Freelance Writing

  • Bree Brouwer on Choosing Her Freelance Writing Specialty

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 29, 2016
    Freelance specialization is something I've been passionate about for years. I've said it before to new freelance writers, and I'll probably say it countless times again, but: "Clients don't pay top freelance writing rates because you can string sentences together; they pay the best rates when you bring valuable knowledge and insight to the table." That's why specialists often earn […]
  • Wendy Komancheck on Choosing Her Freelance Writing Specialty

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 7, 2016
    Recently we've been looking at the issue of specialization for freelance writers. John Soares and I covered the issue on the podcast, and we kicked off a blog series where freelance writers talk about their own specialties, how they market themselves, and how new freelancers can do the same. Today we're going to continue with that series with landscape writer, Wendy Komancheck. […]
  • Edward Beaman on Choosing His Freelance Writing Specialty

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 6, 2016
    If there's one point I've tried to drive home with newer freelance writers over the years, it's that specialization is one of the best things you can do to increase your freelance writing income. That might mean specializing in a niche, an industry, or even a type of writing. Rather than go on about the benefits of specialization yet again […]
  • Freelance Writer Survey: State of Content Marketing 2016

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 29, 2016
    Are you a U.S.-based freelance writer? If so, I have a quick favor to ask. Would you be so kind as to take the State of Content Marketing 2016 survey from CopyPress? It doesn't take very long. I promise. (Disclosure: CopyPress is a client; I was brought in to consult on some changes made to this survey.) Take the survey. […]
  • Why I’m Going Back to My Maiden Name

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 4, 2016
    Update: As of May 6, 2016, I've finished this process and my name is officially and legally "Jennifer Mattern" again. Chances are good you've only ever known me as "Jenn Mattern." But that's not my legal name, and it hasn't been since 2012 when I got married. Soon that will change. I've decided to go back to my maiden name. On […]
  • How I Prevented a Chronic Health Condition From Ruining My Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 26, 2016
    Frequent migraines. Feeling weak and ice cold most of the time. Severe insomnia. Significant, and sudden, weight gain. Constant pain. Multiple miscarriages, and the emotional baggage that comes with each one. Ongoing exhaustion so bad I could barely drag myself out of bed for months. That was just a small sampling of my own personal hell for a few years. […]
  • Why You’ll Fail at Freelancing if You Suck at Math

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 6, 2016
    This post was originally published on Yolander Prinzel's blog in 2014. It was relocated to All Indie Writers when that blog was shut down.  When you decided to become a freelance writer, you probably didn't think those old math classes would come in handy. It turns out they will. I hope you paid attention. Not understanding basic math can cost […]
  • 7 Unconventional Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 25, 2016
    Most freelance writers have probably browsed job boards or market listings looking for clients. But those advertised jobs don't usually represent the best opportunities available to you. While what I normally suggest is building a writer platform to help clients come to you (what I often refer to as "query-free freelancing"), today I want to look at some more proactive, […]
  • Calculate Your Ideal Freelance Writing Rates (and Give Yourself a Raise)

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 20, 2015
    The freelance writing rate calculator here at All Indie Writers was designed to help freelancers calculate their base rates. These would be the minimum rates you need to charge to cover the bare basics. Then you would figure out a premium based on your credentials and experience. There's another way you can use this free tool however. And it can […]
  • Are Freelance Industry Bloggers Stupid? Elance / Upwork Seems to Think So

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 9, 2015
    It's days like these I wish I hadn't retired Naked PR. If you don't already know, I used to own a small PR firm, where I was an early specialist in online public relations and social media consulting (before everyone under the sun started thinking they were qualified to call themselves that). Naked PR was my blog where I had […]