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How to Ask for Work Without Being a Weirdo

How to Ask for Work Without Being a Weirdo

Have you ever stared at your calendar with dread, knowing you had some gaps to fill and no work to fill it? One of the best ways I've found is to ASK for work--and I don't mean pitching. I'll share what I do and what I've seen tons of other successful writers do when...

8 Red Flags You Shouldn’t Ignore with Prospective Clients

8 Red Flags You Shouldn’t Ignore with Prospective Clients

You're excited--you've got a prospective client. But you're also a little worried. Are there any red flags you should be looking for? Here are eight common red flags I've come across. I'll save you some trouble! Editing by Committee This first red flag was discussed...

Goal Setting and Quarterly Planning for Freelance Writers

Goal Setting and Quarterly Planning for Freelance Writers

I mentioned the other day that I was doing my quarterly planning, and a ton of people wrote in asking for more... so here it is! Quarterly planning for freelance writers. Freelance writers need goals, too--they're not just for big companies. (We need to eat, y'all!)...

How Writers Can Work with a VA

Freelance writing is often a solitary business, but once you're beyond the rocky beginning, it can make sense to hire a right-hand helper to add rocket fuel to your income. How? Add a VA! A VA is a virtual assistant, which simply means someone who works for you,...

Gut Check: Remember WHY You’re Freelance Writing

Gut Check: Remember WHY You’re Freelance Writing

This right here is why they say "know your why." If you're frustrated, anxious, and maybe even resentful about the very reason you got started as a freelance writer...read this. You're not broken and you're not alone. Even though I've been a freelance writer for ten...

9 Ways to Market Yourself When Business is Slow

9 Ways to Market Yourself When Business is Slow

When you hit a slow period in your business, it's time to crank up the marketing machine. Here are 9 things you can do to market yourself when business is slow, and build some critical momentum when there's not much client work going on. 1. Refresh Your Website Your...

Profitable Writing Niches and How to Validate Them

Profitable Writing Niches and How to Validate Them

Ever wondered what the profitable writing niches are? Or if the one you want will be profitable enough to pursue? One way to know is if you are writing in the niche and getting paid well. (Gosh, Ashley, thanks so much! What a helpful answer!)  It’s true, though....

When You DO Need to Pick a Freelance Writing Niche

When You DO Need to Pick a Freelance Writing Niche

I've blogged about why you should not niche, but here I’ll write about when you do need to pick a freelance writing niche. You should choose a niche when you are uncomfortable with the way things are.  I hang out in a lot of Facebook groups with service providers....

My Calendaring Secrets: Time Management for Freelance Writing

My Calendaring Secrets: Time Management for Freelance Writing

How do I manage to get everything done as a freelancer? What is my system? What are my secrets for time management for freelance writing? Freelance writing work is not the only thing I do. I have a podcast, I sell courses, I do coaching. I have a lot of moving pieces...

How to Find Motivation as a Freelance Writer

How to Find Motivation as a Freelance Writer

All right y'all. I keep getting questions about how to find motivation as a freelance writer and my head is about to pop off. (How's for a hook?) No question out there makes me cringe as hard as “how do I find motivation as a freelancer when I don't feel like doing...

The Difference between Blogging and Freelance Blogging

The Difference between Blogging and Freelance Blogging

There’s a difference between blogging and freelance blogging, but they are related. It’s obviously confusing to some though as far as what I teach, because I get a surprising number of questions about blogging itself, so I'm going to do what I can to help clarify. ...

The Paper Whiteboard: My Best Productivity Hack for Writers

The Paper Whiteboard: My Best Productivity Hack for Writers

What the heck is a paper whiteboard? This question came up in one of the live sessions in my Facebook group, the Inkwell Guild. It’s always awesome to hang out with everybody, and during that live I held up this thing that I call my paper whiteboard and someone said,...