It’s called micro-sourcing.

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It’s what I am part of. Everyday, I log on to the Internet and work. I write. I research. I edit. I tweet. I design. I troubleshoot. I plan. I strategize. I am everyone’s little helper–the story of my life.

For 40 hours a week.

There are no boring routines. The work hours are flexible. There are no bosses–just clients.

I am my own boss.

It makes the world appear so small–and everyone so accessible. On a daily basis, you can burn the Skype lines talking to somebody in the US or Australia–even France or the Middle East. You receive email at the oddest hours–perfect when you’re suffering from insomnia.

It takes internal motivation. There’s more freedom than people know what to do with. It takes passion–love for what you’re doing. Because sometimes, you need to really dig deep to see a project through.

That there are external motivating factors don’t hurt either.

It takes discipline–and knowing that your word means a lot. If you say you can do it, by all means–accomplish it. Don’t dilly dally. Understand that time is money. Understand that your reputation–that thing that determines how many projects you’ll get offered and how much money you’ll make–is everything.

When you’re working for yourself, you cannot afford to make preventable mistakes. Ask questions. Learn to say no. Be reasonable and firm. Exceed expectations. Communicate often and communicate well.

The last thing you want is to be the cause of the project’s delay. You cannot cause the delay–anybody else but you. Because your reputation–your future–is on the line.

You work hard. You suck it up and learn to do the dirty work.

But it will pay off. It really does.