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Writing Jobs Sluggish? 17 Jet-Stream Strategies to Boost Freelance Income

Ride the Jet Stream to Better Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com.Struggling to find writing jobs? Or the ones you’ve got aren’t helping you move up and earn more fast enough?

Check your boarding pass. You may need to change your travel plans.

If you’re currently on board the Content Mill Clipper, the Job Board Puddle Jumper, or the Bid Site Balloon, it’s going to take a long time to build your freelance writing career.

You might get some clips and make a little money this way. But it’s a slow, mind-numbing route plagued with too many layovers, crammed cabin quarters, and mechanical problems. And it doesn’t have to be that way.

Get off at the next stop, and ride the freelancer’s jet stream to move up and earn more. Successful freelance writers use this fast-moving current to:

  • Boost productivity
  • Master marketing
  • Overcome fear
  • Stay motivated, and
  • Charge higher rates

Ready to ride the freelancer’s jet stream? Here are 17 ways to speed up your freelance writing career:

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Content Marketing Magic: A Top Expert’s Tips for Freelance Writers

Expert Reveals Content Marketing Tips for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com.Ever wish someone would pull back the curtain on content marketing?

It’s a buzzword that marketing directors love to pull out of their hat to sell products and services, develop branding, and get more clicks, likes and follows.

But what exactly is content marketing? How does it work? And what do you need to know to land well-paying content marketing gigs for businesses, custom publications, and agencies?

If you’re feeling a little like one of the judges on America’s Got Talent mystified by magician Shin Lim’s card tricks about content marketing, you’re not alone.

Even though content marketing has been around for ages, it’s gone through a kind of jaw-dropping metamorphosis in the digital world.

Today, about 90 percent of all companies (From Fortune 500s to small business owners) use content marketing to communicate with their audiences. And that’s a good thing if you’re a freelancer. Why? It means there’s more opportunity than ever to make a living writing.

Want to learn a little content marketing magic to land more freelance work? We caught up with an industry expert to reveal the secrets to content marketing success. Pull back the curtain…

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How to Write an E-Book Fast — When You’re Already Overbooked

How Busy Writers Can Create a Quick E-Book Online. Makealivingwriting.com.It was the middle of a too-hot summer, and I was already booked to the gills. Then, I got an offer — from a NYSE-traded, major corporation — to write my ideal project: a 20,000-word e-book. Right now. For a high four-figure fee. If you’ve ever wondered how to write an e-book fast, when you’re already busy… that was my challenge.

I took the writing job, and learned some new productivity tricks along the way. In this post, I unpack them for you.

My first big tip is to remember one of my Newtonian laws of freelancing: Work expands to fill all available space.

When you take on more work, you naturally find ways to be more efficient. You stop goofing around and get serious. So, don’t be scared to take on more! You’ve got this.

The more you do, the more you can do. So if you get more work, don’t freak out.

That said, I had to get creative to fit 20K extra well-researched words into my already busy schedule, to meet this e-book deadline.

And I did it — my e-book Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs is out now, yay!

How did I do it? Here are the productivity steps I took:

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5 Fast-Track Fixes to Find More Freelance Writing Jobs

Fast-Track Your Freelance Career with a Growth Mindset. Makealivingwriting.com.Ever feeling like one failure after the next keeps you from finding good freelance writing jobs?

I know I did. When I first started looking for freelance writing jobs, I felt like a total failure. I even thought about quitting. It sucks when…

  • You’re not getting any bites from query letters or letters of introduction
  • All the freelance writing jobs you find on bid sites, job boards, and content mills pay pitiful rates, or
  • Even after consuming countless podcasts, courses, and blog posts about freelance writing, you still doubt your skills.

Sound familiar?

Instead of giving up, I decided to take a step back and look at what I was doing wrong. I really wanted to find a way to turn things around and get back on track.

And I’m glad I did. It took me about five months to break down all the false ideas I had about freelancing writing and start landing better-paying gigs. It wasn’t easy, but I learned a lot from those failures.

Want to avoid making the same mistakes? Check out these five fast-track fixes to find more freelance writing jobs:

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Freelance Marketing: The Curious Q&A Strategy to Get More Clients

The Curious Q&A Strategy for Freelance Marketing. Makealivingwriting.com.Enquiring minds want to know. It’s the old slogan for the salacious supermarket tabloid known as the National Enquirer. And as crazy as it sounds, there’s a freelance marketing lesson you can learn from this (ahem) news source to help you get more clients.

Curious?

It all starts with a question.

Is Elvis still alive? Will Jurrassic-sized spiders take over the world? Can a psychic in California predict what Donald Trump will Tweet next?

And the question you’re probably thinking about: What does this have to do with freelance marketing? Here it is:

When someone has a question about a niche topic or freelance writing, they’re going to search the Internet for the answer.

And it’s an opportunity for you to do some freelance marketing, provide helpful answers, and build authority as the freelance writer in your niche.

Here’s another question: Want to learn how to use this Q&A strategy to get more freelance clients? Check it out:

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How to Blog: The Ultimate Guide to Mega-Useful Tools

How to Blog: The Ultimate Guide to Mega-Useful Tools for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com.When writers ask me how to start a blog, I usually start talking about blog-post topics, ideal blog-post format, monetizing strategies, and such…and then realize I’m on the wrong track. Writers have topic ideas! What many need to know is technically, how to blog.

As in: If you write a post, how does it show up on the Internet? What tools are behind the curtain, that make your blog go?

Over the years, as my blog has grown, sprouted my writer community, courses, coaching, and more…lots of new tools came into play. I’ve been meaning to share everything I’m using for a while, because I know bloggers want tips on the best tools.

So, here it finally is! A look at the many blog software tools that work behind the scenes at Make a Living Writing, grouped by topic for easy reference. I’ve included tools I used as a newbie, as well as more robust tools my blog uses today.

Many of these apps and blog software bits are free, some have free trials, some you’ll need to pay.

And yes, there certainly are affiliate links included here, since I personally use and happily recommend these. If you’re a technical noob and have wondered how to blog like a pro, your questions should be answered below.

Enjoy!

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