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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What’s your writing process look like? Are you productive and efficient, or do you spend a lot of time spinning your wheels?
Stop right there.
If you’re dreaming about the days of crushing it as a full-time freelance writer, you’re probably wondering how to dial in your writing process, find clients, get work done, move up, and earn more.
When I was new to freelancing, I needed to hit the reset button on my writing process and mindset, but I didn’t fully understand that until years later.
If you want to be a successful freelance writer, make an appointment with Mrs. Discipline.
Why? Freelance writing isn’t for the faint-of-heart, easily-defeated type. It’s hard. It requires a long-game mindset, commitment, and the ability to deflect distractions to get work done.
Making some commitments to yourself and your freelance goals can be a total game-changer. I only figured that out after a lot of stops and starts and second-guessing myself. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Want to be a successful freelance writer? Adopt these five no-compromise rules:
It’s the middle of the afternoon. You’ve got a client deadline. And all you’ve been able to do for the last few hours is think up writing excuses for why you’re not cranking out copy.
- Your desk is too cluttered.
- You’re behind on dishes and laundry.
- You don’t feel like writing.
- You didn’t get enough info from your client to complete the assignment.
- And then the thought crosses your mind: I’m not really a writer. I’m just pretending to be one.
Been there, done that?
If you’ve made any of these writing excuses (FYI…there’s many more), you’ve probably done your share of whining, crying, and flailing around. All that, when you could have been, you know, working.
Tired of writing excuses holding you back from moving up and earning more as a freelancer?
Stop whining, and crush your freelance writing excuses once and for all. Here’s how:
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!
You’re staring at the computer screen thinking about making money writing online. But something isn’t right.
You’re anxious. You’re full of self doubt. You keep thinking of worst-case scenarios. You’re terrified by the fear of failure. And that kind of makes writing online and making money hard to do.
If you’re cowering in the corner afraid to make a move as a freelance writer, you’re not alone. A lot of writers struggle with the same kind of issues, even pros who’ve been writing online for years.
But if you want to make money writing online, you can’t let fear stop you from trying, writing a query, sending a letter of introduction, networking, or going after higher-paying clients.
The thing you should be most afraid of is wasting days, weeks, months, or even years paralyzed by fear, when you could be writing online and building your dream freelance life.
Ready to move up and earn more? Punch fear in the face and kick self doubt to the curb. These 15 no-fear moves will help you make it happen.
Have you lost your motivation for writing, marketing, and freelancing? Tell me why and win a coaching session.
That’s how we’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day around here.
I hear from a lot of capable writers who are scraping by, too often writing for content mills and low-paying clients. It doesn’t take long for those kinds of gigs to become exhausting, stifle creativity, and leave you feel drained and unmotivated.
Been there? Done that? Maybe it’s your reality right now.
Writer’s block. Lack of motivation. Feeling stuck. Those issues come up a lot in coaching sessions I do with writers, in the Freelance Writers Den forums, and countless emails I get from people who are trying to figure out how to make a living writing.
And it’s not just newbies. Even veteran writers can hit a dry spell, lose focus and motivation, or have anchor clients disappear overnight and wonder if it’s time to go back to a J-O-B.
Want to win a coaching session to get back on track? Here’s what you need to do: