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When a Freelance Writing Job Doesn’t Pay

When a Freelance Writing Job Doesn't Pay

There is perhaps no other topic in the freelance writing world that generates more controversy than the concept of writers writing for free. Bring it up and lines in invisible sand are drawn, commenting spikes and in the case of Harlan Ellison, a few F-bombs are dropped. It’s understandable. Shady publishers and editors prey on vunerable writers who want to see their names in print. Writers are constantly burned by “write for free now and earn later” promises in which “later” never comes. However, in the angry buzz of the debate something gets lost. Choice and education. There will always [Read more…]

Writing for Free or for a Low Pay – Don’t Let Anyone Else Judge You

Writing for Free or for a Low Pay - Don't Let Anyone Else Judge You

I’ve been told that an ongoing debate that can get quite ugly on this site relates to whether or not people should take writing opportunities that are unpaid or offer a very low payment. Let me preface my opinion on this topic by saying I don’t think anyone should judge why another person takes one job over another.  Every person, whether they’re a writer, an actor, a business person, or work in any other profession, has unique experiences, education and circumstances.  To judge another person’s willingness to take a job that is unpaid or low paying is completely unfair.  Until [Read more…]

4 Measures to Put in Place So Your Freelance Writing Clients Won’t Rip You Off

4 Measures to Put in Place So Your Freelance Writing Clients Won't Rip You Off

As we discussed in yesterday’s piece about the dark side of freelance writing, sometimes freelance writing clients try and get out of paying us or flat out rip us off. While it’s true that it happens, it’s also true that there are things we can do to prevent being taken advantage of by our freelance writing clients. In fact, there are a few simple measures to put in place to make sure we’re paid as promised. Prevent Being Ripped Off By Your Freelance Writing Clients 1. Request a contract: Do you make sure your clients put it in writing? You’d [Read more…]

The Dark Side of Freelance Writing: When Clients Don’t Pay

The Dark Side of Freelance Writing: When Clients Don't Pay

We often talk of the benefits of freelance writing, extolling on its flexibility and comfort. Something we don’t cover enough is what I call the “dark side”  of freelance writing including scammers and non payers. One thing I learned over the years is how so many freelancers are embarrassed after being “stiffed” and don’t want to admit they’d been had. I don’t think there’s anything to be ashamed of. The more we talk about these situations, the more ammunition we have to protect ourselves against unsavory clients. Here’s a question for you: What do you do if a client doesn’t [Read more…]

Setting a Freelance Writing Rate Equal to the Task

Setting a Freelance Writing Rate Equal to the Task

Today’s freelance writing clients are looking for a lot more bang for their buck, especially those looking for web writing.  Many aren’t looking for a mere writer, they want someone who uses SEO, builds traffic, moderates and responds to comments and more.  Before accepting a project and setting a rate, always find out what the job entails and set a freelance writing rate equal to the task. Straight writing is one thing, but if your client is adding bells and whistles, make it clear the rates are going up. We all know interviews, research, mileage and expenses are often added [Read more…]

What’s the Point in Having a Freelance Writing Business if Not to Make a Profit?

What's the Point in Having a Freelance Writing Business if Not to Make a Profit?

I’m noticing an interesting trend with each new crop of freelance writers.  They’re earning money but they have no clue if they’re pulling a profit. They’re making ends meet, but they don’t necessarily have money to put away. Many don’t even factor in taxes or overhead which can be a rude awakening during tax time. With that in mind, I’d like to offer up my brilliance for the day: The purpose of any business is to pull a profit. If this isn’t happening, you may not be making good decisions…or you may not be aware you’re not making good decisions. [Read more…]

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