How to take a vacation when you’re a freelancer

You need a vacation. And guess what! You can take one. Even if you work for yourself. Especially if you work for yourself. When you’re pouring every spare moment into building your business, pitching for new clients, getting work, and (yay!) juggling a full load of writing assignments, it can seem like it’s impossible to take a day off, let alone press pause and take an actual vacation. You’ve got … Read the rest…

5 reasons why freelance writing is the best job for at-home moms

Freelance writing is a GREAT option for at-home moms. Click through to find out why and see if it'd be a good fit for you.

Freelance writing changed my life — I make no bones about that. What began as an experiment in 2010 after relocating for my then-husband’s job (a “hmm, I wonder if I can turn this into something that brings in more than I made in my last job” experiment) became my lifeline when that marriage imploded and I was left picking up the pieces while caring for my very first newborn. … Read the rest…

Work-at-home productivity tips for when productivity is impossible

Working from home is awesome. I know, because I’ve been doing it since 2010. No more stuffy jackets, no more pinchy work shoes, no more interminable meetings with coworkers who love the sound of their own voices. I love working from home because I can control my workload, work hours, and (to some extent) my work environment. I’ve worked in bed, at the kitchen table, in a corner “nook,” and … Read the rest…

4 proven ways to become a better freelance writer

The great thing about being a freelance writer from home is that you have a way to bring in some money (or even make a full-time living) while still being able to focus on your family and its priorities. I love being a blogger for hire because it offers at-home moms a legitimate way to make money from home. There’s a low barrier to entry (meaning it’s easy to get … Read the rest…

How to change niches (or add a new niche)

Freelance writing niches seem complicated, but they don't have to be. Here's how to move into a new one quickly and easily, from someone who's done it multiple times!

Is it time to pick a niche? Maybe you want to hop to a new niche. Or maybe you’re one of those with more than one niche (like yours truly!). No matter what the situation, there will come a point in your freelance writing career when it will be time to pick, add, or change niches. This is a great thing! It means you’re getting better at what you do, … Read the rest…

Self-Sabotage: The terrible thing about being a work-at-home mom

Work-at-home moms come up against all kinds of obstacles. Don't let self-sabotage be one of them. Learn from my mistakes!

May I make a confession to you? I really feel like I should be “further along in my career” than I am. I get frustrated that my rates aren’t as high as they should be for someone who’s been doing this for as long as I have. I sigh and shake my head when I think about how I never moved into the (very lucrative) niches that I know I … Read the rest…

Freelance Resource Roundup

GREAT collection of resources for freelance writers and work-at-home moms!!

Last update: September 29, 2017   Here’s a collection of some of my favorite resources for freelance writer. These are all things I’ve read and used in my own business, and they’re worth sharing with you! As I find great stuff, I’ll keep updating this post for you. (Want to know when it’s updated? Join my email list right over here!) Pin this page so you can refer to it whenever you … Read the rest…

Freelancing as a Single Mom: My Success Story

I was 8 months pregnant when my husband and I separated. The baby I thought I’d never have was just 5 weeks from arriving, and the plan had been for me to be a stay-at-home mom. I didn’t see it coming. Plans change — that’s no surprise to anyone. And in that moment, almost every one of my plans changed. But I wasn’t willing to give up my commitment to … Read the rest…

How to Raise Your Rates (Painlessly)

There's an easy way to raise your rates. GREAT advice! Plus an email template to help you out!

When’s the last time you gave yourself a raise? If you can’t remember, you’re overdue. The thing is, when you’re the one responsible for setting your rates — AKA deciding how much you’ll get paid — you must also be the one responsible for raising those rates. I’ll lay out a strategy you can use today to start growing your business, building your margins, and feeling awesome with every new … Read the rest…

The WAHM sick day survival guide: when you’ve got a little sickie at home

The plague is going around and I'm totally using these tips to make sure my business doesn't suffer.

One of the most highly touted benefits of having a home-based business is the flexibility it affords you — and this is absolutely brought home when there’s a little one under the weather and underfoot. Having a sick child at home can certainly throw a wrench in your work plans, especially if you’ve got deadline pressure, an appointment, or an event to figure out how to work around. As much … Read the rest…

When your client disappears, here’s what to do

What to do when your client disappears

Crickets… Not what you want in your inbox when you’re waiting to hear from a client. One minute, you were trucking productively along; the next, you’re at a critical juncture with deafening silence from the other end. So what do you do when your client disappears? If you’re still negotiating In the preliminary back-and-forth with a potential client and the line goes dead, you have two options: Follow up or … Read the rest…

Beat burnout. Here’s how

Beat burnout once and for all!

Burnout. The dry eyes. The heavy limbs. The numb brain. Burnout happens to the best of us (and the rest of us, too).  But if you’re smart and you’re paying attention, you can avoid burnout and keep working this lifestyle business to the fullest. So What’s Burnout? Burnout happens when you’re overworked and you just plain hit a wall.  Your body is tired.  You can’t get your brain in gear. … Read the rest…

Everyone is a bad writer (but you don’t have to stay that way)

Are you a bad writer?

  Lots of people have thought about freelancing but haven’t done anything beyond express their curiosity. And a pretty frequent objection to starting out as a freelance writer is this: I’m a bad writer. I have three things to say about that. 1. Everyone is a bad writer No one is born with good writing skills. When we’re born, we can’t see straight. We don’t have thoughts, we just have instincts … Read the rest…

How to be a rock star to your target market

Such great advice! Look like an expert to your ideal audience and ANYONE can do it! Thanks for pinning!

When you’re trying to get your name out as an expert — whether you’re building your email list, establishing your credibility, or simply taking your work to the next level — you need to become known in your target market. Start popping up everywhere, especially in places your market already knows and respects, and your audience, client list, and bottom line will grow. While reading through a Reddit AMA with Neville … Read the rest…

15 Freelance Writing Gigs That Aren’t Blogging

Ever thought about being a writer but not sure you want to get into “blogging” for a career? You aren’t alone! Whether you think freelance writing is tied to running your own blog, you aren’t impressed by the rates you think you’d command starting out, or you just want to do something that feels like it has a bit more substance, you’ve got a sea of writing opportunities that go beyond … Read the rest…

What to do when you can’t find your writing niche

Having trouble finding your best writing niche? Here's what to do.

Advice commonly given to freelance writers is to find your writing niche, or “niche down.” This is great advice, especially for writers who have specialized knowledge or who have been in the game long enough to know what their niche is, no sweat. And ideally you’ll niche at some point — specialized knowledge gets higher rates and it takes less time to generate ideas and write, because you’re already familiar … Read the rest…

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Hustling Your Way to the Top (Instead of Grinding Yourself Into the Ground)

You’re an entrepreneur. You’ve got hustle — and probably some (cash) flow — and you’re working your way into the life you want. Rarely do concerns for your own health make it onto your radar, let alone your daily agenda. After all, you want this dream more than anything else, and we can all sleep when we’re dead. The trouble is, if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you may … Read the rest…

6 Ways Freelancers are Susceptible to Depression (and how to protect yourself)

Depression is something that affects millions of Americans every year — how many more millions worldwide is something we may never know. And while much of the freedom, autonomy, and self-satisfaction that come from freelancing can be a mental health boost, freelancers are also strategically located in the nexus of factors that can contribute to depression. As you plot out your work-from-home (or from anywhere!) career, take into considerations ways … Read the rest…

5 Health Challenges Unique to Freelancing (and how to avoid them)

As a freelancer, I can personally attest to the high levels of awesomeness that freelancing offers. I can set my own rates, make my own schedule, do work that I enjoy, and still spend as much time as I want with my son. Working for myself is definitely the right choice for me at the moment. That said, this type of work has some potential drawbacks. Each freelancer’s situation is … Read the rest…