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Writing in a Clutter Hole? How to Clear Space for Your Home Office

Declutter Tips to Write in Your Home Office. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to know a dirty little secret about Carol Tice? She doesn’t even have a home office.

Depending on the day and the level of clutter (perpetrators responsible for the mess = hubby and kids), she floats from the living room to the TV room.

How’s your home office space for writing? Frustrating, distracting, the bane of your existence?

If you’re trying to crank out copy at the dining room table next to a syrup spill that keeps sticking to your arm, or every room in the house is littered with toys, clothes, and never-ending piles of crap that seem to regenerate like the legs on a cockroach, you may have a problem.

When you work from a home office, you have to figure out a way to declutter and minimize distractions so you can actually…you know, work.

Wondering where to start?

If you’re writing in a clutter hole, follow these writer recommendations to clear space for your home office:

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Success Habits: Crush Your Freelance Writing Goals in 2019

Success Habits to Crush Your Freelance Goals. Makealivingwriting.com

What success habits should you adopt to level up your freelance writing game in 2019?

If you’re thinking about that, you’re already on your way.

But if you’re not sure where to focus your efforts, it’s easy to get distracted by Shiny Object Syndrome.

You second-guess yourself about targeting a new niche. You avoid going after bigger clients. You keep getting sucked into searching job boards hoping to find a dream client. Or maybe you’re paralyzed with fear, feel stuck, and don’t know what to do to make this year better than last.

Sound familiar? It happens. Almost every freelance writer knows what it’s like to flounder at some point in time.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. One freelance writer went from a literal unknown to a New York Times best-selling author by adopting a specific set of habits to move up and earn more. A little bit of moxie, old-fashioned hard work and the right success habits can go a long ways.

Ready to crush your freelance writing goals in 2019?

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Freelance Riches? Our Spy Report On 10 Writing Websites

Our Spy Report on Emerging Writing Websites. Makealivingwriting.com

What are the best writing websites to get assignments?

That question shows up in the Make a Living Writing inbox over and over.

And it’s a fair question. New writing websites keep popping up all the time.

And they all work about the same. Hand over your email address. Create a profile. And get access to a list of freelance writing jobs. Sounds pretty good, right?

But is it worth it? Can you actually make a living cranking out assignments through one of these writing websites that connect freelancers with clients?

If you’re new to freelance writing, there’s a pretty good chance, you’ve tried your hand at some of these writing websites. Maybe there’s potential, maybe not.

After talking about the scammy nature of a lot of writing websites with a police officer friend who’s put away plenty of dirtbags, I decided it was time to go undercover and investigate. What I found might surprise you. Check out our Spy Report on these X writing websites:

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Make a Living Writing News: Why Blog Comments Are Back

Why Are Blog Comments Back at Make a Living Writing?. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever leave a comment on the Make a Living Writing blog?

For years, you could chime in at the end of a blog post, ask questions, get help, and be part of the conversation about the business and craft of freelance writing.

And then we turned comments off on the Make a Living Writing blog in May 2017. At the time, there were plenty of valid reasons to nix the comments.

But things change.

The blogosphere is a different place now than it was back then.

And the rules of engagement have morphed on many social media platforms.

So now what?

One of most quotable lines from the Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster Terminator comes to mind: “I’ll be back.”

That’s the plan. Here’s why we’re turning comments back on at Make a Living Writing.

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36 Parenting Markets: Freelance Writing Jobs for Stay at Home Moms

Parenting Pays: Writing Jobs for Stay at Home Moms. Makealivingwriting.com

It’s no secret that jobs for stay at home moms can be hard to come by.

Where can you get a job with a wildly flexible schedule that leaves you time for things like:

  • Meal prep
  • Laundry
  • Soccer-mom duties
  • And the inevitable “your-kid-just-threw-up” phone call from the school principal?

Some work-around-your-schedule jobs for stay at home moms might be just the right fit to make money.

But if you know anything about diaper duty, local play dates, or how to handle tween-age drama:

Writing Skills + Life Experience = Money.

There’s an entire niche of parenting websites and magazines with writing jobs for stay at home moms.

Check out this list of 36 paying markets, and start pitching…right after that terrible-twos tantrum is over.

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Picture Perfect: 10 Sites for Writers to Score Free Images

Picture Perfect: Free Image Sites for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Where do you find free images for your writer website, your blog, or maybe a client?

You could just do a Google search for a free image based on a key phrase. But that could get you neck-deep in legal trouble fast.

When I did this for a post about trout-fishing, I found one pretty easily. But I couldn’t use it. The photographer who snapped the fisherman earned copyright protection the nanosecond he or she pushed the camera’s button.

So where do you find free images (or affordable images) for a blog, website, or client project?

If you know where to look, you’ve got plenty of options that won’t cost you anything.

You might be surprised to know government agencies can be a rich resource for free images. And there’s a growing number of sites where you can find free images.

Looking for free images? Here’s what I recommend:

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