Paid Writing Gigs Are Everywhere

January 12, 2017

What did you do when you got up this morning? Did you read some news? Check on instructions for using your new coffee maker? Look at the words on that carton of eggs? How many of the emails you either read or didn’t were from companies or other organizations? I’ll bet you see where I’m […]

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Enforce Your Professional Boundaries With Your Writing Clients

January 10, 2017

Professional boundaries, like emotional boundaries, help us stay out of trouble and keep others from imposing on us. They help us stay out of trouble because they reduce the temptation to do something we don’t quite approve of, like giving away our work for free or low pay. And they give us ways to say […]

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Freelance Writers and the Retainer

January 3, 2017

I recently accepted a retainer for my freelance writing. It happened this way. I began writing for, I’ll call him Jim, after a face-to-face interview. We liked each other, I understood much of what he was trying to do with this business. We clicked and I started work on a project. The first project stalled […]

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When You Are Too Tired to Write

December 27, 2016

Have you ever felt you were simply too tired to write? I suspect we all have. I’ve also come to believe there are two approaches to those situations: Pretend you’re a Navy Seal Take a nap Pretend I’m a Navy Seal? According to my Executive Coach, Navy Seals never quit. I extrapolate that means they […]

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Are Writers Really Smarter?

December 15, 2016

Are writers smarter than the average person? Maybe. At least that’s what several sites proclaimed not so long ago. I first saw it on LifeHack. The thrust there is that the act of writing helps with thinking in all sorts of ways. It helps us process emotions, think through issues, and learn more completely. All […]

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Freelance Writers, Change Can Hurt and Help

December 13, 2016

Years ago, when I was building fires for Tony Robbins‘ fire walks I remember him responding to the question, “Why does change hurt so bad?” this way, paraphrasing: What do you mean change can hurt? What if I gave you a new Mercedes right now? That would be a real change in your life, right?  […]

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Yes, Freelance Writing is My Business – Writing is My Product!

December 8, 2016

Writing is my product and it’s yours too. Oh sure, freelance writing is a creative, even artistic endeavor; it’s also a service. And it’s also my business. When I’m thinking about marketing or building my business or setting and raising my fees,etc., it helps me to recognize the product I sell is my writing. Somehow […]

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Writers Need to Speak Out

December 6, 2016

When I first started blogging I was writing for About.com. As that relationship ended I registered my domain name, and started this blog in a tentative way. Soon I was asked to join another blog network. I didn’t dare speak out In both networks I stuck to my topic (information for freelance writers) and never ventured […]

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A Freelance Writer’s One Page Business Plan With Download

December 1, 2016

It wasn’t too long ago that a business plan was always a huge document full of financial projections, references to studies, biographies and who knows what, all aimed at getting financing for a startup or other company. Those companies were either large with many employees or hoping to get that way. Fortunately a good business […]

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Gifts You Can Hint For Because Your a Writer!

November 29, 2016

Just for the heck of it I thought I’d offer a short list of gifts I’d enjoy – feel free to pass this along to your friends and family and tell them you’d enjoy receiving these gifts too. The Unemployed Philosophers Guild offers this usuable  memorial of some of the books that have been banned in […]

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