How To Stay Productive While Working & Traveling

How To Stay Productive While Working & Traveling

Staying productive while working and traveling can be a serious challenge. Turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, the beach beckoning you…

I know, #FirstWorldProblems, right?

But really—if you’ve ever daydreamed about whipping out your laptop and working at the beach, you’re in for a surprise.

I mean, the first surprise is, laptops + beach = destroyed laptop.

The second surprise is, work-life balance is hard to find when you’re surrounded by fun experiences and beautiful landscape to explore.

And then there’s tequila! Ugh, tequila…

Anyway, we’ve both developed some pro techniques for handling this careful balance between enjoying life (which is the point of this lifestyle, right?) and getting our sh*t done.

We were psyched when That Marketing Dude asked us to share our expertise as part of his “30 Days of Fist Bump Worthy Knowledge Bombs” in September.

We cover scheduling downtime, staying inspired, picking your travel partners and so much more. Don’t miss these essential tips for any writer who calls the world her office!

Read the full post here: How To Stay Productive When You’re Working In Paradise

 

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How To Write Every Day: Desktops & Phone Backgrounds For Writers

True or false: It’s really hard to develop a daily writing habit when we’re all so freakin’ distracted.

Fellow writers, we have officially reached the age of information and inspiration overload, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Now more than ever, we need a gentle (or not-so-gentle) reminder to stay focused on our writing.

So what’s the magic trick to writing every day?

I was pondering this while setting up my new phone screen this week. I suddenly thought, “why not put something in the background that’ll help me reach my goals this fall?”

After all, my phone is the thing I look at the most during the day, second only to the bottom of my coffee cup, so I might as well utilize it.

Thus, these desktop wallpapers and phone backgrounds were born, with a pop of tropical color and a reminder to get the pen (or cursor) moving.

Click below to grab them for free.

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Freelance Writers Beware: 3 New Rules for Making Money Online

Sooo you want to add your name to the growing list of copywriters, content experts, ghostwriters, novelists, and journalists making money online? Want to whip out your laptop and work from anywhere, so you can set your own schedule and live by your rules?

Of course you do! And you’re smart for wanting to carve out a piece of this pie. (What modern writer wouldn’t?)

I’m here to tell you, though, that the rules have changed in recent years. Getting a writing job online today is a lot different than it was 5-10 years ago.

It may not come as a massive surprise that an online career could change so rapidly (lol, it’s the internet), but it’s tricky to keep pace with the “rules” of freelance writing when you’re focused on finding clients and doing great work.

To make matters even more difficult, every blog is giving different advice, everyone is claiming they are an expert, and some people are selling bad information just to make a buck.

Actually, that’s why I’m writing this post for you… for free! *confetti explosion*

I’ve been funding my lifestyle with online writing gigs for about 7 full years at the time of writing this, so I’ve taken some major notes along the way.

Read on to learn about the new rules of making money online as a writer. There are only three, but each one is crucial to your success.

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Write Better Business Emails: A Freelance Writer's Guide

Write Better Business Emails: A Freelance Writer’s Guide

Fact: You need to write better business emails.

An engineer named Ray Tomlinson sent the first-ever email in 1971. He opened the floodgates for limitless communication in the modern era.

No doubt, email is intended to make our lives easier. Over time, however, it’s transformed into a tool with boundless potential for annoyance and sloppy correspondence.

Bad emails are rampant, my friends.

What is a “bad email”, you ask? Apart from chain emails and blatant spam, the worst kind of email is one that fails to achieve its goal.

Usually, that means they’re simply indirect and lacking pertinent information. Occasionally, this also includes abysmal fonts and massive attachments. (Please don’t.)

Corporate emails come to mind, actually. Perhaps you’ve worked in an office where team members are trying to organize some kind of meeting or outing, but leaving the plans completely open-ended, inspiring endless back-and-forth?

Or maybe you received a crappy PR email that’s missing contact info or a website address?

I can’t count how many times I sat in my swivel chair, clutching my hair in both fists, willing myself not to pull a panda.

Bad emails happen to good people all the time, but you don’t want to be the one writing them. You’re a writer, after all, and you make a living on the internet! If anyone is writing excellent emails, it should be you.

I’d go as far as to say that writing effective emails is the first step to being taken seriously as an online professional.

A good email can increase your odds of growing your network, initiating great business relationships, and so much more.

Whether you’re cold-emailing a potential client, pitching a story to a news site, or tapping out everyday communication, these tips will help you write better business emails.

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