freelance business

How U.S. Writers Can Fight AB5 and Save Independent Contractor Jobs

Fight to Save Independent Contractor Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Do new laws spell the end of independent contractor jobs in America — including our freelance-writing jobs?

This is the most frequently asked question I’ve had in the past few months, ever since California’s AB5 bill was passed, followed by similar proposed laws in other states.

If you’ve heard about new freelancer laws, but don’t know quite what’s going on — or wonder what you can do to protect your career and income — this post lays it out for you.

Quick version: New laws are coming online that place restrictions on who can freelance for what sort of company or organization. You need to understand what’s happening, so that you can thrive as a freelance writer.

I’ve got some action items that will help you move forward and stay in control of your freelance future. But first, let’s review what’s happened and why, so you understand the changes, and where your freelance writing biz fits into the picture.

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Writing Jobs Sluggish? 17 Jet-Stream Strategies to Boost Freelance Income

Ride the Jet Stream to Better Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Struggling to find writing jobs? Or the ones you’ve got aren’t helping you move up and earn more fast enough?

Check your boarding pass. You may need to change your travel plans.

If you’re currently on board the Content Mill Clipper, the Job Board Puddle Jumper, or the Bid Site Balloon, it’s going to take a long time to build your freelance writing career.

You might get some clips and make a little money this way. But it’s a slow, mind-numbing route plagued with too many layovers, crammed cabin quarters, and mechanical problems. And it doesn’t have to be that way.

Get off at the next stop, and ride the freelancer’s jet stream to move up and earn more. Successful freelance writers use this fast-moving current to:

  • Boost productivity
  • Master marketing
  • Overcome fear
  • Stay motivated, and
  • Charge higher rates

Ready to ride the freelancer’s jet stream? Here are 17 ways to speed up your freelance writing career:

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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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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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10 Life-Changing Books for Writers (Hint: They’re Not About Craft)

10 Life-Changing Books for Writers (Hint: They're Not About Craft). Makealivingwriting.com.

What happens when freelance writers want to build their careers? Well, since we’re ‘word’ people, we tend to ask our friends, “What good books for writers should I read?”

Lengthy chats erupt on Facebook in response, about the most inspiring and useful books on writing craft. Books such as Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, and Stephen King’s On Writing are enthusiastically discussed and endorsed.

I’ve read and loved these books, too. But I don’t think they’re the ideal books for writers, especially if your focus is making a reliable living at your craft.

My experience is writers read these books, think, “Aaah, wonderful! Terrific insights.” Then, they go straight back to starving.

Also, most writers I know don’t need to improve their craft. They write just fine.

The books for writers that will make a bigger impact are the ones about how to make a business from writing. How to freelance successfully. How to finally find the confidence to put your writing out there.

Those are the books for writers that can really change your life. The books that show you how to feed your family, on a regular basis, with your craft.

If that’s the sort of help you need, here’s a list of practical books on the business of being a writer that I frequently recommend.

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How to Make Money Blogging: All My Best Tips

How to make money blogging: All my best tips. Makealivingwriting.com.

Here’s something I hear a lot: “I’ve got a blog, but nothing’s happening. I’d love to diversify my income and lessen my reliance on freelance clients. What am I missing? Can you tell me how to make money blogging?”

Over the years, I’ve shared a lot of my own blogging journey, as I grew this blog into the platform for a thriving online business.

But as the blog got bigger, it’s gotten harder to quickly find my best earn-from-blogging tips.

As a coach dedicated to helping writers find financial freedom, I think helping writers develop their own income streams is super-important.

The answer? I’ve created a special page that pulls together all my best information, blog posts, and resources in one handy spot.

Introducing: How to Make Money Blogging Central

I’ve combed through the 900+ posts on here, and created a headquarters for all my best information on how to make your blog earn.

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