My New Kindle Publishing Strategy

Kindle eBook reader.

When I released my freelance writing guide back in October it was always my intention to publish a Kindle version. If you’ve been following my Kindle publishing strategy to date then you will know that I pivoted sharply away from my original plans to publish an abridged version of the book on Amazon for $10 and decided instead to create a series of $3 mini eBooks that each tackled a specific topic relating to freelance writing.

Well, with three published Kindle books under my belt I thought the time was right to let you know about my progress to date and what I have planned for the future. One thing is for sure — my experiences to date have definitely changed my perspective on how to make the most of the Kindle publishing platform.

How to Start Blogging: Everything You Need to Know

Words relating to blogging.

This is my 200th post here on Leaving Work Behind. When I started back in June 2011 I had barely read a blog before, let alone created one of my own. And yet through application, persistence and surely some luck, I have managed to create a blog that helped me earn (directly and indirectly) nearly $7,000 last month. This is despite me picking one of the most crowded niches (making money online) out there.

I don’t say any of this to boast. After all, there are plenty of other people out there doing far better than me and I don’t consider myself special or innately talented in some way that few other people are. The fact is that there is a lot of money to be made in blogging and the barriers to entry are so small as to be non-existent.

With that said I want to take this opportunity, at a milestone for my own blog, to share with you my thoughts on how to start blogging to earn a sizeable income.

9 Steps to Writing Blog Posts Quickly (and Making Much More Money)

Hands typing fast.

The following post is adapted from one of the five exclusive articles packaged with my freelance writing guide.

Having the ability to produce blog posts quickly can have a huge effect on your freelance earnings. It can be the difference between your freelance blogging being a part time “hobby” or a full time living.

Having spoken to a lot of freelance writers in my time I am well aware that many of us spend literally hours on posts, agonizing over every detail and never feeling totally comfortable with the quality of the piece.

I know one person who would spend six or more hours on just one $100 post — equating to an hourly rate of just $20. If he had written that same post in two hours he would have been earning a far more healthy $50 per hour. That’s the power of speed at play.

How to Succeed in Business (and Life)

Pyramids.

I am aware that the headline of this post promises a great deal. However, I honestly believe that what I’m going to share with you today can enable you to achieve just about anything you put your mind to (within reason).

I’m not about to offer you some spectacular shortcut to success and riches — I’m just going to tell you the mental outlook you need to adopt in order to succeed. Everything else falls in line behind that. I developed this outlook only in the last year or two — I didn’t start my journey to leaving work behind with it but I certainly needed it when the time came to build a successful online business.

How to Start a Mastermind Group (and Why You Should)

A lightbulb.

Running an online business is tough.

You are the master of your own destiny, which is both a blessing and a curse. As much as it is wonderful to be your own boss, you also have the burden of providing all of the necessary motivation, drive and innovation to create something of tangible worth.

With the above in mind, I will explore any opportunity that can help to motivate me and point me in the right direction in terms of making better business decisions. That brings me directly to mastermind groups, which can deliver on both fronts.

In this post I am going to introduce you to the concept of a mastermind group and also explain my own unique perspective on how one should be run so that the participants get the most out of it. Whether you’ve never heard of a mastermind group before or are already in one (or more), please read on.