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Okay, I make jokes on social media all the time about how half of my workday is spent looking at Facebook, but distractions are a real problem for most freelance writers. The folks over at Activia Training have come up with this great infographic that can help you stop procrastinating and maximize your workday. You can read more here.

Freelancers: Here’s How to Maximize Your Workday


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Despite all the odds, freelancers are strangely optimistic about the future. We work in an uncertain field and have only ourselves to depend on, yet more than seventy percent says they feel either confident or balanced about their business performance over the next twelve months. Where the media is talking about a stressed out workforce and an uncertain future, freelancers are taking it easy – demonstrating that it is, in fact, possible to have our priorities straight when we manage it on our own. It’s not all rosy, though, as the same percentage said that they have problems with late […]

Eliminate Freelancer Fear With Proactive Payments


As a freelance writer, for me, the work is easy. It’s dealing with the clients that’s hard. So, over the past few years I have developed a strategy for dealing with clients, and ensuring I get paid every time! How to Spot a Scam There are a lot of scammers out there that would just love for you to write something great, then disappear without paying. You can spot the tricksters with these tips: They don’t want to tell you their budget in the ad. Their ad is full of typos. It doesn’t seem like the person who wrote the […]

The Freelancer’s Guide to Dealing with Clients



For everyone who wants to embrace the freelance writing career, there are plenty of helpful materials online to teach you exactly what you should be doing, and how, and preferably when and where too. But I am of the opinion that the best lessons are the ones that show you clearly what you shouldn’t do. Here’s an ode to the worst mistakes of copywriting. #1. You don’t stick to basic SEO rules The first and most basic lesson is that online writing can turn into a successful business if you’re being viewed and noticed. In other words, not obeying the […]

The 7 Sins of the Unready Writer (Blogging for Noobs)   Recently updated !


I just received this great information, and thought it would be helpful for you freelancers out there, especially since it’s World Entrepreneur Day: The most recent annual report from Upwork and the Freelancers Union found that more people than ever are choosing to freelance, up to 55 million this year, or 35% of the total U.S. workforce. Many factors are contributing to a surge in the gig economy like the growing costs of opening a business (office space, utilities, payroll, etc.) to employees seeking flexibility, but one thing remains the same: contract workers do not receive access to the same benefits […]

Tools to Help Freelancers to Celebrate World Entrepreneur Day


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Since I wrote my blog on Grab a Writer a few days ago, I’ve seen many writers claim that Grab a Writer is a scam and doesn’t have any actual jobs. Well, I beg to differ. Today I was emailed a job opportunity for one of their clients. Here’s what the job looked like: Take a look at that price for 10 articles! I would get a whopping $2.50! Wow, somebody catch me because I’m about to faint at my good fortune. As a writer, you can click on the magnifying glass to see the details of the project: Sorry, I’m going to need […]

Grab a Writer Does Have Jobs



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It’s that time of year again. Offers for writing jobs, editing jobs and book cover art projects are flying at me from all directions! I love it when I am overloaded with work. Part of a freelancer’s life is dealing with dry spots, but soon there are floods. You have to be prepared for both. I stay prepared for the floods by staying organized. I keep track of due dates, estimate how long each project will take, and break it down into manageable chunks. I prepare for the droughts by saving up money when I can and downsizing as much as possible. […]

Busy, Busy Freelance Writer


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I have been a member of the Yovia group for a long time now and they are a great way to fill in the holes of your freelance writing income. They pay on the 10th of the month and have a payment threshold of $50. Usually, I don’t deal with people who have a payment threshold, but I almost made the threshold today after 30 minutes of work. It’s quick money for writing blog entries, posting Facebook photos and networking. You can also sign up for a lot of free stuff, too. Give it a try and tell me what you […]

Job Opening: What is Yovia?


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Hyperlink Publishing hires writers to create 1,500-3,000 word mini-books. These books are how-to guides and cliff notes on books and TV shows. The site offers writers two different payment options. You can either collect 20% royalties for life or take a flat rate of around $25 to $50. There is also a third option that appears from time to time. You can take 20% royalties for life plus a $20 flat fee. The rates are low, I know, but it may be a good gig for times when you need filler jobs in-between clients. I think that’s what I’ll use […]

What is Hyperlink Publishing?



Tired of the usual job finding tips for writers? Yah, me too. I follow a lot of blogs and they seem to have the same advice over and over again. So, I decided to write a post about some of my favorite “undercover” job finding methods. Follow companies you would like to write for on Twitter and Facebook. Watch their feeds for clues that they may need new talent, such as posts stating that they are expanding or opening a new site. Watch your friend’s LinkedIn updates. When they join a new company, ask if they know of any openings […]

4 Sneaky Ways to Find More Freelance Writing Work


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I know a lot of freelance writers are looking for gigs that are like Demand Media, but have a better editorial department and nicer reputation, while still paying upfront for articles. Remilon is a website that pays upfront for articles and has a great reputation. Here are a few facts about the company: Writers are paid by-the-hour  They specialize in education articles Currently, they have over 200 writers Remilon pays twice a month through PayPal They produce around 2,000 articles per month Pay is $8 per hour and up Freelance writers must do 15 hours of work per week A test […]

What is Remilon?


A Picture I Took of Fireworks in Estes Park, CO One of my favorite holidays is coming up. 4th of July! Right now I have a full schedule since summer is one of my busiest times in my freelance writing business. Clients are rolling in with new projects and I’m making good money. So, do I work on the upcoming holiday, or do I double up on work the day before? I hate extra work. It makes me grumpy. So, I’m probably going to space out all of my projects so that I only have to do a little chunk of […]

Do You Work on a Holiday?



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If you’ve been a freelance writer for more than a few minutes you’ve probably heard of the feast or famine theory. Basically, when you freelance work will come in ebbs and typhoons. Sometimes you will have so little work that you will curse the day you ever quit your job and became a full-time freelance writer. Other times you will get so much work you will curse the day you ever quit your job and became a full-time freelance writer. Hey, you’ve got to love this job to stick to it. So how do you make it through the slow […]

The Feast and Famine of Freelance Work and How to Make it Work For You


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I’ve always carry several different types of business cards with me wherever I go. Why so many? Some are for my art writing. Some are for my illustration business. Some are just general cards for my freelance writing business. Having so many different types of cards are expensive. That’s why I wrote this article: The Top Five Ways to Get Inexpensive Business Cards It lists my favorite ways to get business cards inexpensively. I just recently got some cards from Moo.com. I love how stylish the cards look. I highly recommend them.

Inexpensive Business Cards for Freelancing


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If you are a full-time mom, constantly on the go, sometimes it’s hard to get freelance work done. I get plenty of work done each day, though, no matter where I am. My Droid and My Laptop Boosting My Productivity My strategy is to have a mobile office that I can slip into my purse. My office computer is a laptop that I can use at Wi-Fi hotspots for free. It’s slim enough that I can carry it anywhere if I need to, but most of the time I just use my Droid cell phone (with a buit-in keyboard), which […]

Freelance Writing While You’re Away from the Office