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How I Wised Up After 8 Years and Got My First Freelance Writing Contract

Freelance writer signs contract

Eight years is a long time to not know what you’re doing as a freelance writer.

But that’s exactly how long it took me to figure out how to get serious and treat my freelance career as a business.

I hope my story helps you figure it out a lot faster than that.

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Found Money: My System for Selling More Article Reprints

By Carol J. Alexander You’ve interviewed your sources, done your research, and worked your tail off to create a stellar piece of work — for a one-time gig. Don’t settle for that single paycheck when you can sell the same

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The Top 7 Lies Prospective Freelance Clients Tell — Don’t Fall for These

Let’s take a quick poll, writers: Hands up, who’s gotten screwed by a client? Yeah, I figured. There are a lot of shady businesses out there that take advantage of freelance writers, particularly Internet startups. If you don’t watch out,

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Cash Flow 101 for Freelance Writers: Or, How to Never Feel Broke Again

Hungry writers do terrible things. We take gigs we know we shouldn’t, because we’re desperate and need the money. A few months later, we realize this dysfunctional low-payer is sucking up too much time and making us go broke even

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5 Freelancing Lessons I Learned the Hard Way: Avoid These Career-Killers

By Erika Dreifus Several years back, I was freelancing full-time. Or trying to. With hindsight, I’ve realized I made several mistakes. Some of them doubtless contributed to my return to full-time staff employment. If I ever again attempt full-time freelancing,

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5 Weapons for Fighting the Evil That is Scope Creep

Does this happen to you? You get a freelance writing gig, and it sounds great. But as you start to do the project, things begin to change. You thought you’d be writing one 300-word blog post a week, based on

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