Don’t Let Setbacks Become Spirals

I recently started using a scheduling system to map out my day. Why? Because I have a lot of projects to work on, and time management is not something that comes naturally to me. I have a slightly obsessive personality in that once I start a task, I want to complete it. And I won’t…

Writing Longhand Saves Time: Here’s Why

In a paradoxical twist, writing longhand saves you time because it slows you down. I know, it’s a mind bender, but think about it. Part of the reason writing longhand is so efficient is that it forces you to really think about the words you’re writing.

If you’re anything like me, typing tends to be a pile of word vomit. This is truer the faster you type. When you can pretty much type at the speed of thought, you wind up with a lot of rambling nonsense that you have to edit later. You’re also bound to skip over important information because you’re going too fast.

Writing by hand allows you to slow that process down, allowing you to think more clearly – away from distractions – and allows your brain to filter out the fluff words before they ever make it onto the page.

Something Just For You

Hi! I wanted to take a moment to give you an update and ask for your feedback. I’m considering creating a course that will take you through the process of starting, developing, marketing, and running your freelance writing business. However, I want to know if a) that’s something you’d be interested in, and b) if…

It’s My Blogoversary! 4 Years Already?

Whaaaat!? No way! I can’t believe it, but WordPress has informed me that today marks four years since I started this blogging journey. I’ve learned a lot, grown a lot, written a lot, and rambled a lot. But I hope I’ve also helped a lot. My goal with this blog has always been to let…

Educating Clients on What You Do (Without Looking Like an Ass)

In the freelance writing industry, we as writers come across a unique challenge. It goes like this. You go to a job board or to look at a request for a job, and the client is asking applicants (or you specifically) to tell them all about your experience in a given subject matter. The reason,…

Why Agility is Your USP as a Freelancer

If you’ve been freelancing for any length of time, you probably know the struggle well enough by now: finding a unique selling point (also called a unique selling proposition). Your USP is everything, because in a world where everyone thinks they’re a writer you’ve got to be able to stand out. It’s difficult, and sometimes…

Why I Do My Freelance Writing Research on Private Browsers

Calm down, folks, it’s not as scandalous as it seems. But today’s topic is something that you might not have thought about before, and it’s something you should be aware of. As a disclaimer, I’m not saying you have to conduct your research on private browsers. If you’ve been around the blog very often you…

Freelance Marketing Series #3: Where to Find Prospects

Welcome back! It’s time for Part 3 of the Freelance Marketing Series! On Sunday, we talked about getting your online space ready for clients. Yesterday, I showed you how to use Google Forms to create an efficient and flexible prospect list. Today, I’m going to show you my process of finding prospects to put on…

Freelance Marketing Series #2: Organizing Your Sales Funnel

Welcome back to Part 2 of the Freelance Marketing Series. I hope you’re finding benefit in the series so far! If you missed Part 1, you can find it here. Today we’re going to be talking about how to organize your sales funnel. As with most things in freelancing, there are about a million and…