Author: Dan Smith

  • 3 Things I Don’t Want To Hear When Hiring Writers

    By Dan Smith on May 13, 2013
    If you read my previous blog post, you'll know that over the past few years I've gone from being a part time freelance writer, regularly pitching for projects, to working in a full time role, hiring freelance writers for content production on an array of different topics. When I was freelance writing myself full time, I thought I had a […]
  • Being A Freelance Writer: Views From Both Sides Of The Fence

    By Dan Smith on April 29, 2013
    Last time I wrote a blog post here on was way back in June 2010.  Working with Jenn on a variety of other projects since, things have changed a lot over the past few years. When I used to write for AFW, I was writing part time. I had a full time job in a completely irrelevant field, working […]
  • How To Stay Motivated As A Freelance Writer

    By Dan Smith on July 25, 2010
    I had a really strange few days this past week. I’ve taken on some new work, streamlined my current projects so I can take most weekends off and started to jot down ideas for the book I’ve been trying to write for a while. I should have been ecstatic, but instead I found it particularly difficult to get - and […]
  • How To Turn Down A Freelance Writing Project Professionally And Respectably

    By Dan Smith on July 18, 2010
    When starting as a freelance writer, it’s difficult to turn down work.  You’re a rookie in the industry who's trying to make a living writing and the simplest way to do that seems to be to take on as much work as you possibly can. There comes a point, though, when you physically can't take on anymore work and you […]
  • How To Expand Your Freelance Writing Business By Networking With Other Writers

    By Dan Smith on July 11, 2010
    I'm naturally a bit of a reclusive person.  I enjoy working with others and socialising with groups of friends, but I tend to find that if I can do something by myself rather than with others, I generally will. Since being a freelance writer, however, one of the most important points I've learnt  is that networking with other writers is […]
  • How To Take A Break From Your Freelance Writing Business

    By Dan Smith on July 4, 2010
    I've been a freelance writer for a few years now, but it wasn't until January this year when I actually started to make a real go of making my hobby-come-part-time-job into a full time career. Before 2010, to all intents and purposes I'd been playing at freelance writing.  I had a few regular clients, kept in with the right crowds […]
  • How To Prepare For A Drop In Your Freelance Writing Business

    By Dan Smith on June 27, 2010
    No matter if you've been writing 12 weeks or 12 years, there'll be a time when when your freelance writing work dries up a little. For some writers, it's a seasonal hazard.  For others, it's because of something they've done (having changed their prices or being out of the 'loop' for a while are two examples that come to mind). […]
  • How To Find Free Stock Photos For Your Freelance Writing Blog

    By Dan Smith on June 20, 2010
    Since early 2010, I've been hired to create a lot of photo blog posts.  I don't know whether it's something that other people are experiencing or that for some reason it's just my workload that's consisting of this type of work, but I really enjoy creating them. One of the most time consuming parts, however, is actually finding photos that […]
  • How To Promote Your Freelance Writing Blog Using Social Media

    By Dan Smith on June 13, 2010
    Last week I mentioned that I was moving away from more traditional construction DIY projects and focusing on those that could have an actual impact upon your freelance writing business. Starting with how to install a WordPress theme on your freelance writing blog last week, this week we're going to take an introductory look into how to promote your freelance […]
  • How To Install A WordPress Theme On Your Freelance Writing Blog

    By Dan Smith on June 6, 2010
    For the past few months in this series, I've been focusing on more practical DIY projects; things that would be considered to be traditionally 'Do-It-Yourself'. I'm making a bit of a change from now on and am going to start  looking at DIY projects that are less focused on building and construction and look more at aspects that will benefit […]