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…

Major milestone report (hint: affiliate marketing)

Do you know the #1 thing you need to remember with affiliate marketing? Click through to find out.

Today’s post is a little bit different than what you’ll typically find. I’m going to pull the curtain back a little bit and show you something that’s been going on behind the scenes. Don’t worry — nothing too scary, I promise! It should be no surprise to you that some of these links are affiliate links, given that this is a post about affiliate marketing.  I recently crossed off a … 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…

the (unhappy) secret all WAHMs share

There's a dark side to being a work at home mom. Click through to find out what no one tells you about WAHM guilt and how to banish it for good.

Here’s a little bit of real, raw, unvarnished truth for you today… but don’t worry, we’re going somewhere great. One of the things that every single work-at-home mom feels at some point is this: Crushing, debilitating mama guilt. Seriously, how many of us don’t deal with that even when we aren’t trying to juggle a family and a business? We go into working from home because we think it will … 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…

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…

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…

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…