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How to Be a Freelance Writer: 8 Tips for a Mindset Makeover

Mindset Makeover: How to Be a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.comIf you want to learn how to be a freelance writer, what’s your game plan for bad days, self-doubt, and lack of motivation?

How’s your mindset? Optimistic or doomed to fail?

If you’re the latter (even once in a while), those little thoughts that cross your mind when you’re about to hit send, sign a contract, quote a project, or wonder if you can actually make money writing can wreak havoc.

  • What if I’m not good enough?
  • Should I charge this much?
  • Can I really make a living writing?
  • I’ll never be as good as her at writing.

When you’re hustling to learn how to be a freelance writer, there’s a good chance you work alone…in isolation…and your thoughts can make or break you.

Ever felt depressed, anxious, or fearful that you’ll fail as a freelance writer? Do those thoughts and limiting beliefs keep you from marketing, being creative, or making more money?

It happens. Just about everyone who’s traveled the path to learn how to be a freelance writer experiences some kind of struggle. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Ready for a mindset makeover for freelance success? Here’s what you need to know.

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Tired of Junk Job Boards? Pitch These 10 Hand-Picked Writing Jobs

Pitch This Hand-Picked List of Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.comIf you’re looking for writing jobs online, there’s a good chance you’re sifting through a pile of junk.

Does this sound familiar? You search for writing jobs and freelance work online and turn up stuff like:

  • Blogging or writing assignments for less than $50
  • The promise of exposure to a non-existent audience of potential clients in exchange for your well-crafted words
  • A racket to get hundreds of freelancers to audition by writing a “test” post
  • Offers to write for free until a “paid” opportunity opens up

If you’re using made-for-the-masses sites like Craigslist, Indeed, and Upwork to find writing jobs, you’ll have to sort through a lot of rotten apples to find work that pays pro rates.

But not all places that publish writing jobs are filled with rotten leads and low-paying work.

In fact, if you know where to look (like the Junk-Free Job Board inside the Freelance Writers Den) you can find great clients that pay pro rates.

Check out this hand-picked list of writing jobs:

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Health Insurance for Freelancers: 17 Smart Options + Creative Solutions

Health Insurance for Freelancers: You've Got Options. Makealivingwriting.comTrying to figure out health insurance for freelancers? Enrollment time for many plans is right now. The choices can be confusing—and expensive.

But decent health insurance for freelancers doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. With the explosion of the gig economy, promising and creative alternatives are emerging.

Some options bypass the insurance system completely. Or if you choose traditional insurance, there are several ways to lower your costs. Planning to quit your full-time job? Short-term options exist to get you over the healthcare hump.

Even if your health coverage is working well for you, now is a perfect time to re-evaluate and make sure you’re still getting the best value.

If you’ve been going without any health coverage, take advantage of this open enrollment period to research health insurance for freelancers.

You have until December 15, 2019, to pick your plan. Health insurance for freelancers comes in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to choose the plan that meets your needs and your budget. Choose, but choose wisely.

Need help picking the right plan? Check out this list of 17 health insurance options for freelancers, plus some creative solutions.

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Writing Contest: Share Your Biggest Freelance Fear to Win

Writing Contest: Share Your Biggest Freelance Fear. Makealivingwriting.comNOTE: Writing contest extended until Dec. 3, 2020. What’s your biggest freelance fear, and how did you overcome it? Enter our writing contest for a chance to win.

Fear has a way of holding you back as a freelance writer. It suffocates creativity. It gets in the way of taking risk.

Let it dominate your thoughts, and fear prevents you from putting yourself out there, marketing, sending query letters, connecting, pitching your dream clients. Sound familiar?

When fear plagues your freelance writing career, it’s like being in the middle of a Stranger Things episode. You’re expecting the Mind Flayer or the Demogorgon to rip you to shreds at any minute. Only it never really happens. It’s all in your head.

But if you don’t face your fears, fight back, and pursue your freelance writing goals, the results can be devastating. You roll around on the floor. You procrastinate. Days, weeks, months, maybe even years go by in this state of mind. Your freelance career goes nowhere. And that’s a terrifying thought.

In this writing contest, we want to hear about your gnarliest freelance writing fear, and what you did to overcome it.

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Crazy Schedule? 8 Writer-Recommended Tools for Time Management

Crazy Schedule? Time-Management Tools for Writers. Makealivingwriting.comHow are your time management skills as a freelance writer?

If you’re in a constant frenzy trying to keep up with clients, deadlines, marketing, and everything else on your to-do list, you’re not alone.

Your work day ever look like this? Check email, work on client project, check social media, work on client project, buy stuff on Amazon, work on client project…

It’s a recipe for missing deadlines, killing creativity, wasting a ton of time, and leaving money on the table from clients ready to pay you.

What can you do to get a handle on time management?

One answer is to brainstorm with your network. Recently, a freelance writer who’s a graduate of my Freelance Writers Den 2X Income Accelerator mastermind coaching program, Stacy Stein, asked for some help  with time management (after surviving the summer trying to write with kids at home). And her mastermind peers came to the rescue.

Got a plan in place to manage your freelance schedule during the holidays? Ready to boost productivity and set yourself up for success in 2020?

Check out these writer-recommended tips and tools for time management.

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Writer Websites That Rank Well: 8 Secrets of Top NYC Writers

Writer Websites: Tips from Top NYC Writers. Makealivingwriting.comFreelance writers sometimes overlook a critical piece of marketing that can drive traffic, generate leads, and land assignments… writer websites.

How’s your writer website?

Maybe you’ve got the basics like a home page, about page, and your portfolio. Maybe you’re still looking at writer websites to get ideas for setting up your own.

  • What should your writer website include?
  • Does design matter?
  • What makes other writer websites perform well?
  • What about SEO?
  • What can you do to stand out in a crowded niche?

These are questions an elite group of freelance writers, authors, and content marketing experts can answer.

Ask Google to help you find a “top NYC writer,” and you’ll get slammed with 19 million results. That’s more than double the Big Apple’s daytime population of 8.6 million.

So how does a NYC writer stand out online? Being smart, creative, and friendly helps. But in today’s digital world, writer websites matter, too.

So I Googled ‘Top NYC writer,” and reached out to the writers whose websites topped that search. Below, eight of those top-ranking writers share their secrets for creating writer websites that seriously get you found and hired.

Ready to launch or revamp your writer website? Here’s what you need to know.

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