The brutal truth about freelancing

Quick one for you today…

The way the world is, these days, there’s a lot of hoopla and “sizzle” and breathlessly hyping this new technology or trick, this fancy new technique… and this or that. But, the reality is…

There’s a few fundamental truths…

That account for 90% of the success people have.

Often boring, non-secksy-sounding… “yeah, yeah, I know” type stuff that people just simply aren’t willing to do. And, I’ve always found Sundays were a good litmus test.

IF… and this is a legit if…

IF your life isn’t the way you want it to be. If you’re working a job you can’t stand or you’re not making what you’d like freelancing… you’d like more respect or higher pay…

Whatever it is.

If you have a goal you’re still grinding toward… Sundays are a good litmus test for just how you committed you are. I call them “Separation Sundays”. It’s where successful people separate themselves.

While everyone else is finding ways to justify sitting around…

Or sleeping…

Watching football…


Successful people are grinding. Over time, those extra days add up. 52 a year, 520 over the next 10 years. You’re gaining an entire year or more’s worth of an advantage over those you’re competing against.

A simple, non-secky, you might even say brutal, truth…

That can have a “butterfly effect” on the results you get…

Just sitting there for anyone to take advantage of.

Anyway, do what you want. Far be it for me to tell you how to live your life. I can only lead the sheep to slaughter…

That said, if you’re looking to up your client-getting skills, I’ve got a whole curriculum for you to grind on. This is my recommended list of courses (in order) for you to take:

  • Beginner’s Guide to Freelance
  • Premium Pricing For Freelancers
  • Social Media Marketing For Freelancers
  • Freelancing on Upwork
  • Content Marketing For Freelancers
  • Let’s Talk Freelance

And because those courses are up on Skillshare, you can get them essentially free. That’s because, as a teacher there, I can get you an exclusive 1-month trial of the platform.

With that, you get access to all 30,000+ courses on the site.

And, if you cancel before the month is up, you never pay a penny. Pretty smart option. 😉 Anyway, do with that info what you will. I created a video explaining it all in more detail here:



P.S. If you’re a patron of mine, you have access to all the same courses plus several more that aren’t on Skillshare here:

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John Morris


I’m a 15-year veteran of freelance web development. I’ve worked with bestselling authors and average Joe’s next door. These days, I focus on helping other freelancers build their freelance business and their lifestyles.

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