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Get Paid to Write: 15 Political Writing Markets for Freelancers

Get Paid to Write About Politics. Makealivingwriting.comWant to get to paid to write about politics?

Maybe you’re one of those news junkies who follows government trends, key political players, or the issues and policies that have an impact on everyday people.

Find a fresh angle, and you can get paid to write about it.

As a newbie freelancer, I was able to get paid to write a political piece for a national magazine. More about that later.

Maybe you want to get paid to write about your political views, opinions, and life experiences impacted by politics and government. There’s a market for that.

And if you’re interested in digging deep into government and politics as an investigative journalist, feature writer, or contributing freelancer, you can find political markets to get paid to write those types of articles, too.

Check out this list of political writing markets, study the guidelines, start pitching, and get paid to write:

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Warrior Mindset: 3 Ancient Principles Every Freelancer Needs to Know

Warrior Mindset: Ancient Principles for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.comWhen you’re trying to navigate a path to freelance success, do you give up at the first sign of struggle? Or do you keep going with a warrior mindset until you find the way?

When I was a newbie freelance writer, I spent a lot of time going nowhere. I read hundreds of how-to articles. I studied everything the so-called gurus published. Even the “ninja hacks” seemed to fall short. But I wasn’t making progress.

Ever felt like the path to freelance success is a treacherous one?

You write queries and LOIs, and all you get is crickets or rejection. You get close to landing a client, and the deal falls apart. Your niche skills are a perfect fit for a writing job, but you don’t land the gig. Productivity suffers. Creativity dwindles.

The path to freelance success isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the struggle. When you have a warrior mindset, you’ll find a way. On my own journey, I discovered 3 ancient principles every freelancer needs to know:

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7 Faulty Assumptions That Derail New Freelance Writers

Steer Clear: Faulty Beliefs of New Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.comNOTE: Want to know how to think like a successful freelance writer? It’s starts with getting a few things straight, beginning with this advice I shared a while ago. Enjoy! —Carol.

The Internet has brought us many gifts, as freelance writers.

But it also brings with it a lot of misinformation and confused notions as to how to go about building a successful freelance writing career.

If you make assumptions off the bat about how freelance writing works, you can waste a lot of time and energy.

(Here’s a hint: Don’t assume anything. Ask successful freelance writers and find out what’s really working.)

Frustrated? Confused? Spinning your wheels about how to be one of those successful freelance writers?

Let’s iron this out right now.

Take a look at my top seven wrong-headed notions that leave new freelance writers floundering in their quest to get paid:

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5 Signs That Agency is a Pimped-Out Content Mill

Is That Agency a Pimped-Out Content Mill? Makealivingwriting.comWant to write for a marketing agency? It’s a great way to scoop up freelance assignments. But if you’re not careful, that agency might actually be a content mill looking for cheap tricks.

Believe me. I learned this the hard way.

When I saw my first article published on US News and World Report I should’ve jumped up and down while singing the Halleluiah chorus.

But I didn’t.

Instead, the sight of it tangled an angry, disgusted knot in the pit of my stomach. I just got pimped by a content mill.

I wrote that article for a digital marketing agency and sold it for 20 bucks. My name wasn’t even on it.

But hers was—the web savvy millennial who’d purchased the content. It was right there next to her photo and the bio touting that she was a freelance real estate writer.

And I don’t want you to make the same mistake.

Here’s how to tell if that agency is nothing more than a pimped-out content mill:

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Freelance Juggling Tips from Work at Home Moms

Juggling Tips for Work at Home Moms. Makealivingwriting.comEver wonder how work at home moms balance freelance assignments, family life, a day job, and everything else?

If you’ve ever thought, “What’s the point? It’s just too hard,” you’re not alone. Trying to juggle diaper duty, day-job deadlines, grocery shopping, and freelance work can be a challenge.

But work at home moms tend to have a few things in common when it comes to carving out time to get freelance work done.

They’re scrappy. They know how to multi-task. They know how to network with other moms. And when push comes to shove, work at home moms can turn a 15-minute block of time into a productive work session.

Know any work at home moms like this you can model?

In a recent Freelance Writers Den podcast, we talked with two work at home moms who have built thriving writing careers in the middle of busy lives. Here’s how it’s done:

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Free HuffPo is Dead: 7 Moves Writers Should Make Now

Free HuffPo is Dead: Next Steps for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.comIf you missed the big news this past week: The Huffington Post (now officially known as HuffPost) ended its free-contributor channel, which had over 100,000 participating writers. Many writers online have bemoaned the death of free HuffPo posts, but I have a different reaction.

The end of unpaid HuffPo articles is part of a trend we’ll likely see more of this year — and I think it’s a good thing.

Yes, a tiny handful of writers seemed to get good clients through their unpaid HuffPo bylines, though the value of HuffPo exposure declined over time.

And quite a few writers were earning good money ghostwriting free HuffPo posts for thought leader/speaker/CEO types who didn’t have time to write their own authority-building pieces. So it wasn’t all bad.

But in the main, hordes of writers writing for free isn’t good.

Whether you’re happy or sad about the end of free HuffPo content, it’s important to understand what this change signifies in the marketplace. There are plenty of ways writers can benefit from these changing tides.

Here are seven key action items for freelance writers as the free HuffPo contributor channel fades away:

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