“Should I write for free?” I hear this question a lot from new freelance writers. The answer? Many freelance writers start off their career thinking that they should do a little free work to build up their clips so they can get paid gigs. The problem is, once you start down the free road, it’s hard to take an exit. People want to keep getting free stuff as long as they can and will baulk at paying your new rates. Well, I say tough. If they want quality work, then they need to pay. I encourage new writers not to […]

Free at Last From Being Free: How to Stop Writing for Free

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Finding high-paying gigs as a freelance writer is hard. Luckily, you have me! Forget Craigslist. Here are some of the best sites for finding high-paying gigs. FW: Be sure to sign up for’s Morning Coffee Newsletter Freelance Writing Jobs: This is one of my favorite places to look for high-paying gigs. Problogger: This is an amazing place to find blogging gigs that pay well. LinkedIn: If you’re serious about making big bucks, this is where you go. Make sure to type “freelance writer” in the search bar. Writers Weekly: Angela Hoy updates her jobs page regularly and you can find […]

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I frequent many writers’ forums. I like to lurk, absorbing the knowledge that my peers type about companies and publishers. Recently, though, I stumbled upon a thread full of angry writers. The writers all freelanced for a publication that I wrote for, as well. The publication had decided to essentially put all freelance projects on hold while they sorted out financial issues. I understood and was patiently waiting to hear if I would get to work with them again. The group of writers in this thread didn’t feel the same. Many threatened the company with a smear campaign. Others posted […]

Tip for New Writers: Successful Writers Don’t Burn Bridges

My daughter holding one of my first cameras. Up until recently, I had a Cannon Rebel EOS camera to take pictures for all of my freelance articles. Now, let’s just say I don’t have it any more. All I have is the camera on my smartphone. This got me to thinking, just how important is the type of camera you use for photos? Way back at the beginning of my freelancing career, I used a SLR camera, until it broke. Then I moved on to using disposable wedding cameras. Yep, you read that right. My husband took pity on me and bought me a […]

Disposable Wedding Cameras or a Cannon Rebel: How Important is Photos When You’re a Freelance Writer?

© Cartoon by Alina Bradford When you work as a freelance writer you’re going to have times when there’s more work than you can handle, and other times when you have nothing to do. Even if there’s no client work, you can still find plenty to do to earn money for the day. Write a post for your personal blog Come up with an article pitch for a print magazine Write for a mill like Demand Media Studios or Break Studios Write a residual income article for sites like Suite 101 or Like My 5 Bid on some work at […]

Lack of Freelance Work: What to Do When You Have Nothing to Do

I was over at freelance writer Jennifer Mattern’s blog and she was talking about how her internet will be out for several days. What would you do without internet and you had a big freelance project that needed to be done? This has happened to me a few times. I either go low-tech, doing my research at the local library or I go to McDonalds, order a parfait for me and the kids, then let the kids go crazy in the indoor playground. They get a healthy snack, social interaction and some exercise and I get to work for an […]

What’s Your Internet Back-up Plan?