Interview with Sagan Morrow, Freelance Coach
Sagan Morrow is an author, lifestyle blogger, and freelance coach, based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Describe your work.
I’m a professional lifestyle blogger, blogging about topics related to food & fitness, style & beauty, writing & business, feminism & social issues, and healthy living.
A major part of my business is that I teach new freelancers how to achieve success in their own freelancing businesses — after freelancing for 8 years myself, it’s wonderful to be able to help out other people in the freelancing industry!
How did you get started in your business?
I started freelance writing and editing because of my passion for those two activities, as well as because I wanted to be my own boss, work my own hours, and go to work every day with true joy. Thanks to my blog, I soon “fell into” freelance social media management as well!
From there, I’ve transitioned from doing freelance projects for clients to helping other freelancers rock their businesses. I’ve received so many questions about how to be successful as a freelancer, and I’ve seen so many people struggle in their businesses, that I realized it was time for me to really give back and make my main business focus about helping these people succeed and sharing my own knowledge and learnings from being a successful freelancer.
What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Being true to myself and the shifting directions that my business took. I’ve had so many opportunities to take the “easy road” by accepting projects and working with clients on things that I wasn’t actually that interested in. Being honest with myself about the direction I wanted to take my business, and being aware of when I wanted to shift gears, and putting together a plan of action (and implementing said plan!) to make those dreams a reality, is no easy task.
How has this hurdle made you better?
This has been SO important for my business. It means that I’m happier, the quality of my work is higher, and my productivity levels are through the roof. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Top 3 books for personal and business growth?
I’m also going to nerd out here and point to the One of my favorite books for personal growth is “The Alchemist.” Such an inspiring and thought-provoking story (and it’s so well-written!).
Oxford English Dictionary as one of the best books for both personal and business growth — learning new words and the meanings behind them help us to better express ourselves and communicate with others, which is so priceless.
Of course I have to give a shout-out to the book that I wrote! It’s called “The Business of Writing & Editing: Practical Tips & Templates for New Freelancers.” It has received five-star reviews including comments such as “this book has been literally life-changing for me.” It’s a really accessible, practical guide for business growth!
What does gratitude mean to you?
To me, gratitude is all about the meaning we give to things, and what we learn from them… and understanding that even when we make mistakes, even when we receive criticism, even when we receive feedback that isn’t as positive or uplifting as we’d like, we are still able to think critically about that and interpret it in a way that we can make real use out of it to improve ourselves and increase our understanding about ourselves and the world around us.
Who do you appreciate? Why?
The list is too long! I’m so appreciative of the support I’ve received from all the people in my life, even when they didn’t quite understand what I do. I’m incredibly grateful for the amazing encouragement and positive, constructive feedback I’ve received over the years which has helped me to learn, grow, and be who I am today.
Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Thank you for this opportunity!
Follow Sagan Morrow
- Website: http://saganmorrow.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/livingintherealworld
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Saganlives
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saganmorrow
- Blog: http://saganmorrow.com/blog/
- More: http://saganmorrow.com/set-yourself-up-for-freelancing-success/
- More: http://saganmorrow-courses.teachable.com/courses/set-yourself-up-for-freelancing-success