Freelance Writing Life

  • Working from Home? You Might as Well Be Your Own Boss!

    By Rebecca Garland on February 28, 2013
    Yahoo recently announced that all of its remote workers must either find their way back into an office or they should quit. Legalities and unemployment eligibility aside, this may very well mark a turning point for those of us who choose to work at home - that is, those of us who are at the whim of an employer. Stable […]
  • 3 Cardinal Rules of Working with Kids at Home

    By Rebecca Garland on February 14, 2013
    There is not much easy about our job unless you compare it to something like digging ditches or building a skyscraper. But that at least wears out your body rather than your mind. At the end of a day wrestling obligations to kids and careers, my brain is tired. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels mentally split […]
  • What We Can Learn from WAHM Writers

    By Rebecca Garland on January 31, 2013
    We all know that the work-at-home-mom (WAHM) writers aren't considered the upper echelon of the writing community. If you didn't know that, you've never read about the cost-savings to be had by tricking desperate WAHMs into providing ultra cheap articles in a particular forum’s Special Offers. Well, as a few of us here can tell you, having children and enjoying a professional writing career are certainly […]
  • Start Your New Writer’s Year Right!

    By Rebecca Garland on January 3, 2013
    Just an hour or two ago, I made my first folder of 2013. It was a small thing – clicking on “Create New Folder” and filing away some work – but it made the point in my mind nicely enough. This is a new year. It’s time to start this one off correctly, because it’s much easier to continue a […]
  • Clients We Love to Hate

    By Rebecca Garland on December 20, 2012
    I love my clients. I don’t want you to think I’m a total jerk for getting up here on this proverbial soapbox and bashing the people who routinely buy my services. I’m not bashing them. I have no reason to – in fact, I’m suddenly thinking of dedicating a post to what makes them so amazing, but that’s not as […]
  • Redefining Your Writing: Cleaning Up Your Career

    By Rebecca Garland on December 6, 2012
    Your personality, preferences and skills influence all of your decisions, and that includes your writing career. Most of us who have our own careers in writing would have a hard time living with a set income again. If I need some extra cash, I take on an extra project, for example. You can’t do that if you’re salaried. Jenn’s recent […]
  • The Business of Freelancing: Disregard at Your Own Risk

    By Rebecca Garland on November 22, 2012
    Every now and again I'm caught off guard by the nature of this industry. I might not have been involved in the world of online marketing and freelance writing my entire adult life, but almost eight years in the field is enough to give me a rather cynical perspective on a lot of things. That being said, an experience this […]
  • Making Money as a Freelance Writer: What’s Most Important

    By Rebecca Garland on November 8, 2012
    If I were to ask those just starting out what is most important in having a freelance writing career, I'm guessing most would tell me what seems obvious. You have to write well. And it’s true that you do need sufficient writing skills to build a career as a freelance writer, but that’s not what is most important. In fact, […]
  • Game Changers: Is It Time to Throw in the Freelance Towel?

    By Rebecca Garland on October 25, 2012
    It’s crossed the mind of every freelancer at one point or another, perhaps on the day that a major deal falls through or you learn you're looking at a divorce or pregnancy. Is there a good time to stop freelance writing? While our knee jerk reaction may be to immediately deny the thoughts of walking away or scaling back, logically […]
  • Freelancing Tricks: Find a Comfort Zone

    By Rebecca Garland on October 11, 2012
    One of the hardest things to do as a freelancer is also one of the most critical. You need to find a comfort zone in your professional life. If you don’t find a happy medium where you’re driven to succeed without overwhelming yourself with projects and obligations, your professional life will quickly bleed over into your personal life – and […]