Author: Dan Smith

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

    By Dan Smith on May 13, 2013
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    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
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    Last time I wrote a blog post here on AllFreelanceWriting.com 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 […]