She’s Broke and Looking for Answers

I got an email yesterday from a very nice woman who’s recently relocated from Indiana to Los Angeles. She wrote…

“At this point, I’m completely broke and interested in starting out the freelance way, but I’m really not sure where to go to get myself on that path, so I was wondering if you had any suggestions or referrals. I’d be up for almost anything.”

I whipped off a quick response, referring her to Elance.com for a start (but not as someplace you wanna stay very long).

Then it struck me that the most useful suggestions I could share were already written down in my book Fire-Up Your Cash Flow Over a Donut and Coffee! I recommended she download a free copy at this website.

Her response: “I remember reading Fire-Up ages ago. I should probably read it again.”

“Good idea!” I thought, and I re-read it again myself last night.

You know, there’s a lotta good stuff crammed into that little book, if I do say so myself.

I’d forgotten a lot of it. Like this, for example:

“Believe me. If you’re strapped for cash, I feel your pain. You wonder: ‘How will I tackle this week’s bills? Will I be homeless? Will my spouse dump me?’

“You’ve built a staggering pile of scenarios, right? Well, knock it off! You’ll pull through. Honest. I know, because I did.

“A few years back, I lost my slot at the white-collar corporate trough I’d fed at for 15 years. Of course, I panicked. But I didn’t P*A*N*I*C. (Get the difference?) I took a deep breath. One, two, three, four, five…”

Still good advice, I think. Nothing will kill your effectiveness in your own business faster than desperation.

Here’s another bit from Fire-Up:

“The secret to firing up your cash flow is to uncover opportunities during the natural course of your day, in low-pressure, non-business situations. You’ll find more money-making projects (i.e., problems to solve) chatting with a stranger at the gym than you will at any trade show. You can take that to the bank.”

So if getting started is your challenge along the path to jobless living, here’s my tip for the day: go forth and access a copy of Fire-Up Your Cash Flow Over a Donut and Coffee! from the sidebar at the right. It won’t cost you a damn thing.

Then read it.

If you already have a copy floating somewhere on your hard-drive, find it and re-read it (or maybe read it for the first time).

The book can help.

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