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.
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If you’re just starting out as a freelancer,
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.
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
- 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 email@example.com following these guidelines
- Submit an article that contains foot-based travel,
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.
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:
- 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
- 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 is a bimonthly lifestyle magazine that promotes physical health,
“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,
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.