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One Writer’s Fear-Busting Journey to $1,500 a Month in Blogging Gigs

freelance writer walks a tightrope to better payAs a new mom trying to juggle a toddler and run a household, I blamed the busyness of life for my lackluster freelance writing success.

But that was a total cop-out.

Fear was the true culprit. It stifled my creativity, filling my head with “what ifs” the way only a failure mentality can.

I’d like to say I faced those fears strategically, or that I faced them head-on. But in my case, it was more of a happy accident. But that accident netted me $1,500 a month in new blogging gigs. Here’s how:
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How to Get Hired When You Apply for Online Freelance Writing Jobs

Freelance writer job ads onlineI can remember when it was tough to figure out how to get a freelance writing gig. You typed and physically mailed query letters to editors, mostly. Or went to a lot of Chamber of Commerce meetings, hoping to meet marketing managers.

Now, of course, if you have an Internet connection, job listings are hard to avoid. Online job ads are everywhere! But finding one that pays anything substantial — and getting hired — isn’t always easy.

I hear from tons of writers who’ve had job-hunting experiences like this Freelance Writers Den member recently did:

“What am I doing wrong? I’ve applied and applied for online writing jobs, but I don’t get any response, ever.”–Hannah

As it happens, there is an art to getting a response from an online writing job-ad poster. I know because when I started freelancing in 2005, I started reading those Craigslist ads, just like everybody else.

After a few years, I realized spending hours each week combing through mass job ads was not the best way to find good-paying clients. But along the way to that insight, I got my job-ad process down to an art form.

I started getting replies, and found several decent-paying clients via online job ads.

If you’d like to start getting positive responses to those applications you send in, here are my five tips:

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No Freelance Writing Gigs? Here are 7 Ways to Stay Productive

Freelance writer moving forwardIf you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’ve found yourself with a lull in your freelance writing career at some point.

It’s easy to feel defeated and give up altogether, but as unlikely as it may sound, there is a silver lining to this cloud.

What could be great about being out of a job?

Time. You have time on your side. You just need to make good use of it.

And by good use, I don’t mean looking at Craigslist ads to find freelance writing gigs, either. Here are seven things to do instead:

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Bidding on Elance: Here’s How Easily Freelancers Can Get Screwed

screw-1000pxFrom my very first blog post back in 2008, I’ve advocated that freelance writers avoid mass bidding sites such as oDesk and Elance.

This past week, I learned in an unexpected way just how easily freelancers can get ripped off doing writing work through impersonal, third-party platforms like Elance.

Because I got ripped off, big time.

Here’s how it happened…

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Top 3 Types of Retainer Gigs (and How Copywriters Can Get Them)

Freelance writer inks a retainer gig contractAs a marketer who hires and trains dozens of freelance writers every year, I’m a big fan of working with writers on retainer.

To me, they’re the true win-win.

As a writer, you get peace of mind knowing you have steady work (and a steady paycheck) month-after-month. And as a marketer, I save a ton of time on every project and typically get better results.

So, what are the best types of retainer gigs? In my experience, these three deals are the ones most often overlooked by writers. (Which means great opportunity for you!)

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Which Freelance Writing Tips Have Helped You Most?

Excited man with an answer to questionsSometimes it’s a little thing. Sometimes a huge mental shift. But at some point, every freelance writer gets a few pieces of advice that change everything.

For me, it was probably the first time I got an article killed — and the editor told me I was too close to the subject and had an obvious agenda.

It was the beginning of learning to be a journalist for me, and report all sides of a story fairly (no matter how I felt about the topic).

Then there was the writer friend who took my outrageously long first-ever feature article draft and showed me how to use active verbs to make my sentences less wordy. That was a game-changer, too.

It’s sort of unreal to me, but it’s been eight years (!) since I started this blog full of freelance writing advice. More than 700 posts are up.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make this blog even better in the future. I’m interested in learning more about what readers need to know — how I can help create more “aha” moments that lead to better writing income for you.

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