Getting Through a Slump in Your Freelance Writing

Dear Readers, I wanted to share a comment with you that was posted here the other day: I have been in a bit of a dry patch since Christmas! I worry more about how I’m going to get the payment off my client than how I’m going to get the job. There are so many […]

Applying for a Freelance Writing Gig Without Looking Desperate

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If you are going through a dry spell or are experiencing some cash flow issues, you will want to pick up some work that (hopefully) will pay relatively quickly so that you can get your finances back on track. It may be tempting to share your current situation on message boards or other places where […]

How Do You See Your Freelance Writing Job Search?

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Looking for work is a necessary evil for freelance writers. For people who work for employers, part of the reason finding a job is something to celebrate (along with a regular pay check and hopefully a good benefit package) is that they don’t have to keep looking for work. For freelancers, it’s a different story. […]

How to End an E-mail to a Prospective Client

Dear Jodee, An e-mail to potential business contacts looks best when written in business style. What about the closing? Sincerely seems “too” traditional to me. What’s an appropriate way to end an email gig inquiry? Nan Dear Nan, If I’m sending an e-mail to someone I’ve never corresponded with before, I like to use “Sincerely” […]

Freelance Writing Jobs for January 4, 2011

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Good morning, everyone! I hope you’re all slowly getting your groove back. It can be quite a feat after the festivities! Anyhow, here are your freelance writing gigs for today to get you going. New Articles Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem and Your Freelance Writing Job Search A Quick Look at the Serial Comma Freelance Writing Jobs Content […]

Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem and Your Freelance Writing Job Search

What ingredient is the most important to your freelance writing job search? Where do self-confidence and self-esteem fit into the mix, and are they the same thing? I don’t see self-confidence and self-esteem as being the same thing at all. Self-confidence has to do with the image that other people see, and self-esteem is something […]

How to Cope with Naysayers in Your Freelance Writing Job Search

Anytime someone makes a choice to do make a change in their life, it attracts the attention of naysayers. You don’t need to look very far to find someone who is only too willing to tell you that you aren’t going to be able to succeed at whatever goal you have set for yourself. I […]

Saying No After Receiving Deposit

This question was left in comments recently on the subject of saying No to a client gracefully and I thought it was a great one to address in a column. Dear Jodee, I wonder what if there’s money involved already – Let’s say you got a 50% down payment for the project that you can’t […]

On Freelance Writer Rejection: Sometimes It’s You

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If you are a freelance writer, rejection is part of the job. I don’t think anyone actually likes being rejected, and some days it’s easier to take than others. I don’t know if this technique works for anyone else, but when I get rejected I let myself feel the emotions that go with being told […]