A Tribute to a Lost Friend

It’s been a week since I had to make the decision to put my little buddy Max to sleep after a very brief battle with an incredibly invasive and rapidly-growing cancer.

I initially chose not to write about it here, but writing has always been fairly therapeutic for me and the grief is almost too much to bear.


RESOURCE: 18 Email Templates for Freelancers

Freelancers deal with emails on a near-daily basis: we send emails, receive emails, cold pitch, warm pitch, receive inquiries, accept or turn down work…it’s a lot of emailing! Oftentimes, it can be difficult to come up with the perfect response for each situation. Elise Dopson has created a pack of 18 email templates (affiliate link) to drag-and-drop a professional response to any email you might receive as a freelancer. Elise gave me the opportunity to try out her email templates and provide feedback to her before releasing the pack to the public and I was pleasantly surprised: Despite my general aversion to paid freelancer courses, Elise’s templates are a worthy investment.


Quick Tips for New Freelance Writers

I was tagged in a comment to a post submitted to a Facebook writers’ group the other day, where the poster asked for some general background information on how she could get started freelancing without compromising the integrity of professional writers – in other words, without devaluing the work we create or selling herself short.

Without meaning to, I replied with some fairly extensive and blunt advice that I think might be useful and applicable to a lot of beginning freelance writers.


How to Start a Small Business Website

A website is your digital footprint, your business’s front-facing virtual facade. Whether you’ve got a physical real-world presence or you operate exclusively among the bits and bytes of the internet, a website for your small business or solopreneur career will contribute to your success and growth.

But how do you start a website without knowing how to code or forking over a ton of cash to a web designer to set one up for you?

It’s not as expensive as you think to set up an effective and easy-to-manage website for your small business or freelance services. Continue reading and I’ll guide you through how to start a website for your small business without breaking the bank or spending time learning to code.


August 14th

My phone rang at 7:58am on August 14th, 2015. I was in the backroom of a grocery store, working through my inventory as a merchandiser for a soda company. I was building a four-pallet display for that week’s sales items, so there was a bit of a mess around me at the time.

“Danny,” came my mother’s voice on the other end of the line, choking up as she continued, “Ninni passed away just now.”


What Gary Vaynerchuk Helped Me Realize

I first stumbled upon Gary Vaynerchuk, or “Garyvee,” a year or so ago when I was big into consuming “self-help” and self-motivation videos.

My first impression was that he was full of shit, as are so many other social media “influencers” or “gurus.”


3 Resources to Help Freelance Writers Start Writing

I’ve seen a lot of fellow freelance writers asking how to begin their freelance career.  I’ve only been in this game for six months now, but I remember when I first started out.

I was confused, overwhelmed, and honestly, quite panicky.