National Thank You Note Day – Ending the year with a grateful heart

National Thank You Note Day – Ending the year with a grateful heart

The year is coming to an end, and what a year it has been!

We’ve seen natural disasters, political upheavals, and all sorts of other challenges. It can be easy to lose sight of the good in the world when we are constantly bombarded with negativity. That’s why today, December 26th, is National Thank You Note Day. A day to reflect on all the good things that have happened in the past year and send thank you notes to the people who have made a difference in our lives. Whether you’re a freelancer or work remotely, here are 10 ideas for showing your gratitude this holiday season.

  1. Write thank you notes to your clients. Clients are the lifeblood of freelancers and remote workers, so sending a thank you note can be a great way to show your appreciation and strengthen relationships.
  2. Send cards to family, friends, and colleagues who have helped you throughout the year. That could include mentors or people who gave you advice on how to succeed in freelancing and remote work.
  3. Share thank-you messages via social media. Reach out publicly to those who have made an impact on your year with a heartfelt “thank you” post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other platforms.
  4. Donate money or time in someone’s honor by making a donation to a charity or volunteering your services.
  5. Surprise someone with a hand-delivered thank you note and gift, such as a plant, flowers or baked goods.
  6. Make sure you don’t forget anyone by recording the names of those who have helped you in some way throughout the year in a gratitude journal.
  7. Send thank you cards to people whose work or actions may not be appreciated as much as they should be, like teachers, nurses, doctors and other frontline workers.
  8. Host an online thank-you party and invite people who have been instrumental in helping you reach your goals this year to join for an hour (or more) of celebration and recognition.
  9. Attend a local thank-you event, such as a parade, picnic or other gathering that encourages people to recognize the year’s successes and thank those who made them possible.
  10. Use your skills and talents to make something special for someone. For example, if you’re an artist, create a piece of work that expresses your appreciation; or if you’re a web developer, design and build a website in honor of someone’s accomplishments.

This year has been full of challenges but it’s also been full of blessings. Celebrating National Thank You Note Day is one small way to show our gratitude for all the good things in life! So take some time today to thank the special people in your life and end this year with a grateful heart.

Happy National Thank You Note Day! We are so thankful for you!

The Freelance Circus Team

 

5 books everyone should read before the new year

5 books everyone should read before the new year

There’s no time like the present to start reading awesome books!

If you’re looking for some great books to add to your list, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll share 5 books that we think everyone should read before the new year. These books cover a variety of topics, from freelancing to personal growth. So whether you’re looking for some inspiration or want to learn more about a particular topic, these books are sure to please.

First, we have “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Tim Ferriss. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to make more money while working less. It’s full of practical advice on how to best optimize your time and resources so that you can maximize your income potential.

Next up is “The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas J. Stanley. This book provides an in-depth look at how some of the wealthiest people in America got where they are today. It looks at their mindset, habits and financial decisions that have allowed them to become successful. The lessons learned in this book will help you create a plan for your own future financial success.

Third on the list is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey. This best-selling book will help you develop essential habits that will improve every aspect of your life, from work to relationships and beyond. The best part? Once you learn these habits, they’re yours forever — and you can apply them to any situation.

Fourth is “Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams” by Jeff Walker. If you’re interested in starting your own business or freelancing, this is the book for you. It outlines a step-by-step plan that you can use to achieve success in any online venture.

Finally, we have “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts” by Gary Chapman. This best-selling book teaches us how to better understand and communicate with our partners, friends, and family. It’s full of practical advice on how to show your love and appreciation for those in your life, as well as how to receive it from them in return.

We hope this list has helped give you some ideas for books you should read before the new year! So what are you waiting for? Start reading today! You’ll be glad you did when the clock strikes twelve! 

Happy reading!

Home for the Holidays: 6 tips for working remotely while traveling

Home for the Holidays: 6 tips for working remotely while traveling

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But for some people, it’s also a time to work remotely.

If you’re one of those people, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, we will give you six tips for working remotely while traveling. Whether you’re visiting family or spending your holiday at a friend’s house, these tips will help make your trip a success. 

1. Set Boundaries: Before you start your trip, set boundaries with your family and friends about when you will be available for work and when you need to focus. This way, everyone knows when it’s time for you to be productive and when it’s time to relax and enjoy the holiday festivities.

2. Have a Dedicated Workspace: Find an area in your temporary residence where you can work comfortably and uninterruptedly. Ask family members not to interrupt or disturb you while working – this includes other travelers as well! It’s important that you have a dedicated space so that others know that this is where serious business is taking place.

3. Make Use of Technology: Take advantage of technology to keep in touch with your coworkers and colleagues back home. Whether you’re using video conferencing software or scheduling emails to be sent out, tech can help make working remotely much easier.

4. Take Breaks: Working on the go can be mentally exhausting, so make sure to give yourself breaks throughout the day. This could mean going for a short walk or simply taking a few minutes to catch up on news or read an article – whatever helps you relax! Just remember that these breaks are necessary if you want to stay productive while traveling.

5. Get Creative With Your Schedule: Depending on where you’re headed and how long you plan to stay there, think of ways to mix business and pleasure while traveling. For example, if you’re heading to a beach destination, try setting up shop in the morning and taking a break in the afternoon to go enjoy some time on the sand.

6. Stay Connected: Don’t forget to stay connected with your family and loved ones back home. Make sure to keep up with emails and phone calls so that everyone knows you’re safe and healthy while traveling!

By following these tips for working remotely while traveling, you can make sure that your holiday is both productive and relaxing. Whether it’s at home or away from home, we hope you have an amazing and productive holiday season!

Happy holidays!

Freelancing Families: managing home life and work life as a work-at-home caregiver

Freelancing Families: managing home life and work life as a work-at-home caregiver

It can be difficult to manage work life and home life when you’re a freelancer. But when you add in the additional challenge of being a work-at-home caregiver, it feels downright impossible at times.

Most of the Freelance Circus team either currently are or have recently been work-at-home parents, so we totally get it! Here are some tips for managing it all successfully.

1. The first step is to create a schedule and stick to it as closely as possible.

Creating a schedule and sticking to it is essential for freelancing families. This applies even more so when you are also trying to manage work life and home life. Make sure you set boundaries with your clients and let them know when you are available and not available. Utilizing technology can be a great help in staying organized and on track. Breaks are necessary, make sure to take them whenever needed and allow yourself time to relax and rejuvenate. Finally, remember that freelancing as a family takes organization, communication, and cooperation. With these things in mind, freelancing can be a rewarding experience for all involved!

2. Make sure you set boundaries with your clients, and let them know when you will and will not be available.

Making sure you set boundaries with your clients is essential for freelancing families. This becomes even more important when you are also trying to manage work life and home life. letting them know when you are available and not available will help keep everyone organized. Utilizing technology can be a great help in staying on track and organized. Breaks are necessary, make sure to take them whenever needed and allow yourself time to relax and rejuvenate. Finally, remember that freelancing as a family takes organization, communication, and cooperation. With these things in mind, freelancing can be a rewarding experience for all involved!

3. Utilize technology to help you stay organized and on track.

Using technology can be a great help for freelancing families when it comes to staying organized and on track. Utilizing tools like planners, to-do lists, and calendars can help keep you on top of your work life and home life. It’s also important to take breaks whenever necessary in order to rejuvenate. Make sure you take time for yourself both physically and mentally. Freelancing as a family takes a lot of cooperation in order to be successful. With these things in mind, freelancing can be a rewarding experience for all involved!

4. Take mental breaks whenever necessary, and make sure you allow yourself time to relax and rejuvenate.

This might sometime look like setting boundaries with your clients, taking breaks from your family when needed, and making time for yourself to just BE. Utilizing technology can be a great help in staying organized and on track. freelancing as a family takes communication in order to be successful. With these things in mind, freelancing can be a rewarding experience for all involved!

Cooperation is key when freelancing with a family. This includes working together to create a schedule that works for everyone, setting boundaries with clients, and taking breaks when needed. Remember that freelancing as a family takes organization and communication in order to be successful. With these things in mind, freelancing can be a rewarding experience for all involved!

The myth of work life balance is that it’s possible to have everything perfectly balanced all the time. This is simply not true. In fact, trying to maintain this type of balance can actually lead to more stress and anxiety. Instead, strive for balance in your life by accepting that things will not always be perfect. There will be times when work life is a little more hectic than normal and home life is a little calmer, and vice versa. Roll with the punches, take time to recalibrate, and remember you are not alone! 

Cheers!