Self-Employment

  • How I Prevented a Chronic Health Condition From Ruining My Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 26, 2016
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    Frequent migraines. Feeling weak and ice cold most of the time. Severe insomnia. Significant, and sudden, weight gain. Constant pain. Multiple miscarriages, and the emotional baggage that comes with each one. Ongoing exhaustion so bad I could barely drag myself out of bed for months. That was just a small sampling of my own personal hell for a few years. […]
  • Why You’ll Fail at Freelancing if You Suck at Math

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 6, 2016
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    This post was originally published on Yolander Prinzel's blog in 2014. It was relocated to All Indie Writers when that blog was shut down.  When you decided to become a freelance writer, you probably didn't think those old math classes would come in handy. It turns out they will. I hope you paid attention. Not understanding basic math can cost […]
  • How to Boost Your Writing Income Before the End of the Year

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 13, 2015
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    We're already in the year-end holiday season in the U.S., and with Black Friday coming later this month we'll see the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. That's great for retailers. But did you know it can also be great for you as a writer? Even though the New Year will be here before you know it, you still […]
  • Calculate Your Ideal Freelance Writing Rates (and Give Yourself a Raise)

    By Jennifer Mattern on October 20, 2015
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    The freelance writing rate calculator here at All Indie Writers was designed to help freelancers calculate their base rates. These would be the minimum rates you need to charge to cover the bare basics. Then you would figure out a premium based on your credentials and experience. There's another way you can use this free tool however. And it can […]
  • 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 […]
  • Weekend Reading: Preparing for Emergencies and Other Freelance Woes

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 1, 2015
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    This weekly roundup post is coming a bit later than planned. First there was a work delay. No biggie. I figured I'd post on Saturday evening instead. But minutes before I thought I could head to my office to put together a roundup on building an authority blog, I got it in my head that something might be wrong in […]
  • 3 Times to Lower Your Freelance Writing Rates

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 25, 2014
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    I can hear it now. "Wait. What? Jenn, for years you've been encouraging me to raise my rates. And now you're saying I should lower them?" Not exactly. Nine times out of ten, I'd still encourage the freelance writers I meet to raise their rates. But after doing some thorough and careful evaluation of my own rate experiments this year, […]
  • Looking After Your Health While Working From Home

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 12, 2014
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    I've had a rough couple of days this week. It started Sunday night. Between now and then I've had restless nights, fluttering feelings, a bit of lightheadedness, and a variety of other symptoms. By Monday morning I was imagining the worst. My husband worked from home that day just in case I decided to go into the hospital to get […]
  • Math for Freelance Writers: Why Numbers Matter in Your Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 5, 2014
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    Today Yo Prinzel was kind enough to host a guest post of mine on her new blog, The Profitable Freelancer. Please stop by and check it out. Why You'll Fail at Freelancing if You Suck at Math In the post I go over three areas where math can make or break your freelance writing business, along with a few tips […]
  • Working Weekends

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 2, 2014
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    This feels about right on a working weekend (preparing just in case we lose power in tomorrow's big snow storm). This is from Yo Prinzel at ProfitableFreelancer.com. Visit her post if you'd like to share it with your readers. Credit: Profitable Freelancer--Freelancing is out--profitlancing is in