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How to Become a Freelance Writer: The Ultimate Guide

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!”

At the start of the year, 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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Government Contracts for Writers: 11 Red-Tape Cuts to Get Hired

Writers: Tips to Cut Red Tape and Get Government Contracts. Makealivingwriting.com.Ever thought about getting freelance work through government contracts?

You’re probably thinking something like:

  • There’s a lot of red tape to cut through
  • It’s too hard
  • It’s not my niche
  • I don’t know enough about government

Sound familiar?

FYI, those are just excuses. Maybe this will change your mind about pursuing this kind of freelance work.

Take the time to cut through the red tape, and you can find government contracts that pay writers $100 to $200 an hour.

Bill $5,000 to $25,000 in a month writing for one client? This is happening for writers hired to create content for government contracts at the federal, state, and local level.

Can you see past the red tape now?

Sure, finding clients and writing content for government contracts is a little different than writing for magazines and businesses.

But there’s lots of work. It pays well. And if you’re willing to cut through the red tape, some of it can be yours.

Check out these tips from a government-contracts freelancer to get started.

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Blog Writing Fails: 5 Brain-Dead Zombie Mistakes That Sicken Editors

Beware of these Brain-Dead Blog Writing Mistakes. Makealivingwriting.com.Do your blog writing pitches stink?

There’s an easy way to tell…you’re not getting ANY responses from editors or marketing directors.

That ever happen to you?

When you send an editor a rotten pitch for a blog post, there’s a good chance your approach makes you sound like a brain-dead zombie.

And there’s protocol for that in the Editor’s Universal Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse:

Hit delete. Writer may be infected. Quarantine inbox immediately. Warning, freelancer appears to be devoid of creativity, brain dead, unable to communicate with words. Do not engage.

If your blog writing pitch is so bad it makes an editor sick or triggers their zombie-response training to avoid you at all costs, it’s going to be tough to make a living writing.

So what are the telltale signs of a brain-dead pitch for a blog post? These mistakes will sicken an editor faster than the smell of rotting flesh.

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How U.S. Writers Can Fight AB5 and Save Independent Contractor Jobs

Fight to Save Independent Contractor Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com.Do new laws spell the end of independent contractor jobs in America — including our freelance-writing jobs?

This is the most frequently asked question I’ve had in the past few months, ever since California’s AB5 bill was passed, followed by similar proposed laws in other states.

If you’ve heard about new freelancer laws, but don’t know quite what’s going on — or wonder what you can do to protect your career and income — this post lays it out for you.

Quick version: New laws are coming online that place restrictions on who can freelance for what sort of company or organization. You need to understand what’s happening, so that you can thrive as a freelance writer.

I’ve got some action items that will help you move forward and stay in control of your freelance future. But first, let’s review what’s happened and why, so you understand the changes, and where your freelance writing biz fits into the picture.

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Freelance Writer Formula: How Simple Addition Lands Great Clients

The Freelance Writer Formula to Land Great Clients. Makealivingwriting.com.When you’re a freelance writer trying to break into a new niche, how do you solve the problem of not having the right samples?

Cry? Roll around on the floor? Host a personal pity party? Or maybe you think lamenting on social media could be the solution.

Don’t do that, OK? Those things won’t solve the problem.

Maybe you’re thinking about working for free to get a clip. That can be a calculated way to get a solid writing sample, a referral, and some additional work.

But let’s be honest, as a freelance writer you’d like to get paid for your work. Yes?

If you’ve already got some writing samples, you can totally score that gig, even if you don’t have niche-specific experience or a similar project in your portfolio.

There’s an easy way to get around the problem. I like to call it the Simple Addition Method.

Here’s how it works:

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Guest Post Lab: Follow This Blogger’s Experiment to Get Bylines

Try This Blogger's Guest Post Experiment. Makealivingwriting.com.Here’s the brutal truth about looking for guest post opportunities:

There are WAY too many freelance writers who think dashing off an email pitch is enough to get bylines on well-known authority sites.

You know…All you have to do is find blogs that accept guest posts and send your pitch.

Well, that might sound like a good idea, but it doesn’t work in the real world.

If you’re serious about getting bylines on authority sites in your niche, you need to be very strategic, almost scientific, with how you find and pitch your guest post ideas.

Otherwise, your pitch will only be deleted and rejected.

Well, today I will be showing you the step-by-step experiment I used to get my first guest post published in one of the most competitive niches on the Interwebs.

Let’s get started.

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