Freelance Business Tips

Signs You Have What it Takes to Be a Freelance Writer

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It all looks so promising on paper: Doing what you love, in your pajamas, on the couch with the Kardashians on mute for company. For successful freelance writers, that might certainly be the setup, or they might only be able to do it while hot desking from a more professional space. There’s no right or wrong way to be a freelance writer, but you do need to have a certain set of skills and the right personality in order to succeed. Otherwise, it might be more like a hobby or second job and not enough to keep you financially fit. [Read more…]

Are You Writing for the Wrong Reasons?

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I have been thinking about why I write for the past several weeks, and it has not been an easy ride. For one, there are different kinds of writing, and reasons for writing do not fall into the one-size-fits-all bucket. Still, I think that, for people who mainly make a living out of writing, the question is a good one to think about – when you do not have urgent deadlines looming, perhaps. Image source Let’s get the “I need to bring home the bacon” reason out of the way, because, let’s face it – we need to provide for [Read more…]

Three Things to Help You Bounce Back When You Feel Like a Failure

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I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been there at least once. A client sends back negative feedback that is so scathing even a rhino’s hide would burn in an instant. Or maybe your boss tells you you’re not doing a good job, and you need to step up. Sometimes, even a simple statement from a friend or family member may bring you down and make you feel like you’re a failure at what you do. Circumstances and triggers will differ, but these things happen, and the result is the same: you feel that you suck. Some people [Read more…]

On Reading: Do You Read the Right Way?

On Reading: Do You Read the Right Way?

Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with saying “There is creative reading as well as creative writing,” and as writers, we know just how important reading is. But, is there such a thing as the right way to read? I have been thinking about this thanks to an article I read last week, titled Does anybody read books the right way any more? The article starts with: And I’m not talking about paper versus digital. I’m talking about curling up with a good book, for hours. Sitting in a hammock, or in a chair by the fire, just totally pulled into [Read more…]

4 Tax Tips for Freelance Writers

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Editor’s Note: This post was written by Brie Weiler Reynolds, the Director of Online Content at FlexJobs and a contributing writer for 1 Million for Work Flexibility. FlexJobs is the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible jobs, listing thousands of pre-screened, legitimate, and professional-level work-from-home, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. Brie provides career and job search advice through the FlexJobs Blog. Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com. The deadline to file taxes for 2013 is right around the corner: are you prepared? As a freelance writer, you’re in a unique situation when it comes to taxes. Like all freelancers, there are certain dos and don’ts to consider, [Read more…]

5 Side Gigs for Freelance Writers

5 Side Gigs for Freelance Writers

As a freelance writer, you probably have a particular subject area and style of writing to focus on. But because freelancing is inherently uncertain, it can be helpful to have a side gig or two to help stretch you through lean times. Here are five part-time side gigs that showcase the variety of opportunities available for writers seeking extra work. Social Media Content Editor. If you have experience with social media and enjoy writing for particular audiences, small businesses often hire part-time and freelance writers to assist with social media management. Writing and communication skills are absolutely necessary in this [Read more…]

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