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Why I (Finally!) Broke Up With My First Freelance Writing Client

Why I (Finally!) Broke Up With My First Freelance Writing Client

There’s nothing quite as exciting as landing your first freelance writing client. At last — someone who wants to pay you for your writing services!

Some writers are lucky enough to find clients who pay reasonably well from the get-go, and can give them ongoing work.

I was not one of those lucky ones.

I know I’m not the only freelance writer whose first clients paid peanuts. Despite that, it can be hard to let them go. You can feel sort of loyal to that first client, who helped you break into freelancing, and the security of that client you know can make you complacent.

But sooner or later, it’s time to let that low-paying first client go and move on to better gigs.

Here’s the story of my first freelance writing client — and why I dropped him.

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

For 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

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Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post: What’s the Difference?

Blog post or article? It's apples and oranges.

There’s a lot of confusion out there in the freelance-writing world today about blog posts and articles. Also, about what each of those types of writing should pay.

Recently, I got a lot of response to my call for freelance writers to stop writing blog posts. Many writers were confused about just what the difference is.

So let’s discuss. Because things are changing. And understanding the differences between these two writing forms will help you earn more.

For years, blog posts and nonfiction articles were distinctly different:

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Your 10 Best Freelance Writing and Blogging Posts of 2014

Top 10 articles for writers

In 2014, I published roughly 100 new blog posts about the freelance writing and blogging game here at Make a Living Writing. Whew! No wonder I’m tired.

But enough about me — the important question is: Which of those many posts did you like best?

Here’s our annual list of the posts I published in 2014 that got the most traffic. This is essentially a readers’ choice ranking — you voted with your clicks on which posts were most interesting.

These are ranked with #1 representing the new post that got the most traffic in 2014:

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Why You Should Stop Writing Blog Posts (and What to Do Instead)

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You may think this is a funny piece of advice for me to write on my blog.

But if you care about earning more as a freelance writer, then you might want to stop writing blog posts.

Why do I say this?

There are four big reasons I want to steer you away from blogging:

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5 Ways to Get Your Flaky Freelance Client to Pay Up

Past Due Blue StampHas this happened to you? You slave away meeting a freelance client’s deadline, send in your invoice, and then…nothing.

Your client is smelling like a deadbeat.

What can you do about it? Plenty.

As it happens, I’ve had my share of clients who drag their heels on payment. Over the years, I’ve developed a system for making sure those checks arrive…more on that below.

First, here are my five best tips for rounding up those stray checks:

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