Author Archives: Jodee Redmond

Jodee Redmond is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor who has been working on a full-time basis for more than a decade. Her work has appeared online and in print, and she has written on topics ranging from commercial property to addiction, insurance, personal development and the paranormal. Even though it took her some time to figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up, she finally has it right. Jodee has the privilege of working with wonderful clients and doing work that allows her to learn something new every day.

7 Tips for Making your Writing More Engaging

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As a writer, one of your most important jobs is to grab your reader’s attention and pull them into your blog post or article. You want to get the reader excited about what they are going to find when they delve into your words. Keep in mind that you are competing against scores of other material that is also promising to give “your” reader the same type of exciting, informative and helpful information. You have to take steps to make your writing more engaging than another person’s material on a similar topic.

How to Make your Freelance Writing Business Look Bigger

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  As your freelance writing business grows, how much thought have you given to the kinds of clients you want to attract? If your goal is to work with larger companies, you will need to start taking steps to create the right image to attract them. Clients at this level want to know that you have the experience to handle larger projects and your business can be depended on to deliver the project on time, and on budget. Here are some tips to help you make your freelance writing business look bigger than a home-based venture so that you can [Read more…]

How a Freelancer Can Take Time Off (Without Losing Clients)

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  Were you drawn to life as a freelancer so that you could be independent and leave the 9 to 5 grind behind? Did you think you would have a flexible schedule that would let you take time off whenever you wanted? What no one probably explained was that as an independent contractor, you would probably end up working more hours than someone who works for an employer, especially when you include administrative and marketing tasks into the mix. The idea that a freelancer can take time off is one that can become increasingly foreign and more than a bit [Read more…]

Ghost Writing for a Business Blogging Client: Writing Style Tips

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Starting your own blog is an excellent way to showcase your own writing style, independent from work that has been commissioned by clients. It’s your own space on the Internet where you are free to write as yourself and not in the parameters ordered by someone else. There is certainly something freeing in working on your own projects for a change, and this is also a good way to promote your writing business and attract new clients who may be interested in hiring you for some business blogging.

7 Forms of Freelance Writer Payment You Can Accept

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Have you ever had a client ask what forms of freelance writer payment you accept? Do you list them on your website so that clients know up front which ones are available to them? You have several options available and by offering more choices, you may be able to increase your client base.

Scope Creep: How Freelance Writers Can Deal with it Tactfully and Professionally

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Most freelancers have run into the dreaded scope creep at some point during their careers. It occurs when you start working on a project that you think is going to encompass one set of parameters and then what is expected of you starts growing beyond your original understanding. If the client ask for a minor change to something, your first response may be to deal with it and move on, especially if you have had a good working relationship so far. But what do you do when you continue to get requests to “add this” and “change that” and “I [Read more…]

How to Write a Cover Letter for Freelance Writing Jobs

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No matter how busy you are as a freelance writer, you should never get so comfortable that you forget to market yourself to potential new clients. Projects can finish earlier than the client anticipated for a number of reasons, a once-promising gig may become delayed, or you may decide that you no longer wish to continue accepting assignments from a particular client. If you are going to be sending out freelance writing resumes, you will need to know how to write an effective cover letter for freelance writing jobs.

How to Use Google Alerts to Help you Find Freelance Writing Gigs

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If there is one thing freelance writers have in common, it’s that we are constantly marketing ourselves. It’s not a good idea to get too comfortable in a gig, even if it has been steady and lasted for a long time, and even if the client has hinted that it will continue that way for some time. Things can change in the world of work for employees as well as freelancers very quickly, and while you always give your projects your best effort, you need to understand that you only have work as long as the client needs your services. [Read more…]

Freelance Writer Billing: By the Hour or by the Project?

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Here’s a scenario that most, if not all, freelance writers who have been working for a while are familiar with: you start communicating with a prospective client and discussing a project. It sounds like something you would be interested in taking on, and you can fit it into your schedule without too much difficulty. So far, so good. Everything seems is lining up really well. Then either you or the client brings up the subject of the budget for the project and how you will be paid. You are asked to give a quote, now that you know the scope [Read more…]

Should you Post Freelance Writer Rates on your Website?

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Any time the question of freelance writer rates comes up, a heated discussion rapidly ensues. No doubt there are many different opinions about whether it is appropriate to post rates on your website for potential clients (and your competition) to see, or if you are better off inviting your clients to contact you for a quote instead. We’re going to examine different options so that you can decide which will work best for your business.

Update your Plain Text Resume with Infographic Resume Builders

You have decided you want to update your resume to give it a more modern look but you are all thumbs with the idea of working with an infographic resume template, and the idea of paying someone to create your resume for you is not in your budget. You are not out of options yet – infographic resume builders can help you get a polished and professional looking resume by doing much of the heavy lifting for you.

Downloadable Infographic Resume Templates for Writers

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If you have decided that an infographic resume is the right style for you, then you’ll need to decide on a style that can present your skills and experience in a way that will make you an attractive candidate to potential clients. Unlike a standard resume, you only have a single page in which to tell your story, so space is definitely at a premium here. How do you find the right template for your resume?

Infographic Resumes for Freelance Writers: Use Words and Images to Attract Clients

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In the right circumstances, infographic resumes – using words and images to convey to a potential client who a freelancer is and what he or she can do for them – can be a wonderful way to get a potential client to sit up and take notice. If you are going to go this route, you’ll want to make sure that you are using this tool in a manner that presents your skills and abilities in the best possible way.

Enter a Writing Contest: a Way to Share your Work and Make Some Money

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One way to share your work and get it noticed is to enter a writing contest. You may think that the odds of winning are about the same as winning the lottery, but keep in mind that many people may read and ad for a contest and decide the same thing. That fact will eliminate a certain amount of the potential competition.

Free Downloadable Software for Writers

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Are you wondering where you can find free downloadable software for writers? We’ve done some virtual digging to find you some options that won’t cost you a single penny. Check them out here: Free Downloadable Software for Writers to Try Now What types of downloadable software for writers are available? You can find word processing programs and ones to help you organize notes and information. If you are working on a book project, you’ll find several options that can assist you with this type of work. Apache Open Office Apache Open Office is chock full of features and can be [Read more…]

15 Places to Find Stock Images for Blog Posts and Websites

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If you are blogging regularly or have your own website, you will need a source of quality stock images. When you go online to get images to use for your site, be sure to confirm that they are in the public domain or licensed for commercial use. In some instances, the photographer will want to be credited for his or her work on your post or site. This is a small price to pay for using the work. We’ve focused on resources available at no charge, but you can also find several websites that offer stock photos for a fee. [Read more…]

17 Places Where Freelance Writers Can Find Magazine Markets

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Are you a freelance writer looking to break into the print market or an experienced writer looking for new places to pitch a story idea? We’ve compiled a list of places online where writers can find magazine markets online.

How to Deal with Difficult Freelance Writing Clients

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In a perfect world, all of our freelance writing clients would be wonderful to deal with. They would be easy going, clear in their instructions, and communicate regularly.

Creative Writing Contests and Competitions 2014

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For a change of pace from looking for freelance writing gigs working for clients, why don’t you check out these upcoming writing contests and competitions?

Writer’s Block: What it is and How to Move Past it so You can Write Again

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If you have ever been plagued by writer’s block, you know how painful the blank page or screen can be. While you may be concerned that the inability…

Have you Hit the Wall of Freelance Writer Burnout? How to Deal with It

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Freelance writer burnout is an occupational hazard for people who make their living with words. This condition is more than just feeling tired…

Grants and Fellowships for Writers: Get Financial Help for Your Writing

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Have you ever thought you could do more with your writing if you only you had some more financial help available? Grants and fellowships for writers…

How to Break into the Greeting Card Market

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According to the U.S. Greeting Card Association, we love sending special messages to our nearest and dearest. About 1.6 billion Christmas cards…

6 Resume Tips for Freelancers

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It may seem a bit strange that a freelancer, who is running a business, is preparing a resume to present him or herself to a client, much like someone who is applying for a job would do.

Top 5 Billing Software Programs for Freelance Writers

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As business owners, freelance writers need billing software programs that make invoicing an easy process.

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