This is How to Write a Newsletter for Your Blog that Gets Opened
After all your hard work and dedication to your budding blogging career, someone has finally picked up what you've been puttin' down and settled in to sign up for your newsletter. Huzzah Friend, someone finally cares about your blog besides you. Huzzah Friend, someone finally cares about your blog besides you. Nothing is more fulfilling than knowing that not only does another Actual Human being enjoy your posts enough to read them at the moment they found them but, that they liked what they read enough to want to read more in the future. Unfortunately, what most bloggers and small business owners don't realize is that even though you feel like you've just been handed the keys to the kingdom with that fancy new email address someone just gave you, without the proper understanding of how to avert the dreaded spam filter, your key won't be opening any doors for you and your blog any time soon. The sad truth is that even when using professional newsletter generating tools from legitimate companies, a large portion of your hard-fought list will never even see your email. This is How to Write a Newsletter for Your Blog that Gets Opened If You use salesmen like phrasing in your email the All Knowing Keepers of the Inbox will banish your newsletter. Careful With Content: Be super careful when writing your Newsletter. Spam filters work by reading the content of incoming emails and tossing the ones that have phrases that match certain patterns. If You use salesmen like phrasing in your email the All-Knowing Keepers of the Inbox will banish your newsletter to the darkest corners of the spam folder, never to be seen again. Creative Tip: Try removing words like "special offer," "buy now" or "Sale." Other topics to avoid mentioning include large sums of money, free cash, and most importantly the Prince of Nigeria. True Story, malformed html in your newsletter is often seen as a possible indication of a hidden attack. Watch Your Formatting: Another HUGE problem that sends tons of bloggers right into the cold, dark grasp of the spam filters is the use of improper formatting. True Story, malformed HTML in your newsletter is often seen as a possible indication of a hidden attack within the code, and will often be filtered out or stopped by the email client before even entering the inbox. Because most of the malformed code comes from places like converted Microsoft Word documents or other files that have gone through a converter to HTML display, try using professional email services instead of converting your own documents, as they have a number of pre-built templates that are both standards compliant and world's easier to use. Creative Tip: Some of the most popular email services are Constant Contact and ConvertKit, but because we love doing things on the cheap, we still manage our entire 5 Site Empire through Mail Chimp. ♥ The trick is to keep your content interesting enough that your readers will be willing to follow it back to your site. Be Exciting, Not Excited: Alright, Truth time, while it may be tempting to do things in your Newsletters like write your new and amazing subject line in all caps, add in a ton of exclamation points after a sentence, or use super bright colors with a cool font, these are all super quick ways to earn your Newsletter a one way ticket to spam land. The trick is to keep your content interesting enough that your readers will be willing to follow it back to your site to read more, while avoiding pitfalls that, if sent by someone else to you, would make you immediately reach for the hand sanitizer and run for the virus protector. Creative Tip: Though your newsletter isn't in all bold, it's anything but basic. Use Pretty Templates to Jazz up its look, or better yet, pair it down with a simple heart to heart format for a full proof inbox hero. Spam filters will whip your little letter right off into oblivion if they suspect you of being an advertisement. Friends Don't Send Friends a Ton of Links: Here's the sitch peeps, keep your link happy self under control when trying to get your Newsletter to its goal. Spam filters, (especially Gmail) will whip your little letter right off into oblivion if they suspect you of being an advertisement, and what do most advertisements provide in their newsletters? A ton of links. Keep your linking to no more than 1 or 2 at the very most if you want to keep your email in their inbox. Creative Tip: If you want to be able to easily link them to multiple products or services, add what you want to offer to a single custom page, and then link to that to keep your link count low and your view count high. Since the filters don't see any difference between your shady deeds and theirs, your lonely little email will be left at the losers table once more. Picture Perfect: One of the most common ways that people try to get around these spam filters is by using one large image, rather than formatted HTML. Alright, so the logic is sound, after all, the spam filter can't scan your text if there isn't any... but, my friend, the problem with that devious thought process is that we bloggers aren't the only ones to try that strategy. Many spammers, scammers and other ne'er do wells try the same tactic pretty regularly and since the filters don't see any difference between your shady deeds and theirs, your lonely little email will be left at the losers table once more. Creative Tip: There’s nothing wrong with using smaller images, and in fact, a newsletter with no images is bound to get far less interaction than one with them, but be careful to balance. If someone is too dim to like your stuff, let them go. Simply Marvelous: I don't care what blackhat tricks you think you know or what bad information has been given to you by another blog, by now, you should know that you always need to put your unsubscribe link in your email. It's Excessive, it's annoying, it's unfair that not everyone does it, but if someone is too dim to like your stuff, let them go. You don't need them anyway. If they flag you as spam, it can cause you issues with other readers who are genuinely interested in what you have to say. Creative Tip: We understand the temptation to try to keep your readers in by leaving your unsubscribe link out, but losing a few subscribers who weren’t going to read anyway is a drop in the bucket compared to the legal repercussions you could be facing for not including it. If you’re not giving your subscribers a reason to open your emails, there’s 0 chance of them wasting their time. Opulent Offerings: Your newsletter is one of the biggest traffic drivers you have for your site, and one of the biggest drivers for newsletter signups is a solid, high-value optin. If your optin isn’t on point, or, even worse, non-existent, then your readers aren’t going to have any reason to fill their already too full inboxes with yet another time-draining newsletter. If you’re not giving your subscribers a reason to open your emails, there’s 0 chance of them wasting their time by going to see your actual content. Make sure that whatever your offering, it gives your readers some reason not only to open your beautifully branded emails, but to also follow your links back to your stylish site. Creative Tip: Up your optin game with a multi-email experience, spreading that welcome out across multiple days with a mini-course. In one quick burst, you’ll have shown them that you can offer valuable content, gotten them in the habit of reading your emails, and offered up a memorable intro that is sure to keep them coming back for more.
6 Essential Must Do’s for Your First 6 Months of Blogging for Profit
The well-worn path from publishing your first post to life as a full-time blogger is a long and winding road marred with breakdowns, fueled by bad gas station coffee, and musically accompanied by your friends and family incessantly asking you to stop for a break. While it is technically possible to get there without a roadmap, it's always easier to follow the detailed directions of someone who's taken this road before. 6 Essential Must Do’s for your first 6 Months of Blogging for Profit 1. Crank Out Quality Content - A blog without posts is like a car without fuel, it may look nice, but it's not going to take you very far. As soon as you start your blog, you also need to start cranking out quality content that is insanely useful, while adhering to a Very Strict and Rigid schedule. No exceptions. Focusing on putting out a large volume of garbage or, over on the opposite site of crazy town, just one artfully written post a month, isn't going to do anything for your blog. Regular readers crave new and ever more engaging content, and one time viewers need valuable information at the ready if they're ever to be transformed into subscribers. Creative Tip: Pair down Your efforts by bulking up Your actions. Doing similar tasks like writing and photographing in dedicated bulk chunks of time enables you to stay organized and not miss a day of posting when you're not feeling in the groove. 2. Build Your List - This is a PSA to every Blogger, Business person, MLMer, Youtuber, Social Media Influencer, Marketing Maven or Grandma who just accidentally clicked on our site and can't figure out how to leave. If you have built your audience through ANY platform that is not an email list, You can and will lose it all if the algorithm Gods decide it's time to smite you. (See Facebook.) Don't let your hard fought blogging business become just another dusty mummified ancient relic of an internet gone by, build your list, and build it now. Put in multiple ways to sign up on every page and offer completely kick-ass opt-in incentives that not only get your new found reader to give up their digital dets, but get's them excited to keep coming back for more. Creative Tip: Always Giveaway Usable Goods. Just because you can trick someone into giving you their info once, doesn't mean they can't click the unsubscribe button once they realize your goods aren't that great. 3. Get Money Minded - Take the Time to Incorporate a strong monetization strategy from the ground up. If you’re going to be using an affiliate heavy strategy, start writing incredibly long and highly targeted posts that detail how to do something your audience needs help with. Include affiliate links to high dollar items that are incorporated directly into the subject matter. If you're using ads, learn how to optimally place them on the page where they will get a lot of clicks but not annoy your readers (also please don’t solely rely on ads for revenue.) If you're planning on selling courses, start building that course RTFN. Putting off the monetization stage is an easy way for people who think that their blog isn't "ready" to avoid the scary feeling of potentially failing. Your blog can make money, but not if you don't let it. Creative Tip: Find an Accountability Partner who's going to hold you to your blogging promises. You'll never know just what you are capable of doing if you don't get out of your own way long enough to do it. 4. Get your branding Together - I’m not going to take fashion advice from someone who’s wearing gauchos with Birkenstocks and your readers aren’t going to take life advice from someone who can’t even get their blog's theme together. Can you make it with an ugly blog? Yes. Is it going to be much harder? Obviously. Before you ever even start to put yourself out there as an authority on your topic, you need to look, sound, and act like you know what the hell you're talking about by getting your blog template, logo, web assets, and social media feeds All. The. Way. Together. to create a professional and cohesive look. Creative Tip: If you can't make it, buy it. Places like Etsy, Creative Market, and Blu Chic make affordable feminine blog themes, which means that even if you don't have a huge budget to blow on your business, there's no excuse for your blog looking unprofessional and tacky. 5. Get Your Social Media Going and Growing - You can't just ignore social media because it sucks, make and adhere to a set social media schedule for posting, commenting, reposting, and replying. Buy or Design beautiful posting templates for each platform you intend to participate in and coordinate your feed's color scheme with your brand. Build your audience without being cheesy, spammy, or any other calorie ridden social faux pas by engaging with followers as you would want them to engage with you, genuinely, frequently, and without an agenda. Creative Tip: Keep track of what filters you are using for each platform so that your feed actually looks unified rather than like you snapped a bunch of pictures at random and then picked them out of a bin to post. 6. Know Better So You Can Do Better - As any good business woman knows, the learning doesn't stop when your business starts. Even Marketing demigods like Neil Patel and Gary Vaynerchuk consistently immerse themselves in the newest and most up-to-date information, and sweetie, if it's good enough for Neil P. and Gary V., then rest assured it's good enough for you and it's good enough for me. Strive to thoroughly and relentlessly continue to educate yourself about Business and Blogging through quality sources. To paraphrase an old saying, a wise man knows that he knows nothing. Bad information will kill your brand new blogging baby and, unless you want the obituary to read "Time of Death: That time you took major business advice from the Rando on Quora," It’s time to stop reading the Cliff Notes version of blogging for dummies and start truly educating yourself like the big boys. Creative Tip: Audio Books are by far the best source of career information for busy professionals with too much sh*t to do. Listen to them in the car, listen to them at the bar, listen to them in the house, listen to them with your spouse...
The Definitive Guide to Blog Post Inspiration for Home & Living Bloggers
From the Opulent Glamour of Art Deco Design to the worn relics of the Rustic Farm house trend, the post options in the Design arsenal of a Home & Living Blogger seem as endless and ever flowing as the champagne at an old Hollywood Home. Though a Bloggers most valuable asset is her Creativity, between the ever more demanding responsibilities of content production, the endless time sink that is social media engagement, and the myriad of monetization techniques to perfect, it’s easy to see how you could lose sight of the bigger picture and allow your once ever-present blogging muse to slip silently into the night. If however, much like ol' Gatsby himself, you too long to draw in your own beautiful yet far off inspiration, as even F. Scott Fitzgerald could tell you, spend your assets wisely, as there may come a day, when your once inexhaustible well-spring of divine guidance may run even drier than Nick Carraway's Cup. 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These Are The 7 Cleaning Essentials Every Home Needs To Have This is How to Actually Get A Minimalist Aesthetic Without Feeling Like You're Losing Out Here's Why You Need To Clean Out Your Wardrobe Immediately The Definitive Guide To Detoxing Your Entire Home Here's What Your Decor Is Secretly Saying About You 12 Books You Need To Read Immediately To Elevate Your Home Decor 7 Tiny House Hacks You Can Use To Get More Out Of Your Space Here's Why You Should Reconsider Renting This Year These Are The Self-care Indulgences You Should Absolutely Have In Your Bathroom Here's How To Add More Color To Your Space Without Destroying Your Aesthetic This is the Reason Why Your Bedroom Isn't As Clean As You Think It Is These Are The Landscaping Techniques That Will Actually Add Value To Your Home These Beautiful Furniture Lines Are Giving Us Home Design Inspo 9 Things You Should Be Doing To Add Style To Your Space Without Adding Stress To Your Bank Account 5 Essential Pieces Of Home Tech You Shouldn't Be Living Without These Are The Home Accessories You Should Never Buy Inferior Versions Of How To Get That Seaside Aesthetic When You're Miles From The Beach This Is How To Actually Make Your Home Office A Productive Space How To Make Any Space In your Home Feel More Livable 8 Ways That You're Not Optimizing The Flow Of Your Space
The Definitive Guide to Blog Post Inspiration for Fashion Bloggers
Every. Body. Gets. a. Unicorn. With a low barrier to entry and a high burnout rate, Fashion blogging is one of the most popular niches to get into for new bloggers. Whether you’re looking for a simple springboard to dive into your next stylish post, or you're in need of a fashionable backlog of ideas to help you keep the block at bay, a little list of writing inspo could be just the thing you need to take your blog from mythical mindset to must read right now. Unfortunately, because it is so popular, the competition to put out ever-more-trendy posts that speak to your audience, leave them feeling more in the know than before they appeared at your beautifully staged door, and presumably hand out free unicorns like Oprah gives away cars, is becoming increasingly more intense. (Every. Body. Gets. a. Unicorn.) The Definitive Guide to Blog Post Inspiration for Fashion Bloggers Never Look a Gift Unicorn in the Maintenance Expenses. 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The Definitive Guide to Blog Post Inspiration for Food Bloggers
As a Food Blogger, the daunting, ever-present pressure to create Chef level cuisine, photograph on the daily like you're Annie Leibovitz, and chronicle it all in a well-worded witty anecdote that's fit for an Ivy League English Class, can be enough to make you want to throw in the towel and just grab the Ramen. With the number of new food bloggers on the rise, and the competition to create fresh, new content growing by the day, it seems that the only real secret sauce to staying on top of the food blogger food chain is with a dash of determination, a pinch of persistence and a heaping helping of some serious food based inspo. 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Salad These Are The Essential Dinner Foods That Every Home Chef Should Know How To Make The Real Reason That Peanut Butter And Bananas Go So Well Together (And 15 PB and B Sandwich Recipes To Try At Home) This the Ultimate 45 Minute Chicken Kiev Recipe This Is How To Make The Ultimate Panini as a Vegetarian Wild Mushroom and Spinach Creamy Risotto Tomato Mozzarella Basil Panini (And How To Make Them Even Better Than Starbucks) These 10 Meals Will Convince Even Non-Vegans That Vegan Food Can Be Delicious The Vegetables That You Should Be Subbing In To Make Your Favorite Meals Vegetarian Friendly Quality Quinoa: The Comprehensive Guide To Cooking With Quinoa Here Are The Mistakes You've Always Made When Cooking Sweet Potatoes This Is How To Use Every Spice In Your Rack According To A Professional Chef Parmesan Crusted Baked Asparagus You Need To Stop Feeding Your Infant These 7 Foods Right Now These 5 Homemade Chili Recipes Will Take Your Backyard Cookout Game To The Next Level These No Cook Recipes Are The Only Things You'll Want To Make When It's Too Hot To Cook These Must Read Tips Are The Only Way To Avoid Tricky Food Allergy Problems Fire Roasted Red Pepper and Baby Corn Stew From Deep Dish to Thin And Crispy: The 101 Best Pizza Recipes of All Time These Surprising Recipes Will Get You Cooking With Cactus The Complete Guide To Kosher Cooking And Baking Creamy Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice cream The 14 Surprising Places You Should Be Working More Vegetables Into Your Diet The Complete Guide To Eating Local Foods In Any Region In The US Garlic Herb Salmon with a Rosemary Butter Sauce These Are The 8 TV Shows All Aspiring Chefs Should Be Watching Right Now This Is How To Bake Treats Your Dogs Will Love That Are Actually Good For Them These No-Bake Recipes Are The Perfect Quick Treats For Your Family Maryland Style Crab cakes with a Tarragon and Garlic Aioli Drizzle This Is How You Can Make Hot Pockets At Home For A Quick And Tasty Pre-made Lunch These DIY Poptarts Are The Perfect Breakfast Treats This Is How To Make a Starbucks Style Chai Frappuccino At Home The Complete Guide To Making A Full Year Of Meal Plans This Is How To Make Classic Southern Food With A Healthy Twist This Is How A Professional Chef Says You Should Be Using Brown Butter The Best Blue Cheese Stuffed Sausage Burgers for a fun Summer Barbecue Alternative This Passion Fruit, Mango, and Papaya Salad Adds a Fresh Citrus Pop To Your Lunch Routine These DIY Cheese Sticks Are The Perfect Appetizer For Your Next Party Elevate Your Next Football Party With These Healthy Appetizers These Edible Flowers Are The Ideal Way To Add Floral Flair To Your Next Brunch The Ultimate Recipe For Fresh Garlic Butter And Parmesan Shrimp Scampi These Chef Level Homemade Garlic Knots Are The Ultimate Pairing For Any Pasta These Delicious Popcorn Recipes Are The Perfect Way To Spice Up Your Next Movie Night 8 Dishes You Never Realized Need To Have Asparagus In Them Cali Style Sweet Slaw Fish Tacos This Is How To Make Vegetarian Tacos That You'll Actually Love Add Some Food Flair To Your Favorite Meals With Blackbeans Boost Your Energy And Mood With These 5 Surprisingly Healthy Coffee Based Drinks These Are The Healthy Oils You Need to include in Your Diet This Is The Best Alfredo Sauce You've Ever Had (And It's Only 3 Ingredients) The Complete Guide To Pairing Your Wines Like a Sommelier These Are The Summer Cook Out Foods You Need To Serve For The 4th of July This Recipe For Cotton Candy Lemonade Is The Only Drink Recipe You'll Need this Summer These Are The foods That You Need To Start Eating Right Now For More Restful Sleep Here are the 5 Surprising Places That You Should Add Ginger Here is the real reason that raw sushi is better for you than cooked fish These Cilantro Lime Chicken Quesadillas are the perfect Tex mex dinner addition This is the Right Way To Add Seaweed To Classic Recipes For A Healthy Pop Eating These 4 Vegetables Leads to Higher Brain 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The Definitive Guide to Blog Post Inspiration for Tech Bloggers
It’s hard to believe that any Turing Worshiping cryptophile could run out of ideas for compelling posts. In the postmodern era of the information age, where just about everything from phones to toasters don the label of “smart,” (This smart vacuum has more features than my first cellphone…) it’s hard to believe that any Turing Worshiping cryptophile worth her salts in tech blogging could run out of ideas for compelling posts. However, as Tim Cook might attest, much like Apple’s product development team after the loss of Steve Jobs, there will come a day when your formerly inexhaustible blockchain wellspring of inspiration runs dry, and you too might find yourself feeling like your mind is running slower than an outdated IPhone with a bad battery. The Definitive Guide to Blog Post Inspiration for Tech Bloggers We live in the post modern era where just about everything from phones to toasters don the label of “smart”. 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This is How to Actually Find Your Ideal Blogging Niche
Diving into blogging is a bit like diving headlong into a pool of water. From the surface, you feel like you've got a pretty good handle on things, you can see the currents and you know exactly what's going on, but the moment your head sinks under, you're in a whole different world that you never even realized existed from above. For safety reasons, in both cases, you need to know what you're getting into before you start taking leaps of faith, or you run the risk of slamming headlong into an unyielding barrier that's sure to cause you some serious pain. This is How to Actually Find Your Ideal Blogging Niche If you don't absolutely love what you're doing, you're not going to go far in the digital world. 1. Do What You Love - No matter what it may look like from the outside the fact of the matter is that blogging is a lot of long, hard hours of work, and if you don't absolutely love what you're doing, you're not going to go far in the digital world. Ideally, you want your niche to be something that you already would have been spending your free time on and that you consider to be your passion. When you first get started your blog is going to take up all of your time, so pick something that you won't run out of enthusiasm for. Creative Tip: When you're looking at possible niches, consider activities that you already do as a hobby. Even if the activity itself can't necessarily make a whole blog, you may be able to increase your scope a bit to keep your blog focused on what you love while leaving it accessible to your readers. You need to be able to offer something to your readers. 2. To Know Yourself - While passion is a great start, passion alone isn't enough to drive your blog, so you need to pick a topic that you personally have a lot of knowledge in. You need to be able to offer something to your readers, and while enthusiasm helps, being able to offer them real knowledge about your niche is going to be the real separator between running an amateur blog and making a living from your newly minted online enterprise. Creative Tip: If you don't already have a ton of knowledge about a topic that you are particularly passionate about, spend a little time researching to see how much you really enjoy it. You don't need to know everything about a subject, but if you don't know a considerable amount you can still make it work by being willing to put in some serious research hours. There’s a market out there for every niche, but a market doesn’t guarantee income. 3. Makin' Bank - If you're looking for a blog that's going to become a career, you're going to need a niche that you can actually make money in, and that means spending a little time thinking of monetization. There's a market out there for every niche, but a market doesn't guarantee income, and even if you're running one of the biggest blogs around, all those page views aren't going to mean a thing if you ain't got that financing. Carefully consider which money making methods are going to work best for your niche. Can you sell products or courses to your readers? Will your readers be likely to click on Ads? What about affiliate links? Before you take the dive into the building process, you'll want to make sure that you know where your paychecks are going to be coming from. Creative Tip: If you're working in an artistic niche, sites like Patreon may be able to drive some cash to your bank account provided you can offer up some truly enticing extras to get your readership to support you. You need your blog to fall into a range where you have a wide enough audience to monetize. 4. The Straight And Narrow - Once you've got a niche in mind, it's time to do a little research and, much like a proverbial Goldilocks, figure out if you're aiming too wide, too narrow, or if the fit is just right. Use tools like Buzz Sumo, and Google Trends to figure out just how much interest there really is in your niche, and start to narrow down the keywords that you're aiming for. Ideally, you need your blog to fall into a range where you have a wide enough audience to monetize, while still being narrow enough that your readers will feel the urge to come back because the content seems to apply directly to them. Creative Tip: While you're already looking up keyword terms, you can start thinking forward to SEO, and consider the way that your content should be formatted to maximize ranking for the keyword terms that you're looking at. Going into the construction of your blog with an eye for SEO is far easier than trying to add it in later. You need a real and very substantial reason why your readers should pick you. 5. Spare Some Change - The last thing you need to put some thought into is how to make yourself stand out against the crowded, grainy background that the internet provides. You're going to be pitting your blog against some of the biggest names in whichever niche you choose, so you need a real and very substantial reason why your readers should pick you out of all the other options available to them. Your first step is to get out there and start reading your competition, see what they do that you like, and more importantly what they do that you don't. Start making a list of the biggest weaknesses that your niche suffers from. Once you've got the list, put a little honest thought into how to fix the issues, and then see how practical those fixes are to put into place, to give your blog the edge it's going to so sorely need. Creative Tip: Your change doesn't always need to be something huge and dramatic. If you realize that many of the blogs in your industry aren't very well written, even when they are informative, you can win out by simply providing a blog with information on par with your counterparts while upping the writing game to a far better standard. (Kinda Like Us. ♥)
Real Talk: This is What it Takes to Work as a Full-Time Freelancer
Much like the Perfect Beach Body or The Ultimate Morning Routine, a life as a Full-time Freelancer has become as much an over conceptualized vision of entrepreneurial freedom as the avocado eating beach-bound Twenty-something influencers that have adopted it as their mantra. Though a life as a Full-time Freelancer is an absolutely attainable goal that many entrepreneurs achieve in their careers, we can tell you from first-hand experience, that as a Full-Time Freelancer, the only place your business-running-body is likely bound to go, is to the nearest Starbucks and back for your much needed daily latte. Real Talk: This is What it Takes to Work as a Full-Time Freelancer The Good, The Bad, and The Angry - Bad News Doll Face, the Internet is not a nice place. The same person who might pay for the groceries of the elderly Veteran standing in line behind them at the whole foods irl, might tell you that your blog is a piece of sh*t and that you're a waste of life online (Direct quote.) You have to develop a thick skin, and a thicker portfolio to focus on for when you need to keep the haters at bay while you're working on gettin' your pay. Discount Den - One of the biggest struggles with making a living as a Full-Time Freelancer is fighting for customers like a hyena scavenging on the Savannah. There are always bigger and more well-known people in your field who are going to be competing against you for jobs but don't give in to the temptation to bottom out your prices just to get a bid or you will be certain to undermine your worth both literally and figuratively. That Nomadic Strife - Here's the thing, Instagram's only got it half right. The Life of a Full-Time Freelancer can be glamorously nomadic and because you work for yourself, you are able to be more mobile than in almost any other career. The bad news, however, is that there are definitely restrictions on the practicality of being a mobile entrepreneur. Though the glory of cloud computing, laptops, and smartphones has enabled us to have more work/travel options than ever before, Shorter Customer Deadlines due to the advancement of technology, Poor WiFi Signals, and Bad Cell Reception all factor into a last minute hotel lobby panic attack about an impending deadline that is soon to be missed due to 5 hour upload times, spotty reception, and a trip that was quite possibly more trouble than it was worth. The Side Hustle - Becoming a Full-Time Freelancer isn't going to happen overnight. You'll need time to build up your personal brand, gain the required skills, and get to know a regular set of clientele which means that starting out the pickings are gonna be slim. If you want to keep living at the lifestyle you're accustomed to, you're gonna need to either dig into a side hustle, or that 100th bowl of Ramen. Missing The Benefits - In the modern era of hospitals and healthcare, unless you intend on living your life like the boy in the bubble, it's probably safe to say you're gonna need Insurance. Though most positions come with the standard Health, Dental, and Vision package, when you start working for yourself, you could find that you are suddenly sans safety net, and seriously super sick. Lookin' Lonely - As much as it sucks, it turns out that working for yourself actually means that you have to do the work by yourself. If you're used to having a manager watching, and a strict set of rules and guidelines to follow, you'll realize all too soon that you're the only one in the room. Though freelancing presents an unmatched opportunity for growth financially, personally, and professionally, it also means that no one is watching over you to make sure that you meet deadlines, and no one is there to save you if you fall behind.