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Start Writing with This Simple 15-Minute Hack for Busy Freelancers

Short on Time? Try This 15-Minute Hack to Start Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

Short on time? It can be easy to think you’ve got too many thigs on your to-do list to start writing.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home freelancer or working a day job and writing on the side, carving out time to start writing or marketing your services can be a challenge.

There’s a long list of reasons (aka excuses): Meetings, kids, email, laundry, phone calls, grocery shopping, writer website updates, etc.

You’re thinking you need an hour or more of time to start writing, finish an assignment or spend time marketing to land more client work. But that hour never seems to materialize.

Plans change. Someone pukes on the ride to school. Your toddler won’t go down for a nap. Or your designated writing time gets annihilated by some other priority.

If I waited around for a day when I got all the time I planned for writing, I would never get anything done. I had to figure out a better way. Here’s my simple strategy to hack 15-minute blocks of time to start writing:

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10 Time-Saving Apps to Boost Productivity for Freelance Writers

Time-Saving Apps for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you one of those freelance writers who is always short on time, scrambles to get stuff done, and lives in a constant state of procrastination?

It happens. Shiny Object Syndrome is a real thing when you’re sitting in front of a computer all day.

There’s email, social channels, your favorite blogs and websites, the latest gaming craze called Fortnite, and much more to distract you from getting work done.

Sound familiar?

In the perfect world, you spend all your working hours writing for clients, marketing your services, and making lots of money.

But it doesn’t always work like that. Right?

Fortunately, the Internet’s abyss of never-ending distractions is also a great place to find apps to help you work smarter, get organized, and be more productive.

As a freelance technology writer, I’ve tested and used a long list of Chrome apps to boost my own productivity, and ultimately make more money. And so can you.

Check out these 10 time-saving apps to help you move up and earn more:

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How to Make the Terrifying Leap to Charge Higher Freelance Rates

Make the Leap to Charge Higher Freelance Rates. Makealivingwriting.com

Terrified of charging higher freelance rates, even though you know you’re worth it?

If quoting big is outside your comfort zone, I get it. It seemed too risky.

What if you lose the gig?

In my family, income from my freelancing is pretty important. We depend on it being there every month, so I’m not in a position to take huge unnecessary risks. A lost gig equals lost income (and lost income doesn’t pay the mortgage).

But at some point, you’re bound to reach a tipping point. You might be terrified of the outcome, but you’re finally willing to take the risk to find out if you can command higher freelance rates.

I reached a tipping point like that earlier this year, and something pretty crazy happened.

Want to learn how to punch fear in the face, and take the leap to raise your freelance rates? Here’s how it’s done:

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Get Paid to Write Poetry: 14 Markets for Freelance Writers

Get Paid to Write Poetry. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to get paid to write poetry?

If that sounds like a far-fetched idea, you’re not the first writer to think poetry is a low-paying dead end.

You’re not going to get paid to write poetry for most magazines, trade pubs, businesses, or blogs.

But it’s not impossible to get paid for your prose, and get a byline for publishing poetry.

I’ve done it. Should you quit your day job to become a poet? Probably not. Consider writing poetry one way to earn an income as a freelancer writer.

But you can actually get paid to write poetry? Yes. I’ve written poetry for a long list of publications, and ultimately published a book of poetry. It’s not the only way I make a living writing, but writing poetry is certainly one of my income streams.

If you want to tap into your more creative side, write poetry, and get paid for your musings, check out these poetry markets:

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Get More Leads With This Unconventional Marketing Method for Freelance Writers

An Unconventional Way to Get More Freelance Leads. Makealivingwriting.com

You want to get more leads to grow your freelance writing business.

So you set a goal to churn out more queries and letters of introduction. That’s how you market yourself as a freelance writer, isn’t it?

Those are two traditional marketing methods freelance writers use to get more leads and clients. And you should be sending out plenty of both if you want to get fully booked.

But who says you have to play by old-school rules?

There’s a million different ways to market your services, connect with people in your niche, and land more freelance writing assignments.

And there’s at least one unconventional marketing method you should consider. Barrier to entry is low. Tech tools make it easy.

One writer has even used this approach to get more leads, land multiple ghostwriting gigs, build authority, and ultimately make more money. And so can you.

Ready to give this unconventional marketing method a try?

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The Lucrative Business of Dumpster Diving for Discarded Freelance Ideas

Cash in on Discarded Freelance Ideas. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you ever come up with a bunch of good freelance ideas and then tossed them in the virtual trash?

You brainstorm some freelance ideas for a query or letter of introduction to land an assignment. You even write up a partial pitch.

And then for whatever reason (fear, procrastination, shiny-object syndrome, or too many open windows on your computer), those freelance ideas never make it to the Great Beyond.

Been there, done that?

If your hard drive looks like the inside of a hoarder’s house stacked with unfinished freelance ideas in every corner, it’s time to put on some rubber gloves, and start digging through the trash.

Why? Some of your discarded freelance ideas are worth money, an assignment, your next best client.

Having a little hoarder freakout about now? Here’s what you need to do:

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