, the accountant …

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5 Top Tips for Setting Expectations with Remote Teams

Hiring remote workers can be an effective option for solopreneurs looking for support in their business ventures. But if certain things aren’t agreed beforehand, the solution can easily become a problem. Remotes workers can be all kinds of wonderful but they aren’t mind-readers! This is why setting clear expectations from the very beginning is key. …

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FreeeUp Review

Introduction Effective communication Pre-vetted freelancers Fast hiring process A team that understands my concerns and has streamlined hiring processes These are some of the reasons why I’ve ditched Fiverr and Upwork and exclusively hire remote freelancers through FreeeUp. FreeeUp is a freelancing platform that connects over 4,000 businesses to the “top 1%” of remote workers. …

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Don’t let Sunk Cost Fallacy sink your business

Being an entrepreneur is a risky business. By definition, entrepreneurs take on financial risk in the hope of profit. Success or failure is dependent on decisions made, decisions which should be based on facts, figures, intelligence, and intuition. But so many entrepreneurs base their decisions on sunk costs, believing that past costs matter to future …

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Top 10 remote jobs you can start today

Many people feel trapped on the office treadmill because they think they don’t have what it takes to grab a virtual job. But here’s the thing: you don’t have to be a slick graphic designer or a whizz-kid programmer to work online. There are countless ‘work from anywhere’ jobs that require basic skills, skills that …

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Winners DO quit and here’s why

If you were to ask a room full of entrepreneurs, “What’s the key trait of successful entrepreneurs?” Among the common responses of passion, creativity, and competitiveness, you’ll also hear a number of variations of determination and resilience. That ability to just ‘keep going’ no matter what, is seen as a positive, must-have quality for success. …

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