How Switch-Tasking Saved My Sanity

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Below is my foundational schedule I used to work from every weekday. I used it as a guideline only—I did not literally work 70 hours a week every single week. Some weeks, I’d have priority projects that need to be done right then, so I toss away the entire schedule to do what needs to be done, then pick back up on it the next day. And I, of course, took breaks here and there for meals, errands, housework, etc. So, I was not a freelancing robot as much as I wish I could have been.

6:00 a.m. This is…

If They Can Do It, Why Can’t You?

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“Six-figure” is sometimes a cringy word, isn’t it? Do a search on any web browser, and you’ll more than likely find hundreds of people begging for your attention. Buy this program, book, or coaching service, and you’ll earn six figures, “Just like I did!” It’s enough to make you roll your eyes and give up on the idea. Today, I have no snake oil to sell you—but some stories to tell that I had to do some real digging to find for you.

If you’ve been freelancing for a little bit, you probably already know about Fiverr. It’s a freelance…

Six-Figure Freelance Writer Tips for Maximizing Your Earning Potential

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Are there a lot of individuals and businesses looking for talented freelance writers? You bet your ass there are. Are all those potential clients willing to pay you what you’re worth? Well, not so much. That’s where the big challenge is for new freelance writers. We simply can’t survive on those $5 to $10 gigs that take us two hours to complete.

When I first started freelancing, these cheap services made me really angry. My first inclination was to start emailing these entities to ask them why they expected hard-working professionals to live under the poverty line. Of course, that’s…

A Spotlight on the Industry Niche

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When I talk about niching down as a freelance writer, that can mean one of two things:

  1. You can choose a niche that focuses on the type of product you offer—marketing emails, case studies, blogs, SEO articles, web content, info pages, etc.
  2. You can choose a niche that focuses on a specific industry—beauty/cosmetics, medical, tech, fitness, health, weddings/events, food/nutrition, etc.

In this article, I’d like to put a spotlight on the industry niche to show you how you can add more value as a freelance writer, and this technique is especially useful if you’re are just now starting out as…

Is This Three-Headed Dragon the Right Freelance Gig for You?

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Don’t get me wrong. I love editing, and I love being an editor. My work as a freelance editor has gifted me with a career I love and surrounded me with another love: books. But—especially in the beginning—it can be slightly chaotic when you put all the pieces together. I’m constantly balancing all the good, bad, and ugly parts that come along with the career. If you’re thinking about becoming an editor, I’m going to lay all my cards on the table for you.

The Good: if you love books, you will fall in love with being a book editor.

20 Self-Care Ideas for Freelancers

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Yesterday, I talked about the frustrations that come with long workweeks that entrepreneurs and freelancers often face. We do this because we believe the pay-off will come in the future, but at the same time, we also need to remember to leave some space for ourselves to slow down and enjoy life. Oftentimes, even on weekends, we don’t give ourselves the time to just suspend ourselves in what we should be doing for ourselves (yet don’t because we’re so busy working).

I’ve included some of my own self-care ideas if you’re looking for some time to put a pause on…

Time Management Isn’t Enough

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I am a freelance writer who currently works almost 80 hours a week between the work that currently allows me to earn a liveable wage and the work I hope to make money from in the future. And it’s likely that many other freelance writers conduct their productivity time the same way. We simply accept this as the reality of freelancing—because we want to build a lucrative future. Some days, I’m okay with this, and other days, it causes so much stress that I can barely get any work done. …

Editing, Blogging, and Copywriting Earning Potential

2020 Guide to Freelance Writer Salary Potential
2020 Guide to Freelance Writer Salary Potential

Let’s get the crappy part out of the way. When you’re first starting out as a freelance writer, you may feel a bit discouraged because nobody wants to pay you what you’re worth. You’ll see a ton of short writing jobs out there between $5 to $10, work that any professional might charge $100 or more for. The unfortunate part about this is that this part of the market exists because plenty of people are willing to work for those low amounts.

In the beginning, we might think that it’s a rite of passage because we don’t have any professional…

Meet Craig Martelle, Co-Founder of 20Booksto50k®

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For novelists who are serious about building a business empire centered around their fiction, they are well acquainted with the community on Facebook called 20Booksto50k. But for those of you who aren’t members yet, their description states, “Safe place to discuss how to ethically make money as authors.”¹ But the group goes much further than that: it’s really become widely known as the community with free support given by six- and seven-figure authors—with many of them posting their monthly/yearly royalty totals from Amazon with specific steps they took to get there. …

Six things to remember on your road to freelance writing success . . .

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Only a few years ago, I woke up at 4:00 a.m. every day despite being extremely anti-mornings. On top of that, the work environment at my last day job had grown to be a bit hostile with two many people trying to mark their non-existent territory. When I started my freelance business, I was still very much working there and wishing I could find something less stressful. I didn’t originally plan to leave my job for my freelance business, but somehow, a miracle happened, and within a year, I walked into my supervisor’s office to hand in my notice.

As…

Tina Morlock

Self-help author and advocate for survivors of abuse, trauma, and addiction.

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