As the New Year dawns, are you getting super-serious about living your dream life? Freelance writers, I’m hearing a lot of this lately:
“I’m fed up with earning peanuts… and with being afraid of rejection. Fed up with listening to naysayers who say I can’t make a living as a freelance writer.”
“This is the year I go all-in on freelance writing, and earn a living at it. I’ve got to make it happen!”
Is this you? Or maybe you’re more in this boat:
“The world seems to be falling apart — and so does my personal life. Meanwhile, how can I make a career out of this, despite all the uncertainty? Writing is my dream…”
If you’re serious about claiming the freelance life of your dreams — in the coming year, not someday-maybe — I’ve got help for you.
In my traditional year-end message to my blog readers, I’ve got four big tips that should help you avoid wasted time and achieve your freelance goals.
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Need some writing inspiration during the holidays?
It’s a crazy time of year for a lot of freelance writers.
You’re hustling to work ahead. You’re thinking about how to move up and earn more in 2020. Maybe you’re feeling a little worn out since the holiday march began last month.
Sound familiar? How about a little writing inspiration to give you a boost during the holidays?
Believe it or not, you can still connect with clients and prospects during the holidays, land assignments, get paid well, and enjoy your work.
It happens all the time.
Right now, while most of us are celebrating, some editor is stressing about hiring a freelancer for a story assignment or project. The editor stumbles across a pitch or letter of introduction you sent, and voilà, you just scored a new client and assignment.
What’s your best or most unusual gig as a freelance writer during the holidays?
We asked writers to share their stories. Ready for a little writing inspiration and reminder of what’s possible? Grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy…
Are you ready for the best year of your career, freelance writers?
January is always a time of so much hope, for everyone who has a dream in their heart to be their own boss and earn doing what they love.
But often, those dreams seem to flame out about as fast as those New Year’s Eve fireworks.
How can you stay on track? It begins with your mindset.
To help you make 2019 the year you earn what you deserve from your writing, I’ve put together a little inspirational message for you. I talk you through some practical suggestions for ways to follow through and keep your freelance-writing dream alive, all year.
Hope it helps you earn more!
Do you feel like everything has already been said? That it’s impossible to be original, in an age where everyone has instant access to everything?
Well, I disagree.
Fresh, original writers and bloggers emerge every day. Each of us is an utterly unique human being.
Yet originality remains a struggle for many writers. Here’s a typical comment I recently got on one of my blog posts:
“I run a blog and I’ve been trying to be original in my content. The more I try, the more I get less original.
“What’s your advice on this?” –Ifeanyi
When you feel like you have nothing fresh to contribute, it’s time to take a step back and shake up your creative process.
I put together this list of 18 originality-enhancing ideas because in Hebrew, the word for life, chai, has the numerical value of 18. Pump some new life into your writing with these!
Have you been toying with the idea of becoming a full-time freelance writer?
If so, I’ve got some tips for you. It’s time to change your thinking.
Writing full-time to pay your bills isn’t for the meek. And it’s not a career you can succeed at with a half-hearted effort. This is going to take serious commitment, and a thick skin.
I hear from writers every day who’re in love with the idea of becoming a freelancer…but they’re hooked on the security of that paycheck. Fears hold them back.
If this is you, let me give you a step-by-step on what successful, full-time freelance writers do to launch their business:
Working as a freelance writer makes life equal parts challenging and exciting.
You may keep strange hours. You may have to navigate periods of too much work — and the dry spells that sometimes follow.
And the one thing you need most is the support of those around you. But sometimes they just don’t get it.
Here are the comments I’ve heard from people who don’t understand freelancing — and the responses I’ve used to help them get it.