As 2015 winds down to a close, I thought you guys might like to know what blog posts you’ve enjoyed the most throughout 2015 from the OFS blog!

As you’ll see from my annual review – part 2 later in the week, I’ve got some new plans for the OFS blog that I’m pretty excited about, and I’ll be sharing with you guys exactly how I plan to achieve these things.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

#1: How to Ensure Hyperlinks Save When Converting to PDF From a Mac

I was a little surprised that this was your top blog post! But I guess it’s a pretty important part of your freelancing business to be able to do this from your Mac. I can tell you I was more than a little surprised when I tried to get the links to work in a PDF on my Macbook Air — and they didn’t!

I felt compelled to share this with you guys as well, in case you too were confused as to why your new Mac was doing some weird things with your PDFs.

Once you know the issue and can fix it, problem solved! You’re welcome 🙂

#2: Top 5 TED Talks for Overcoming Fear

It’s easy to see why this would be a front runner. Fear is something that can stop you dead in your tracks if you let it. These TED talks have helped me many times to overcome my own fears, so I hope you continue to enjoy them when you’re facing fear head on!

#3: How to Make an Extra $1000 Right Now Writing eBooks!

Again, this isn’t a surprise to me. I’ve had so many of you reach out to me and ask how to start a side hustle specifically around writing ebooks, which is exactly what this post is about.

You’ll remember that I officially started my author side hustle back in July 2014, well I’m now a full 12 plus months down that track and am now a full-time author!

It’s doable and possible, provided you approach it like a business 🙂

#4: Understanding the Difference Between Fixed and Hourly Jobs on oDesk (now Upwork)

Since oDesk changed to Upwork, there have been a few changes, but the difference between fixed and hourly jobs remains the same.

The bottom line is, if you’re working on a site like Upwork, you need to make sure that any client you work with is payment verified. Without payment verification, you are not covered by Upwork’s policies.

Freelancer beware…

#5: My First 6 Months Using a Macbook Air

I guess there are a lot of you that are considering moving to a Mac — I don’t blame you! After years of loyalty to Microsoft and Toshiba, I can honestly say I wish I’d converted to using a Mac right from the start of my freelancing career! Things would have moved along so much quicker!

If you’re on the fence, read this article and get off the fence and grab a Mac! You won’t regret it…

#6: How to Publish a Kindle Book in 6 weeks and Reach #1 in your Category (Part 1)

I guess you guys really are curious about publishing and writing books! As I’ve said earlier in the post, it has been the best decision I ever made and I would encourage anyone who is considering writing and publishing books, to take it seriously and approach it like you would any other business — if you want to be successful that is!

#7: Keeping Fit as a Freelancer — No Gym Required!

It can be tough to say fit and healthy as a freelancer, for some reason, we tend to spend more hours in our chairs than we did when we were working a ‘normal’ job — probably because we now enjoy what we do!

If you’re struggling to stay fit, check out the women’s No Gym Needed 30-Day Challenge or grab one of the books and kick-start your health and wellness off the right way for 2016!

#8: Canva for Work — A Review

I’m a huge supporter of Canva. They make it so easy to create great looking images for your blog and for your social media feeds, not too mention some pretty sweet stationery and ebook covers.

Check out the pro version called “Canva for Work” for yourself, it’s definitely worth it to have your brand all in the one place!

#9: How to Start a Side Hustle and Make an Extra $1000 in 30 Days

This blog post was part of the process in the launch of my book, Side Hustle Blueprint, and you guys have loved the book as much as I have loved bringing it to you. Remember, the new OFS course is about this book, so stay tuned for details on how to get the course in the next week!

#10: How to Clarify Client Expectations the Right Way

While this might seem like a boring topic to discuss, I’m glad it made the Top 10, because it’s really important that you understand the client’s expectations of you and vice versa. If you are unsure of anything, it always pays to ask, never assume anything!

Thanks for reading and leaving your comments on the blog, I really appreciate and I respond to each and every one, so if you have never left a comment, now’s your chance!

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Lise Cartwright
Lise Cartwright

Founder of Hustle & Groove and your creative business strategist. If you want to get notified of new posts just like the ones you see here, then make sure you join the awesome H & G community — Join Now!

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