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Online Writing Nightmares: 4 Scary, Soul-Sucking Places for Freelance Work

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If your freelance life gives you nightmares, you might be chasing online writing jobs in some scary places. It’s a recurring problem I’ve heard from writers for years. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
—Carol.

Do you go to sleep at night feeling good about your online writing work?

Or do you toss and turn, have nightmares about writing for pennies, and wake up in a cold sweat?

Being a freelance writer can be scary. So many online writing opportunities are out there beckoning you to walk down a virtual dark alley without a flashlight.

I’ve seen it happen. And heard too many nightmare tales from freelance writers.

Some shady online writing client lures you in like an unsuspecting victim in a horror movie. And before you know it, you’re hooked into writing copy for soul-sucking rates.

If you don’t want to be stuck in an online writing nightmare, beware of these four places in the Underworld of Freelance Writing that are guaranteed to put your writing career on the road to nowhere.

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How to Be a Freelance Writer: 25 Amazing Break-In Stories

Breaking In: How to Be a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.com

How much time have you spent thinking about how to be a freelance writer?

If it’s always on your mind, what are you waiting for? Just start.

That might sound too simple if you have a million things buzzing inside your brain about how to be a freelance writer like choosing a niche, finding clients, setting rates, productivity, mindset, writing skills, and more.

But here’s the thing. There’s no better way to learn the business and craft of freelance writing than to jump in, get started, and carve out a niche for yourself.

Take one step, and then another. Move up and earn more. Get a couple of solid writing samples, raise your rates, and keep going.

You can’t do any of that if you’re stuck on waiting to find the perfect path for how to be a freelance writer instead of just getting started.

Be a writer, not a waiter. That’s what you’ll learn from the 25 amazing break-in stories from freelance writers featured in this post. Ready to get started?

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Power Up: 5 Super-Charged Resources for New Freelance Writers

Super-Charged Resources for New Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder what new freelance writers should do to ramp up, land clients, and start making money?

Some go with the slow-and-steady approach. But it could literally take years of trial and error to master essential marketing skills, get good clients, build a portfolio, and make good money.

Have you been trying to get your freelance writing business off the ground?

Most new freelance writers need a faster way to jump start their career. You know, like one of those rapid chargers for your phone that can get your battery to 100 percent…quick.

You don’t have to be one of those freelance writers who spends months or years waiting around for things to take off. In fact, that’s usually a sign of a bad battery plagued by fear, uncertainty, and a poorly-working, take-action mindset.

Fortunately, you can change that just as easily as you can replace or recharge a battery.

Ready to power up your freelance writing career? Plug into these five super-charged resources to get started:

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The Habit That Will Transform Your Freelance Writing Income

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NOTE: Want to know the secret to boosting your freelance writing income? I learned this a long time ago, and it’s still true. Change this one thing, and you’re on your way. Enjoy! —Carol.

Would you like to create a drastic shift in your freelance writing income?

There’s really only one way.

The good news is, this is something you can do no matter where you live, or how the economy is doing.

I was reminded of this when I ran into a mom I know casually — she’s the mother of one of my son’s longtime friends.

I hadn’t seen her in a while, and I about fell over when I ran into her at a local bike race I did with my family recently.

She has lost probably 80 pounds or more, and looks 15 years younger!

Between slimming down and growing her formerly very short hair out to ponytail length, she looked almost like a teenager. Even the shape of her face had changed.

And you know what? Her approach to losing weight was so smart, it can even help you boost your writing income. Here’s how:

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7 Faulty Assumptions That Derail New Freelance Writers

Steer Clear: Faulty Beliefs of New Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

NOTE: Want to know how to think like a successful freelance writer? It’s starts with getting a few things straight, beginning with this advice I shared a while ago. Enjoy! —Carol.

The Internet has brought us many gifts, as freelance writers.

But it also brings with it a lot of misinformation and confused notions as to how to go about building a successful freelance writing career.

If you make assumptions off the bat about how freelance writing works, you can waste a lot of time and energy.

(Here’s a hint: If you’re just starting out, don’t assume anything. Ask successful freelance writers and find out what’s really working today.)

Frustrated? Confused? Spinning your wheels about how to be one of those successful freelance writers?

Let’s iron this out right now.

Take a look at my top seven wrong-headed notions that leave new freelance writers floundering in their quest to get paid:

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3 Simple Ways to Find Better-Paying Freelance Writing Jobs

Smart ways to find freelance writing jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Note: If you’ve been looking for freelance writing jobs on content-mill sites and job boards, you’re probably frustrated. Most pay bottom feeder rates. It’s something I’ve been  hearing from writers for a long time. But great freelance writing jobs are out there, you just need to know how to find them. Check out this post from the past to learn how. —Carol.

Do you feel like it’s a pipe dream to find freelance writing jobs that pay pro rates?

I hear a lot of comments like this from writers who are about ready to give up on their writing dreams.

They write me to say:

“It just seems like there aren’t any good-paying clients out there.”

Have to say, I disagree. But whether you think freelance writing is a land of unlimited opportunity or a field no one can earn a living at seems to depend on your personal experience.

If you want to start landing well-paying freelance writing jobs, you probably need to do two things. Here’s what you need to know:

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