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Freelance Work and the Coming Recession: Urgent Moves to Make Now

Urgent Moves to Recession-Proof Your Freelance Work. the recent U.S. stock-market dip make you worried about the future of your freelance work? If so, you’re not alone.

I’ve been getting anxious emails from freelance writers ever since stocks suddenly ended their long upward climb earlier this month, and took a big dip.

Good news: Freelancers can thrive during recessions.

I know this because I steadily built my own freelance writing business up during the last recession, hitting six figures in the final year of the downturn, 2011. You can recession-proof your freelance business now, so that you thrive even when the economy falters.

Let me walk you through what’s happening now, and give you concrete steps to take right now to help you sail through a recession with a solid freelance income.

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Write Faster: 4 Tips from a Fired-Up Young Freelancer

Fired-Up Freelancing Strategies to Write Faster. wonder what the Olympic Games would look like for freelancers? If it’s anything like the Super-G in skiing, it comes down to one thing…write faster.

I started freelancing at 17 years old. Young, right?

In case you didn’t know, that’s how old Lindsey Vonn was when she competed in her first Olympic Games. And she was fast.

By 17, I could throw a blazing fast softball. And if I could learn how to do that, I knew I could learn the business and craft of freelance writing.

I was fired up. I hustled. I sent out tons of pitches. I made mistakes. It’s the same kind of learning process every Olympic athlete goes through to get better, and carry the torch to the cauldron.

At first it was hard. Boosting productivity was a big concern. And I needed to learn how to write faster, yet still write well.

So I did what any Olympic writer would do. I took apart my writing process turn by turn, made it better, and learned to write faster. Here’s how:

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Want to Get Paid? Nail Down Details in the Freelance Contract

Nail Down Freelance Contract Details to Get Paid. you write a single word or start a project for a client, you’ve got a freelance contract in place. Right?

If you’re thinking, “Wait, what freelance contract?” you’re making a rookie mistake.

I used to operate this way. Land an assignment. Do the work. Submit the piece. And then find out how much the client pays…Or if the client is going to pay at all.

If you really want to make a living writing, you can’t run a business this way.

Other service professionals like lawyers, plumbers, and accountants require contracts that spell out the details of an agreement. And so should you.

Can you take on projects without a freelance contract? Sure. But you run the risk of never getting paid, getting paid less than pro rates, spending hours chasing unpaid invoices, and sucking up creative energy that could be earning you more money.

You’re smarter than that. If you want to get paid to write, here’s what you need to nail down in every freelance contract:

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The Habit That Will Transform Your Freelance Writing Income

Change THIS to Boost Your Writing Income. Want to know the secret to boosting your freelance writing income? I learned this a long time ago, and it’s still true. Change this one thing, and you’re on your way. Enjoy! —Carol.

Would you like to create a drastic shift in your freelance writing income?

There’s really only one way.

The good news is, this is something you can do no matter where you live, or how the economy is doing.

I was reminded of this when I ran into a mom I know casually — she’s the mother of one of my son’s longtime friends.

I hadn’t seen her in a while, and I about fell over when I ran into her at a local bike race I did with my family recently.

She has lost probably 80 pounds or more, and looks 15 years younger!

Between slimming down and growing her formerly very short hair out to ponytail length, she looked almost like a teenager. Even the shape of her face had changed.

And you know what? Her approach to losing weight was so smart, it can even help you boost your writing income. Here’s how:

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Lost Motivation for Writing? Tell Me Why to Win a Coaching Session

Lost Writing Motivation? Win a Coaching Session. Makealivingwriting.comHave you lost your motivation for writing, marketing, and freelancing? Tell me why and win a coaching session.

That’s how we’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day around here.

I hear from a lot of capable writers who are scraping by, too often writing for content mills and low-paying clients. It doesn’t take long for those kinds of gigs to become exhausting, stifle creativity, and leave you feeling drained and unmotivated.

Been there? Done that? Maybe it’s your reality right now.

Writer’s block. Lack of motivation. Feeling stuck. Those issues come up a lot in coaching sessions I do with writers, in the Freelance Writers Den forums, and countless emails I get from people who are trying to figure out how to make a living writing.

And it’s not just newbies. Even veteran writers can hit a dry spell, lose focus and motivation, or have anchor clients disappear overnight and wonder if it’s time to go back to a J-O-B.

Want to win a coaching session to get back on track? Here’s what you need to do:

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11 Mind-Blowing Epiphanies to Go from Broke to Professional Writer

Mind-Blowing Epiphanies for Professional Writers.“You don’t know what you don’t know.” Not exactly the most mind-blowing piece of advice when you’re trying to go from broke to well-paid professional writer.

This quote frustrates me every time I hear it—of course you don’t know what you don’t know.

As a newbie writer, I spent way too much time making mistakes, working for low rates, and racking my brain trying to figure out how to find well-paying clients. I didn’t know.

Fortunately, I’ve learned a lot from the school of hard knocks and other professional writers. And I thought it was about time to give that tired quote a makeover for up-and-coming freelancers:

“Here’s what you don’t know, that I do. Learn from me, and you’ll be ahead of the game.”

Ready for some mind-blowing epiphanies about being a professional writer? Here are 11 things you need to know:

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