Articles about creating a better (not necessarily bigger) business for yourself

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A collection of Paul Jarvis writing. I (back to first person for me!) publish articles exclusively to my popular newsletter, The Sunday Dispatches, once a week. Some of those articles appear below a few weeks later.

Best articles by category

All articles, ever written

The true cost of an amazing opportunity

“You inspired me to quit my job!”

The difference between writing lyrics and listening to songs


The problem with thought leadership and the dark side of building expertise

Create an app without knowing code

Capitalism is a snowball rolling down a steep hill

State of the Union, 2018

How to be an introverted or awkward salesperson

Never ignore existing customers

Freelancers make the best products

I don’t wanna grow up to be a growth hacker

What does it take to go pro?

Do you have what it takes to run a business? (Also: it’s totally cool if you don’t want to.)

How do you want to fill your day?

The most important part of your business

The three most powerful MailChimp automations

How I got a 6-figure book deal

Do what you say you’re going to do

Stop trying to find the courage to follow your passion

The problem with curated photos on social media

The double-standard with creativity and commerce

A guide to running a minimalist business

On being profitable

Action-based belief

Write good

You can’t eat excuses

What’s the point of productivity?

See one, do one, teach one

What if I’m wrong? A self-guided practice of empathy

Four rules for business

Motivational quotes are ruining your life

How to make money from your mailing list

Which is better, ConvertKit or MailChimp?

Growth without growth

The difference between tactics and strategy in marketing

You don’t hate marketing, you hate what you think marketing is

Art is a powerful tool for change

Not everything needs to be paid back in full

State of the Union, 2017

How to get clients as a freelancer

How to create & sell an online course in WordPress: a step-by-step guide

My favourite newsletter is one you’ve never heard of

I put a lot of people off

Sorry, your hard work isn’t enough

I don’t actually care about growth

Workshop to course

The astroturf is always greener

Define your “need to haves” vs “want to haves”

When should you start making products?

This is the exact opposite of every “grow your list” article

Absolutism can absolutely ruin your business

The business of creativity (part 2)

The business of creativity (part 1)

The advice gold rush

Cracking the best-seller list

I found your passion

Screw it

I’m giving notice

The audience and the outcome

Behind the scenes of a timed online course launch

Dear FNAME, newsletter personalization isn’t what you think it is

Make automation great again

There is a war going on for your mind

Launching is a full-contact sport

Happiness and gravy

Specifician to a generalist?

Qualifying clients

I think I’ve lost my mind

It’s safer to be busy

State of the Union, 2016

The incurable creative virus

Mental Minimalism

Know your endgame before you start playing

The 1% of a long-lasting career

Everything you wanted to know about creating a $300k+ online course

Podcasting for freelancers

Whose playground are you playing in?

Does anyone remember laughter?

I am my own worst enemy

There’s no such thing as a big break

The myth of passive income

No one on the Internet is living the life you think they are.

Being successful vs. being known

Motivation < Action

We have to pay attention to our work, and not just stay busy doing it

The one thing every aspiring freelancer, college student or person with access to a time machine should know.

Sometimes I hate my guts

I could never…

On simplifying: pizza & complications

How to work a project partnership

The surefire way to turn a profit as a freelancer

Our work ego: the good, the bad, the ugly

Everything you wanted to know about creating a $100k online course

Content marketing isn’t the dirty word you think it is

Why you shouldn’t take a client’s money

Stop consuming, start acting

Positioning yourself as a freelancer

The complete and logical guide to winning at your own life in 19 super difficult steps

What if your best work is behind you?

My 7-day cycle for generating content that gets read & shared by 30,000+ people/week

Setting Client Expectations

A world without advice

Stop doing shit you don’t like

Audience growth

Behind the scenes of The Sunday Dispatches

Launching means giving up control

8 out of 10 statistics are completely made up

Win at SEO

The Step Back

The motivating and scary allure of expressing yourself in your work

Survivorship Bias and Hungry, Hungry Hippos

Common mistakes freelancers make with their business

Focus and Control

Marketing tools for any self-published book

Effective marketing for introverts

How to cultivate a writing routine when you run a business

What do you do when the trolls come marching in?

User onboarding: not just for HR and growth hackers

The most useful business advice you’ll ever get from me

What’s your social capital?

Why I’m so negative about positivity

Call me a quitter, just ask Vince Lombardi

You’re going to need to wear a lot of hats

Why your work needs both cake & icing

Attention is a gift you give to your work

Creativity-inspired productivity

“What do you do for a living?”

Find your rat people

Sales advice from the world’s crappiest salesperson (aka: me)

When you work for yourself, your boss is probably an asshole

The Metric of More

Do what you love

How to be rich like me

The common elements of good storytelling

How to run your mailing list like a total jerk

100% Proven Tactics

Create an engaging blog for your product

No goals

I wrote an article no one wanted

Self-publishing battle royale

Rallying points

A manifesto for creative professionals

A (fall out of) love note

Free High-Resolution Photos

How to dominate at blogging

What I’ve learned about creating meaningful work

When is the best time to create?

I don’t live up to my online self

Push Fear

Crisis of Confidence

Every Entrepreneur is an Artist

Show Up

Fuck Stats, Make Art

Build an Audience from Scratch

Don’t ask for the wrong things

Practice makes closer

A brave new world

You are not a large corporation

Work better


Notification separation anxiety

Lessons in creativity for freelancers