Two years ago, I wrote this article about what I’ve learned after 11 years as a freelance writer. Of course, that was written PC (Pre-COVID) and I know I’ve learned a lot more in the 10 months since COVID reared its ugly head in March of 2020.

I’m not going to lie; it hasn’t always been a walk in the park. But I feel blessed knowing that it could have been a whole lot worse. …

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Yesterday, the Minnesota State High School League announced its plan for fall sports. Neither of my kids plays fall sports at the high school level, yet I was still interested in their decision.

Football and Volleyball will be moved to the spring. Other fall sports will go on, but with somewhat of an altered schedule.

This decision is no surprise given the current state of COVID-19 in Minnesota and across the country. It is just one more thing that we need to adapt to.

We’ve been doing a lot of that since March, adapting, that is. I get it —…

We’ve all been there: you’re in a networking situation — either talking with someone at a networking event or having a 1–2–1 conversation with someone you met at a networking event — and the conversation is painful.

You ask a question, the other person responds, and then…crickets.

The silence is deafening.

You’re not sure what to do; you want to run and hide, but that would be rude. Better yet, you’d like for the other person in your conversation to ask you a question, but that doesn’t appear to be happening.

So, you trudge on. You ask some additional questions…

Content is a critical component of any business. This was true in the pre-coronavirus days, and it’s true amidst this pandemic. In fact, I’d say that content is more critical now than ever.

Through your content, you can keep in touch with your clients and customers. You can let them know you are still around and still viable. And, you can continue to inform and engage your audience to keep you top of mind, even if they can’t physically visit your business today.

It’s true, however, that you want to be careful with the kind of content you create. You…

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Over the past several weeks, scores of Corporate America’s employees have found themselves adapting to working from home. Millions of students — from Kindergarten through college-age — are also home, accessing their schools via distance learning.

Social media has been overtaken by photos of people working from home, articles about how to stay focused while working from home, and tips on how to juggle work and kids while working from home.

And then, there’s you — the one in the family who’s been working from home for a while.

You are finding yourself suddenly invaded by other family members, taking…

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I know, networking can be tough, even in the best of times. Walking into a room full of people you don’t know only to have to endure idle chit chat is not many people’s idea of a good time.

Still, networking can be an effective way to grow your business, if you go about it the right. And, it’s an activity you can do even in the age of social distancing and COVID-19.

So, what does networking in the time of Coronavirus look like, and why should you do it?

First, let’s tackle the first question.

Networking while we are…

I admit it; I’m experiencing anxiety unlike I’ve ever felt before, and I know I’m not alone. The world turned upside-down in a matter of days, altering the way we live, work and play.

Hundreds of millions of us have been told to go home and stay there. Work if you can. Be there for your kids if you have them. Oh, and remember to take care of yourself.

Much easier said than done.

In the last couple of days, my family has been adapting to a new schedule with all of us practicing social distancing and some of us…

Imagine you are a freelance writer, and let’s say you office from home. You have a stable of set clients that give you assignments so that you have deliverables due every week. You enjoy the work and are happy with your business, but you find yourself in front of your laptop all day every day.

Or, let’s say you don’t have a stable of clients because you are new to freelancing. You have one or two clients, but need to find more. …

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Ah, freelance writing. It can be a great career, sitting in front of your laptop with the clickety-clack of your fingers on the keyboard indicating you are on a roll. Yes, it’s a beautiful thing, cranking out stories and articles and case studies and whatever else.

Until that cranking stops.

Ugh. What an awful feeling. Sitting in front of your laptop with deadlines looming, wishing you were somewhere — anywhere — than where you are because you just have no energy or ideas or words to fill the page.

We’ve all been there, to one degree or another. Burnout happens…

I used to hate networking. The thought of it gave me chills down my spine. As a writer, I used to think I’d rather sit in front of my laptop than attend a networking event any day.

But that’s kind of lonely. And, not very good for building my business. So about five years ago, I joined a networking group. We met every week for 90 minutes and followed the same agenda each meeting.

I learned a lot about networking there. I also learned that I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I did.

A little over a…

Wendy Jacobson

I love to write and I love my family. I also love to jump rope to music from the 80s.

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