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clientOne kind of ideal client for freelance writers is the mid-size to larger company that has multiple types of projects for you.

For example, the client might want a couple of blog posts a month, a white paper every two months, a press release now and again, even an internal manual of one sort or another. Even if they aren’t quite as organized as I making them sound, it’s often possible to get into a rhythm of both regular assignments and regular pay – a highly desirable client indeed.

If they think you can do everything

The only real problem that can come up is this sort of client is the one who, after working with you awhile, believes you can do anything. With little or no warning they are very likely to ask you for a price on a kind of project you know little or nothing about.

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5 Ways to Find New Freelance Writing Clients that Pay Well

find new clientsBusiness is largely about getting leads that convert into sustainable clientele. This clientele has to be attractively budgeted and offer regular business to the agency/firm/freelance writer. Finding new freelance writing clients who are qualified leads is a major task and often a concern for entrepreneurs and freelancers alike.

Like all freelancers have a different level of skill, all clients are not equal. Some will understand your value from first interaction. Some will be smart low-ballers who despite knowing your value will try to get you to reduce your rates.

Figuring out the right combination is the key so that your business can thrive well.

How to find high-paying new freelance writing clients

Step 1: Assassinate your self-doubt

Any business owner or freelancer was once a newbie. All they knew was the skill they had and the half-baked strategy that they had to adopt. As time went on, their skills and strategies evolved. Even a skeptic would agree that your skill will grow after every year of experience, so you deserve better pay.

Finding high-paying freelance writing clients is only a matter of positioning yourself in front of the right people and with the right attitude.

Step 2: Start saying no to low-ballers

The industry compensation levels are not the only marker for assessing how much you should get paid. It could be that your skills are just what they are looking for, but they may not show it. So always ask your questions confidently and try to assess exactly just how much you bring to the table and state your quote.If you think you are not getting enough monetary compensation in exchange for your skill, be confident in saying no but don’t be rude.

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procrastinatingWant to stop procrastinating that book, article or post you’ve been thinking of writing?

I’ll tell you – stop reading this post and start writing!

I can hear you groaning. I can hear you saying, “That’s not fair. I’m not procrastinating. I have reasons I’m not writing it.”

Sure you do!

Let me guess. Is the reason something like:

  • I don’t have time.
  • My writing isn’t good enough.
  • If no one likes it I’ll have wasted all that time.
  • My family  (partner, spouse, best friend, utter strangers) won’t like it.
  • I don’t know where to start!

Believe me, I know about procrastinating

The only way I can guess what you’re thinking is because I have first-hand experience with procrastination. I’ve used each of these (ahem) reasons and over time discovered they are mostly excuses.

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3 Secrets to Getting to Zero Emails Every Day

zero emailsA couple of weeks ago I determined that I want to get to zero emails every day. Part of my wonders if this is even possible! To go from some 3,000 emails to zero emails?

Since I’m not the only one who hopes to get control over my email I thought I would share the journey with you.

How I got here

I hadn’t had my souped up Apple II+ long when I discovered I could add a modem and begin to communicate with others. I think my first email program was what’s now known as Microsoft Outlook.

I guess you could call me a pack rat when it comes to email. Over time I’ve simply saved too much of it. I suspect I could find floppy disks of backed up email – and no, I don’t want to read them.

Politics and good ideas are my problem. I’ve saved way to many of those emails, vaguely thinking I’d get to them someday.

So much of the fat in my inbox is subscriptions to either political issues which mostly turn into pleas for funds, and newsletters that I think may be helpful ‘someday.’

Neither approach does anything but contribute to in box bloat.

Progress toward zero emails

This morning I woke up to a mail box with only 465 emails! That’s down from consistently running 2,000 to 3,000 emails listed everyday. Enough to discourage anyone.

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what went wellWhen I decided not to set goals for 2018, I said I’d look at what went well and where I think I’m heading.

I hadn’t realized that the theme of what went well has become a thing! Google estimates it has 1,380,000,000 pages with that keyword phrase. Maybe the number of web pages is the new way to determine when something becomes a thing. Even Forbes has gotten into the what went well act.

The thrust of the movement if it can be called that, is it’s better to think well of ourselves and what we’ve done right than to consistently berate ourselves for what we didn’t do right or didn’t do at all.

I totally agree. Asking yourself what went well or right can move you off all sorts of negative thinking and start your creative juices flowing exactly the way you want them to.

What went well for me this year

This kind of list can grow and grow. I’ve listed 36 things so far and the chances are by the time I get to the end of this post that number will have grown.

    1. About Freelance Writing – and if you haven’t signed up for the newsletter you can right here, and get a free ebook as well.
    2. Our forum, which is called About Writing Squared. Treat yourself by joining this year.
    3. Adding life coaching to what I do. This grew out of coaching writers and I love it. Find out more here – and ask for a Gift Session if you’d like.
    4. Getting in touch with many of my readers through LinkedIn.

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bloggingBlogging continues to be one of the simplest, and most effective ways to capture the attention of your audience in today’s saturated marketplace. With the right blog, you can capture the hearts and minds of your audience instantly, convincing them that you’re not only worth their attention, but you could also be worth their investment too.

Of course, there’s a lot more involved in producing an amazing blog than simply typing a few hundred words into WordPress and hitting the “publish” button. If you want your blogs to really work for you, then you’re going to need to choose interesting topics that entertain, inspire, and engage your audience, while increasing your rankings on the search engines at the same time.

The good news, is that you don’t have to begin the quest for compelling content without some help. The following tools could help you to create more engaging content in no time.

1.    BuzzSumo

Perhaps one of the most well-known blogging tools in the digital marketing world, BuzzSumo is a website that shares information about some of the most popular, trending topics related to a keyword. Since keeping your audience engaged begins with finding something to write about that they’re interested in, you can use BuzzSumo to inspire your writing efforts, by looking for stories that connect to your keywords and phrases in some way.

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One Secret Way to Approach Setting Goals for Next Year

setting goalsSetting goals toward the end of the year has a sort of mystical feel to me.

I envision myself with a brand new pristine notebook, great pen and pencils handy, a fresh cappuccino made with Cafe Moto’s Turkish Blend and several hours of uninterrupted time. Even better would be a 3 day retreat to someplace where I can hear and smell the surf.

What more often happens is I grab half an hour here and there, usually at the computer because my handwriting proves I should have been a doctor. I make a list of what I want to accomplish next year, prioritize it and attempt to see how I can make it happen.

At least that’s how I used to do it.

The problem with setting goals

I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with setting goals. The goals I tend to set are those I think I should set, rather than an expression of what I’m really feeling.

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banned words“War is peace

Freedom is Slavery

Ignorance is Strength”

Those are the three overarching slogans in George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984.

I’m rereading it because that was the first thing I thought of when it was announced that the Trump administration had banned certain words in agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services as they prepared their 2018 budget.

By the way you can get the book free for your Kindle at Amazon if you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited, and at various other sites just by googling: 1984 free

Seven banned words

According to Reuters, “…one of the agencies, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was given a list of seven prohibited words or phrases: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

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time offTime off! Why is it so important for freelance writers yet so often elusive?

Maybe you recognize this. You’ve been rocking along with your freelance writing career and seeing growth with improvement in both your writing and your income.

All seems fine except you begin to notice the ideas for things to write about don’t seem to come as easily as they used to. You find yourself slogging to meet deadlines that used to be a breeze or close to it. Clients you used to enjoy you now find tiresome. You catch yourself staring out the window, not creatively, but with a longing to escape.

These and similar symptoms are certain signals you need some time off!

Why time off is good for you

I’ve come to love the word, recreate or recreation. Time off is what allows us to re-create ourselves. It takes rest away from the pressures of work, yes, even freelance writing work, for our minds to return to their normal, creative ways of thinking and perceiving . Without some regular re-setting as it were of our minds abilities, we tend to get mired down and stuck.

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Why Writing for Exposure is (Mostly) a Scam

writing for exposureEver been tempted by a writing for exposure writing gig? Most of us have, particularly in the beginning of our writing careers.

What what is writing for exposure?

The idea behind writing for exposure isn’t inherently a bad one.

The basic thought is that writers can benefit if their writing is exposed to the public, even for free. Such exposure, it is argued, gives them a writing credit and may be seen by possible clients.

Often the people offering to ‘let’ you write for them are sincere, maybe not-for-profit types. They are naive and have been told that writing for exposure instead of for pay is something many freelance writers will do because they want that exposure. They may really believe they are offering something of value in lieu of pay.

Then there are a fair number of people out there that simply hope to get something for nothing. They are aware that offering writing for exposure is usually a bad deal for the writer, but a good one for them. These folks hope to get writing they can use, and often they can.

Why is writing for exposure usually not a good idea?

The real reason writing for exposure is generally not a great idea is you have no idea what kind of exposure you’re going to get, if any. Think about it. What does the fact the individual or company isn’t willing to pay for writing say about them? They either have almost no budget or they are just plain stingy.

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