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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

Why?

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