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Freelance Copywriter Mistakes: 3 Reasons You’re Not Landing High-Paying Clients

Are You Making Costly Freelance Copywriter Mistakes? Makealivingwriting.com.If you’re a new freelance copywriter, sending a quote can be fraught with anxiety:

  • Will they think you’re professional?
  • They know you’re not a content mill writer, don’t they?
  • Did you cover everything they mentioned?
  • Are they going to accept your price or try and haggle over freelance copywriter rates?
  • Did you include an upsell?
  • Are they going to say no?

It’s enough to distract you from your paying clients, get frustrated, and start second guessing your career as a freelance copywriter.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

If any of these post-send fears sound familiar, you might be making some common, but easily fixable, freelance copywriter mistakes.

Here’s how to find out, fix the problem, and earn more:

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Networking for Introverts: The Terrifying Mistake That Created More Freelance Leads

Networking for Introverts Doesn't Have to Be Scary. Makealivingwriting.com.I knew I had to figure out the marketing piece if I hoped to be a successful freelancer, but networking for introverts and self-promotion isn’t exactly my favorite thing to do.

Before throwing myself into a crowd of people to drum up business, I thought I’d take a “class” at a local community college on networking to learn how it’s done.

There was just one problem.

The “class” turned out to be a roomful of professionals who all seemed to know each other… well. When I walked in, my mind started spinning and my heart pounding. “If I could just find a seat…”

Finally I did, and that’s when the director looked straight at me: “Stand up and tell us who you are and what your business is….”

“Who, me?” I thought. Cue the sweaty palms, queasy stomach, noodle legs, hands trembling with fear, and an intense desire to pull a bag over my head.

If you’re a fellow introvert and freelance writer, what would you do? Here’s what happened next:

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Writing a Pitch: Use These Tools to Build Your Freelance Business

Writing a Pitch: Tools to Land More Clients. Makealivingwriting.com.How do you go about writing a pitch?

If you’ve been slaving away in content mills or spending all your time replying to job ads, you might be a bit confused about what writing a pitch actually means.

So you ask Google.

One writer-guru claims that if you master the art of cold pitching, you can land your dream clients.

Another recommends sending letters of introduction, or LOIs, so you can build relationships for ongoing work.

And yet another touts the advantages of writing a pitch to an editor as the way to land an assignment.

So, which of these should you use to build your freelance writing business?

The answer: All of them.

Because all three are powerful tools, proven to help you get freelance writing gigs.

Want to learn the craft of writing a pitch to land more clients? Here are the tools you’ll need:
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How to Become a Freelance Writer: 7 Traits You’ll Seriously Need

Success Traits: How to Become a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.com.Every week, I hear from people who ask me how to become a freelance writer.

You hate your job, or you can’t work outside the home, or you want to be home with your kids…the reasons vary.

But the glamorous reputation of freelancing has caught your eye. Being your own boss sure sounds great!

Everyone wants to know how this gig works — how to stay home and pay your bills with your writing.

Aspiring freelancers usually have strong writing skills. But there are other strengths you may lack that could doom your chances.

What does it take to be a successful freelance writer? Is this career for you?

Here’s my unvarnished, let’s-get-real list of key traits you’ll need:

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Productivity for Freelancers: Could Binge-Watching Help?

Can Binge-Watching Increase Productivity for Freelancers?. Makealivingwriting.com.The best part of freelance writing—and the worst part—is being your own boss. There’s nobody else standing over you, forcing you to calculate every minute to measure productivity.

It’s up to you to stay motivated and disciplined, even on days when you’d rather scoop the litter box than finish that blog post, write a query, or find new clients to pitch.

How do you keep the words flowing in spite of online and off-line distractions, family responsibilities, and bad days?

Most people aren’t born with a sixth-sense for productivity. In fact, a lot of people, including writers, are notorious for stalling, wasting time, and procrastinating for an infinite list of reasons (ahem, excuses).

That ends now. You can learn productivity habits to help you maximize your time, get work done, and even carve out a little time for binge-watching your favorite show. Here’s how:

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We Got Stung: Must-Know Info for Bloggers Who Offer Reprints

Bee-ware of Bloggers Who Offer Reprints. Makealivingwriting.com.Have you ever wondered if you could sell reprints of your blog posts and make some extra cash? You know, get the posts you’ve written for your personal blog republished somewhere else.

If so, my blog editor Evan Jensen and I have a cautionary tale for you.

Many bloggers seem to believe publishing a post on their own blog — or even on a free platform such as LinkedIn Pulse or Medium — doesn’t ‘count’ as publication. And that they could still get paid selling first publication rights to these posts.

Sometimes, writers don’t even feel they need to disclose the work was previously published.

This can result in an awkward mess, when the blog or publication you resold your work to figures out they’ve gotten recycled goods. I know, because this blog recently and inadvertently accepted previously published content.

As the queen says, we were not amused.

Here’s the story of what happened, and how my guest-posting policy is changing as a result. I’ve also got some important tips for bloggers considering trying to sell reprints.

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