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Grammar Rules for Freelancers: An English Teacher’s Dirty Little Secret

The Dirty Little Secret About Grammar Rules

Do you ever feel conflicted about grammar rules?

I do. When I teach university English and when I write for freelance clients.

I’m torn between the need to follow all the grammar rules taught in school, and the need to break them. It’s like I’m living a double life.

On one hand, it feels like being a concert violinist, sitting stiffly in a black tuxedo on a black metal chair, violin wedged against a black bowtie, playing full concertos in the key of E minor. It’s lovely…

But I’d rather be down at the pub. Fiddling hornpipes, reels, and jigs. Stomping my foot. Jammin’ with mates on guitar. Mandolin. And whistle.

Expressive. Emotional. And free.

But if you’re always stuck on grammar rules that hold you back, you’ll never be that kind of freelance writer.

I may be a university English teacher, but if you want to be a better freelance writer, you need to know this dirty little secret about grammar rules:

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Digital Marketing Agencies: 11 Places to Land Well-Paid Freelance Work

Digital Marketing Agencies for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Can you make money writing for digital marketing agencies?

Yes. How about easy $100 assignments, $400 blog posts, or $1,000 long-form projects, and plenty of ongoing work?

Find a good digital marketing agency to work with, and it’s totally possible.

In theory, here’s how it works:

  • A digital marketing agency does all the heavy lifting to find clients in your niche.
  • Then the digital marketing agency hires you to write content for their clients…blog posts, white papers, case studies, website content, marketing materials, etc.

Sounds pretty good, right? All you need to do is find some digital marketing agencies, and you’re set. Lots of work, less marketing, steady pay.

Hold onSome digital marketing agencies have a track record for paying writers respectable rates. But some are nothing more than low-paying content mills disguised as a digital marketing agency, and we want you to avoid those.

Want to write for a digital marketing agency? Check out these freelance writer recommendations:

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The Unexpected Path to Becoming a Six-Figure Freelance Writer

Follow the Six-Figure Freelance Writer Path. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder if there’s a well-trodden path to being a six-figure freelance writer?

You know…a step-by-step plan, without any twists and turns, that leads you straight to that sought-after income goal for a lot of freelance writers.

If you’re just starting out or you’ve been a freelance writer for some time, you’ve probably experienced the ups and downs of freelancing. It’s part of the gig.

So how do you get to be a six-figure freelance writer?

Here’s the thing. There’s more than one way to get there. Everybody’s path is a little different.

In fact, one freelancer almost gave up on writing for a living to teach English in Asia. And then unexpectedly found her way back.

At first it was a rough and winding road that included a stint on food stamps. But she hustled. She worked hard. She got some help along the way. Last year she broke the six-figure mark as a freelance writer. And so can you.

Want to be a six-figure freelance writer? The path is this way…

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Free Review: Here’s a Chance to Buff Up Your Pitch Letter

Offer: Help to Buff Up Your Pitch Letter. Makealivingwriting.com

You write a pitch letter, send it off, and get nothing.

That ever happened to you? Every freelance writer knows what it’s like.

You crank out queries and letters of introduction to editors and marketing managers.

You try some heavy-lifting techniques to engage prospects and land assignments.

You even flex your writing muscles and try different approaches to crafting pitch letters.

You hustle.

That’s exactly what you should be doing. But your pitch has to be strong enough to get noticed.

If your pitch letter is weak, it’s gonna feel a lot like working out at the gym, even though you’re not really sure if what you’re doing is working.

And that’s not what you want. You want to connect with prospects, land assignments, and make a living writing. Right?

If you’re not getting the results you want when you send a pitch letter, it’s time to get some help.

Ready to buff up your pitch letter? Here’s a chance for a free review:

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Quit Your Job: Inside My Low-Risk Leap Strategy to Full-Time Freelancing

The Freelancer's Low-Risk Leap Strategy to Quit Your Job. Makealivingwriting.com

Ready to quit your job for full-time freelancing? Hold on just a second ghostrider.

If you’ve got nerves of steel, piles of money in the bank, or you’re living rent free in your sister’s basement, go for it.

Or if you stare in the mirror every day and recite this old-school pro wrestler’s mantra: “I dine on danger and snack on death,” maybe you’ve got the guts to quit your job and walk out.

That wasn’t me. I’ve got plenty of hustle and freelanced on the side for years.But making the leap from a job as a staff writer to full-time freelancing felt a little too risky. As in three kids, a mortgage, pending divorce, life…

Sound familiar?

If you’re a risk-averse freelancer, you need to find a practical way to quit your job for full-time freelancing with the least financial impact as possible.

When I finally walked away from my day job last year, I already had $4,000 in monthly freelance contracts lined up, and I’ve made more than that every month since.

Want to know how I did it? Here’s my low-risk leap strategy to full-time freelancing:

Hunting for Work? 15 Tips to Track Down Freelance Writing Jobs

How to Track Down Freelance Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you on the hunt for freelance writing jobs?

If you’re not looking in the right places, you might spend a lot of time chasing tracks that lead to nowhere.

Maybe you’re in a barren client landscape. Or you’re surrounded by hoards of other hunters looking for freelance writing jobs. Or maybe you took a wrong turn, and you’re completely lost.

It happens. But don’t panic. All you need to do is reorient yourself and get back on track.

If you haven’t seen any well-paying freelance writing jobs lately, it doesn’t mean they’re not out there. In fact, there’s more than enough to go around in almost every niche.

So how do you track down good freelance writing jobs? Use these tips to find work. Happy hunting.

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