Freelance Writing

  • Quick Tip: Think Like a Boss for a More Successful Freelance Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 30, 2014
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    As a freelance writer, you don't have a boss to answer to every day. There is no one to give you crap if you show up late or spend half the day playing around on Facebook instead of doing something productive. At the same time, there's no one around every day that you're trying to impress. Yes, you might try […]
  • How Two Simple Words Will Change Your Life as a Freelance Writer

    By Alicia Rades on September 25, 2014
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    Fill in the blanks describing yourself. “I am a ___ ___.” You said “freelance writer,” didn’t you? A year ago I would have said the same thing. However, I’ve adopted a new outlook on my career that has transformed my life as a freelance writer. The two simple words that changed everything: business owner. Say it once with me. I […]
  • Quick Tip: Customize Your Browser Start Page for Increased Productivity

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 23, 2014
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    As writers we frequently rely on the web in our work. We manage our own websites and blogs. We visit others to stay connected with colleagues and stay on top of industry news. We use social media tools in networking and marketing. And sometimes the sheer number of websites we need to visit on a regular basis can get overwhelming. […]
  • Get The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Quality Online Content by Alicia Rades

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 17, 2014
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    Everyone thinks they can write for the web these days. But not everyone can do it well. Freelance blogger, Alicia Rades, is an exception. I've been a fan of her style since her own blog first came to my attention. And she was a guest earlier this year at All Indie Writers. Read Alicia's "Discover the 6 Variables to the […]
  • How Important are Creative Writing Degrees for Freelance Writers?

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 15, 2014
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    This morning I received the following question from Susan Brewer: "How important is it to have a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing in order to launch a writing job as a freelance writer? Or, I should say, "How helpful," is it?" I told her the short answers are "not at all," and "it depends what you want to do with […]
  • Want to be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger? Do These 3 Things

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 28, 2014
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    Are you tired of competing with countless other bloggers for every advertised gig you find? Do you wish you could reliably earn $100, $200, $500, or even more per article as a freelance blogger? If you’re looking to build a more stable and higher-paying freelance blogging career, you can. Opportunities are practically endless, if you know how to look and how to […]
  • 3 Times to Lower Your Freelance Writing Rates

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 25, 2014
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    I can hear it now. "Wait. What? Jenn, for years you've been encouraging me to raise my rates. And now you're saying I should lower them?" Not exactly. Nine times out of ten, I'd still encourage the freelance writers I meet to raise their rates. But after doing some thorough and careful evaluation of my own rate experiments this year, […]
  • When Your Client’s Baby is Ugly

    By Princess Jones on August 21, 2014
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    I use the baby analogy a lot when I’m talking about freelancing. So often we freelancers forget that the project means a lot more to the client than it does to us. That’s because it’s their baby. They created--gave birth--to it. They nurtured it and put in the hard work to get it where it is today. And then they […]
  • Interview with Michael Kwan, Freelance Writer and Author

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 18, 2014
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    Let's welcome Michael Kwan, freelance writer and author of Beyond the Margins: An Indispensable Guide for First-Time Freelance Writers, Designers, and Other Work-From-Home Professionals. Michael sent me a copy of the e-book for review, and he graciously took the time to answer some of my questions. Beyond the Margins focuses on beginning freelancers and offers a well-rounded look at the choices to be made and the work […]
  • 7 Time Management Tools for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 11, 2014
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    As a freelance writer do you ever feel like you aren't working to your full potential -- that you could get more work done if you could just eliminate some distractions and improve your productivity a bit? Fortunately there are plenty of time management tools that can help you do that. Today I'd like to share some of my favorite […]