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"Make a Living Writing is the only blog I read religiously. It's always on top of the news and advice writers need RIGHT NOW to earn more from their writing." —Linda Formichelli, The Renegade Writer

One Writer’s Crazy Quest to Earn Six Figures–Working Part Time

Freelance writer works part timeFor many freelance writers, hitting six figures in income is the brass ring.

I’ve been privileged to grab the ring once in my career, but it can be a grueling effort to earn six figures. I learned I’m too lazy to do that year after year.

I decided to pursue the six-figure quest my own way: working part-time.

So far in 2015, I’m on track to do just that. I’m spending about 18 hours a week at my desk, and I’ve booked an average of $8,500 per month in assignments. Here’s how I’m doing it.

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Are You an Overworked Freelancer? 10 Key Moves to Avoid Burnout

Overworked freelance writer breaking free -- Make a Living WritingMany writers tell me they wish they could find even one client. But today, I want to talk about the other side of the coin.

Once you get rolling in freelance writing and word starts getting around about your talents, you can quickly find yourself overbooked, overworked, and exhausted.

I recently had a chat with freelance writer Alyssa Ast about this on my Facebook chat — she was getting overloaded, and her personal passion writing projects were sitting idle. She’s got a passel of young kids to care for, too.

And she was nearing her breaking point.

 

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Grow Your Blog: Steal Tips From My Social Media Marketing Experiment

business man pressing computer laptop and social networkHave you wondered if getting serious about social media could help you grow your blog audience?

Today, I’ve got proof for you that it can.

Hiring a social media manager has been on my to-do list for a long time, but I was reluctant to commit big bucks to it.

I finally saw my opportunity a few months ago, when my son, Evan, wanted a flexible job he could do alongside his college coursework. He lives on Facebook, his smartphone is never off, he needs to earn his way, and it was money I would have to spend anyway to support him.

It seemed like a good opportunity to try training someone I could trust to take over social-media tasks, where I could closely monitor how it worked.

After a few bumps and lumps, we came up with a goof-proof plan that’s grown my audience, subscribers, and sales.

Real results in a few minutes a week

The best part? The plan we developed is super-simple, and doesn’t require any sophisticated social-media knowledge. You can do it without hiring a social media manager, and many of the techniques are free. You could also hire an affordable teen and get this done for a song.

These steps take only a few minutes a week — and I believe this social media marketing has played a major role in growing my blog traffic over the past year.

I’ll share my takeaways in three parts — the plan, the problems, and the results.

 

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Double Your Freelance Rate with These Easy Negotiation Tips

getting paidWhen I was fresh out of college, I got lucky.

I got a job offer at a magazine, almost right away. It was great … except the pay. It was much lower than I’d told myself I would accept.

So I did what everyone suggested: I negotiated. I did my due diligence — including market research, a look at industry norms, and lots of number crunching. Twenty-four hours later, I crossed my fingers and hit ‘send.’

And I got steamrolled.

I took the job anyway. I was worried nothing else would come along. But the entire time I worked there, I felt underpaid and poorly treated.

Ever since, I’ve shied away from asking for more money.

I’ve always feared that the offer would be yanked out from under me, that I’d be yelled at, or that the person I was negotiating with would be offended.

Recently, I got another offer. But this time, I pushed my fear aside and negotiated better pay. Here’s how.

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3 Free Ways to Find Out What Editors Really Think

Editor thinkingIt’s one of the biggest problems in freelance writing.

You send out a query to an editor, or a letter of introduction to a business.

And then…nothing.

You never hear back. You’re left to wonder what you’re doing wrong.

Or you submit an article, and it gets killed. They give you some vague reason, such as, “Just not a fit for us at this time.”

How can you ever improve?

You’re stuck. But you need to break through and get answers, or you’re not going to get the kind of great-paying gigs you want.

Fortunately, there are several paths out of this dilemma. One is to hire an expensive writing coach and pay thousands for their input.

But there are free ways, too. Here are three:

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7 Reasons You Have More Writing Clips Than You Think

More samples Here’s a common lament I hear from freelance writers:

“I don’t have any writing samples! What should I do to get clips for my portfolio?”

Well, wait just a minute there. Because often, when I ask more questions, I find out you’ve got clips.

You just don’t think you have any.
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