How to Be Productive Without Losing Your Sense of Self

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Passionate professionals are vulnerable to becoming so driven by work that personal well-being is no longer a priority. The autonomous, and often isolating, nature of freelancing heightens that risk for independent contractors. Are you concerned that your need for optimum work efficiency is overriding your personal needs? Take these cues on how to maintain professional productivity without sacrificing your sense of self. Write a Mission Statement If you are self-employed then you are your business. Draw inspiration from the private and non-profit sectors by crafting a mission statement that outlines your freelance career goals. When drafting your mission, start by [Read more…]

Easy Tricks for Spotting Freelance Job Scams

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Protect your identity and integrity by avoiding fraudulent freelance job offers. Because freelance job listings characteristically involve short-term telecommute work, they’re easier to fake than full-time, salaried job postings. If you’re a freelancer looking for a new project, get familiar with these easy tricks for spotting freelance job scams: Take a Step Back from Start-ups Start-up businesses should not be universally painted with the job-scam brush; however, it’s important to understand that con artists exploit the entrepreneurial spirit of start-up businesses to weave their web of deceit. Beware of freelance job listings from newly established businesses that promise income from [Read more…]

Writing-Themed Home Office Decor

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In addition to family photos, notebooks, stacks of papers, and a random assortment of my daughter’s toys that are pulled into my workspace by some mysterious magnetic force, my desktop is home to this graphic print mug. Whenever my idea well is dry, but I manage to break the hypnotic trance of the blinking cursor, I glance down at the mug, laugh to myself, and somehow get back on track. Like other writers, I am notorious for holing up in my office until I finish a project (or paragraph), but this has led me to realize how important it is [Read more…]

Spring Clean Your Writing Style

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The season of renewal has arrived! After you scrub your floors, rearrange your tchotchkes, and clear your closet, take some time to spruce up your writing skills. Whether you are a veteran or green to the writing scene, we all need a grammar refresher from time to time. Here are three quick tips for cleaning up your writing style this spring: Modify Misused Words Self-identified grammar nerds are irked when someone mistakes your and you’re or misuses affect and effect, but what about words that aren’t as obviously confusing? Scan your writing to ensure you don’t get tripped up by [Read more…]

The Benefits of Networking with Other Freelance Writers

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“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche From Facebook to Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, approximately 1.97 billion people will be active on social networks by the end of 2014, according to a 2013 eMarketer study. As freelance writers, we should utilize social networking in our everyday professional practice. Now, I’m not talking about trolling relationship statuses, improving your Candy Crush score, or sharing a pic of your breakfast platter. This type of social sharing doesn’t enhance your credibility the same way professional networking can. Whether you’re looking for [Read more…]

What to Do If You Miss a Deadline

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When Robert Palmer sings, “You can’t sleep, you can’t eat. There’s no doubt, you’re in deep,” I can’t help but wonder if he’s “Addicted to Love” or about to miss a deadline. If you’re a freelance writer, odds are you will miss a deadline at some point in your career. Whether you misjudge the breadth of a project, get sick, or simply forget to add an assignment to your task list, missing a deadline can be as panic inducing as forgetting a Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart. Here are some quick tips for managing a missed deadline so there’s [Read more…]

Easy Ways to Increase Writing Productivity

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When your income is determined by the amount of content you create, the pressure to be productive as a freelance writer can be debilitating. Don’t allow diminished output to be the white whale of your writing career. Increase your writing productivity with these six easy suggestions: Create a Flexible Schedule Freelance writers need a daily writing plan to stay on track, especially if they juggle simultaneous projects or write several articles per day. But when using a schedule, permit some flexibility. Don’t become so tied to your calendar that you deny your own creative impulses. Allow yourself to be inspired rather [Read more…]

Beginning Bloggers: Finding Your Niche

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Starting a blog is a lot like enrolling in college. Similar to how new students can be distracted by extracurricular activities, new bloggers can easily get so caught up in the excitement of designing a blog that they overlook one crucial detail: defining their niche. Without a mission statement to give your writing purpose and establish your content as worthwhile to readers, your site could end up dropping out of the blogosphere. If you’re a freshman blogger, consider these tips for finding your niche: K.I.S.S. It Beginning a blog is a commitment, so remember that Keeping It Simple is Smart. No, [Read more…]

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