You have decided you want to start your own freelance business. That’s great! If you are like most freelancers starting out you are working with a limited budget. Whether you are going to be a freelance writer, translator, coder, you want to look professional. Here are 10 awesome resources to help you look like a pro and run an efficient operation right from the start without breaking the bank. [Read more…]
As a freelance writer, your income depends on your ability to market yourself, bringing on new clients and attracting desirable work. Without the force of a company with a marketing budget, however, it can be hard to put yourself out there. You need some low-budget, high-return strategies.
Luckily, there are plenty of simple marketing tricks that can help you attract work, from the mundane to the peculiar. At the end of the day, much like writing, marketing yourself depends on using what you have and working your networks to build professional connections. [Read more…]
As a freelance writer, you may think you’ll increase your odds of picking up work by billing yourself as a generalist.
“I can write anything,” you tell clients, “just give me a topic.”
While this can seem like a good strategy at first glance, calling yourself a generalist is likely holding you back in your freelancing career. You’ll fare better – get higher quality work with better pay and attract more valuable clients – if you develop a niche. From technical writing to a specialization in media or finance writing, your niche is what sets you apart from the crowds of writers fighting for low-quality jobs at the bottom of the pay scale. [Read more…]
Email marketing is a means of getting in touch with customers directly via – you got it – email. It’s usually associated with businesses that sell products and want to push these not only to existing customers but also to its target market in general.
What does email marketing have to do with you, a freelance writer? [Read more…]
Jumping off that cliff – otherwise known as a day job – to go freelance and be accountable to no one but yourself is a scary but exhilarating thought, isn’t it?
I think I am not wrong in saying that those of us who’ve done it felt those emotions (and everything in between), but that we wouldn’t have it any other way. [Read more…]
Most everyone does a Christmas countdown, but I don’t know a single person who does one for Tax Day. We might as well do it since there is no escaping paying taxes – unless you want a visit from the IRS.
So, 32 days till that wondrous day: April 18. [Read more…]
As a freelance writer, setting goals is crucial to getting out into the world and being successful at it. There’s no boss standing over our shoulder, telling us what work needs to be done and when. You are the employer and the employee. It’s completely up to us how much work get done and how well we do it.
Goal setting will keep you accountable and gives you something to work towards. [Read more…]
As a freelance writer, you love what you do. You also need to make sure that your cash flow keeps flowing so that you can afford to stay in business. Getting paid on time is an essential part of running your business, and there are some things you can to so that you can take charge of your receivables and get paid faster. [Read more…]
Have you ever taken the time to look back at your former client list and think about the question, “How much does losing a client cost a freelance writer?” If you are looking at only the lost income that you will need to replace, you are missing the point. There are also hidden costs associated with losing a client that have an impact on your business.
If you have been working as a freelance writer for any length of time, you know that life can sometimes get in the way of work deadlines. All freelance writers should have a plan in place for when they need backup and strategies for how to find subcontractors to work with during challenging times.