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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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Watch Out for This Income-Killing Online Writing Scam

It’s an exciting time, when you finally start to get some traction as a freelance writer. You land a client or two, and start writing. Maybe you score a gig with a popular blog, or you’re writing for a big

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How to Get Hired When You Apply for Online Freelance Writing Jobs

Freelance writer job ads online

I 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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How to Get Skeptical Clients to Hire a New Freelance Writer

When you’re a newbie freelance writer, it can be hard to see how to take the first step. How will you talk that first client into hiring you? At first, many prospective clients you pitch will turn you down. Which

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3 Big Reasons Your Freelance Writing Dreams Go Nowhere

Many people dream of becoming freelance writers. The problem is, that’s all most of them do — dream. Somehow, the idea of becoming a paid writer never gets off the ground. I find there are three major reasons why freelance

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5 Signs a Freelance Writer Should Become an Agency

If you’ve been watching a lot of Mad Men, you might start to dream of expanding your freelance writing business into an agency. That show certainly makes working at an ad agency seem glamorous, no? The agency model sounds alluring.

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