10 – Freelance Writer Business Problems – Do You Need A Writing Niche?

June 30, 2014

On writing websites, even this one, there’s often discussion of the need to find a freelance writing niche and how, if you want, to find one - the right one. And there are lots of opinions. Some of us, including me, hold several opinions. For example I’ve written: You Don’t Need A Niche To Start A Successful Freelance [...]

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Is Your Writing Stuck? Ease the Pain. Just Start Writing!

June 26, 2014

I agreed to write about Buddhism and the environment for a new site over at EdenKeeper.org. It’s a topic that cuts to the bone for me. Which has meant I had trouble getting started with the writing. Stuck would be the proper term. Not because I lack something to say, but because it’s damn painful to [...]

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09 – Freelance Writer Business Problems – Why Will They Hire You?

June 24, 2014

You want to get hired to write, which is natural enough. But you know, from experience, that landing a freelance writing job isn’t easy. Chances are you’ve applied for at least a few. Maybe you found them on Craigslist or through the job list here. You sent off an email describing your skills and they dropped [...]

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Bear Arms or Bare Arms? Homophones Writers Need to Watch Out For

June 24, 2014

By Allison VanNest of Grammarly.com The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants citizens the write to keep and bare arms. No, wait, that’s the rite to keep and bear arms. Crumbs—I meant right! English is loaded with homophones, those pesky words that are spelled differently but pronounced the same. In spoken language, we can usually tell [...]

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The Only Secret to Marketing Your Freelance Writing You’ll Ever Need

June 19, 2014

When you think about marketing your freelance writing do you cringe? If someone suggests you need a plan for marketing your freelance writing do you want to go back to bed and eat cookies? You are not alone! I don’t know how many times I’ve heard freelance writers say something like “I hate marketing.” In [...]

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08 – How Freelance Writers Can Receive Payments

June 16, 2014

It used to be so simple to receive payments! I’d do a piece of writing, mail it to the person who hired me and a week or two later a check would wander in. Of course, then I’d have to deposit it or cash it, and back in the day banks weren’t happy if the [...]

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Freelance Writing Fees – Ignore The Going Rate

June 12, 2014

Freelance writing fees are a constant source of uncertainty for many writers. I often get questions like: “How much should I charge for writing X?” This is what I call a how long is a piece of string question. In fact, it’s largely unanswerable, at least in exact terms. Another form of the question is “What’s the [...]

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How Calling Yourself A Freelance Writer Helps Your Business

June 10, 2014

Susan Rich and many others sometimes advise we freelance writers quit calling ourselves by that title.  The gist of the argument is that the word, free, sets the wrong expectation in the eyes of potential clients, that it somehow disrespects either the writer or the work the writer does becasue it implies the writer will do the [...]

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07 – How Freelance Writers Get Paid Upfront

June 4, 2014

Suppose you’re contacted by a potential writing client. He wants you to write a thousand word article on a topic that will require some research. He agrees to your $1 per word rate. Do you stop negotiating there? Successful freelance writers go a step further and get paid up front. Every time you agree to do [...]

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06 – How To Balance Your Freelance Writing Business With Your Writing

June 4, 2014

I talked with a writer yesterday who was struggling try to balance her freelance writing business side with the actual writing she was doing. “It seems I either do one or the other,” she explained. “It can take me hours to, for example, balance my checkbook or plan a marketing campaign and when I’m done I’m [...]

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