Decided to get into freelance writing? Congratulations! If you’re anything like me when I first started, you’re probably feeling a little bit overwhelmed and underprepared. Don’t worry. As long as you’ve got a passion for writing, the skills to back it up and an ability to work hard, you’ll make it. But as you dip […] Read more
Everyone and their dog seems to have a podcast these days. But despite the saturated market, there are quite a few quality podcasts. Especially for freelance writers. When you need a break from emailing clients, researching article topics or working on your first draft, tune into one of these. A Little Bird Told Me A […] Read more
I’ve been side-hustling as a freelance writer since before side hustles were a thing. As I described in my post on working from home, I’ve written from pretty much every location possible. Often, those various locations were necessitated by the fact that writing wasn’t my full-time gig. For most of my 10+ years writing, it’s […] Read more
In my 10+ years as a freelance web content writer, I’ve worked in just about every location imaginable. I’ve worked from home in six different houses – one of which involved converting an unheated walk-in closet into my workspace (most, thankfully, have had enough space for a separate desk setup with heat!). I’ve worked on-the-go […] Read more
When it comes to being a better writer, there’s so much information out there – so much, in fact, that it can be hard to digest. And even if you’re able to get through it all, not all of the writing advice available is that good. So if you’re looking for tips on how to become […] Read more
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 […] Read more
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 […] Read more
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 […] Read more
“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 […] Read more
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!