Freelance Writer


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 […]

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I struggled to get paid what I was worth for a long time as a freelance writer. You know why? Because I was a generalist. I would write about anything. When someone asked me what my specialty was I would say, “I can write anything!” *Insert the sound of a deflating balloon here* Yah, potential clients don’t want to hear that you write about all kinds of things. They want to know you specialize in their category. They want to know they’ve hired a writer that knows industry terms and sounds like they genuinely know what they’re talking about. Why […]

Yes, You Need a Niche, Freelance Writers


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US Women’s National Team midfielder Carli Lloyd visualized herself scoring a bunch of goals in the World Cup final in 2015. She netted three in the first 16 minutes of play to propel USA to victory. She got her goals. Literally. Here’s how you can, too. Use Visualization to Achieve Your Goals, Too  “There’s a four step process that when applied, works wonders in helping you achieve your goals,” says Life Coach, Anne Deidre. “Whether it’s the World Cup, losing weight or starting your own business, whatever you want to do, you can!” The 4 Step Process To Achieve Any Goal Get […]

Achieve Any Goal with These 4 Step



Three weeks ago we stumbled upon a house that just went on the market. It was completely remodeled and priced so low that we simply had to snatch it up before someone else made an offer. We weren’t planning on buying a house this year, but you never know what blessing will be thrown your way. The same holds true for freelance writing. You never know when a new prospect will be thrown your way, but you must be prepared and willing to jump in before you lose it. How do you stay prepared? Keep a list of article ideas on topics that […]

Surprises and the Freelance Writer


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I read a post on another blog the other day declaring that a freelance writer should never write articles for a residual income site. The major reasoning here was that you can’t predict how much you will earn and that you may not earn enough to justify the work. Well, as a seasoned residual income writer I’d have to say just the opposite. I think every freelance writer should have at least one residual income account. Here are my reasons: An Article Depository With a residual income site you’ll always have somewhere to put articles that you can’t find a […]

Residual Income: Does it Really Work?


I often post reviews of publishers for my freelance writer friends reading this blog, so it may not come as a surprise to you that I have to pipe up about Cooks Source Magazine. This magazine regularly steals content from other websites and publishes in its online or print editions. According to one freelance writer, Cooks Source Magazine ripped off her article, and then when she complained about it the editor told her that the magazine should be paid for editing the article. DO WHAT? That’s some steel balls right there. If you visit the Cooks Source Magazine Facebook page […]

Stay Clear of Cooks Source Magazine



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Well, I took another vacation last week. I seem to be taking vacations every couple of months now. It’s one of the biggest benefits of being a freelance writer, at least to me. You may be surprised to learn that I often take my vacation time and use it to get wealthier while I relax and travel. How do I relax and make money at the same time? Simple. I pay attention. For example, on a recent trip to Oklahoma City I noticed that there was an art show being held. Since I write art related articles, I just had […]

How to Use Vacations to Make You a Wealthier Freelance Writer


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On some forums the other day there was a broo-haha about it being impossible to make money by writing for Demand Studios. Since DS is one of my go-to sites in-between bigger jobs, of course I disagreed. I was told that my posts helped several new writers, so I’ll post them here. On using your real name instead of a pen name: I have been with DS since 2007 and my name has been on all of my articles. I have yet to see an article where your byline isn’t used. I use my real name because I often get […]

Writing for Demand Studios


I have been a freelance writer for more than 11 years. I started out writing articles for print mags and now I do mostly web writing with a little print. I’ve found that the best formula for me is to have around 1/3 of my income be residual. This allows me to still be making money even when I take a day off, which is important since I have health problems and two young children. Also, I think it is important to have as many clients as possible at one time and to be continually looking for new clients. I’ve […]

How to Make it as a Freelance Writer