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Mentioned in today’s email: Threads, X, LinkedIn, Google, Gemini, OpenAI, Bing, remote working, and freelance writers. Plus 19 ways to find your next freelance client, and why you need a “Do Not Do” list.

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Making the Rounds

Working With Clients

19 Ways to Get Your Next Freelance Client

2023 is almost over.

But it’s not too late to land your first (or next) freelance client.

If you’re looking to finish the year on a high note…

Check out this article from our friends at Hustle to Startup to discover 19 actionable tips to get clients:

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Working For Yourself

Why You Need a “Do Not Do” List

One of productivity guru Tim Ferriss's favorite questions to ask is:

"What if I did the opposite?"

It's a great way to break out of old patterns and gain new perspectives.

So here's a 30-day experiment to try:

Swap out your traditional to-do list for a “Do Not Do” list.

What's this mean?

Instead of listing out everything you need to do...

List out everything you should NOT do.


  • Check email

  • Check social media

  • Check ad accounts

  • Check payment gateways

  • Eat the entire bag of sour wine gums

  • Etc etc

If you're not careful, seemingly harmless activities like these can short-circuit your motivation and focus.

This is why a “Do Not Do” list can be so effective.

Just like skill development, sometimes the best approach is focusing on what not to do instead of what to do.

Tool of the Week

Fix your broken browser experience with Shift

Shift is a desktop app that streamlines work by displaying each email account vertically (along with any other apps you’d like to include) along the left-hand side of your screen.

It sounds trivial, but this accordion-style set up is a game-changer for productivity.

Plus it lets you organize browser tabs by email account, making it much easier to flip back and forth without losing your place.

It’s quickly become one of our core tools for running a freelance business.

Bonus Points

🤝 Sales: How to sell like an FBI hostage negotiator (link)

💪 Confidence: 6 psychology hacks for quiet confidence (link)

🗣️ Coaching: 4 simple steps to find a mentor (link)

✍️ Writing: 7 ways to make money online as a writer (link) 

🆕 Marketing: Secrets of “reason why” marketing (link)