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Be Your Own Boss: 10 Free Business Resources for Writers

Be Your Own Boss: Free Business Resources for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to be your own boss and make a living writing?

If you’ve got solid writing skills and even a little marketing savvy, you’re already ahead of the game.

But there’s more to freelance writing and running your own business than being a great writer and smart marketer.

For a lot of writers, it’s the how-to-run-a-business stuff that makes you go cross-eyed, causes your palms to sweat, or ignites a firestorm of anxiety and self-doubt. Sound familiar?

You might be a great writer, but how much do you know about attorneys, taxes, business licenses, and insurance?

It’s a rhetorical question. But if you’re already feeling a knot forming in the pit of your stomach, there’s a good chance you could benefit from a little help to be your own boss.

Fortunately, help is available. And if you know where to look it’s free or available at a low-cost to help you build your freelance writing business, move up and earn more.

Want to be your own boss? Check out these free business resources for writers:

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Freelance Writing Scam: Beware of This Offer to Make Money From Home

Scam Alert: Make Money From Home Offer for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to make money from home as a freelance writer?

That the goal, right? Work in your pajamas. Be your own boss. Make your own schedule.

Being a freelance writer is a great career and lifestyle, but it’s also hard work. And scammers know it.

If you’ve got a writer website or social presence as a freelance writer, prospects aren’t the only people checking you out. Scammers are sifting through the same information in search of writers who are looking for work.

You might think you’re too savvy to fall for the cash-this-fake-check and bankwire-transfer scam, but at least one scammer has developed a clever way to lure writers in with big promises, drain bank accounts and disappear.

Think it couldn’t happen to you? Don’t be too sure. I thought I was pretty immune to “make money from home” scams, but I almost fell for this one. Here’s what happened:

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Use the Grandma Method to Win at Video Script Writing

The Grandma Method for Video Script Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

You’ve probably watched a million how-to tutorials, explainer videos, and commercials to promote a product or service. But did you know you can make money doing video script writing?

If you’re a quick thinker who loves coming up with new ideas, video script writing might be perfect for you.

From TV commercials to training videos to Internet marketing spots, opportunities are growing in this diverse, well-paying niche.

But if you haven’t done this type of writing before, you probably have a bunch of questions, like:

  • What kind of clients need video script writing?
  • How do you find them?
  • And how do you write a video script your grandma could understand, and still motivate, persuade, and educate a client’s target audience?

We caught up with two creatives and video script writing pros to get the answers. Here’s what you need to know:

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End the Dry Spell: 7 Habits of a Fully-Booked Freelance Writer

Freelance Writer Habits to End the Dry Spell Makealivingwriting.com

Are you sick of those dry spells that make you go back to begging for work as a freelance writer?

It happens. One day you’re flush with work, cranking out copy, and making a decent income. And then you realize your freelance marketing efforts haven’t been all that great.

Projects come to an end. You get paid. And then you’re scrambling to find more clients that need a freelance writer.

Been there? Done that?

If you’re that kind of freelance writer, it can get exhausting. It’s kind of like trying to make your way across a desert without any water. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you want to be a fully-booked freelance writer, there’s a few things you can do to always have a steady stream of work. The marketing techniques I use as a freelance writer have helped me increase demand, raise my rates, find better clients, and make more money.

Ready to end the freelance-client drought once and for all? Here’s how:

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Use This Easy Reddit Storytelling Strategy to Get Freelance Writing Jobs

Get Freelance Writing Jobs with Reddit Storytelling. Makealivingwriting.com

Need more freelance writing jobs?

You might be using traditional methods likes queries and letters of introduction. But are you tapping into social media channels to connect with more people?

Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter get a lot of love for helping freelancers connect with prospects and land freelance writing jobs. But they’re not the only social channels out there you can leverage to get more work.

Ever heard of Reddit?

It’s cleverly branded as “The front page of the Internet.” This social media site has an estimated 12 million users, and they’re not all looking for funny cat videos.

In fact, with just a little bit of effort, you can use Reddit to connect with people in your niche to generate leads and land freelance writing jobs.

If you’re good at storytelling and like to write, you can do this. It’s not that hard. Here’s how I got over 30 leads on Reddit with a single post:

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Start Writing with This Simple 15-Minute Hack for Busy Freelancers

Short on Time? Try This 15-Minute Hack to Start Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

Short on time? It can be easy to think you’ve got too many thigs on your to-do list to start writing.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home freelancer or working a day job and writing on the side, carving out time to start writing or marketing your services can be a challenge.

There’s a long list of reasons (aka excuses): Meetings, kids, email, laundry, phone calls, grocery shopping, writer website updates, etc.

You’re thinking you need an hour or more of time to start writing, finish an assignment or spend time marketing to land more client work. But that hour never seems to materialize.

Plans change. Someone pukes on the ride to school. Your toddler won’t go down for a nap. Or your designated writing time gets annihilated by some other priority.

If I waited around for a day when I got all the time I planned for writing, I would never get anything done. I had to figure out a better way. Here’s my simple strategy to hack 15-minute blocks of time to start writing:

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