Freelance Writing Business

  • The 30 Day Marketing Challenge for Writers (Free Tracker)

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 7, 2015
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    The New Year is a great time to tackle a new writing challenge. So I've added one to the collection over in the All Indie Writers forums -- a 30 day marketing challenge. The goal of this challenge is to do something to market your writing every day for 30 days. That could mean promoting your freelance writing services. It […]
  • Quick Tip: Think Outside the Echo Chamber for Freelance Writing Success

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 6, 2015
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    As freelance writers it's not uncommon for us to get information online and even connect with our colleagues that way. And sometimes our circles, or at least the information they expose us to, are more limited than we realize. It's easy to get caught up in the echo chamber, with the same stale ideas endlessly reinforced. But if you want […]
  • Getting Back Into Writing After a Break

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 5, 2015
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    Before the holidays we talked about preparing to take time away from writing or blogging and how you can set yourself up for success on your return to work. Well, today is that day for me -- my first work day of 2015. And getting back into the swing of things has been both exciting and challenging I had a […]
  • Year-End Marketing Ideas for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 26, 2014
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    I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! Just because we're nearing the end of the year, it doesn't mean you're out of time to bring in new freelance work. Whether you're looking to line-up last minute gigs or trying to schedule January's billable hours, there are plenty of things you can do to market your freelance writing services before year's […]
  • Quick Tips: Prepare Early for a Successful New Year

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 16, 2014
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    The New Year will be here before you know it, and there's no time like the present to prepare for it. Recently I shared three things to do this December to close out the current year. For this week's quick tips, let's expand upon that with some easy things you can do now that will have you ready to hit […]
  • Quick Tips: 3 Things to Do This December

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 2, 2014
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    The end of the year is right around the corner. Are you ready? While you might be itching to take some time off over the holidays, December can also be a busy time for work. Freelance clients often order more to use up the current year's budget. You're probably at the end of the fiscal year for your writing or publishing […]
  • The Freelance Writer’s Self-Evaluation Worksheet

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 3, 2014
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    In an earlier post I explained how it can help to think like a boss when running your freelance writing business. In that post, I suggested conducting self-evaluations (as if you were an employer evaluating an employee's performance). Here is a simple self-evaluation worksheet that you can download and fill out for yourself to identify some of your biggest strengths […]
  • Quick Tip: Think Like a Boss for a More Successful Freelance Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 30, 2014
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    As a freelance writer, you don't have a boss to answer to every day. There is no one to give you crap if you show up late or spend half the day playing around on Facebook instead of doing something productive. At the same time, there's no one around every day that you're trying to impress. Yes, you might try […]
  • How Two Simple Words Will Change Your Life as a Freelance Writer

    By Alicia Rades on September 25, 2014
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    Fill in the blanks describing yourself. “I am a ___ ___.” You said “freelance writer,” didn’t you? A year ago I would have said the same thing. However, I’ve adopted a new outlook on my career that has transformed my life as a freelance writer. The two simple words that changed everything: business owner. Say it once with me. I […]
  • Quick Tip: Customize Your Browser Start Page for Increased Productivity

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 23, 2014
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    As writers we frequently rely on the web in our work. We manage our own websites and blogs. We visit others to stay connected with colleagues and stay on top of industry news. We use social media tools in networking and marketing. And sometimes the sheer number of websites we need to visit on a regular basis can get overwhelming. […]