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The Journey From Bottom Feeder Content Mills to Six-Figure Freelancing

How to Go From Content Mills to Six-Figure Freelancing. Makealivingwriting.com

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.

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Kids Driving You Crazy? One Writer’s Family-Friendly Productivity Plan

The productivity plan for freelancers with kids. Makealivingwriting.com

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:

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Get Paid to Write Personal Essays: 16 Markets for Freelancers

Get paid to write personal essays. Makealivingwriting.com

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:

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Grammar Rules for Freelancers Your English Teacher Didn’t Tell You

Grammar rules you should break as a freelance writer. Makealivingwriting.com

If you think you’ve mastered all the grammar rules you need to know in English class to be a freelance writer, I’ve got news for you.

Rules were meant to be broken.

Not all the grammar rules you learned in school will help you catch an editor’s attention, write smart marketing copy, or move up and earn more as a freelancer.

And that was hard for me to accept.

I’ve been an English teacher for more than a decade. But to land freelance writing assignments, I had to ignore some of the very grammar rules I taught in school.

Wondering how to improve your writing and send Boring and Stuffy to detention?

I really started to take notice when I was grading formal research papers and thinking about a blog assignment for a client at the same time.

Two totally different worlds.

I’m sure your English teacher was a nice person. But if you want to succeed as a freelance writer, break these grammar rules:

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Stop Making Excuses: One Writer’s Doubt-Slaying Strategies for Freelance Success

Slay your doubts for freelance success. Makealivingwriting.com

What’s holding you back from freelance success?

For a lot of writers, it’s fear of failure, doubt, or that voice inside your head that tries to convince you’ll never be good enough.

Believe me. I know what it’s like to keep second-guessing yourself, steer clear of networking and marketing, and get stuck feeling like every other writer is killing it but you.

I wasn’t always a freelance writer. In fact, I was TV news reporter and producer, teacher, and human resources trainer, before I made the leap to full-time freelancing.

Even though I had plenty of career experience, I had my doubts about freelance success.

But I knew I had to slay those dragons and stop making excuses.

It didn’t happen overnight. But I have found ways to overcome my doubts and fears, move up and earn more. And so can you.

Here are a few ways I deal with the doubts that trip me up the most:

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