Finance

  • Why You’ll Fail at Freelancing if You Suck at Math

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 6, 2016
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    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 […]
  • Calculate Your Ideal Freelance Writing Rates (and Give Yourself a Raise)

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 20, 2015
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    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 […]
  • Reader Question: How Much Should Freelance Writers Charge?

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 16, 2015
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    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
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    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
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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, […]
  • Math for Freelance Writers: Why Numbers Matter in Your Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 5, 2014
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 […]