You think you’ve got time management dialed in to be a successful freelance writer.
But do you really? Be honest.
Go ahead. Cough up an hour-by-hour report of how you spend your time.
It might sound like a frivolous, time-wasting task. You’re too busy, right? Too busy doing what, exactly?
I can almost guarantee the exercise will deliver some serious truth bombs about your time-management skills and commitment to make a living writing.
There’s the made-for-TV dream version of what freelance writers do all day. You know, where you spend like five minutes a day writing.
And then there’s the reality of being a freelance writer (which doesn’t look anything like the dream version of the freelance life).
When you look at your day-to-day activities from a time management perspective, it’s a telltale sign of where your writing career is going…down a dead-end to nowhere, or on a path to move up and earn more.
Here’s how to find out where you’re headed:
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You’re staring at the computer screen thinking about making money writing online. But something isn’t right.
You’re anxious. You’re full of self doubt. You keep thinking of worst-case scenarios. You’re terrified by the fear of failure. And that kind of makes writing online and making money hard to do.
If you’re cowering in the corner afraid to make a move as a freelance writer, you’re not alone. A lot of writers struggle with the same kind of issues, even pros who’ve been writing online for years.
But if you want to make money writing online, you can’t let fear stop you from trying, writing a query, sending a letter of introduction, networking, or going after higher-paying clients.
The thing you should be most afraid of is wasting days, weeks, months, or even years paralyzed by fear, when you could be writing online and building your dream freelance life.
Ready to move up and earn more? Punch fear in the face and kick self doubt to the curb. These 15 no-fear moves will help you make it happen.
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Writer websites are a proven way to stand out from the crowd, and get new clients calling you.
But most freelance writers don’t have one. That may be because when many writers contemplate putting up a site, it raises the question: What should the name of my writer website be?
And its corollary: What should the tagline say?
It’s easy to get hung up on what to do for website branding. So many possibilities! Then, you stall out and don’t end up putting one up.
That’s not good.
Your writer website is a great opportunity to create a writing sample. If you want online clients, creating a fantastic writer website is a great way to show them you ‘get’ the internet.
There are definitely some key things to know about branding for writer websites. I’ve reviewed literally hundreds of writer sites over the years — and seen writers succeed and fail with their sites. Along the way, I’ve learned there are definitely types of branding that work for writer websites…and types that don’t.
What do you need to avoid, and what works great for branding writer websites? Let’s dig into the details.
I’m going to start with the top problems I’ve seen in writer-website branding. Then, I’ll give you four ways to do branding that all reliably work great for freelance writers.
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The clock is ticking. Every day you’re hustling to move up and earn more. And you’re wondering if you need to carve out some time to learn a new writing skill, too.
There’s always a new writing skill you can learn or improve on. And it can pay off in a big way.
Believe me, I know. I’ve been a copywriter for more than 30 years. You know, like before the Internet, social media, blogging, and digital marketing.
And I’ve had to learn a lot of writing skills over the years to make a living as a freelancer. Consider it part of the job.
Now think about this. What’s your hourly rate? You probably use it to quote a project for a client. But have you ever thought about your rate per minute?
There’s a writing skill every serious freelancer should learn that pays $200 to $300 per minute or more. And it’s in demand by thousands of businesses and organizations.
Got a minute? Here’s a tutorial to learn this lucrative writing skill:
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If your freelance life gives you nightmares, you might be chasing online writing jobs in some scary places. It’s a recurring problem I’ve heard from writers for years. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Do you go to sleep at night feeling good about your online writing work?
Or do you toss and turn, have nightmares about writing for pennies, and wake up in a cold sweat?
Being a freelance writer can be scary. So many online writing opportunities are out there beckoning you to walk down a virtual dark alley without a flashlight.
I’ve seen it happen. And heard too many nightmare tales from freelance writers.
Some shady online writing client lures you in like an unsuspecting victim in a horror movie. And before you know it, you’re hooked into writing copy for soul-sucking rates.
If you don’t want to be stuck in an online writing nightmare, beware of these four places in the Underworld of Freelance Writing that are guaranteed to put your writing career on the road to nowhere.
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Are you your own worst enemy, as a freelance writer? I think this career is such a head game — and strong writers don’t waste time going down an emotional drain.
It’s hard to earn a living with your craft if your brain keeps kicking out negative self-talk and fixated on low self esteem. I’ve always thought there’s a certain mental toughness you need to freelance, dealing with the ups and downs of different clients.
A few years ago, a post on Forbes about mentally strong people and the activities they avoid really spoke to me. And the fact that the post became one of Forbes’ most-popular ever tells me that if you struggle with keeping positive thoughts, you’re not alone! Turns out there’s a popular book about what mentally strong people avoid, too.
I found myself thinking about how the habits of mentally strong people apply to freelance writers, in particular. Staying positive is so essential to freelance success!
So I came up with my own list of bad patterns that mentally strong writers avoid. Reading the forums inside my writer community has given me a lot of experience with the mental rabbit-holes writers tend to wander down.
Want to be a strong writer? Mentally strong freelance writers don’t engage in these negative activities:
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