finding clients

How to Love the Often-Dreaded Chore of Freelance Marketing

How to Love Freelance Marketing Chores. Makealivingwriting.com

Freelance marketing might feel like a chore. But it’s kind of important. If you don’t do it, you don’t eat. The good news, you can learn to love freelance marketing like I did. Enjoy!–Carol

When I first got back into freelancing after years of being a staff writer, I didn’t have to do much freelance marketing.

I called many sources at companies I’d covered at writing for a local business journal, let them know I was freelancing, and it kind of rolled from there.

I called a couple local magazines, pitched them, and got assignments. I answered an ad and found myself writing Web content for a $1 billion corporation.

Looking back, it was a golden time. My career ran easy, like water flowing downhill.

But if you’ve ever sat back and done little to no freelance marketing, you know it’s not a sustainable way to stay fully booked.

It’s a lesson I had to learn the hard way. And I don’t want you to end up in the same situation. Here’s how I learned to love freelance marketing to move up and earn more:

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The Go-Getter Writer’s Guide to Ramp Up Your Freelance Business

Ramp Up Your Freelance Business. Makealivingwriting.com

Build a thriving freelance business as a writer. That’s the goal, right?

But just about every writer discovers that the path to get there includes twists and turns, dead-ends, roadblocks, and delays while trying to build a freelance business.

And sometimes, you might even get lost along the way. Been there, done that?

But if you’re the go-getter type who’s willing to hustle, develop discipline, and learn the business and craft of freelance writing, you can do this.

If you’re just starting out, or you’re ready to move up and earn more, there’s a few critical skills you need for long-term success.

And they don’t have anything to do with the craft of writing, but everything to do with the business of writing, planning, finances, and marketing.

Ready to ramp up your freelance business? Check out these five go-getter strategies to help you earn more, get a steady stream of clients, and create a long-term game plan for freelance business success.

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Humor Writing: 15 Markets That Pay You to Make People Laugh

Humor Writing: Get Paid to Make People Laugh. Makealivingwriting.com

Need a good laugh? Humor writing can serve up just the right dose of feel-good vibes to put a smile on your face.

If you’ve got a knack for telling funny stories, humor writing can also be a great way to make money as a freelancer.

Heard any good stories or had any crazy experiences that you could use to land a humor writing assignment?

That’s usually where great story ideas in this niche begin.

Some consumer magazines still have a place carved out for humor writing, like the The Last Page feature in Smithsonian magazine.

A few markets like Cracked and The Onion, still exist that exclusively publish satirical and humor writing.

And there’s plenty of other markets that expect a mix of humor writing in every story to please their readers.

Have a funny story to tell? Or want to take a crack at humor writing?

Check out these 15 humor writing markets:

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Content Mills Make You Vomit? Remedies for a Healthy Writing Income

Sick of Content Mills Healthy Writing Income Remedies. Makealivingwriting.com

You scan through all the low-paying work in the content mills, and it makes you feel sick.

Ever done that?

Spend much time in the content mills, and you’ll soon feel the need to wash your hands, lather up with hand sanitizer, and spray your computer with Lysol, or you’ll spew disgust all over the place.

It’s not a healthy place to find clients or make a living writing.

Maybe you’ve already sold your soul and several hours of your life to write a blog post for five bucks. No doubt, the kind of mind-wasting gigs content mills are infested with.

When one writer I talked to told me he did this 399 times, I threw up in my mouth a little.

If you want to be a successful freelance writer, you can’t hang around the content mills. It’s a toxic environment that will siphon creativity, confidence, your bank account…and make you feel like blowing chunks.

Sick of content mills? Here are four healthy writing income remedies:

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Freelance Marketing Famine? 4 Ways to Find Hungry Clients

Freelance Marketing Menu to Find Hungry Clients. Makealivingwriting.com

When I first started out as a freelance content writer, I almost didn’t make it. My lack of freelance marketing focus was largely to blame.

But there were other reasons I nearly starved, too.

I quit my day job before I had steady clients. My portfolio was slim. And my savings? Ahem, what savings?

I also had bad habits. I squandered way too much of my time on freelance marketing strategies that didn’t work. If you’re nodding your head, I totally understand.

Fortunately, I realized that if I was going to survive, I needed a better freelance marketing menu of strategies to find clients that were already hungry and ready to hire me.

Worried about how you’re going to find great clients? I know I was.

To turn my freelance marketing famine around, I had to figure out better ways to reach out and make connections. These four tactics will help you find clients eager to throw you some work:

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Get Paid to Write: 15 Political Writing Markets for Freelancers

Get Paid to Write About Politics. Makealivingwriting.com

Want 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.

Can you really get paid to write about politics? Absolutely. As a newbie freelancer, I actually landed my first assignment with a national magazine to write about a succession of events that shaped the trajectory of our current president.

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 markets to get paid to write those types of articles, too.

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

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