Freelance Writing Life

  • Shifting Schedules (Again): How to Tell When It’s Time

    By Rebecca Garland on April 11, 2013
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    As any work-at-home parent knows, your schedule is at the mercy of your family. The exception might be those who have a babysitter or daycare lined up, but for most of us, we have to plug along as best with we can with holidays, changing sleep schedules, summer vacations and the rest of it. Over the almost eight years I've […]
  • Weekend Reading: Your Home Office

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 1, 2013
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    One of the biggest perks of freelancing is being able to work from home. And that often involves a home office of some kind -- from a separate room to a corner of the kitchen table. This week we're going to take a look at tips and examples of home offices for freelance writers, and tips on keeping that home […]
  • Working from Home? You Might as Well Be Your Own Boss!

    By Rebecca Garland on February 28, 2013
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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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, […]