Freelance Writing Business

  • 24 Hours to a More Successful Freelance Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 20, 2015
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    Freelance writing is largely about the big picture. As you gain experience and build your professional reputation and visibility over time, you earn more money and freelancing becomes a more stable income source. That said, the big picture doesn't motivate everybody. Sometimes you need to see changes now to convince yourself to even stick with this freelancing thing. If that […]
  • Reader Question: Where Freelance Writers Can Find Publications

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 30, 2015
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    Today's reader question comes from Leigh Schrom: "Where do you locate publications that accept freelance work? Is the "Writer's Market" the best source?" Writer's Market is a source, and certainly a place you can start. But while it looks extensive as far as writer's market directories go, the markets there still only represent a small portion of publications that work with freelance writers. […]
  • 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 […]
  • What is a Freelance Writer Platform?

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 10, 2015
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    I'm a guest today at Alicia Rades' Freelancer FAQs blog, where I answer the questions: "What is a freelance writer platform?" and "Do I need one?" If you're a new or aspiring freelance writer and those questions have ever crossed your mind, I urge you to check out the guest post. You'll find: A basic explanation of writer platforms, as […]
  • 5 Stupid Excuses Freelance Writers Make for Not Reaching Their Goals

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 9, 2015
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    When you work as a freelancer, sometimes you'll struggle to reach your goals. But one of the most destructive things you can do when that happens is make excuses. Yet freelance writers makes excuses all the time to justify their lack of success in one area or another. After all, that's easier than taking responsibility and making changes. Today let's […]
  • Turn Your Blog Posts Into an E-book With the Anthologize WordPress Plugin

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 5, 2015
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    Did you know that you can turn your old blog posts into a .pdf e-book you can sell or give away to help build your email list? Right within WordPress? At least with the Anthologize plugin you can. This plugin lets you choose key blog posts and then group them into e-book sections before exporting. Now, it's not a perfect […]
  • 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Freelance Writing Niche

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 3, 2015
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    It's no secret to experienced freelance writers that having a specialty can simplify marketing and lead to much higher paying gigs. , especially those in higher-end pro level markets. It's your specialized knowledge that lets them help clients brand themselves as authorities in their fields. Now some freelance pros specialize in types of writing rather than topics, or niches, such as an […]
  • 101 Resources for Freelance Writers (Updated for 2015!)

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 18, 2015
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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 recommended resources for freelance writers -- tools to help you get started, build a network, learn from freelance writing […]
  • Quick Tip: Create More Advanced Freelance Writer Websites With WordPress Plugins

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 17, 2015
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    Your freelance writer website can be a vital tool in promoting your services, especially if you're new or if you focus on freelance writing for the web. We've talked about why you need a professional website, what your freelance writer website should include, and key elements of effective writer websites. Today let's take that a step further and look at […]
  • Weekend Reading: Email Marketing Copy

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 13, 2015
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    Whether you're interested in staying in touch with freelance writing prospects, your blog's readers, or readers of your books, having an email list is a smart idea. But what you send to your email subscribers is as important as building your list. That's what keeps subscribers interested, and it's that email marketing copy that converts casual readers into buyers, community members, or […]