- Series: CRE8IVE ENERGY
- Paperback: 116 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (August 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1516801466
- ISBN-13: 978-1516801466
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,125,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cre8ive Energy: Building a sustainable freelance career Paperback – August 14, 2015
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About the Author
Jill McKellan has created a sustainable full-time career in the freelance industry, one that has endured the test of time. She may work behind her computer all day long, but she loves connecting with people and using her numerous cre8ive skills and insights to help them achieve their goals. Most people use her services in one of her four areas of expertise: ghostwriter, editor, coach, or consultant. Every person she can help is someone who impacts her in some way, and she absolutely loves it. In fact, this is the heart behind the entire CRE8IVE ENERGY series. With a natural sense for business and many years in corporate America, Jill understands the business behind creativity and that is something that sets her apart in the world of freelance opportunities. She had sound instincts for understanding that once the business parameters are set, the doors to creativity open and that’s when the magic happens. This is true whether she’s working with clients on fiction or non-fiction endeavors, or helping them to find ways to market themselves as a freelancer or author. Something else that Jill enjoys immensely is opportunities to bring her positive energy to kids in the classroom and interact with them about writing, whether that's how to do it, how you create a book, or even the vast number of opportunities that are out there for kids to become writers. Outside of freelancing, Jill is highly enthusiastic about many things, including working out with the toughest trainer in the world—her husband—watching her daughter grow and flourish in the martial arts, and enjoying cooking a great meal, whether it be in the house, on the grill, or over a campfire.
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The book also brings up things about freelancing that I never even considered like how to decide what to charge for your services, how to deal with less than positive feedback from clients, and how to protect your business from cyber attacks among many other topics. It's nice to be aware of things like this in advance instead of learning the hard way.
Cre8ive Energy also has real examples from the author's experience that really helped illustrate her key points. As I start to build my own freelance career, I will reference different parts of the book. After reading the book, I felt very positive about the future. Thank you to Jill for writing a great book and sharing her experience to help others.
Another aspect of the book I thought was refreshing was the narrative. While being educational, the scattering of personal anecdotes helped to bring the book to a more personal level instead of being another instructional how-to guide. I was really able to relate to the author and found myself agreeing with her commentary.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to reading the next book Ms. McKellan releases.
My freelance work is mainly as a writer, with occasional editing jobs. I do use a freelancer website, and my biggest obstacle was getting my proposals to stand out among the dozens of others that rolled in for the best jobs. Using the guidelines in this book, I was able to create a Summary of Services document to include with my proposals, and after weeks of no luck, I was awarded the first three jobs I used it for! I've continued to have success using Jill's special techniques to make myself human in the eyes of the client and stand out against the robot proposals. This easy trick saves me so much trouble, and it's helped to strengthen my reviews and work background so I get more invitations to work and spend less time hunting for clients. Win-win-win!
Jill's book isn't all about getting ahead of the crowd. Her title is not just for fun, but symbolizes a set of principles that might seem unusual for the competitive freelance world: harmony, continuity, purpose, success, and balance. Jill uses her unique creative approach to explain how you can access your own creative energy and build a freelance career that works for you, without crumbling under the potentially-overwhelming pressure of deadlines, multiple clients, competition for work, and difficult clients (or, as she calls them, "stinkers"). I recently had one of these difficult clients myself, and I was able to prevent our relationship from souring and ruining the job using the techniques in this book.
Perhaps most importantly, this book motivated me to do what I know I'm capable of. When you work from home, it's easy to get distracted and become disorganized. And to stay on top of your work, you can't let that happen. I used Jill's tips to help separate my work and even my physical workspace from distractions, and I'm able to get my work done in half the time. That means I have more time to spend with my husband and play with our cat. It's the important things in life, right?
Jill's humor and down-to-earth tone make this book easy to read and hard to put down. I never thought I'd say that about a book about freelancing! If you're looking for a fun, no-nonsense guide to making freelancing work for you, this is the book you want to read.
I am relatively new to freelancing myself, having chosen that path after two decades as a writer and editor for large companies in the publishing industry. I thought it would be a simple transition -- I would hang up my shingle and the world would beat a path to my door. It didn't exactly happen that way and I wish Jill's book had been around at the time I began my adventure, for I could have avoided many miscues and disappointments. Most critically, I would have taken the advice Jill expertly -- and gently -- provides to honestly and exhaustively take stock of myself -- as an employee. She guides a reader through the essential process of assessing strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, to arrive at, first, a decision of whether freelancing is a good choice, and then, critically, what FOCUSED services a freelancer should pitch to a highly competitive marketplace. Cre8ive Energy will help you find your niche -- quickly, without a lot of the trial-and-error, because Jill will help you identify and refine your passion.
But don't leave with the impression that Cre8ive Energy is all soft stuff, as essential as that is to developing the proper mindset. The book is full of the mechanics also, exploring how to choose an online platform, the pros and cons of setting up your own web site, how to craft an effective proposal that stands out from the crowd, dealing with difficult clients and even the nitty gritty nuts and bolts of operating what really is your own business, such as what equipment you'll need, options for payment and how to stay organized.
Cre8ive Energy will provide the building blocks, and give any aspiring freelancer a very clear, very real understanding of the lay of the land. And believe me, that is a tremendous jumping off point! Reading this book will save an aspiring freelancer a huge amount of stomach lining and energy. Read it -- and get started!