procrastination

Punch Fear in the Face: 9 Confidence Boosters for Freelance Writers

Freelance Writers: Punch Up Your Confidence Level. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you one of those freelance writers with a confidence problem?

You know…you think about pitching businesses and magazines, but you don’t actually do it, because you don’t think you’re good enough.

Or maybe you get a bite from a prospect, and then take forever to reply or book a call, because you’re afraid you’ll screw it all up.

Or maybe you’re stuck comparing yourself to other freelance writers who appear to be smarter, more creative, more successful.

Sound familiar?

If you’ve ever felt this way as a freelance writer, you’re not alone. But you’ll never achieve your freelance writing goals if you let fear and lack of confidence hold you back.

The truth is, even the most successful freelance writers have doubts, fears, and frustrations. But they know how to fight back, stay productive, and keep moving forward.

Ready to punch fear in the face, and give your freelance writing career a boost? Here’s how it’s done…

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Content Writing Productivity: 11 Bright Hacks to Get Organized

Content Writing Productivity Hacks for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever struggle to keep up with your content writing deadlines?

Maybe freelancing is your full-time gig, or maybe it’s your side hustle. Maybe you have a day job, kids, or both.

If you’re feeling like your hectic schedule is casting a shadow over your freelance writing career that’s making it hard to move up and earn more, shine a light on how you’re using your time.

If you’re a stay-at-home mom, parent who home-schools kids, freelancer with a day job and dream to go full-time, or you’re already living the freelance life, your greatest asset is time.

How you use your time can make the difference between landing a couple of freelance writing gigs and being fully booked. Which would you prefer?

In this post you’ll get tips, strategies, resources, and motivation from freelancers who are hustling every day, every hour, every minute to improve time management and get more work done.

Check out these 11 hacks for freelance writers to get organized and boost productivity:

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Stop Whining: How to Crush Your Freelance Writing Excuses

Tips to Crush Your Freelance Writing Excuses. Makealivingwriting.com

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:

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Writing Career Tips: 9 Types of Useless Scribbling to Avoid

Writing Career Tips Avoid Useless Scribbling. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you love writing? Thinking of doing it for pay? Well, there’s a big difference between writing for the fun of it, and having a lucrative, bill-paying writing career.

Every day, there are loads of things you could be writing, sure. But when you’re writing for money, time is of the essence. You’ll need to focus on the types of writing that will help move your writing career forward.

You might think, “Well, any writing is good. Because it’s all writing practice.” Right?

If you’ve got unlimited time, then sure. But if you have other commitments in your life — say, a day job, kids, a love life — you’ll need to be efficient here.

What writing tasks should you avoid wasting time on? Here’s my list:

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January Slump? Do This Now to Book Early 2019 Freelance Work

Freelance Work Headed for a January Slump? Makealivingwriting.com

I’ve noticed something about my freelance work and writing income. It often goes to crap in January.

Does this happen to you?

One day you’ve got a steady stream of freelance work. And the next, you’re focused on making the holiday meal, hosting a party, buying gifts, or making travel plans.

But that’s not the real reason the first month of the year is often a loser.

My theory: Income sucks in January because marketing tends to slack off in December.

After all, it’s the holidays! Everyone’s on vacation. Editors are out. You’re busy with family. The next thing you know, it’s January 3. And there you are in the office, looking at an empty assignment calendar.

When you’re trying to earn big from freelance work, having a “down” month is a problem.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you do it right, you can still enjoy the holidays and take time off. Here’s how to keep freelance work and income flowing well into January:

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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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