Hiring a Blog Post Writer: What You Need to Know

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Have you thought of hiring a ghostwriter to create your blog posts? Everybody’s doing it.In my career as a freelance writer, I have ghostwritten blog posts about everything from skincare to lawn care, travel tips to Trello. Those pieces…
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In response to popular demand

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People often ask how I keep track of my copywriting work, so here’s the at-a-glance progress chart I use.As each project runs, you simply move Post-It Notes along the grid from left to right. Note that the columns with red headings are…

Why Freelance Writers Should Avoid Content Mills

On the surface, content mills seem like a great idea for struggling freelance writers, especially those who are trying to break into the market. No experience necessary! Get paid weekly! Earn as much as you want! But if you want to make a living…
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Before You Say “I Quit!” Don’t Make This Common Freelance Mistake

Back when I was still employed with my old employer, I itched for the day when I could finally say, “I quit!” I dreamed up scenarios of how I’d type up my resignation letter, hand it in, and leave the salt mines for good. I even wondered…
Clients You Want To Avoid

5 Prospective Clients You Want To Avoid Like the Plague

This is written for my fellow freelancers and micro-business entrepreneurs. If you work for a large corporation, you may gather some tips but overall, because the sales process is more complex, most of what I’m about to say will probably not…
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12 Lessons I Picked Up from Attending Seminars

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So you just dropped a tidy sum to attend a seminar or some other three-day event. Now it’s over and you’re exhausted. Your client work is backed up. You have a fistful of business cards to connect with. And your family would like some face…

6 Freelancing Truths I Didn’t Believe (But Now I Do)

When I first discovered freelance writing, I had my moments of, “This is too good to be true!” I didn’t doubt you could work from home, on your own terms, and make six-figures a year. But, I did doubt it was as amazing as everyone made…
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The direct response copywriter’s life

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You read a lot of sales pieces about how great it is to be a direct response copywriter. Those sales pieces generally talk about being your own boss, working on your own terms and making a great income. Yes, that is part of it. But the life…
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The freelance copywriter life cycle… in four stages

If you are or ever have been a freelance copywriter, you can probably relate to this… These are the 4 Stages of the Freelance Copywriter Life Cycle, according to ME. At the risk of laying my emotional immaturity bare for all the world to…
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Thinking of becoming a freelance copywriter?

Some years ago, I was out for dinner with all parents at my son’s school. One mother I didn’t know asked what I did. When I replied, she responded, “How lovely to have a hobby like that.”Reader, I was not amused.Are you thinking…

Interviewing: The Difference Between Right and Right

We’re always taught how to say the right things at a job interview:“I have wanted to work at your company for as long as I can remember.”“I am deeply interested in [insert company specialty here]. “I am freelancing…
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The #1 mistake most creative freelancers make

The #1 mistake most creative freelancers makeIf you think freelancing is just about hard work and dedication, you are sadly mistaken, my friend. It’s a mistake most creative freelancers make.Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of…