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115 Freelancer Tools That Will Cut Your Writing Time In Half

As a freelance writer, you know that being a great writer is only half the battle. You also have to be able to write efficiently.

If it takes you all day to write a 300 word blog post, you likely won’t be a very profitable freelancer. On the other hand, if you’re churning out ten posts an hour, there’s probably something lacking in your writing quality.

So how do the best freelancers create quality work in half the time? They rely on the many tools available to freelancers to give them a leg up.

Check out 115 freelancer tools that are sure to make you more efficient as a writer. Discover which ones you need to start using to help you succeed in your freelance career.

12 Must Know Tools To Kickstart Your Career In Freelance Content Writing And Blogging

If you’re just starting out as a freelancer,

22 Ways To Avoid Freelancer Burnout

The freelancer hustle isn’t easy.

You’re constantly writing, editing, spellchecking and proofreading. And when you’re not doing the actual writing work, you’re busy communicating with clients, finding new jobs, creating invoices, updating your portfolio and taking on the myriad other tasks that make up a freelancer’s work day.

It’s a tough job! And it’s easy to see how freelancers can go from beaming to burned out in no time at all.

So what do you do if you want to be a successful freelancer but you don’t want to find yourself stressed, tired and unmotivated halfway through the workday?

Check out 22 ways to avoid freelancer burnout. No matter what specific freelancing challenges you’re facing, I’m sure you’ll find something here to help you push through the hardships and rediscover the joys of freelance writing.

Freelancers–You Can Move Past Burnout.

10 Places That Will Pay You to Write About the Environment

One of the most popular writing niches is the environment. The great outdoors is all around us and makes for a great topic to write about. From wildlife conservation to backcountry skiing, this list of 10 publications is ready and waiting to pay you to write about the environment.

Earth Island Journal

  • http://www.earthisland.org
  • Submit a story along the spectrum of environmental issues, such as wildlife conservation, policies to protect the environment and animal rights
  • Preference for on-the-ground reports outside of North America on people defending/restoring the earth
  • Online reports: $50 – $100
  • Print stories: $0.25/word; feature stories are approximately 4,000 words
  • Send your query to submissions@earthisland.org following these guidelines


How I Turned 1 Guest Post Into $2,000+

The “experts” will tell you there are a lot of black and white rules in the world of freelance writing.

Always have a contract.

Never write for the content mills.

Never write for “exposure.”

On the surface, I agree. Setting your terms from the start of an engagement is important, as is earning appropriate rates for your work.

What I wish more people would acknowledge, though, are the grey areas where these rules don’t apply (or don’t apply fully).

As a case in point, in December 2016, I contributed an article to the Content Marketing Institute website titled “Why Freelance Content Writers Aren’t Getting the Results You Want.”

I didn’t get paid for this article.

10 Places That Will Pay You to Write About Health

If you love to practice yoga, always have to accompany your relatives to the doctor’s office because you understand medical jargon, or regularly frequent health food stores, this is the dream writing job list for you.

Below you’ll find writing jobs that pay in health niches such as mental health, diabetes, holistic nutrition and everything else in between:

Anxiety Foundation

  • http://www.anxietyfoundation.com
  • Contribute an article that shares your experience, knowledge or tips about mental health.
  • $50 per article
  • 550+ words, family friendly language
  • Submit a proposal for your article through their online form

Yoga Basics

  • http://www.yogabasics.com
  • Writers with experience in yoga practice, teaching and/or philosophy can apply to join the writing team at Yoga Basics
  • Writers will be responsible for 1-2 articles per month
  • 550-700 words and 4-8 paragraphs per article
  • $30/article with future increases
  • Complete the online application to join the team

Vibrant Life

Are You a Rate Snob? Why Your Per-Word Obsession Is Killing Your Career

“I’m sorry, I just can’t make those rates work.”

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

There I was, offering a writer a steady ghost-blogging gig – only to have her turn it down because the rate I could pay was two cents less per word than her “standard” rates.

Now, let me start by saying that the rate I was offering was fair compensation for her level of experience and the type of project in question.

I’m the first to argue that freelance writers deserve to be well-compensated for their work.

The writer in question didn’t decline because the rates I was paying weren’t reasonable – she turned the project down because they fell slightly below the arbitrary limit she set for herself.

That’s her right,

10 Places That Will Pay You to Write About Travel

Eating a fresh croissant in Paris, bungee jumping in Auckland or sailing through a floating market in Vietnam. If you can’t do those things, you can at least write about them, right? Or better yet, do them and then get paid to write about them.

Below are 10 publications that will pay you to write all about travel. And they don’t even care if you send in your articles from the beach – in fact, they probably prefer it.

How the Cloud Puts the “Free” in “Freelance”

Today’s guest post comes from the awesome Patrick Icasas.  Please join me in giving him a big “Write Your Revolution” welcome! 

UPDATED POST: New cloud tool recommendations added November 2016, at the end of the article

I have a confession to make: I’m a bit of a cheapskate.

It’s a leftover habit from college, where I squeaked by every day with just enough cash in my wallet for the bus home and a cheap meal. In fact, the first day they raised the bus fare, I had to bum change from one of my fellow passengers!

I’ve improved much since then, but old habits die hard. And it’s a good thing, because this habit was excellent preparation for the feast-or-famine life of a freelancer.

As a freelancer, you have to run a tight ship and be ruthless when handling expenses. Writers tend to have fewer than most, but that’s still not the same as none at all. Fortunately, there are loads of cloud services out there that let you run your freelance business without spending a cent on software. But these services are “free” in other ways, too!

Don’t Wait for the Job You Want – Create It!

Please join me in welcoming guest author Devon Ellington to the site, for some interesting insight on a great way to find freelance writing jobs…

As freelance writers, we have a special gift: we listen to our clients and transform their needs into engaging copy to enchant a wider audience and profit all of us.  Hunting down these jobs takes time and attention to detail. Pinar Tarhan has a great post up on finding legit, paying web markets on this very blog, titled, “9 Simple Ways Writers Can Find Paying Web Markets.”

But there’s an alternative to hunting down vacancies posted by someone else.

Create your own job.

Convince the company to whom you’re pitching that they can’t live without you.  A striking web presence is a must for successful business, and it needs regular, exciting content.  Often, a company isn’t quite sure what it wants and needs, but you can present them with well-thought out, creative ideas and convince them that you are the perfect person to implement them. You’ve given them more than they knew they needed, it gets them beyond their original goals, and you wind up with a more interesting job than anything they could think up internally.  Because you understand them and think beyond their usual parameters.

How do you do that?  It takes more initial legwork, the process of landing the job can take longer, but it pays off in the end, both financially and creatively.

The 3-Step DIY Business Plan for Freelance Writers

I’m going to be honest with all of you – I suck at writing business plans.

In fact, despite operating four separate companies over the past seven years, I’ve only ever written a true, formal business plan as part of a Home Ec project in high school.

It’s not that I don’t think writers need to have business plans.  Quite the contrary!  Although it’s unlikely that most freelance writers will ever need to seek out bank loans or other types of financing (typically the impetus behind crafting traditional business plans), we do still need the structure of a plan to ensure that we’re meeting goals and growing our businesses in a sustainable, financially-savvy way.

So that said, here’s my “short cut,” DIY method for coming up with a viable business plan that doesn’t waste time on cheesy mission statements or unnecessary financial projections: