Freelance Writing Life

  • Clients We Love to Hate

    By Rebecca Garland on December 20, 2012
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 […]
  • Working from Home and Wasting Time

    By Rebecca Garland on September 13, 2012
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    There is a lot of resistance to the idea that working at home makes you lazy. I’d heartily agree that stereotypes are generally unfounded among successful business people who choose to work from home, but I’d also offer up the argument that having worked in a few places in corporate America, people are lazy workers at times no matter where […]
  • Profitable Guest Posting

    By Rebecca Garland on August 30, 2012
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    Guest posting is popular for several good reasons: Guest posting is an excellent showcase of your skills. Guest posting is a highly targeted form of marketing. Guest posting is an ace-in-the-hole for SEO. Guest posting can be rather profitable. If you raised an eyebrow at my fourth reason, you aren’t thinking about all of the true possibilities of guest posting. […]
  • Making Big Adjustments as a WAHM

    By Rebecca Garland on August 16, 2012
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    It’s that time again! The kids are going back to school! This means my house will in an uproar for a few weeks while we try to get everyone and everything settled again for the school year. While you might expect me to celebrate my kids going back to school as a sign that I’ll have more time in the […]
  • Why This Freelancer Never Takes Vacations

    By Rebecca Garland on August 2, 2012
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    After many years, I went on a vacation last week. The trip was great, of course, except for one small detail. About two days before we left for Colorado and the cool mountain breezes, my largest client "changed direction" overnight. My primary contact was laid off and my regular blogging commitments stopped effective immediately. Not exactly the sort of send […]