25 Productivity and Automation Hacks from a 6-Figure Freelancer

25 Productivity and Automation Hacks from a 6-Figure Freelancer

There’s a great deal written about how to find work in the first place, but once you have it, how do you manage everything effectively? You must avoid becoming a victim of your own success, keep your work-life balance healthy, delight your clients, and ensure you still have enough projects coming in.

If you want to work in harmony and avoid the anxiety monster, you need to look at every aspect of your work and ask “How can I make this better?”

Quarterly Progress Report – Q3 2017

Quarterly Progress Report – Q3 2017

In a way, that consistent effort has started to feel a little tedious, like I’m never getting ahead of it, and I’m trying to come to grips with never really being done. There will always be more I want to work on and new projects I’d love to tackle. 

Instead it’s become a game of focus and prioritization, which I know is good for me, but frustrating at the same time for somebody who wants to do all the things.

So why a “progress” report? Because that’s what it’s all about.

249: SaaS Case Study: How Snappa Bootstrapped Their Way from Idea to $33k MRR in 2 Years

249: SaaS Case Study: How Snappa Bootstrapped Their Way from Idea to $33k MRR in 2 Years

Christopher Gimmer is the founder of Snappa.com, where you can “create online graphics in a snap.” Like perfectly sized social media graphics or blog images easily and professionally.

He’s built a cool do-it-yourself tool that’s sold on a monthly or annual subscription model. Another example of a recurring revenue model that can be scaled up over time.

Self-Publishing Income Report: 12 Months Post-Launch

Self-Publishing Income Report: 12 Months Post-Launch

A year ago I launched my book Buy Buttons out into the world.

It was my most ambitious book project to-date, and I put a lot of effort into the creation and marketing of it.

The launch did well. The book became an Amazon bestseller on its first day and earned around $2600 in profit in its first month.

But several people have asked how it’s done since then, and while I had a vague idea that it was still selling daily, I figured the 1-year anniversary would be a good excuse to dive into the numbers to see in concrete terms how profitable it’s been in its first year.

248: Scaling Up a Service Business: From Idea to $400k in Monthly Recurring Revenue (in Under 3 Years)

248: Scaling Up a Service Business: From Idea to $400k in Monthly Recurring Revenue (in Under 3 Years)

Three years ago Design Pickle didn’t exist. It wasn’t even an idea in founder Russ Perry’s head yet.

That’s why it seems crazy to me that today the unlimited graphic design service is doing $400k in monthly recurring revenue!

Back in 2014 Russ was running a creative agency, but he started to hate everything about it. “I felt like I was in a prison of my own creation,” he said.

10 Consumer Research Companies that Pay Up to $100 an Hour for Your Opinion in Online Focus Groups

10 Consumer Research Companies that Pay Up to $100 an Hour for Your Opinion in Online Focus Groups

I recently participated in a paid focus group in San Francisco. You know, the kind with the one-way mirror on the wall.

We talked about travel habits and preferences for an hour and half, and I got paid $150 for my time and opinions. Not bad!

The whole thing was pretty quick and painless, and actually kind of interesting, and it got me thinking that this could be a fun side hustle, so I set out to find other consumer research companies that operate nationwide or even ones that conduct studies online.

Usually Hustling, Occasionally Social

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