business of freelancing

Obey These 7 Natural Laws of Freelancing to Make Money Writing

7 Natural Laws to Help You Make Money Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to make money writing, but your freelance writing life sometimes feels insanely difficult?

You know…like you’re trying to roll a big, greasy ball up a steep hill.

You may be working too hard because you’re working against the natural order.

To make money writing, you need to understand the fundamental laws under which all freelancers operate.

Much like Newton’s laws of motion, there are some basic laws that govern the world of freelancing. Understand and work with them, and it’ll be easier to grow your income. Ignore or remain ignorant of them, and it’s hard to get any traction.

What are these basic laws of freelancing to make money writing? I have seven (and a handy, downloadable infographic version you can keep — scroll down to the bottom of this post):

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Get Paid to Write About Writing: 15 Markets That Pay Up to $1,500+

Get Paid to Write About Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to get paid to write about writing? If you know a little something about the business and craft of freelancing, you can cash in on your ideas and experience.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

It’s no secret that finding a niche is a smart strategy to grow your freelance writing business. Everyone should have a niche, or two or three. And writing can be one of them.

In fact, there’s a number of online and print markets that serve freelance writers and some pay up to $1,500 per assignment. Pitch these places great story ideas, and you can get paid to write about writing. For example:

You’ve got some insight on how to write great headlines.
You’ve learned a few interview tricks over the years to get sources to spill the beans.
You’ve some great connections with thought leaders in writing and publishing you can interview and write a feature about.
Or maybe you’d like to write about the art of the pitch and interview pros who know how to do it.

Want to get paid to write about writing? Check out these markets that cover the business and craft of freelance writing, and start pitching.

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The Deadly Math Mistake That Will Make Your Freelance Business Fail

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Be Your Own Boss: 10 Free Business Resources for Writers

Be Your Own Boss: Free Business Resources for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to be your own boss and make a living writing?

If you’ve got solid writing skills and even a little marketing savvy, you’re already ahead of the game.

But there’s more to freelance writing and running your own business than being a great writer and smart marketer.

For a lot of writers, it’s the how-to-run-a-business stuff that makes you go cross-eyed, causes your palms to sweat, or ignites a firestorm of anxiety and self-doubt. Sound familiar?

You might be a great writer, but how much do you know about attorneys, taxes, business licenses, and insurance?

It’s a rhetorical question. But if you’re already feeling a knot forming in the pit of your stomach, there’s a good chance you could benefit from a little help to be your own boss.

Fortunately, help is available. And if you know where to look it’s free or available at a low-cost to help you build your freelance writing business, move up and earn more.

Want to be your own boss? Check out these free business resources for writers:

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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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7 Faulty Assumptions That Derail New Freelance Writers

Steer Clear: Faulty Beliefs of New Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

NOTE: 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: If you’re just starting out, don’t assume anything. Ask successful freelance writers and find out what’s really working today.)

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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