productivity

Digital Hoarder? Use This to Organize Your Freelance Writing Jobs

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Are you a digital hoarder? There’s a good chance the way you organize your freelance writing jobs is a complete mess.

Take a look at your inbox, computer, and work space. If there’s clutter, junk, and “important” information everywhere, you may have a problem.

When I started freelancing, I hustled a ton of work just to make money writing. Getting started was great. But it didn’t take long to realize I wasn’t organized.

I wasn’t doing a very good job at keeping track of assignments, pitches, contact information, deadlines, story ideas, invoices and payments from clients for freelance writing jobs.

My digital hoarding habits were preventing me from being able to move up and earn more. And I knew something had to change.

Sound familiar?

If you think digital hoarding habits may be preventing you from freelance success, it’s time for an intervention.

Use this strategy to organize your freelance writing jobs:

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Freelance Dreams vs. Reality: 7 Truth Bombs About Time Management

Truth Bombs About Time Management for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

You think you’ve got time management dialed in to be a successful freelance writer.

But do you really? Be honest.

Go ahead. Cough up an hour-by-hour report of how you spend your time.

It might sound like a frivolous, time-wasting task. You’re too busy, right? Too busy doing what exactly?

I can almost guarantee the exercise will deliver some serious truth bombs about your time management skills and commitment to make a living writing.

There’s the made-for-TV dream version of what freelance writers do all day. You know, where they spend like five minutes a day writing.

And then there’s the reality of being a freelance writer (which doesn’t look anything like the dream version of the freelance life).

When you look at your day-to-day activities from a time management perspective, it’s a telltale sign of where your writing career is going…Never-Never Land or on a path to move up and earn more.

Here’s the truth about where you’re headed:

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How to Write an E-Book Fast — When You’re Already Overbooked

How Busy Writers Can Create a Quick E-Book Online. Makealivingwriting.com

It was the middle of a too-hot summer, and I was already booked to the gills. Then, I got an offer — from a NYSE-traded, major corporation — to write my ideal project: a 20,000-word e-book. Right now. For a high four-figure fee. If you’ve ever wondered how to write an e-book fast, when you’re already busy… that was my challenge.

I took the writing job, and learned some new productivity tricks along the way. In this post, I unpack them for you.

My first big tip is to remember one of my Newtonian laws of freelancing: Work expands to fill all available space.

How to write an e-book: Crowdfunding coverWhen you take on more work, you naturally find ways to be more efficient. You stop goofing around and get serious. So, don’t be scared to take on more! You’ve got this.

The more you do, the more you can do. So if you get more work, don’t freak out.

That said, I had to get creative to fit 20K extra well-researched words into my already busy schedule, to meet this e-book deadline.

And I did it — my e-book Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs is out now, yay!

How did I do it? Here are the productivity steps I took:

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Exhausted? 7 Busy Writer-Moms Share Their Fall Productivity Formula

The Fall Productivity Formula for Work-at-Home Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

If ever there was a time of year to come up with a productivity formula for getting more done as a freelance writer, it’s fall.

Know why I say that? Well, fall is a special time because:

  • Editors and marketing managers get back from vacation
  • Companies plan next year’s marketing calendar and start assigning projects
  • Editors complete their editorial calendar, and look for special-section writers
  • If you do marketing now, you could still book more writing income this year
  • Kids go back to school, and writer-parents suddenly have a lot more time for freelance writing

See the potential fall has to ramp up your writing income?

Except that you’re suddenly transitioning from sleeping late as you like to having to get up at 6 a.m. to put kiddos on that early school bus. And you’re…dragging.

Also, maybe feeling the pressure that now, you’re out of excuses and actually need to do this thing.

And the fall productivity formula is just the thing to help you grow your freelance writing business. Ready to get started?

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Start Writing with This Simple 15-Minute Hack for Busy Freelancers

Short on Time? Try This 15-Minute Hack to Start Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

Short on time? It can be easy to think you’ve got too many thigs on your to-do list to start writing.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home freelancer or working a day job and writing on the side, carving out time to start writing or marketing your services can be a challenge.

There’s a long list of reasons (aka excuses): Meetings, kids, email, laundry, phone calls, grocery shopping, writer website updates, etc.

You’re thinking you need an hour or more of time to start writing, finish an assignment or spend time marketing to land more client work. But that hour never seems to materialize.

Plans change. Someone pukes on the ride to school. Your toddler won’t go down for a nap. Or your designated writing time gets annihilated by some other priority.

If I waited around for a day when I got all the time I planned for writing, I would never get anything done. I had to figure out a better way. Here’s my simple strategy to hack 15-minute blocks of time to start writing:

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10 Time-Saving Apps to Boost Productivity for Freelance Writers

Time-Saving Apps for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you one of those freelance writers who is always short on time, scrambles to get stuff done, and lives in a constant state of procrastination?

It happens. Shiny Object Syndrome is a real thing when you’re sitting in front of a computer all day.

There’s email, social channels, your favorite blogs and websites, the latest gaming craze called Fortnite, and much more to distract you from getting work done.

Sound familiar?

In the perfect world, you spend all your working hours writing for clients, marketing your services, and making lots of money.

But it doesn’t always work like that. Right?

Fortunately, the Internet’s abyss of never-ending distractions is also a great place to find apps to help you work smarter, get organized, and be more productive.

As a freelance technology writer, I’ve tested and used a long list of Chrome apps to boost my own productivity, and ultimately make more money. And so can you.

Check out these 10 time-saving apps to help you move up and earn more:

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