• Reader Question: How Much Should Freelance Writers Charge?

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 16, 2015
    When you're just getting started as a freelance writer, the issue of rates can be a tricky one. How much should you charge? Should you bill hourly, per word, per project, or under some other rate structure? Should rates vary depending on the type of project? Today's reader question is along these lines. This new freelancer, who asked not to […]
  • Weekend Reading: Preparing for Emergencies and Other Freelance Woes

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 1, 2015
    This weekly roundup post is coming a bit later than planned. First there was a work delay. No biggie. I figured I'd post on Saturday evening instead. But minutes before I thought I could head to my office to put together a roundup on building an authority blog, I got it in my head that something might be wrong in […]
  • 3 Times to Lower Your Freelance Writing Rates

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 25, 2014
    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, […]
  • Math for Freelance Writers: Why Numbers Matter in Your Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 5, 2014
    Today Yo Prinzel was kind enough to host a guest post of mine on her new blog, The Profitable Freelancer. Please stop by and check it out. Why You'll Fail at Freelancing if You Suck at Math In the post I go over three areas where math can make or break your freelance writing business, along with a few tips […]
  • 5 Money Moves to Make Before Year-End

    By LaToya Irby on December 31, 2013
    A lot of people are focusing on holiday shopping this time of year. Personally, my workload has increased and I haven’t given shopping much thought. (I really need to get on that!) But I have thought about my finances and some things I need to do as the year comes to a close. There are tons of year-end money lists […]
  • How to Be Better With Your Freelance Writing Income

    By LaToya Irby on May 20, 2013
    Too bad we’re not born knowing how to deal with money. If you had a financial literacy class in high school, you were pretty lucky. For many of us, much of what we know about personal finance we learned from our parents or our own mistakes. It’s not too late to learn those critical lessons you may have missed. Here […]
  • Managing Freelance Writing Income and Regular Income

    By LaToya Irby on May 6, 2013
    For most people transitioning into full-time freelance writing or freelance writing on the side for awhile, there will undoubtedly be a period of time that you’re managing two kinds of income: income from freelance writing and income from a regular job. Or if you’re a writer who’s married to or cohabitating with someone who earns a regular income, the two […]
  • What Not to Do When Your Writing Income is Down

    By LaToya Irby on April 22, 2013
    One of the hardest parts about adjusting to freelance writing life, and self-employment in general, is living with a fluctuating income. There may be periods of time that the projects and payments are coming in like a flood. Others, they’re as dry as a ditch on a hot summer day. What you do during those low-income months is so important […]
  • When Your Writing Schedule Leaves No Time For Taxes

    By LaToya Irby on April 8, 2013
    The deadline for filing a tax return this year is Monday, April 15th. That’s just seven days away! I know there are some of us who filed our tax returns as soon as the IRS began accepting tax returns. Others of us may be too busy writing (trying to make enough money to pay the tax bill?) to get those […]
  • How Freelance Writers Can Be Productive With Finances

    By LaToya Irby on March 25, 2013
    Writing is actually one of the easier parts of freelancing writing. Maybe it's like that with all craft-turned-businesses. The tougher parts of being a professional freelance writer can be things like finding clients, having a steady stream of ideas, and managing the finances. Because I’m no fan of mulling over finances for hours, there are some things I do to […]