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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

tax tips

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…]

What I Learned in My First Year of Freelancing

What I Learned in My First Year of Freelancing

I had one goal when I started working on my freelance copywriting business full-time: Stay married. I don’t mean it to sound like my wife was unsupportive of the idea. She just is not a huge fan of the unknown, which we all know the freelance life has in spades. Plenty of people make measurable goals for their first year in freelance, but I haven’t heard of a goal quite a measurable as that one. I’m either successfully thriving or paying alimony. That’s measurable. Intrinsically, if I’m still married in this lifestyle, it means that other things are happening that [Read more…]

Top 3 Challenges Freelance Writers Face in 2013

Top 3 Challenges Freelance Writers Face in 2013

Freelance writing is not an easy profession. While many might connect it with a laid back lifestyle, there are many challenges which writers face on a regular basis, but they are all obstacles which can be overcome. Competition There are thousands of freelance writers out there, and for every single job, you will have to fight off plenty of talented writers. You may have to undergo specialist training or have a wealth of experience in a particular field in order to write about specific niches. Of course, if you have this training then you will have less competition, but work [Read more…]

5 Things Freelancing Taught Me

Things freelancing taught me

For the past three years, I have run my own virtual writing and editing company, Desired Assistance. Born out of my ability to write and edit, paired with the increasing demand for virtual assistants, I combined the two to create my own business. This journey hasn’t always been easy, but it has certainly been worth it. Along the way I discovered things about myself, my writing, and business in general. Here are some of the lessons I learned. Work Your Network When I first launched my freelancing business, the majority of my clients came directly (or indirectly) from my college and [Read more…]

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