Author: LeannaJ

The best job boards for freelance work

Now, I’m all about working with people I know. Even better if they live close enough to meet in person! (Check out my new community job board for Chicago freelance creatives) But that doesn’t always work out, and it’s often time-consuming and frustrating to have to sort through the THOUSANDS of job listings on the big sites. I can’t count the number of hours I have spent banging different keyword searches into Indeed, in the faint hope that my ideal client is just around the corner. Not only is that an unproductive waste of my time, but it has...

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What renters should know before hosting for AirBnB

(This post is NOT sponsored, but may contain affiliate links) AirBnB -much like ridesharing services Uber and Lyft- has become not only an affordable option for convenient travel, but now provides an extra income opportunity. I’ve been traveling with AirBnB for three years and am a big fan. If I had the space (four people renting a two-bedroom apartment), I’d sign up to be a host in a flash…but would that really be legal? This article takes you through the process of negotiating an AirBnB deal with your landlord, and explains why getting their permission is REALLY important. How...

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Successful work-life balance as a freelancer

Defining my own success as a freelancer may be the single most difficult part of working for myself. To me, means limiting my projects to quality work (that pays!) and devoting the rest of my time to projects and peaceful living. The article below, from the Freelancer’s Union blog, has a quote that I love: “Create success on your own terms”. To me, that is the cornerstone on which you can create a well-balanced life. How do you define your success as a freelancer? What does a well-balanced life look like to you? Comment below!   5 Tips for...

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Alternative ideas for self employment (off the grid!)

I am not one of those freelancers who dreams of living on my own farm, surrounded by nothing but animals and scenery. I love my space (and want to build my own someday!), but I still require access to a train line and the local library. But I found this article fascinating because it never really occurred to me to look into alternative, “off the grid” revenue streams. And now I’m glad I did! This is for those of you who really love the quiet life, or need income ideas in case of a zombie apocalypse. Would you ever...

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Minimizing stress in your fitness routine

Working out is not my favorite past-time. I’m all for exercise, don’t get me wrong! But to me, living a healthy life has always meant making good choices, not cramming all the work into a few hours at the gym. I’m all about saving money, but these tips speak to my minimalistic side as well: instead of just telling you to head to the nearest YMCA, they suggest ways you can incorporate exercise into your daily life without a second thought. Why worry about “working out” when you can simply live a healthy life? How to Incorporate Exercise Into...

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