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…

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…

How to hire an editor (and know it’ll be a good experience)

It has an email template! How to hire an editor for your ebook. Some editors are disasters waiting to happen! Now I know how to find a GOOD one who won't ruin my stuff! Such GREAT advice!

Maybe it’s a sales page you want to get just right. Maybe it’s the content for your new course. Maybe you’ve decided to self-publish a book to support your credibility and your brand. Whatever it is, you want to hire an editor to make sure everything looks good and won’t get you annoying emails and one-star reviews about typos. The danger of hiring an editor for your work — and … Read the rest…

How to start a freelance writing business

YES. How to start a freelance writing business! I needed to know this! So helpful. Thanks for pinning!

One of the questions I get alllll the time when I tell people I work for myself as a freelance writer is this: How did you get started in that? Turns out, not many people know how to start a freelance writing business. That’s why this is a great question, really. What I do is pretty esoteric. I type words into a lit-up box and then (by magic) I send them … 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…

How to work from home with a baby

Is trying to work from home with a baby intimidating, frustrating, or downright NOT WORKING? Here's the secret to making it work...from a single work-at-home mom who figured it out.

  Not many of us have the opportunity (ahem) to work when we’ve got a baby to take care of, and there’s nothing quite like being in that position for the very first time. The questions, the trial and error, the constant second-guessing, the vortex of “no right answer,” the guilt, and the ever-shifting goal posts brought on by infant development… it can all culminate in one protracted experience of … Read the rest…

3 quirky but effective ways to capture your content ideas

No more forgetting all your great blog post ideas. Click through to read three unusual but totally effective ways to save your ideas. It works!

  When you’re in idea-generation mode (and that should be often!), you need to have a way to capture your content ideas before they flit through your brain and then get buried by whatever else you’ve got going on. It’s good to have a master list of some sort where you store all of your ideas in one place, but you can’t always get to that master list when an idea … Read the rest…

3 quick but critical tips to improve your writing

Great tips to improve your writing! Click through to see how to be a better writer and write great stuff!

  Plenty of factors play into improving your content. One of the most significant — the very foundation of all your content — is your ability to write well. Every blog post, every social media update, every infographic… it all comes down to pulling together your words, effectively. There are countless ways to improve your writing, whether you’re a blogger, a self-published author, a copywriter, an email marketer….you get the idea. … Read the rest…

Motivation is a farce (and here’s why)

"Motivation" will never get you where you want to go (ESPECIALLY if you want to be a freelance writer). Here's what to do instead.

Here’s the thing about motivation: It’s a delusion. It’s not a strategy.  If you’re relying on “motivation” — or on her even more flighty little sister “inspiration” — to propel you through the work of writing, you’re going to have a hard time reaching your goals. Motivation is a feeling, and one defining characteristic of feelings is that they come and go. But what doesn’t come and go? Some answers: Mortgage or … 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…

3 ways to improve the air in your home office (even if it’s just the kitchen table)

Let’s talk about the air around us. If you share my not-so-secret Enneagram inclination, you may know that when I say I’m a 5 with a 4 wing, I’m (in part) saying that I need beauty in my environment because I spend a lot of time in it. I’d venture that we’re pretty much all this way – affected by our immediate environments, I mean. Maybe you thrive in chaos, with … 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…

How Not to Get Pinkeye (with love to Bob Costas)

The Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, have set the U.S. abuzz with all kinds of chatter about the sport, the location, and that breath-taking opening ceremony. Perhaps the greatest dark horse of these Games, though, is a certain NBC broadcaster and his pink eyes. Bob Costas is one of the key figures of modern-day Olympics coverage. He surprised everyone last Thursday with his opening broadcast as he donned glasses and … Read the rest…

Fight Your Depression with No Money and (Almost) No Effort

Depression is something that affects millions of people to varying degrees. If you are suffering from mild depression, you don’t necessarily need expensive medications or hourly visits with a therapist. There are ways to kick yourself back into gear, with hardly any effort and minimal, if any, expense. Go outside. You don’t have to run or exercise. You don’t have to stand in the sun. You don’t even have to … Read the rest…

A Mini-Guide to Post-Run Foot Care

Post-run foot care is oddly overlooked. One quirky thing about runners is that many place a huge emphasis on taking care of every part of their bodies except their feet. This habit of overlooking doesn’t make a ton of sense when you really think about it, because the feet are the star of the running show (and the frequent site of running injuries). It doesn’t require a lot of effort to learn … Read the rest…

Three Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings for Better Health

I’m addicted to sugar. What’s more, you are probably addicted to sugar. Just ask any nutritionist. I once heard a podcast conversation between two moms, one of whom is a health and wellness expert. The first mom asked why it was that she craves things that are bad for her — namely, refined wheat and sugar — instead of the things that are good for her, like salad. The wellness … Read the rest…