How To Sharpen Your People Skills When Working From Home

In my opinion, “people skills” are just (if not more) important than the skills it takes to do your job. Colleges and universities are filled with brilliant scholars who can’t get along with their peers, I find business leaders who are remarkably gifted, but make enemies at every turn. And even in churches, ministries, and nonprofits, if you can’t engage positively with your co-workers, things won’t end well. And it’s particularly difficult for freelancers and those working from home.  I worked for many years from my home, and know that social contact can get very sparse. We need to keep up our people skills no matter what our situation, so I asked freelance writer Jenny Holt’s advice, and here’s her thoughts:

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Building Your Brand: How to Develop a Business When Working from Home

One of the most frequent questions people ask me is whether or not they should leave a full time position and become a freelancer. Every situation is different, and no matter how much you may hate working for someone else, working from home has its own challenges. So I asked my friend and freelance writer Jenny Holt for her advice. It’s worth noting if you’re thinking about launching out on your own:

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Five Keys to Successfully Working from Home

At 37 years old, I was fired from my job. So after nearly 15 years of working in a conventional office, my wife and I made the decision to launch into a freelance career working from home. The transition wasn’t easy. Suddenly I didn’t have access to the copy machine, the office phone system, the conference room, and all the other resources a company makes available to employees. As a result, I needed to switch to guerilla mode and switch fast. Here’s a few of the key changes I made that not only allowed me to increase my productivity, but helped me eventually build my own business:

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Beware Those Who Offer to Pay Back Favors By Working for Free

I love helping people get to the next level in their career. As a result, over the years I’ve connected a lot of people to jobs, freelance projects, new clients, investors and more. In some cases, they’ve made hundreds of thousands of dollars (sometimes millions) over the years because of the connection. And one of the ways they offer to reciprocate is to

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Creatives: Do You Struggle With The Question: “So, What Do YOU Do?”

At parties or other social events you get the question all the time:  “So, what do YOU do?”  If you’re an struggling actor, producer, director, or other media professional, it’s an awkward moment.  Even after decades of making TV programs, documentary films, online media, and consulting with large organizations, it’s still tough for me.  It’s called “Status Anxiety.”  It comes from discomfort or fear when a person is in a social interaction that involves being judged or evaluated by others.  If you’ve struggled in your career, and have trouble with the “So what do YOU do?” question, you need to watch this video:

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Leaders: Are You Delegating To Someone Who’s Undermining You?

In most cases, when an organization hires my company – Cooke Pictures, in Burbank, California – they name someone internally as the “point person” who we deal with on a day to day basis. In some cases, this point person has approval authority, and at the very least dictates the working relationship. In most cases, the person is experienced, responsible, and qualified. But from time to time, that point person can make life miserable. Here’s why:

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The Big Secret to a Successful Freelance Career

The freelance life is a challenge. At some point, every employee in America has thought about leaving their job and working for themselves. But the realization that freelance professionals wake up every morning unemployed usually jolts them back to reality. Managing projects, inspiring confidence, being professional, dealing with risk, and more all add up to a successful freelance career, but one thing stands above all others. If you can’t do this, then don’t become a freelancer. The single most important aspect of a successful freelance career is:

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