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How to Become a Freelance Writer: The Ultimate Answer Sheet

The Ultimate Guide to How to Become a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.comHave you wondered how to become a freelance writer? This is the time of year when many writers who dream of earning their living doing what they love most finally stand up and shout, “I’m doing this!”

Each January, my email inbox fills up with questions about how to get started in freelance writing. Rather than try to answer them one at a time, I’ve created an ultimate guide below, that walks you through all the common questions and gives you everything you need to know to get out there and start getting paid as a freelance writer.

Ready? This guide takes it step by step, with sections for each topic. It’s got a breezy, Q&A format, to make it easy to read through and quickly move forward with your freelancing goals.

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Work From Home Reality: Ugly Confessions of a 25-Year Mom

Ugly Confessions of a Work From Home Mom. Makealivingwriting.com.It sounds like every parent’s dream: work from home, be with the kids, and earn a good living. Visions of happy, contented kids frolicking at your feet while you’re super-creative at the keyboard dance in your head.

The reality is a bit different.

I’ve written a lot about freelance writing in the past decade — over 1,000 posts — but I rarely write about being a work from home mom. Even though I’ve been one for literally a lifetime.

My two younger kiddos are now moving into their late teens. Recently, my oldest turned 25.

That milestone made me realize I’ve spent almost exactly half those 25 years freelancing from home. And I spent the other half mostly in remote full-time jobs where I was home-based, too.

That’s a lot of work-from-home experience that I’ve never really shared tips about. So here goes.

Buckle up, because some of this won’t be pretty. Here are the lessons I’ve learned as a longtime freelance writer and home-based mom:

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Freelance Writing Jobs Forecast 2019: 10 Experts’ Predictions

Expert Predictions for Freelance Writing Jobs in 2019. Makealivingwriting.comWondering where to focus your efforts to find well-paying freelance writing jobs in 2019?

Let’s start with the obvious. It’s not content mills or bid sites, and never will be. (Check out last year’s forecast, and I think you’ll see that’s been true for a while.)

If that’s where you’ve been spending your time, you’re only going to get more of the same crap freelance writing jobs.

The good news. There’s never been a better time to be a freelance writer. If you do it right, you can absolutely make a living writing.

Trade pubs and niche magazines always need writers. And every legit business trying to capture a piece of their market needs content: blog posts, web page copy, case studies, email campaigns, etc.

So what does the freelance writing jobs forecast look like for 2019?

This year, I’ve reached out to a wide variety of commentators, including other coaches, freelance experts, and working freelance writers — and you’ll find not all of them agree on what 2019 will bring. Check out these predictions from 10 experts to help you move up and earn more.

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You Got This: My New Year’s Audio Pep-Talk for Freelance Writers

Success in 2019: Pep-Talk for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com. Makealivingwriting.comAre you ready for the best year of your career, freelance writers?

January is always a time of so much hope, for everyone who has a dream in their heart to be their own boss and earn doing what they love.

But often, those dreams seem to flame out about as fast as those New Year’s Eve fireworks.

How can you stay on track? It begins with your mindset.

To help you make 2019 the year you earn what you deserve from your writing, I’ve put together a little inspirational message for you. I talk you through some practical suggestions for ways to follow through and keep your freelance-writing dream alive, all year.

Hope it helps you earn more! Here’s the pep talk:

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Writing Advice That Works: The Top 10 Posts of 2018

Top 10 Writing Advice Posts of 2018. Makealivingwriting.comWell, this is it — the year is drawing to a close. It’s time to compile the best snack-pack of useful writing advice to help you earn real money as a freelance writer. These are your picks, reader — it’s our annual list of the most popular new posts published all year, here on the blog.

One of those popular posts is the Freelance Writing Forecast for 2018 — always great to check year-end and see how the experts did predicting emerging trends and spotting opportunities. Still good writing advice here — and stay tuned for the 2019 forecast, comin’ at ya in just a few days.

This year, I’m doing things a little differently for this top-10 list. Now that we’ve passed 1,000 posts, some classic best-of posts have been republished this year. And if you loved them, I’ve included them here.

As well as spotlighting the most popular new posts of the year, I’ve also included links to our best related content on the topic. Enjoy!

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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. Makealivingwriting.comEver 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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