Are you one of those freelancers in the writer’s dojo who secretly thinks you’re too weak at this writing thing to earn a living?
Maybe you’re scared you’ll screw up, suck at getting clients, fail to deliver high-quality work, and basically punch yourself in the face.
Or maybe you’re overwhelmed because you’re trying to learn pro-writer combos and strikes before you’ve learned the basics.
I know what it’s like to be one of the white-belt freelancers on the mat staring down opponents like Fear, Self-Doubt, Procrastination, and Lack of Direction.
It’s scary. It’s frustrating. And if you don’t do something about it, those bad guys from the Dojo of Doom and Failure will take you down.
But it doesn’t have to be like that. After some training, practice, and a few blows to the head, I learned five moves freelancers can use to beat fear and doubt.
You’re about to fire off a query letter, submit an article assignment to an editor, or send an LOI to a prospect. Do you use a grammar checker tool before you hit send?
There’s the typical safeguards to catch spelling errors and basic grammar issues in programs like Microsoft Word and Google Docs.
But in the last few years, there’s been a kind of meeting of the minds between wordsmiths and software engineers to create more sophisticated grammar checker tools.
These grammar checker tools promise to:
- Catch spelling and grammar issues
- Identify major issues in your writing
- Learn your writing style
- Offer specific recommendations based on the type of writing you’re doing (business, technical, medical, marketing, etc.)
Does that mean you can just ignore all the rules covered in The Elements of Style (one of the most widely-used books on style and grammar since 1918) and use a grammar checker tool?
Let’s take a closer look at some popular grammar checker tools to find out if this is crucial software, or just a crutch for freelancers.
Ever feel like you’re lost in the woods trying to find freelance work?
Maybe you’re at one of those crossroads trying to land your first client. Or you’re in the middle of a career change.
Or maybe you’ve been writing for a while, but it’s time to find freelance work and new clients to move up and earn more.
When you’re trying to map out the best marketing route to find freelance work, it’s easy to get that deer-in-the-headlights gaze and get stuck.
But you can’t stand around and do nothing, or you could literally freeze to death if you can’t pay your heating bill, or at least build a campfire.
So what should you do? That’s what I had to figure out when I quit my job as a park ranger to take care of my special needs son and start freelancing.
I picked the easiest path to freelance success. And within two weeks, I had my first client, a one-year contract, and a steady stream of inbound leads. Here’s the route I took to get there:
If you want to carve out an income in the six-figure freelancing club, it might seem like a long shot based on where you’re at right now.
Maybe your $20-per-blog-post client feels like a soul-sucking, dead-end gig. Maybe every query, pitch and LOI you send seems to fall on deaf ears.
Or maybe you’re doing all the right things. But that six-figure freelancing goal still seems impossible. It’s not.
Freelance success takes more than hard work and dedication. It also requires something too many writers overlook—a well-planned strategy for moving up.
Five years ago, rookie freelancer Nicole Dieker swam with the bottom feeders, churning out content mill pieces for a few pennies a word.
Now she’s a rockstar columnist, blogger, copywriter, and novelist. And she’s fast approaching six-figure freelancing status.
Want to know how she did it? Check out her proven methods for increasing your income, moving up and earning more.
Are your kids driving you crazy? If you don’t have a productivity plan as a stay-at-home freelancer, getting work done can be hard.
It’s something I know a lot about.
I’m a stay-at-home mom. I have eight kids. I home-school. And I have a thriving freelance writing business.
It’s kind of crazy. And I struggled to figure out how to make it work.
When you’re trying to land client work or complete an assignment, with kids begging for your attention, you might think the last thing you want to spend time on is a productivity plan.
But you actually need that in place first.
Why? Let’s just say kids make the work at home experience more interesting.
I get more work done now in less time than I used to. And then there’s the added benefit of maintaining my sanity with such a busy household.
Want to know how I do it? Here’s my productivity plan for freelance writers with kids:
Want to get paid to write personal essays?
It’s the romantic version of being a freelance writer.
Take a vacation, and write about your adventures. Survive your toddler’s terrible-twos and share your advice. Dabble in online dating and tell others the good, the bad, and the ugly about your experience.
Sounds pretty good, right?
If you have a unique perspective, experience, thoughts, or advice from your side of the fence, you can get paid to write personal essays…in just about any niche.
But you need to know where to look to find these gigs, and how to pitch an editor when you do. Note: There are still plenty of opportunities to write personal essays, but not all are well-paying assignments.
Have something to say? Check out these 16 markets for places to get paid to write personal essays: