Freelance Writing Business

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 101 Resources for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 4, 2014
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    Are you interested in starting a freelance writing career? Trying to figure out where to start can be one of the biggest challenges aspiring freelance writers face. To help point you in the right direction, I've put together a list of resources for freelance writers -- tools to help you get started, build a network, learn from freelance writing colleagues, […]
  • Get Started as a Part-Time Freelance Writer: Reader Questions

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 2, 2014
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    Today I'd like to share some reader questions from a reader who preferred to remain anonymous. His questions revolve around getting started as a new freelance writer on a part-time basis. We'll call him Matt for the sake of this post. Jen Grant, whom I answered in our last reader Q&A post, asked for something similar during a Twitter conversation […]