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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.
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,...

Where Should I Build My First Freelance Writer Website?

Where Should I Build My First Freelance Writer Website?

Aaaaah, the freelance writer website. It’s the star of one of the main questions I get: How do I build a website for my freelance writing business? This feels like a big, heavy, loaded, momentous question for the person asking it. Your website is your calling card!...

Services to Offer With Freelance Writing

Services to Offer With Freelance Writing

Once you go into freelance writing, are there other options besides writing that can open up?  For writing, all you need is a laptop and a notebook to do your job; you don’t need a stationary office with the desk chair and whatever. It's also true of the actual work...

Where to Find Freelance Writing Clients that Pay Better than Upwork

Where to Find Freelance Writing Clients that Pay Better than Upwork

Something that everyone wants to know is how to find freelance writing clients that pay better than Upwork.  Sure, there are some success stories on Upwork... but most of the time it's miserable pay for meh clients. For new freelance writers, this is the part of the...

What is There Beyond Blog Posts for a Freelance Writer?

What is There Beyond Blog Posts for a Freelance Writer?

What else there is beyond blogging for freelance writers? The good news is...there's a whole lot.  Why I Begin My Freelance Writers With Blog Posts I teach my writers how to get started with freelancing by focusing on blog posts. It's a fairly natural starting point....

It’s Ok to be a Freelance Writing Generalist (She Said What?)

It’s Ok to be a Freelance Writing Generalist (She Said What?)

The idea of choosing a niche can be really stressful for a lot of new writers. It’s true that there are riches in the niches. It’s also true that there’s a lot of money to be made as a freelance writing generalist. I want to bring this message to my readers, in a...

How to Market Yourself as a Generalist (as a Freelance Writer)

How to Market Yourself as a Generalist (as a Freelance Writer)

If you're going to be a generalist as a freelance writer, how do you even market yourself? A generalist freelance writer is simply someone who has not chosen a niche or does not specialize in any one thing or industry. This is perfectly fine, despite talk to the...