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The Ink Well Guild blog brings insights, answers questions, and gives you the information you need to make it on your own as a freelance writer.

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...

Major milestone report (hint: affiliate marketing)

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...

6 tips to come up with new blog post ideas

Great writers build great blogs, whether their own or for their freelance writing clients. There are two key factors that go into creating a great blog post: Catchy headline that makes *the right* people want to read Well-written content that delivers on the promise...

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

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...

the (unhappy) secret all WAHMs share

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...

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...

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...

How to change niches (or add a new niche)

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...

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

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...

Freelance Writer Resource Roundup

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....

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,...

How to Raise Your Rates (Painlessly)

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...