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4 Tips for Freelancers Looking to Make More Money

It’s no secret that freelancing can be incredibly lucrative. It’s a full-time job for many, and the benefits are unassailable: you can make your own hours, aren’t beholden to a… Read more » The post 4 Tips for Freelancers Looking to Make More Money appeared first on

Eek! Don’t Be Afraid of These 13 Freelance Writing Challenges

Just in case the abundance of pumpkin-shaped decor in every storefront didn’t tell you, Halloween is on its way. But for writers, the scariest situations have nothing to do with masked monsters or creepy, remote cabins. (Actually, a lot of us would probably like to spend some time out in the woods.) So we put together this list of some common writer frighteners — and our best tips on how to crush them. Whether you’re a beginner yet to publish a single blog post or a full-time freelance vet, here are 13 writing-related conundrums you don’t have to be afraid of. 1. You want to become a freelance writer, but you don’t know where to start There’s nothing more disheartening than compulsively putting words down…only to have them languish in your notebook or hard drive. (Though honestly, that’s how most of us got started.) Although writing for yourself can be cathartic, writing for an audience is next-level fulfilling. And, bonus: it can get you paid. While there’s no tried and true path to gainful freelance glory, there are some steps you can take to increase your chances of getting those words of yours in front of some eyeballs — and turning them into cold, hard cash in the bargain. Here’s our step-by-step guide to becoming a freelance writer, and a foolproof way to make your first $100. 2. You can’t find work — or at least, work you’re paid for Whether you’re looking for a full-time writing job or you’re a freelancer trying to fill out your client roster, finding paid writing work can be notoriously tricky. (Most writers are probably familiar with a very particular type of hobgoblin: the client who asks you to work for free, thinking you’ll do it “for the exposure.”) Luckily, we’ve got tons of resources to help you find paying gigs. Here are a few posts to start with: 10 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs 18 Places to Find Blogging Jobs: An Essential Resource for Freelance Bloggers 231 Publications That Actually Pay Freelance Writers Flying Under The Radar: How to…

How to Make More Money as a Freelance Writer

People always say no one goes into freelance writing for the money. But there are plenty of writers out there earning a good living from the written word — and they’re not just famous novelists. If you’d like to increase your writing income, spend some time evaluating your business model and make a few adjustments to increase your bottom line. Read on to learn how to begin the process and boost your freelance income. 1. Learn about your income The first step to making more money is learning more about the money you already bring in. Many writers find an end-of-year review to be very helpful in terms of evaluating your income, business model, clients and setting goals for the year ahead. But you don’t have to wait for the end of the year to conduct a review. Any time you’re looking to make a big change in your business plan — like increasing your income — is a great time for a review. Evaluate your clients To evaluate your business, evaluate each of your clients and income sources. To do this, ask yourself the following questions: How often do you write for each client? What types of materials do you write? What is the word count and pay like? On average, how long does each project take? How much do you earn a year from this client? What is your “pitch to acceptance” ratio? If you have to pitch 150 times for every accepted story, it may be time to reevaluate working with this client or consider pitching differently to boost your acceptance rate. What’s the revision process like? Endless rounds of edits can be frustrating and reduce your earnings on the project. Do you enjoy working with the client? It’s okay to cut ties with a client who makes you miserable. Figure out your current rates After you’ve evaluated your general impressions of each client and the projects you do for them, calculate how much money you earn on average from each client. This could be per word, per hour or per project. Many writers find calculating their…

30 Fantastic Writer’s Conferences for Authors, Bloggers and Freelancers

Ready to connect with literary agents, editors and other writers at a writers conference? If you’re tired of learning about interesting opportunities just a little too late, bookmark this list of annual writers conferences for future planning, so you can join in on the mingling, learning and inspiration in years to come! General interest 1. Writer’s Digest Conference When: Annually in August Where: New York City The Writer’s Digest editors bring you this annual conference with resources for craft, career and creative inspiration. More than 50 agents and editors participate in the infamous Pitch Slam, and dozens of industry experts lead educational sessions. 2. San Francisco Writers Conference When: Annually in February Where: San Francisco, CA Held annually in February, this conference is a “celebration of craft, commerce and community.” Connect with industry experts, bestselling authors, agents, editors and leaders in both self-publishing and traditional publishing. 3. San Francisco Writing for Change Conference When: Annually in September Where: San Francisco, CA This annual one-day conference asks nonfiction writers, “Can your book change the world?” The conference brings together writers and industry experts to teach nonfiction writers about writing, publishing, marketing and technology. 4. Northern Colorado Writers Conference When: Annually in May Where: Fort Collins, CO The Northern Colorado Writers group provides support and encouragement to writers of all genres and levels through this annual conference, as well as through monthly meetings, classes and other networking and social events. The event typically has just 130 to 150 attendees, so you’ll get a more intimate experience. 5. Association of Writers and Writing Programs When: Annually in Spring Where: Various North American cities Each year, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) hosts the Annual Conference & Bookfair in a different city. The event celebrates authors, teachers, students, writing programs, literary centers and publishers in the region hosting the conference. With more than 12 thousand writers and readers attending each year, AWP is the largest literary conference in North America. 6. Las Vegas Writers Conference When: Annually in spring Where: Las Vegas, NV Henderson Writers Group hosts this annual conference for writers.…

6 Great Portfolio Sites for Freelance Writers

In this age of online everything, your web presence can make or break your freelance career — especially if you’re just starting out. If prospective clients don’t know you by reputation, they need a quick, easy way to suss out your work, your style and your level of professionalism. While social media accounts can do wonders (having a few thousand Twitter followers never hurt a freelancer’s credibility), you’ll need more than that as your online calling card. That’s where your online portfolio comes into play. In general, a website that promotes your freelance writing needs to have two things going for it: Uncluttered design: If a prospective client can’t find what they need in less than 10 seconds, you’ve got too much going on. You’ve lost their attention…and a potential gig. Easy-to-read clips: If someone is looking to hire you, their main goal in coming to your site is to read your work and see if they like it. Make it simple for them! A website that fulfills these two basic criteria is not that hard to create, and you’ve got lots of good portfolio design tools to help you get there. We’ve looked at how Pinterest works as a writing portfolio, but here are six more of the best platforms to highlight your work and help you land your next freelance writing job: 1. Journo Portfolio On Journo Portfolio, you can create a modern, no-fuss online portfolio. The dashboard is easy to use: customize your site’s look with six distinct themes, and sort your clips into any number of pages or content blocks. One of the other nice features is the range of ways you can share materials: link directly to clips (just type in the URL and Journo Portfolio will grab the title, publication, date, and content), or upload almost any kind of multimedia, including PDFs, videos and images. Cool Feature: This platform allows you to blog directly onto Journo Portfolio. That way, you can use to site to highlight your past work and as a personal blog. Say goodbye to managing multiple platforms! Price: FREE for a…

Best Work-At-Home Jobs for Writers

Most people who journal, keep a blog, or write as a hobby, don’t consider themselves writers. Yet, there are lots of opportunities to work-from-home while getting paid to write. When it comes to earning money as a writer, having an understanding of your target audience, being flexible, and delivering on-time and well thought out work […] The post Best Work-At-Home Jobs for Writers appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.

How to Become a Freelance Writer: A Newbie’s Guide to Earn Money Writing

“Trying to make it as a freelance writer is scary AF.” With a subject line that bold (and accurate), I wasted no time in opening the email. It was from a young woman who’d recently graduated with a dual degree in English and journalism, asking me how, how, how in the world do I make a living this way? It wasn’t the first time I’d received an email to this effect, which feels patently insane. If you’d told me just two years ago I’d be earning my keep as a full-time freelancer — let alone giving advice on the subject — I’d likely have laughed in your face. I was working a staff writing gig at the time, and had never so much as drafted a pitch to an outside publication. I only got brave enough to start submitting ideas after lots of encouragement from my good friend (and fellow TWL writer!) Susan Shain. Thanks again, Susan. Now, I’ve got over a year of working for myself under my belt — a year in which I actually earned more than I did as a staffer. I enjoy location independence and a workday uniform of yoga pants and tee-shirts, so it’s no surprise that fielding the how do you do it? question has become a common conversation. But it’s never easy to answer. So really though — how do you do become a full-time freelance writer? Here’s the thing. There’s no guaranteed, step-by-step process that will land you the freelance writing career of your dreams. Ask 10 different writers, and you’ll get 10 different how-I-made-it stories — or, more accurately, how-I’m-making-it-up-as-I-go-along stories. The actual mechanics of the thing are pretty simple, though not easy: Have good ideas, be good at explicating them clearly, and spend lots of time and energy on the Sisyphean footwork of finding publications that will pay you to publish them. (And convincing them to do so.) As you’ve likely already discovered, this blog is a great resource for figuring out these logistics and improving your skills at each level. Check out, for instance, our posts on writing…

5 Reasons Why All Freelance Writers Need a Daily Routine

I love reading about other writers’ routines: Ernest Hemingway wrote at dawn, Maya Angelou wrote out of a hotel room, Alice Munro writes for three hours and walks for three miles. Freelancers also need routines — and because we have multiple demands on our time besides writing, we need our routines to be a little more specific than, to quote Hemingway, “write every morning as soon after first light as possible.” When are you going to check email? When are you going to pitch? When are you going to silence your phone and work on your next assignment? If you have multiple assignments to complete, how much time will you assign to each one? I’ve been a full-time freelance writer for six years, and having a daily routine — one that includes time for writing, rewriting, pitching and administrative work — has been one of the secrets of my success. In fact, I’m pretty sure my routine has helped me earn more money. Here’s how. 1. A routine structures your day One of the hardest parts of being a freelance writer is having to create your own structure. If you don’t make time to send out pitches, you won’t book any work. If you don’t make time to complete the work, you won’t earn any money. If you don’t take time to do all of the administrative work associated with freelancing — following up with clients, keeping track of business expenses, maintaining a website — you won’t grow your career. Turning my day into a daily routine helped me make time for all of the work that freelancing requires — and it also helped me avoid the decision fatigue that comes with asking yourself “what am I going to do today?” over and over again. I already know: I’m going to check the news, I’m going to check my email, I’m going to check social media and then I’m going to write for an hour. Knowing what you’re going to do every day helps you get it done. 2. A routine prevents procrastination If you start writing every day at…

6-Step Guide to Writing a Killer Project Proposal

Project proposals are an essential tool for any freelancer. Being able to put together a document explaining just what you can offer your client and how much it will cost can help you secure business. Keep in mind there isn’t one ideal proposal format for every project. Every proposal will be unique based on your client’s needs and your offerings, but they will all contain the same basic elements: A proposal of what you can do for your client, a description of how you’ll do it and an estimate of how much this will cost. Read on to learn how to put together a project proposal. The basics Be sure to include basic information in your project proposal like your name, contact information, website, the date, the company you’re preparing the proposal for and your contact’s name. You’ll likely want to submit it to your client as a PDF to ensure you don’t have any issues with formatting. You may wish to include graphics or visuals or keep it simple with just plain text. However you submit it, make sure you’ve spell-checked and edited it thoroughly. Making a good impression is very important. Project components When putting the proposal together, you’ll want to outline the various components of the project. If you’re creating a proposal for website copy, don’t just write “website copy.” That could mean vastly different things to different people. You might envision that as 2,000 words, while your client might see that as an open-ended proposal to write 100,000 words or more. Instead, detail the components you are able to provide. Specify that you can provide 300 words of copy for the company’s “about page,” 200-word bios for five staffers, and three 500-word pages of text detailing the company’s services. Of course, you’ll want to have some flexibility and to be able to change things to meet your client’s needs. The proposal is just a starting point. You’ll want to have all the details completely hammered out by the time you sign a contract. Scope of work Be sure to outline the scope of work you can…

Q&A With Freelance Creative Director Adrian Rubin on Running a Creative Directing Business

Freelancing is on the rage today.  However, the harsh competition and lack of freelancing experience have led many struggling to make something out of their career.  Fortunately, today we’ve an… Read more » The post Q&A With Freelance Creative Director Adrian Rubin on Running a Creative Directing Business appeared first on Powered by WPeMatico

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