The Mental Game

How to Handle Rejection and Criticism as a Freelancer

February 1, 2013 by

No one likes to be rejected or criticized, but if you choose the freelancing path, you’d better get used to it.

Whether you’re pitching for new business, presenting deliverables to clients or dealing with feedback on your work, you are exposed to rejection and criticism on a daily basis.

This ...

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5 Ways to Boost Your Freelance Income Without Working More Hours

December 14, 2012 by

You’re sunning yourself on some exotic beach, sipping a cold, refreshing drink.

Life is good.

And then ... a sudden jolt of reality: You’re a solopreneur. Which means that you’re not earning an income as you enjoy the sound of crashing waves. It’s an “unpaid vacation,” if you will.

Ouch!

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Why Low Self-Worth Drives Lower Wages for Women Freelancers — and What You Can Do About It

October 19, 2012 by

Ed Gandia’s 2012 Freelance Industry Report has some interesting data pertaining to women and money.

For instance, female freelancers earn more per hour than do their male counterparts at almost every rate level from $20 to $59. And, at $60 to $99 per hour, men and women are just about ...

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How Jaime Almond Solved Her Biggest Business Challenges by Taking a Sabbatical

June 7, 2012 by

What if you wake up one day to discover that you're NOT enjoying your work -- that you're even self-sabotaging your business?

How can you overcome burnout and dysfunction before things get out of control?

In this training episode, Jaime Almond talks about how she used a sabbatical to rejuvenate, ...

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Drink And Be Merry

December 28, 2011 by

As we walked into Staples, my husband's eyes grew wide like a 10-year-old kid's.

There, right in front of him, in the center display, was the object of his desire.

But it wasn't some souped-up genius phone . . . or a razor-thin laptop that got him so jazzed . ...

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How to Be Happier by Working Through the Holidays

December 20, 2011 by

After an incredibly busy year, I'm looking forward to taking a much-needed break over the next couple of weeks.

Then again, what I'll be doing won't look like much of a break to some people.

Because after the eggnog is gone and the relatives have left the house, I'll soon ...

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Have You Made This $45,000 Mistake?

November 18, 2011 by

As solo professionals, too many of us assume that we must quote every piece of business that comes our way, as long as it falls within our area of capabilities.

Why is that?

I mean ... who said we had to provide an estimate to anyone who asks? And who ...

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How To Turn Your Kitchen Into A Healthy Home-Biz Asset

November 4, 2011 by

My office is just down the hallway from the kitchen. Yours is probably in a similar location.

Nice, huh? Well, if you're like me, it can also be a hazard for watching calories. And staying focused on my work!

When I'm working hard, I get the munchies. I'll wander off ...

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The 12-Year-Old Kid Who Changed My Life

October 27, 2011 by

For almost 30 years, this 12-year-old boy has been one of my biggest sources of inspiration.

In fact, I credit him for my being the person I am today.

He was born and raised on the Spanish-speaking island of Puerto Rico. He had never lived anywhere else. And at the ...

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Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance — An Interview With Jonathan Fields

September 20, 2011 by

Whether in business, in art or in life... how do you create on a world-class level in the face of great uncertainty?

For most of us, uncertainty leads to fear, anxiety... even paralysis. It can gut creativity and stifle innovation. And it can keep us from taking the risks necessary ...

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