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Overcoming Procrastination: 7 Useless Activities Writers Can Skip

Overcoming Procrastination for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to know the solution to overcoming procrastination?

If you’re feeling unproductive, as a freelance writer, you’re not alone. Writers all seem to suspect other writers are super-productive, while they struggle to write a single paragraph.

We’re all, ‘Stop wasting time, lady! Write more!’

Overcoming procrastination is easily the most popular podcast topic in the 7-year history of Freelance Writers Den.

While I don’t think it’s healthy to constantly compare yourself to other writers…it’s true that many writers have an elaborate set of time-wasting activities that suck up their day.

These are things you do instead of writing or marketing. These could all be cut back or eliminated altogether, in favor of more writing and marketing time.

What should writers stop wasting time doing? Here’s my list:

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Freelance Marketing Famine? 4 Ways to Find Hungry Clients

Freelance Marketing Menu to Find Hungry Clients. Makealivingwriting.com

When I first started out as a freelance content writer, I almost didn’t make it. My lack of freelance marketing focus was largely to blame.

But there were other reasons I nearly starved, too.

I quit my day job before I had steady clients. My portfolio was slim. And my savings? Ahem, what savings?

I also had bad habits. I squandered way too much of my time on freelance marketing strategies that didn’t work. If you’re nodding your head, I totally understand.

Fortunately, I realized that if I was going to survive, I needed a better freelance marketing menu of strategies to find clients that were already hungry and ready to hire me.

Worried about how you’re going to find great clients? I know I was.

To turn my freelance marketing famine around, I had to figure out better ways to reach out and make connections. These four tactics will help you find clients eager to throw you some work:

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Free HuffPo is Dead: 7 Moves Writers Should Make Now

Free HuffPo is Dead: Next Steps for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

If you missed the big news this past week: The Huffington Post (now officially known as HuffPo) ended its free-contributor channel, which had over 100,000 participating writers. Many writers online have bemoaned the death of free HuffPo posts, but I have a different reaction.

The end of unpaid HuffPo articles is part of a trend we’ll likely see more of this year — and I think it’s a good thing.

Yes, a tiny handful of writers seemed to get good clients through their unpaid HuffPo bylines, though the value of HuffPo exposure declined over time.

And quite a few writers were earning good money ghostwriting free HuffPo posts for thought leader/speaker/CEO types who didn’t have time to write their own authority-building pieces. So it wasn’t all bad.

But in the main, hordes of writers writing for free isn’t good.

Whether you’re happy or sad about the end of free HuffPo content, it’s important to understand what this change signifies in the marketplace. There are plenty of ways writers can benefit from these changing tides.

Here are seven key action items for freelance writers as the free HuffPo contributor channel fades away:

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LinkedIn ProFinder for Freelancers: Will It Help You Find Clients?

Can LinkedIn ProFinder Help You Find Freelance Work? Makealivingwriting.com

When you’re trying to book yourself solid, marketing to get more leads should be your priority. Ever heard of LinkedIn ProFinder?

It’s a tool you can use with your LinkedIn profile to get leads, bid on projects, and potentially land long-term clients.

Sounds good, right? After all, LinkedIn has 433 million users. And it’s a social media platform that’s defined itself as a place for business professionals.

LinkedIn ProFinder launched in 2015 as way to help users find talent and land freelance work. Over the last two years, it’s been widely used by business professionals in many industries. And it’s also gone through a series of changes. Now you’re probably wondering…

Does LinkedIn ProFinder work?

Let’s state the obvious, first. LinkedIn ProFinder is one of many marketing strategies you can use to find clients.

Letters of introduction, query letters, in-person networking, social media marketing, and even cold calling, for example, still work.

If you want to move up, earn more, and make a full-time living as a freelancer, you’ll need to spend a chunk of time marketing consistently.

Want to know if LinkedIn ProFinder can help you land more freelance clients? Here’s what you need to know:

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LinkedIn Profile Mastery for Freelancers: 10 Steps to Get You Hired

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Are you getting great freelance writing clients weekly from your LinkedIn profile? If not, this post is for you.

Most LinkedIn profiles do a poor job of attracting quality prospects. Also, LinkedIn recently changed its layout, which has made the whole job of creating an effective profile a bit trickier.

Why should you care about your LinkedIn profile? Well, because LinkedIn is only the Internet’s best search engine that 500 million users, including loads of major corporations, use every day to find freelancers.

If you don’t believe you can get found in the sea of LinkedIn profiles, let me just say I’ve been hired by no less than three Fortune 500 companies via my LinkedIn profile. This. Is. Real.

Inbound leads from LinkedIn are often terrific, and not just for me. I’ve coached scores of writers through this, and once you fix up your profile, the results can be pretty amazing.

Also, you’d love to get inbound leads and not have to do proactive marketing, right?

I found myself giving the same LinkedIn profile tips over and over in coaching sessions lately, so I thought I’d write it all down so more writers can benefit.

There are some basic things to know that will help you find good clients on LinkedIn. Let’s go element-by-element through the LinkedIn profile format, and I’ll give you a tour of how to make each facet of your profile show you off to best advantage:

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4 Free Email Lookup Tools To Find Editors & Marketing Managers

Easy-to-use email lookup tools for writers. Makealivingwriting.com.

Ever waste half a day in a fruitless search for the email address of an editor or marketing manager? Well, I recently found a simple email lookup system that reliably reveals whether you have the right address.

There’s one catch here: If the person you seek doesn’t use any social media, this system won’t help you sleuth out their address.

But since most folks in business are on LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ — some social media platform or other — this system is highly useful.

I’ve found this combo better than Rapportive, or Email Hunter (now known simply as ‘Hunter‘), or any of the other popular email lookup tools you may have heard about.

There are four free things you need to use my system:

  1. A Gmail address (just get one, if you don’t already have).
  2. Google Chrome as your browser.
  3. FullContact for Gmail, a Gmail extension for Chrome only. (Heads up: You may need to refresh your Gmail after you install.)
  4. An email permutator that suggests all the likely possible email address formats for any given name (I use a free handout from Rob Ousbey at Distilled that you can download from this page). You could live without this if you’re highly creative in guessing emails, but I found this tool a real time-saver that helps you easily track which versions of your target name you’ve already tried.

You may know that I’m not very tech-savvy, so I want to reassure you these are easy installs to do. I was able to get this hooked up on my own, and didn’t even cry once.

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