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Crazy Schedule? 8 Writer-Recommended Tools for Time Management

Crazy Schedule? Time-Management Tools for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

How are your time management skills as a freelance writer?

If you’re in a constant frenzy trying to keep up with clients, deadlines, marketing, and everything else on your to-do list, you’re not alone.

Your work day ever look like this? Check email, work on client project, check social media, work on client project, buy stuff on Amazon, work on client project…

It’s a recipe for missing deadlines, killing creativity, wasting a ton of time, and leaving money on the table from clients ready to pay you.

What can you do to get a handle on time management?

When Den 2X member and freelance writer Stacy Stein asked for some help  with time management (after surviving the summer with kids at home while trying to write), our freelance writer community came to the rescue.

Got a plan in place to manage your freelance schedule during the holidays? Ready to boost productivity and set yourself up for success in 2020?

Check out these writer-recommended tips and tools for time management.

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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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Get Paid as a Freelance Writer: 5 Reliable Options

Reliable Options to Get Paid as a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.com

There’s a basic freelancing question that mystifies many writers: “How do I get paid, exactly?”

When you’re used to an employer handing you a paycheck every week or two, it can be intimidating to realize that as a freelancer, you’ll only get paid if you figure out a method — and make it happen.

That’s probably why many writers gravitate to content mills and mass platforms that act as intermediary. Then, you know your payment will come from the platform.

Of course, once you see how tiny that payment is after the platform takes its cut, you’ll likely be looking to cut out the middleman.

Fortunately, there are several reliable ways to get paid directly by your freelance clients.

First, I’ll go over payment methods — and then, I’ve got a few quick tips on how to structure your contract to ensure you don’t get stiffed.

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48 Best Apps and Tools to Improve Your Freelance Writing Life

Improve Your Writing Life with These Apps & Tools. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re looking for a way to make your writing life easier, I hear ya.

It’s not easy to grow a freelance writing career while homeschooling eight kids, but organization and efficiency make it possible.

I’m always on the lookout for time-saving tools and apps to improve my writing life.

I’ve downloaded and tried many apps or tools only to be disappointed. Sound familiar?

Some take way too long to figure out. If it’s not user-friendly or intuitive, I’m not sticking around. Other apps might be easy to use, but over-promise and under-deliver, and that’s always disappointing.

Ever wondered if an app or tool could actually help improve your writing life?

Let me save you some time.

After much trial and error, I’ve put together a list of 48 of the very best apps and tools to help you with just about every aspect of your writing life.

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5 Tools You Need (and 5 to Avoid) as a New Freelancer

By Bree Brouwer Are you new to freelance writing? If you’re anything like I was when I started, you’re eagerly reading up on what you need to invest in your business — but really have no idea where to start. …

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8 Great Tools for Successful Freelance Writers & Bloggers

Behind the scenes of every successful freelance writer, there are tools that make their business more effective and time-efficient. Tools for finding leads, keeping their writer website running smoothly, and tracking queries, expenses and payments. I’m often asked what tools …

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