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Prevent Coronavirus From Killing Your Freelance Income: 10 Ideas

Prevent Coronavirus From Killing Your Freelance Income. Makealivingwriting.com

Greetings from Seattle, the American Ground Zero of the coronavirus pandemic! Yes, both my teens’ schools are closed for 6 weeks. If you’ve been frantically reading up on how to avoid catching coronavirus, remember one important aspect of that process: You also need to prevent coronavirus (and fears about it) from destroying your freelance-writing income.

Right? Let’s go!

First off, let’s all breathe for a minute here and just sit quietly. BIG breath in through the nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Good.

We’re going to get through this. I promise.

Yes, I know the stock markets are crashing, too. But it’s still going to be OK.

How do I know? Because I’ve freelanced through previous economic recessions, most recently in 2009. In fact, I built my freelance-writing biz up to earning six figures during that downturn.

The tunnel has a light — and there’s lots of opportunity for us in bad times, too.

Best way to get through this is to focus your energy on what is within your sphere of control. What you can take action on.

Because there’s no point worrying about the rest. Like Erma Bombeck once said, “Worry is like rocking in a rocking chair — it gives you something to do, but never gets you anywhere.”

What can you do, proactively, to prevent coronavirus from putting a hole in your writing income? Here are my tips:

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Freelance Writing Jobs: 11 Digital Marketing Sites That Pay $100+

Freelance Writing Jobs for Digital Marketing Sites. Makealivingwriting.com

Looking for freelance writing jobs? If you have digital marketing experience to share, or know people you can interview, there’s a market for that.

What exactly is digital marketing or marketing automation?

Think of all the stuff that happens behind the scenes online that drives traffic, increases engagement, gets readers to sign up or make a purchase.

FYI: It’s a big list of things like SEO, key phrases, funnels, email campaigns, and retargeting ads. Even blog posts, web page pop-ups, and social media juicing fall into this category.

If it can be automated, chances are pretty good there’s an app or piece of software for that. And if there’s not, you need to connect with freelance writer, journalist, and entrepreneur Damon Brown to find out how to turn that idea into a cash cow.

If you’re looking for freelance writing jobs, there’s no shortage of agencies, software companies, and niche-industry sites that publish content about the latest trends in digital marketing and automation.

Check out this list of websites and magazines that pay $100+ for highly-skilled and well-researched work about digital marketing. Study the guidelines and start pitching.

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Government Contracts for Writers: 11 Red-Tape Cuts to Get Hired

Writers: Tips to Cut Red Tape and Get Government Contracts. Makealivingwriting.com.

Ever thought about getting freelance work through government contracts?

You’re probably thinking something like:

  • There’s a lot of red tape to cut through
  • It’s too hard
  • It’s not my niche
  • I don’t know enough about government

Sound familiar?

FYI, those are just excuses. Maybe this will change your mind about pursuing this kind of freelance work.

Take the time to cut through the red tape, and you can find government contracts that pay writers $100 to $200 an hour.

Bill $5,000 to $25,000 in a month writing for one client? This is happening for writers hired to create content for government contracts at the federal, state, and local level.

Can you see past the red tape now?

Sure, finding clients and writing content for government contracts is a little different than writing for magazines and businesses.

But there’s lots of work. It pays well. And if you’re willing to cut through the red tape, some of it can be yours.

Here’s what you need to know to get government contracts for freelance work:

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Blog Writing Fails: 5 Brain-Dead Zombie Mistakes That Sicken Editors

Beware of these Brain-Dead Blog Writing Mistakes. Makealivingwriting.com

Do your blog writing pitches stink?

There’s an easy way to tell…you’re not getting ANY responses from editors or marketing directors.

That ever happen to you?

When you send an editor a rotten pitch for a blog post, there’s a good chance your approach makes you sound like a brain-dead zombie.

And there’s protocol for that in the Editor’s Universal Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse:

Hit delete. Writer may be infected. Quarantine inbox immediately. Warning, freelancer appears to be devoid of creativity, brain dead, unable to communicate with words. Do not engage.

If your blog writing pitch is so bad it makes an editor sick or triggers their zombie-response training to avoid you at all costs, it’s going to be tough to make a living writing.

So what are the telltale signs of a brain-dead pitch for a blog post? These mistakes will sicken an editor faster than the smell of rotting flesh.

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Writer Websites That Rank Well: 8 Secrets of Top NYC Writers

Writer Websites: Tips from Top NYC Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Freelance writers sometimes overlook a critical piece of marketing that can drive traffic, generate leads, and land assignments… writer websites.

How’s your writer website?

Maybe you’ve got the basics like a home page, about page, and your portfolio. Maybe you’re still looking at writer websites to get ideas for setting up your own.

  • What should your writer website include?
  • Does design matter?
  • What makes other writer websites perform well?
  • What about SEO?
  • What can you do to stand out in a crowded niche?

These are questions an elite group of freelance writers, authors, and content marketing experts can answer.

Ask Google to help you find a “top NYC writer,” and you’ll get slammed with 19 million results. That’s more than double the Big Apple’s daytime population of 8.6 million.

So how does a NYC writer stand out online? Being smart, creative, and friendly helps. But in today’s digital world, writer websites matter, too.

So I Googled ‘Top NYC writer,” and reached out to the writers whose websites topped that search. Below, eight of those top-ranking writers share their secrets for creating writer websites that seriously get you found and hired.

Ready to launch or revamp your writer website? Here’s what you need to know.

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Writers Work: 3 Freelancers Reveal How to Smash Your Income Goals

Writers Work: 3 Freelancers Tell How to Smash your income goals. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to earn twice as much freelance writing income as you’re getting now? Lots of writers work hard for years, and their income seems to stay at the same, low level.

It’d be amazing if you could break that cycle and earn big, right?

No more fear and stress about whether you can get the bills paid each month — or whether you might have to go get a day job (or might be unable to ever quit the one you’re stuck in). Or never get to retire.

When you’re struggling to find better clients, it can be hard to envision that your writing life can ever change. That you can level-up your business and earn a LOT more.

But it’s definitely possible, if you’re ready to focus and work for it.

How do I know? Because I’ve spent the past 4 years teaching hundreds of working freelance writers how to double their income and more, in my Freelance Writers Den 2X Income Accelerator Mastermind.

For 6 months each year, I work with a small group of writers on a focused, step-by-step plan with individual coaching, group peer support, and monthly live trainings.

It changes how they approach their writing business — and that, in turn, radically ramps up their income.

At this point, I’ve seen writers routinely go from $20,000 a year to $40,000 — and from $40,000 to $80,000. Some of my grads are even earning $120K+ as freelance writers.

Want to get inspired and discover how real-life writers skyrocket their income? I recently sat down with three of the most high-achieving students, who all more than doubled their income in 4 months flat.

That’s pretty wild, rapid success, even for Den 2X-ers. So I asked them to unpack exactly what actions they took that got them earning a lot more.

Read on to get their tips for moving up and earning a lot more:

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