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Together with The Finance Agency

It’s officially tax time.

And if you’re like most freelancers, service providers, and solo business owners…

Chances are, you’re feeling pretty overwhelmed with your finances right now.

Luckily, that’s where The Finance Agency comes in.

They take care of all your bookkeeping and accounting needs so you can free up your time to focus on growing the business.

Because let’s face it:

You need an accounting partner who actually understands online business…

And knows the difference between kitchen funnels and ClickFunnels.

So if you need help with your bookkeeping this tax season…

Making the Rounds

Working With Clients

13 Things Successful Freelancers Do Differently

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Success leaves clues.

So if you want to become an A-Player service provider with the fees to back it up… 

The best place to start is studying what they do differently.

Here are 13 things that set successful freelancers apart:

1. They work fast

2. They never miss deadlines

3. They’re highly-responsive

4. They’re enthusiastic about client work

5. They invest in themselves

6. They’re always managing expectations

7. They focus on one niche

8. They specialize in specific tasks

9. They pay attention to trends in the market

10. They build relationships with other service providers

11. They’re not afraid to step outside their comfort zone

12. They practice radical accountability

13. They actually get results

Producing results for clients is key if you want to climb the ladder…

But as you can see, that’s only one piece of the puzzle.

The elite freelancers who have the clients and income you want embody every item on the list.

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Working For Yourself

Struggling To Create Momentum? Embrace the Pro Athlete Mentality

Being your own boss sounds pretty great in theory…

But in practice, it’s a lot harder than it looks.

That’s because there’s no one watching over your shoulder to hold you accountable if you show up late, call in sick, or botch that TPS report.

So if you’re struggling to build momentum or hit the next income goal in your freelance biz…

Here’s some advice:

Start treating your life like a pro athlete.

Even though you may not feel like an athlete…

Your goals are the same:

Performing at a high level and sustaining that performance over the course of an entire season.

This can mean:

  • Waking up and going to bed at the same time each day

  • Developing a morning routine

  • Eating healthy

  • Exercising regularly

  • Finding ways to relax and de-stress

The more seriously you take your day-to-day habits and routines…

The better results you’ll see inside your business.

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Tool of the Week

Whimsical: Build simple funnel maps for free

Even if you’re not a graphic designer or funnel builder…

If you work in marketing, chances are you’ll need to map out funnels for clients from time to time. 

And unless your client’s a seasoned direct response marketer…

It’s easy to get bogged down trying to explain it to them.

Good news is, there are lots of tools out there to help you do that. 

Bad news is, most of them suck. 

They’re clunky, laggy, and not intuitive at all. 

That’s why we’re big fans of Whimsical.

It’s fast, free, and easy to use. 

So whether you’re using it as a part of a proposal for a prospect…

On a kickoff call with a new client…

Or to collaborate with another freelancer to make sure they build the next funnel properly…

Whimsical can help you get it done.

Bonus Points

💪 Success: 7 steps to win your day by 10 AM (link)

🧠 Mindset: How to sharpen your thinking (7 logical fallacies) (link)

✍️ Copywriting: 4 lessons on creating a successful copywriting career (link)

🤓 Education: If I were 18 again, here’s what I’d do (link) 

💲 Money: Should you be saving money in 2024? (link)