5 Ways to Boost Your Productivity (Right Now)

Let’s just be honest about it. Productivity is probably the number one thing that either makes or breaks us as writers. And if you’re like most freelancers (I raise my hand in confession on this one, too), you could use a lot more productivity in your day. It’s easy to start blaming good ol’ time,…

Using Traditional Job Sites to Land Clients (Because It’s Fun)

Sometimes as you walk down the road of freelance writing something will dawn on you. You’ll be in the middle of writing an article, talking to a friend, reading a book, whatever it is, and you’ll have a bona fide “aha!” moment. Such a thing happened to me awhile back when I was looking for…

5 Signs of an Ideal Client

I know I’ve talked about finding bigger clients – as in not on Textbroker and (usually) Elance – but I’ve never really offered any actionable tips for how to recognize or find those clients. So I thought I’d spend a few minutes talking about what makes a good client. I could write (and probably will)…

The Number One Reason You’re Broke

If you’re broke as a writer and you’re wondering why, there are several common reasons. And actually, this post should be called “The Number Two Reason You’re Broke” because number one is almost always a failure to market your business. But aside from that, the number one reason you’re likely broke is because you spend…

Tracking Down Topics That Sell (And Ebook Link)

First of all, the eBook is finally live, so I have a real link for you. 🙂 For those who want to check out the eBook, you can find it here.  Additionally, I wanted to discuss topics. No really, the topic is topics. I know, it’s confusing. Let me explain.  When you write articles to…

eBook Announcement!!! :)

  So I know that at least a few people have asked me about writing an eBook, and ironically enough I was in the process of doing that anyway. But I’ve mentioned it a couple of times, and for awhile I thought it would never happen. But fortunately, it is finished, it is published (or…

How to Make Textbroker Work For You (If You Must)

Using content mills in order to generate income is pretty controversial in the world of freelance writing. Some people will tell you to never use them no matter what, and I can see where they’re coming from. They pay ridiculously insulting rates, you can’t ever get a raise, and the clients on there are usually…

The Power of And: Why Choosing One Thing Isn’t Necessary

I know I’ve been rapid-fire posting lately, but I’ve been thinking about a lot of topics that I simply must write about. Also, I’d like to think I’m making up for a very quiet January. But either way, another thing came to mind that I thought would be a helpful point to ponder for you…

5 Things You Can Do to Supplement Your Income as a Freelance Writer

I want to clear up a nasty misconception that is floating around. That misconception is: “If I’m a freelance writer, and I pick up any extra work or income, I’m admitting failure.” Bull. That is simply not the case. But for so many freelance writers, it seems that this is the mindset. They work crazy…

Paralysis of Analysis: What it Is and How to Avoid it

I’m going to tell you a story about what happened to me relatively recently in my freelance career. As I was seeking to understand more about this business – how it works, what to do, what not to do – I realized that marketing was going to be really crucial. So I started a marketing…