Freelance writers spend a lot of time reading posts, taking courses, and otherwise seeking information on how to build their careers. But what about self-help for writers?
Working on self-care can build your self-esteem up and make you far more productive and creative. And when I say self-care, I don’t mean bubble-baths and walks in the woods, either.
What I have in mind goes much deeper than catching a little ‘me’ time.
Recently, I took a training on one powerful self-help technique that every insecure writer could benefit from. This approach can help you get more and better writing done, put yourself out there more, and gain the confidence to pitch better clients.
Ready to take your writing — and your life — to a whole new level? Read on…
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I wasn’t planning on being a part-time freelancer.
Six years ago I made the move to full-time freelancing after my third career layoff. I knew financial potholes existed. I also swore I’d avoid the worst ones.
I wasn’t planning to blow through emergency funds and my family’s patience, or stiff-arm friends asking for updates.
Fast-forward 5 years. I was stuck in a major client drought and bottomed out financially. I realized I had to find a part-time job FAST and settle for being a part-time freelancer. Like it or not. And I didn’t.
It felt like failure — you thought you could do this and couldn’t, dumb bunny. But monthly expenses had become monthly drama, plus some ugly debt was staring at me.
Ever find yourself wondering if you can make a living as a writer and do work you love? I did. And I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of becoming a part-time freelancer just so I could collect a paycheck from a J-O-B.
But when I made the switch, it had a big impact on my money situation. And I discovered there were also some positive and unexpected benefits to being a part-time freelancer.
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If you’re a new writer focused on building your freelance writing income rapidly, it’s easy to get frustrated. You try different ways to get gigs, and they just don’t seem to work out.
Recently, I’ve been seeing a trio of basic blunders that newbie writers make. These can really put a damper on your chances of success in freelancing.
The wrong moves waste precious time, letting your savings run out before you can get any traction. Then, too often, writers end up having to take another hated day job, and their dreams of earning a fat freelance writing income go on the back burner.
How do new freelance writers mess up their chances? Let me count the ways…
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Do you think you know how to write a blog post? If your blog doesn’t earn much money, I’ll bet that you don’t — at least, you don’t know all the elements that go into writing a successful blog post today.
Writing a popular blog post is a lot more sophisticated than it used to be. If you want to attract a decent-sized audience, there are a ton of technical steps to take to make sure readers can find it — and then, that they read it, like it, and want to subscribe.
Here’s a look at the process my blog editor Evan Jensen and I have cooked up at this point to make sure our posts reach the largest possible audience (and yes, I’m using affiliate links for some of the tools I recommend):
How to write a blog post? First, have a plan
My top tip for having a successful blog is to create a system and checklist for each blog post. That way, you get a consistent result. It’s not that some posts come out spiffy and others look like something you slapped together in a semi-daze when you couldn’t sleep for 30 minutes last night. With a system, you can give readers a pro experience, every time, and leave them clamoring for more.
Here are the blog post writing rules I’ve developed:
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If you’re a writer who spends time looking for freelance websites where you can find work, you’re not alone.
Job boards, move-up mills, and agencies can be places to find good clients. But freelance websites for writers can also be a cesspool of low-paying gigs.
How do you know what freelance sites are worth your time, and which ones to avoid?
Do your homework — and read this blog. We like to check out freelance websites for potential opportunities and let you know where to find great gigs and what sites totally suck.
Doing your own marketing by sending LOIs (letters of introduction) and query letters is still one of the most effective ways to grow your freelancing business. But picking up work on freelance websites is a great way to help you move up and earn more.
We recently vetted five new freelance sites for writers. Three turned out to be good places to find clients that pay decent rates. But two new content mills we haven’t featured before didn’t measure up to Make a Living Writing standards.
Here’s the scoop on two new content mills that suck, and three promising freelance sites for writers.
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