Why Freelancers Should Become Swimmers

August 18, 2016

Anne’s admission – I love to swim, and when Conner proposed this article I thought ‘why not?’ Of course, we’re smack dab in the middle of the summer Olympics – and so I pander a bit. Why swim or at least take a dip now and then?  Working from home or being a freelancer sounds […]

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Why I Won’t Allow Links to Sites That Sell Essays and Papers or Write Them Either

August 16, 2016

I believe students should write their own essays and papers! I won’t allow links to sites that offer to write any sort of paper for students. And you can’t hire me to write them either. This came up yesterday when Antonio Tooley sent me a link to Dark Side of Higher Education: Essay Writing Services and […]

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The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook – Interview With the Author

August 11, 2016

Awhile back I was asked to contribute to the upcoming book, The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook, by the author/compiler, Yuwanda Black. You may recognize her as the founder of Inkwell Editorial. When she let me know the book is about to be published I quickly setup an interview with her – online via email. Here are […]

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Asking for Help – A Success Secret for Freelance Writers

August 9, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I’m not always comfortable asking for help. Although I’ve gotten better at it, there’s something in me that still thinks I ought to do it alone, or that I ought to already know how to do whatever it is. I don’t know where I got this idea – sometimes […]

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How to Find Enough Time to Write

August 4, 2016

One survey respondent wanted to know how to find enough time to write. Here’s how she answered the two questions: Q1: With all the things you’ve got going in all areas of your life, what is your biggest challenge? Time is my biggest challenge. I work two jobs and by the time I have the […]

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What’s Your Plan for Moving From Your Job to Freelance Writing?

July 26, 2016

Congratulations! You’re moving from your job to freelance writing! Maybe you’ve been planning this for a long time and have those darn ducks in order, or maybe you just got fired as happened to me. No matter, the transition is both thrilling and scary. These steps will make your life easier. Don’t panic! Easier said […]

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Have You Set Boundaries With Your Clients?

July 22, 2016

“If I hadn’t set boundaries with this client,” a forum member said, “I’d be working all through my vacation!” We all applauded because setting boundaries is one of the marks of a true professional writer. Some clients expect the moon There are some clients who seem to have no understanding that the freelance writer they hire […]

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What I Didn’t Know About Best Seller Lists

July 19, 2016

Even though I’ve had one book on a best seller list, (Autocad Method and Macros – I knew you’d be thrilled) which was, at one time, on some computer book best seller list, I never have understood them. I do know that most people who write books, including me, hope to be on a best seller […]

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4 Ways Freelance Writers Can Stop Giving Away Time

July 14, 2016

Are you giving away time? Do you even know the answer to this question? I ask, because in our recent survey, several writers asked one way or another about how to handle the time they give away. I’m talking about the time you spend on a client’s writing project that you don’t get paid for. […]

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Freelance Writing Job Categories

July 13, 2016

Freelance writing job categories are really in the eye of the beholder. They are fluid and over time evolve. For example, when I first started freelancing the ‘net didn’t exist. Writers were dependent on publications like Writer’s Market, both the annual and the magazine to learn the business and find leads. In fact, when I […]

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