Freelance Writing Business

  • July Writing Challenge: Write More, Earn More, Increase Your Productivity

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 30, 2014
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    Do you ever feel like you've worked hard all day but have very little to show for it? Do you feel like no matter how many hours of work you put in, you'll never reach your word count goals as an author? Have you ever gotten through a week of freelance writing only to wonder where all your billable hours […]
  • Quick Tip: The Pomodoro Technique for Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 25, 2014
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    One of my favorite productivity tools in my freelance writing and blogging work is a timer. I use something called the Pomodoro Technique which breaks down my work into small, manageable periods of time. It's a great way to stay focused and push yourself to see how much you can do in a short stretch. And it turns out, it […]
  • The 30 Day Marketing Boot Camp 2nd Edition: Now Available

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 5, 2014
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    If you've been a reader of All Indie Writers (and previously All Freelance Writing) for a while, you know I'm a big fan of what I like to call "query-free freelancing." This is a marketing strategy that takes a different approach than traditional querying to land freelance writing gigs. Instead, it's about doing things that attract clients to you. A big part […]
  • Copyright Concerns When Crossing the Client-Employer Line

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 29, 2014
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    In the past we’ve explored some of the problems with letting clients cross a line by treating you more like an employee than an independent contractor. For example, if they cross that line and are held accountable they could end up paying back taxes and benefits. That can be a good reason to pursue issues when clients are really employers […]
  • Should Writers be Responsible for a Client’s Bad Business Decisions?

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 21, 2014
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    It's common for clients to overstep when hiring freelance writers these days. Writers are expected to wear multiple hats, and clients are rarely willing to pay more for these added services. The Northeast Ohio Media Group's "zero-tolerance policy" on typos is an insane example; writers are expected to have their spouses edit their work after copyeditors were dismissed. Blog owners are […]
  • Action: The Key Ingredient for a Successful Writing Career

    By Randy Augsburger on May 19, 2014
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    As writers we always try to improve our craft. We subscribe to magazines and read blogs and articles on how we can get better. We spend hours on social media websites promoting our latest blog series or stumping for a guest posting gig. We read in our niche so we can keep current on trends. The problem is when we […]
  • Gamification: Make Freelance Writing More Fun

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 12, 2014
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    In the comments on a previous post about loving your work, Anne Wayman mentioned that she wanted to try to turn some of her marketing into a game. That's something I try to do with my daily work as much as possible too. So I thought it might be fun to look at gamification and how you can gamify your freelance writing […]
  • Free Target Market Worksheet for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 6, 2014
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    Have you ever struggled to pinpoint the target market for your freelance writing services? If so, I have a free tool that might help. I decided to overhaul my old target market worksheet, previously only available to those who purchased my Web Writer's Guide e-book which is no longer available. I'm releasing the updated version as a freebie. You'll be able to […]
  • Weekend Resources: Freebies for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 22, 2014
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    I usually try to post a collection of articles on a chosen topic to close out our weeks here. This week I want to do something different. Rather than featuring blog posts and other reading material, I'd like to share resources -- free ones at that. Below you'll find a collection of free resources for freelance writers. These tools, templates, […]
  • 47 Things to Consider When Setting Freelance Writing Rates

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 8, 2014
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    Are you confident that you set the right freelance writing rates? Are they really helping you reach all of your financial goals? Or did you find out through trial and error that there were some factors you forgot to consider? Alicia Rades brought this topic up recently in one of the All Indie Writers forums. She wanted to know how she […]