Freelance Writing Business

  • Freelance Writing Myth: Bigger Clients Always Have Bigger Budgets

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 13, 2014
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    When you're looking for freelance writing jobs, you might think a logical move is to target larger businesses and publications. Bigger clients have bigger budgets after all. Right? You might be surprised to learn that's often wrong. While it's true that larger clients sometimes can afford to pay their writers more, a client's budget for a freelance writer often doesn't have […]
  • Pros and Cons of Multitasking for Freelancers

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 4, 2014
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    Multitasking. It's awesome. It's evil. It will make you more productive. It will make you less productive. It will make you more successful. It will destroy your business. What's the truth when it comes to multitasking in your freelance writing business? The truth is, it depends. Should You Multitask? It depends on what kinds of tasks you're talking about. For […]
  • Freelancers and LLCs: Not as Much Protection as You Think

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 21, 2014
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    You've probably heard this advice before: to protect yourself professionally, you should set up your freelance writing business as a limited liability company (LLC). The basic idea is that an LLC will protect your personal assets if claims were to arise against your business. But registering your freelance business as an LLC might do little more than give you a […]
  • Reader Questions: Business Growth, Time Management, and More

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 20, 2014
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    In today's post I'll answer several reader questions recently submitted by Wendy Komancheck, a freelance writer who specializes in writing for landscapers and related businesses. These questions came as a follow-up to my recent post, "How Writers Can Stay Productive Even During Sick Days," where Wendy brought up the issue of not being able to take sick days because she […]
  • How Writers Can Stay Productive Even During Sick Days

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 13, 2014
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    So far this year, I've had one normal work day. One. Just a day after returning to work from my holiday break, I needed a sick day. That turned into a "sick week." And it's now going on week two. Surprisingly though, those sick days have still been productive days. I launched several new features here on this site. I published […]
  • The "Global Writers Market" (and Why it Doesn’t Exist)

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 7, 2014
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    When I launched this blog in 2006 (under the name SixFigureWriters.com at the time), one of the biggest issues being discussed by new freelance writers was the "global writers' market." Writers in English-speaking countries would routinely blame this supposed global market for the fact that they couldn't find decent-paying freelance writing jobs. They blamed non-native English speakers in countries with […]
  • Freelance Writers: Change Your Habits, Change Your Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 2, 2014
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    We all have goals for our freelance writing careers. And many of us are probably gearing up to make changes in the New Year. But what happens when you feel stuck -- like there's no time left in the day to actually work on growing our businesses? No matter how busy or even overwhelmed you might feel there's always one […]
  • 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 […]
  • Market your Services with a Holiday Check-in

    By Chris Bibey on December 24, 2013
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    The holiday season is a great time to connect with current and past clients. No matter if you do so on the phone, via email, or even in person, this is one time of the year when you should reach out to every current and past client. While job number one is to wish them a happy holiday season, this […]
  • What Freelance Writers Can Learn From Junk Email

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 11, 2013
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    I doubt any of you are strangers to spam. My favorites, if you can call them that, are all of the terrible pitches I receive from marketing and design firms as well as other freelancers. Here are the most common I see: "Your website isn't ranking on the first page of Google," (followed by all of the reasons I need […]