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Pro For Hire > Freelancer

The idea to not call yourself a “Freelancer” when you work as one is weird.

But according to this 5-minute read on fastcompany.com

Why I Stopped Calling Myself A “Freelancer”

…the last thing you want to professionally label yourself is exactly that.

I’m not sure about you, but personally it’s a struggle to always hold myself in that truly professional regard, maintain the confidence it takes to get the top paying gigs, awesome projects, and earn the kind of rates I want to rake in from freelance work.

Here’s a snippet from the article on what I mean:

It’s easy to fall victim… to feeling like an impostor—someone who’s just pretending to be a business owner. So while “freelancer” may be more akin to how you see what you do, it might be selling you short. After all, your livelihood doesn’t depend on your own self-perception, but on how potential clients see you and your work.

Following the simple advice of not calling yourself a “Freelancer”–but rather, “A Professional [insert specialty skill here] for Hire– could prevent that lurking bit of doubt to transmit from you to a potential client.

Apart from what you call yourself, something else that makes anyone who works for themselves feel more like a pro is getting busy in a coworking office.

Connect Ventura is legit, and that’s how you’ll feel when you join as a member.

Find out more about us, our office space, how we co-work like champs, and call ourselves “Pros for Hire”.

A Priceless Freelancing Course for $45

Right, the contradictory title… here’s what I mean– Udemy put a $45 price tag on Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course.

If you’re not in the loop about Seth Godin, who’s been dubbed “the Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age” (Business Week), and “a demigod on the Web [for his] unique respected understanding of the Internet” (Forbes.com)– then check out his legendary TED talk below.

Being a third of the way into the online course, I’m realizing that every cent is waaay beyond worth it.

Because should you follow through, you’ll discover how to produce remarkable, meaningful, unmistakable work– and of course, how to earn more as a freelancer (two things I’m sure you’re willing to invest $45 in learning).

As mentioned, I’m not even half way through, and I’m compelled to throw you a fellow freelancer’s bone by sharing the invaluable awesomeness that is this course.

So here’s the link again:

Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course

And even more juicy digital tidbits:

Sethgodin.com: official site

Seth’s Main Blog

Reading his blog is amongst my daily rituals, ranking it with eating food, brushing teeth, and sleeping (no, I don’t shower every day– don’t judge).

With that, I’ll gracefully bow out before I reveal more ultra glamorous facts about my so-called freelance life.

However, if I’ve peaked your interest in how coworkers keep it real (and real productive) in Ventura, California, check out more on our site.

Get the scoop on becoming part of our coworking tribe, our sweet office space, and the artsy community ‘hood where we’re located.

‘Til then, happy freelance hustling!

Procrastinating With Mastery

Aside from your amazing freelance skills, I’m guessing you’ve  thought to yourself you’re the master of one other thing –procrastination.

The next thing to think to one’s entrepreneurial self is, “What kind of procrastination master am I?”

Well, according to this article I recently came across in Fast Company

“Which Of These Five Types Of Procrastinator Are You?”


…I’m a hybrid ‘Dred-Filled + Overwhelmed Procrastinator’.

Curious which camp you fall in? Giving this 3-minute read is definitely worth a skim to find out.

Even more worth it, are the helpful tips on how you can overcome procrastination— no matter what your preferred style.

Of all the helpful ways on how to defeat the procrastination beast, one major thing is missing– joining a coworking office!

Read more on What is Coworking, and discover reasons why you’d be happier and more productive working together with the CV tribe than alone– checking your social feeds and the fridge for the 22nd time.

Connect Ventura is Moving!

Change is a coming to Connect Ventura. We’re moving our office location to the Bell Arts Factory, and are thrilled!

The Bell Arts Factory is an amazing place; a labyrinth of art studios where dozens of creatives make their home. And in a few short weeks, the Connect Ventura community of co-workers will be shacking up in this creative vortex.

The change can’t be more fitting. The very essence of co-working is to share an inspiring, collaborative space where independent thinkers and doers come together and execute passionate, visionary work.

With an abundant flow of creative energy running through every inch of our new future home, a motivating force will surely sweep through our every effort in pursuing our dreams.

More exciting details to come!

How to Take Charge of Your Mobile Workspace

Whatever you are, don’t become this guy…

You may be a freelance writer, designer, developer, entrepreneur, small business owner, marketer, videographer, or some other kind of “er” we’ve never heard of.  No matter where you fit in the freelance, or contract work sphere, there is one thing you all have in common; you work for yourself, no one else.

Continue reading How to Take Charge of Your Mobile Workspace

The Keys to Creative Collaboration

Who wants one? Ready to be a key holder, part of a community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, designers, writers and creatives, sharing space, resources and connections? Send me an email, let’s get started. josh@connectventura.com