Ampersands, Asterisks, and Hash Signs: Oh My!

July 29, 2014

By Allison VanNest of Grammarly.com Freelance writers often work on a wide variety of projects for varying audiences, from casual content marketing pieces to formal business plans. Sometimes, this means dealing with conflicting style guides (or no style guide at all). This can be especially tricky with typographical symbols (e.g., &, *, or #) that are common [...]

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Those Pesky Freelance Writing Deadlines

July 24, 2014

I’m up against three writing deadlines! There’s this one, a self-imposed deadline to get an article and a newsletter out for this blog on most Thursdays. Since it’s not quite 9 am where I am it looks like I’ll make this one. I started writing this morning at about 7:30 and finished one of two [...]

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Organizing Your Freelance Writing Job Search

July 22, 2014

If you organize your freelance writing job search you’ll know what sort of followup, if any, you need to do. The first step in organizing your freelance writing job search is knowing what kind of gigs you’re looking for.  It’s simply not enough to say you’re looking for any sort of writing job – you [...]

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I Don’t Want To Write On Fridays!

July 17, 2014

Do you ever hear yourself saying “I don’t want to write on Fridays”? Or maybe it’s some other day of the week you don’t want to write. It might even be “I don’t want to write weekends!” What if you said “I don’t want to write at all for a whole week!”? Or maybe, (gasp) [...]

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15 – Freelance Writing Business Problems – Are You Working With Or For Your Writing Clients?

July 17, 2014

Are you working with or for your writing clients? Think about that for a moment or two. There’s an important difference. When you have a regular job, even if it’s a dream job and you’re writing full time for an organization you love and with ample pay, you are working for that employer as an employee. Generally there’s a [...]

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14 – Freelance Writers Business Problems – 7 Reasons to Turn Down Writing Clients

July 17, 2014

When to turn down writing clients is one of the lessons every successful freelance writer needs to learn. In the beginning we’re so excited with the idea that someone, anyone, is willing to pay us for our writing, we miss any red flags that might be warning us off. We don’t yet really understand that [...]

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13 – Freelance Writer Business Problems – How To Raise Your Rates

July 16, 2014

Is it time to raise your rates? My hunch is that if you haven’t raised them at least once in over a year or two, it definitely is time to start charging more for your writing. Did you know that many writers and other freelancers revise their rates upwards every six months, or even more frequently? [...]

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12 – Freelance Writers Business Problems – 6 Freelance Writer Cover Letter Secrets

July 15, 2014

The freelance writer cover letter is often the first writing sample a prospective client or editor actually sees; that makes them a most important piece of writing. The cover letter is also a different kind of writing than say article writing or blog posts, or book writing. It’s really a sales document that’s designed to get [...]

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11 – Freelance Writers Business Problems – Dangers of the Single Client Freelance Writing Job

July 14, 2014

The potential client offers you the freelance writing job of a lifetime – an actual living wage in exchange for roughly fulltime work – and you get to work at home. Do you take it? Maybe. Before you say yes, consider the following: Will you be paid by the hour? If so, as you get [...]

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6 Elements of a Successful Freelance Writing Business

July 10, 2014

What, exactly, do I mean when I talk about creating a successful freelance writing business? What’s really required? It certainly doesn’t require a degree in business management, although an occasional course at a community college or webinar might be helpful. A lot of business is common sense. Not all of it, of course. In many [...]

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