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7 Easy Jobs That Leave Your Days Free for Writing

worker with fork pallet truckThe key thing about writing is that it takes a lot of mental energy. Your friends and relatives may *think* you’re doing nothing, but you and I know you’re sweating yourself into a near-coronary trying to craft those words.

And then in your “free” time, if you’re a freelance writer, you’re also doing marketing.

If you work a demanding day job on top of all this, it can leave you too drained to get your writing done or keep your freelance business growing.

Searching for a side gig

I know, because I worked for years as a legal secretary. That was sort of OK when I was a songwriter, rehearsing and performing with my band at night. But when I switched into nonfiction article writing, it was a major problem. It was just too many hours sitting at the desk, dealing with snippy, anal-retentive lawyers and having to think about court deadline schedules and getting filing drafts letter-perfect.

Plus I was never free to interview anyone during the day.

Lots of writers find themselves needing to pick up a little side job at some point or other — so don’t feel bad if this happens to you. The key is to find easy, flexible, short-term, or night work that doesn’t drain your life force until you’re a shriveled husk, and conserves energy for your writing gig.

What sort of side jobs do I mean? Here are seven part-time gigs that fit the bill:

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How I Found a Great Freelance Writing Client in My Spam

Writer searches spam for client leadsBy Chris Peden

I wasn’t trained as a writer. I got my undergraduate degree in accounting, and went off to the working world to balance some books for various businesses. Eventually, I started my own firm, doing accounting and taxes for small businesses and individuals.

However, I have branched out into freelance writing, helping explain the sometimes complicated world of accounting and taxes for my clients.

Of course, like many of you, the big question I have is how to find freelance writing clients. You do have to go out and look for them. They aren’t just going to appear in your inbox.

Or are they?

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5 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs on Twitter (With Sample Tweets)

Looking for freelance writing jobs on TwitterSo, you’ve taken the plunge, created a Twitter profile, and learned how to send a tweet. You’re getting some followers, even.

But you may be wondering — is there any real payoff for my freelance career here on Twitter?

It can be hard to see how these 140-character snippets of conversation could lead to actual freelance writing jobs…especially when half the people on Twitter seem to be posting food-porn Instagrams or comments about what train station they’re standing in.

But the funny thing is, you can find gigs via Twitter. Good ones, too.

It’s a little tricky, because you may know that it’s not considered cool to aggressively ask people to hire you on Twitter, or anywhere else in social media, for that matter.

That said, there are low-key, effective ways to connect with and approach editors, marketing managers, and other prime targets. There are also job listings floating around Twitter, too.

Here’s a rundown on some of the most basic ways you can use Twitter to find clients:

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How I Became a Productive Freelance Writer — After Failing in Year One

plan b strategy option alternative planning business symbol black board isolatedBy Kim Jansen

When I graduated from college, I knew a 9-to-5 position was not for me.

I had dreams of becoming a happy, productive freelance writer — working at my own pace, toting my laptop to my favorite coffee shop, paying my bills with my ideas…

But it turned out that I knew nothing about freelancing.

See, in college, I landed some pretty impressive internships. I thought “My luck will transfer over to post-grad life. I’ll never hurt for work.”

But I was wrong. The only places I knew to look for work were content mills.

Several months and $20 later, I realized the work was painstaking. And frankly not worth it. I had to pick up other jobs. A stint at Macy’s. Teaching music classes. A restaurant position.

All the while, I still tried to freelance, but time kept running away from me. A year flew by, and I’d earned basically nothing from writing.

Getting organized

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Stop Doing This Now to Explode Your Freelance Writing Income

freelance writer belittles herselfToday I’ve got a question: How’s your freelance marketing going?

Not so good?

I talk to a lot of writers who, when you press them, finally admit they’re not doing any marketing at all.

What’s happening is, writers go to market their services…but then they don’t. Something stops them.

Something inside their heads.

Talking yourself out of it

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How I Find New Freelance Clients Weekly — With Minimal Marketing

Relaxed businesswomanBy Sharmeen Akbani Gangat

Are you looking to land new freelance clients?

I was, too. A year ago, I moved to Houston from New York City because of my husband’s job. I decided to take my business online. And I thought it would be really hard.

But I was wrong.

Yes, the online world is more crowded than Times Squares on New Year’s Eve. Everybody is a marketer, an entrepreneur, a blogger. And a millionaire!

It was intimidating, but I realized there was a method to this madness.

The bigger players know their X-factor — and they make it relevant for their audiences. Clients come as a result of it.

So, if I were to succeed, I couldn’t just be a marketer or a writer. I had to be something more, something different — without being someone else.

Create custom X-factors

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