The best part of freelance writing—and the worst part—is being your own boss. There’s nobody else standing over you, forcing you to calculate every minute to measure productivity.
It’s up to you to stay motivated and disciplined, even on days when you’d rather scoop the litter box than finish that blog post, write a query, or find new clients to pitch.
How do you keep the words flowing in spite of online and off-line distractions, family responsibilities, and bad days?
Most people aren’t born with a sixth-sense for productivity. In fact, a lot of people, including writers, are notorious for stalling, wasting time, and procrastinating for an infinite list of reasons (ahem, excuses).
That ends now. You can learn productivity habits to help you maximize your time, get work done, and even carve out a little time for binge-watching your favorite show. Here’s how:
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Have you ever wondered if you could sell reprints of your blog posts and make some extra cash? You know, get the posts you’ve written for your personal blog republished somewhere else.
If so, my blog editor Evan Jensen and I have a cautionary tale for you.
Many bloggers seem to believe publishing a post on their own blog — or even on a free platform such as LinkedIn Pulse or Medium — doesn’t ‘count’ as publication. And that they could still get paid selling first publication rights to these posts.
Sometimes, writers don’t even feel they need to disclose the work was previously published.
This can result in an awkward mess, when the blog or publication you resold your work to figures out they’ve gotten recycled goods. I know, because this blog recently and inadvertently accepted previously published content.
As the queen says, we were not amused.
Here’s the story of what happened, and how my guest-posting policy is changing as a result. I’ve also got some important tips for bloggers considering trying to sell reprints.
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Ever wonder how to stand out at a writers conference?
Here’s what most writers do…
- Sign up to attend a writers conference weeks in advance.
- Make travel arrangements.
- Scour the agenda looking for the lectures, workshops, and presentations that sound the most fun, interesting, or helpful.
- And that’s it.
You show up. There’s a zillion writers, editors and publishers, and you roam from one lecture to the next.
If “that’s it,” you’re missing out on a big benefit of going to a writers conference…making connections.
Fortunately, a little pre-planning can help you get more from a writers conference than a bag of goodies and a frenzy of ideas.
Want to learn how to stand out from the crowd at a writers conference? Here’s how to shine:
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Some things never change, like the need to find great writing clients. But marketing doesn’t have to be a grueling, stressful, or frustrating chore. Check out these two fun and easy ways to find writing clients. Enjoy!–Carol
One of the questions freelance writers ask me most is, “How can I find better-paying clients?” Another one is “Where are all the good-paying clients hiding?” A third one is, “Why can’t I find any good writing clients?”
I’m sensing a theme here, that people want to know more about how to connect with great clients.
There are many ways to hunt these elusive good clients, but today I want to talk about two of my favorite in-person techniques for connecting with good-paying clients.
That’s right, these methods involve leaving your writing cave, going out, and meeting live humans.
Don’t be scared!
Once you get the hang of it, networking is actually a lot of fun. Or it should be — so remember to have fun with it.
Here are two techniques that are pretty fail-proof and simple for maximizing your networking time:
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Ever wonder if taking a deep dive into SEO trends could help you earn more as a freelance writer?
It’s easy to think SEO is a mysterious abyss only tech gurus understand.
But that doesn’t mean SEO trends are being sucked into a swirling whirlpool of digital data nobody cares about.
Quite the opposite, in fact. SEO trends are evolving…fast. Ever heard the phrase, “Google just changed its algorithm?”
Like every day. Right?
If you can keep up, knowing where the currents of search engine optimization and SEO copywriting intersect can help you move up and earn more as a freelance writer.
Afraid of diving deep into SEO trends? It’s really not that scary.
And you don’t have to be a tech-savvy genius to figure it out. Dip your toe into SEO. Skim the surface. Doggy paddle if you have to, because it’s worth it. Show a prospect you know the value of SEO, and you can charge higher rates.
Ready for a deep dive into SEO trends for freelance writers?
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Ever wonder what new freelance writers should do to ramp up, land clients, and start making money?
Some go with the slow-and-steady approach. But it could literally take years of trial and error to master essential marketing skills, get good clients, build a portfolio, and make good money.
Have you been trying to get your freelance writing business off the ground?
Most new freelance writers need a faster way to jump start their career. You know, like one of those rapid chargers for your phone that can get your battery to 100 percent…quick.
You don’t have to be one of those freelance writers who spends months or years waiting around for things to take off. In fact, that’s usually a sign of a bad battery plagued by fear, uncertainty, and a poorly-working, take-action mindset.
Fortunately, you can change that just as easily as you can replace or recharge a battery.
Ready to power up your freelance writing career? Plug into these five super-charged resources to get started:
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