Hi, I’m Alice (ah-leece). This is a Wednesday bi-weekly newsletter to help you take advantage of the internet, one idea at a time. Don’t hesitate to reach out if something piques your interest.
Greetings from Brooklyn, New York!
It’s a balmy July and the days are piercing hot. ☀️ Luckily, I’ve found refuge in my room, where I spend most of my days collaborating with my newest client.
This client is a superstar. She describes herself as both an entrepreneur and spiritual practitioner —citing 'energetics', visualization, and manifestation as keys to her success.
I have a twinge of resistance towards these “woo-woo” ideas. To ditch the pessimism, I’ve been reading Dr. Joe Dispenza’s book, “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself”. Here’s my favorite quote so far:
Joe argues you needn’t wait for an external “reason” to feel content. In action, this looks like “I’ll be happy when ______ [insert life achievement here] happens”. 🧐 Inversely, we also don't need a "reason" to feel upset —our external environment could be suitable, but if we're our internal state is miserable...not good.
It's an idea I've referring to when uncool things happen. My package getting stolen. Flagging a three-month late invoice. A critic calling my writing "snarky" —which I can't help, sorry, it's the French in me (kidding).
The external doesn't hold as much influence as our "positive internal state". As I keep reading, I'll let you know exactly what that means. So with that, my question for you this week is:
“How much significance are you placing on events to make you feel fulfilled (or discontent)?
🖼 On Becoming a Prolific Creator
This Week: Every Minute Counts
There’s this perverse idea that creativity will only strike when you’re least expecting it. It’s in between the shower suds, outdoor strolls, and idyllic dreams do ideas bodyslam into you.
But while creativity does like to show up unannounced, we can still discipline it. By sitting down and creating — regardless of perfection, timing, or setting — can it become a consistent habit.
There’s no such thing as the “perfect conditions” for creativity, because every minute counts. Mathew Dick, author of Someday is Today, explains it best:
Your minutes — and how you choose to spend them — are precious. Like, really precious; advertisers will pay a hefty sum to get you to say even a few seconds longer on _______ [insert wicked social media app].
The next time you have a few minutes to spare, put them to good use. They matter more thank you think.
🥒 Content Diet
✍🏼Why I’m Unreachable and Maybe You Should Be Too by Pieter Levels — As someone who tries to answer every DM, this read makes a compelling case on why answering every message is a fruitless pastime.
📚The Relative Pricing Pyramid by Ship 30 for 30 — “There’s only so much money a client would pay for X” is a common freelancing mental block. This article smashes this limiting belief so you can hit a new tier of income.
And now, a chart that makes you reminisce on all those lost hours spent in Trig and Calculus class :
✍🏼 Freelancing Journey
This Week: So, You’re Looking to Outsource.
Things have been stressful over here. A little too stressful. I’m starting to break my boundaries, such as working on the weekends or writing “just one more sentence” at midnight on a Monday.
It was time to find subcontractors. I’ve put off this idea for months, as I keep telling myself I “like things to be done a certain way” and in general, have little faith in others (joking).
I’m blasting past the comfort zone and going through with it. I’m starting off with one writer for one assignment. Here’s what I did to prepare (so you can get some stuff off your plate, too):
Where I Found Subcontractors:
I’m a member of the Freelance to Fortune Slack, which is brimming with potential writers. I also spent some time perusing LinkedIn, and found an article published by a second-connection. It was stellar, so I decided to reach out.
What should you pay your subcontractor? I used Jess Pereira’s Outsourcing 101 guide for this, where she recommends the subcontractor receive 25-40% of the assignment’s profit.
This is the most important part of the puzzle, as you want to establish clear guidelines here. The most important part was that the subcontractor agreed that…
• They are not employees and cannot make decisions for my business on my behalf.
• They wouldn’t share confidential information before and after the job.
• They wouldn’t contact my clients without prior approval.
• They wouldn’t receive credit for published work.
I used this template from PandaDoc to whip up the contract.
Are you interested in learning more about the subcontracting process? If so, let me know and I'll dedicate a lengthier section to this whole shebang.
That's all this week, folks!
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