Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: A Law for Online Freelance Writers

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There’s a lot of ape-killing going on out there, folks. That statue of the Lawgiver is weeping again and this time the tears aren’t open to multiple interpretations. It’s all about sadness stemming from our transgressions.

The comments to a recent FWJ post are a great example. There are enough dead apes to dissuade a number of writers from engaging their peers.

10 Habits of Successful Freelance Writers

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For most of the Freelance Writing Jobs community, it’s not enough to be a freelance writer. You want to be a successful freelance writer. However, freelance writing success isn’t found on a job board or even a blog. You can find your success by cultivating good habits and working hard to get ahead. The most successful freelance writers know what it takes to be the very best: 1. Focus The ability to complete projects without succumbing to distractions is important. When you’re constantly stepping way from your work space to check on kids, see what’s to eat or watch the [Read more…]

Your Freelance Writing Clients Know You’re Lying

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Freelance writing clients are smart cookies. Most of them know when they’re being conned or lied to. In today’s public and open world of freelancing, you can’t call in sick and head to the beach. You can’t claim an aunt died when you really just want a few days off. If you’re going to lie to your clients, keep in mind that in most cases they’ll find out. Don’t Invite Clients to View Your Personal Details if You’re Going to Be Dishonest As freelance writers we work hard, but we still maintain flexible schedules. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t [Read more…]

b5Media Layoffs Are a Good Reminder to Spread Those Freelance Writing Eggs Around

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If you hung out on Twitter for any amount of time today, you may have learned b5Media had yet another round of layoffs. This time both part time and full time freelance writers for that content site were locked out of their blogs and shown the door. Some of the laid off writers were with b5Media since its inception about five years ago. It’s a sad day for a company that once held such a great buzz and terrific vibe. I was a blogger for b5Media and the experience was valuable (blogging lessons from Darren Rowse, I mean, does it [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for February 1, 2010

It’s a true clean slate Monday – a new week and a new month. What will you do to make a positive start? Your daily lists Enjoy today’s lists. I think there’s some good stuff here, hope you think so too! New around the Freelance Writing Jobs network Setting a Freelance Writing Rate Equal to the Task Freelance Writing Jobs Presents 19 Parenting Markets Freelance Writers: Are You Just Going Through the Motions? Recommended reading from around the blogosphere Practical Social Media Measurement: Leads, Conversions, Sales How to Write a Viral Blog Post at Daily Blog Tips Weaving with Words: [Read more…]

The Freelance Writing Club: It’s Not So Exclusive Any More

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about freelance writing and how it’s evolved over the last decade. The freelance writing club used to be a lot more exclusive, they didn’t just let anyone in. Back in the day, it wasn’t as easy to make a living as a writer. Nowadays, it’s a little different. A Journalism or Mass Communications degree isn’t required, and freelancers don’t have to spend days chasing checks and scrounging the trades for the rare freelance writing opportunity. In 2009, freelance writing jobs are very easy to find. Freelancers of all levels have plenty of work, [Read more…]

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