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Starting a Freelance Writing Biz from Scratch in 2017: A 7-Step Process That Works Every Time

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of doing a podcast interview with Paul Buzan from Just Add Hustle, who describes his blog this way: “On this blog & podcast I interview brilliant copywriters, authors, publishers, and freelance writers who teach YOU how to make more money writing!

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Your Freelance Writing Rates: 3 Reasons the New Year Is the Perfect Time to Raise Them

One of the quickest, easiest ways to give yourself a raise as a freelance writer is to raise your rates. Many freelancers don’t think of it this way, because many of us are stuck in employee mode, where we wait for an “annual review” to come around and we go in, say all the right things, then get that 1 percent, 2 percent or OMG, 4 percent raise….

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Freelance Writers: 5 Tips on How to Beat Procrastination (at Least Most of the Time)

Have coffee, make bed, get dressed, answer email, check social media. Is it 11 a.m. already?! Jeez! Never is the value of time more evident than when you have your own freelance business. It is one of those resources that when wasted, you never get back….

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Freelance Writers: Is Your Niche to Narrow to Make a Living?

Back in mid-December, I received the following email from someone who’s thinking about taking his professional experience and turning it into a freelance writing career. He wrote:…

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A Freelance Writer with Over 20 Years of Experience Tells the Most Important Thing She’s Learned about NOT Giving Up

I started freelancing in 1993 and it’s taught me so much about life that I could write a book (hey, and I just might!). But that’s a story for another day. Lately, I’ve been hearing from some freelance writers who’ve been struggling. Many are frustrated and discouraged….

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2017 Freelance Writing Goals

I used to say I have a love/hate relationship with setting goals. Some years, I’ve elected to set them; other years not. Looking back over the last few years, I set them in 2011 and 2012; didn’t set any in 2013 or 2014; and start setting them again in 2015 and 2016….

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The Freelance Writer’s Thanksgiving Prayer: What are You Thankful for as a Freelance Writer?

I wrote the following 10 years ago (2006). I was kind of playing around and got on a roll, then decided to publish it to the blog. It’s become a perennial favorite — one I add to every few years. What are you thankful for as a freelance writer? Add to “the prayer” in the comments section, ok?…

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Freelancing & Catching Up on Retirement Savings at 50: This S**t Just Got Real!

A couple of days ago, I uploaded my first post to Medium.com. It’s entitled, “50, Broke & Scared to Death about Retirement: How I Turned It Around & You Can Too.” It details my financial journey over the last 10-12 years or so. …

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What’s New at InkwellEditorial.com: Hybrid Freelance Writing & More

In case you haven’t noticed, InkwellEditorial.com has a new look! Same great info … but the mission around here has changed. This post explains why and how. …

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Why Instructions Can Make or Break Your Relationship with a New Freelance Writing Client

The following is a guest post by Laura Pennington.

Getting the right instructions from your client at the outset of your relationship is essential for being able to work together not just on this project but well into the future. There are four primary reasons why instructions can make or break your relationship.

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Freelance Writers: Busy, but Broke? 4 Reasons Your Output Exceeds Your Income

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Brown Banks.

There’s no doubt about it. The thrill of a byline is intoxicating. In fact, for many, it’s like falling in love again and again. I remember the first time I went into a supermarket and saw my name and feature piece in a popular magazine on the display rack; I went nuts. I was hooked. That was more than a decade ago.

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Freelance Writers: Is Your Financial Future Secure? If Not, You Might Want to Do This

When I was writing The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook — which is out today, by the way – I did a lot of research on many things, eg: healthcare, business plans, different business structures (S Corp, C Corp, etc.); working with clients; how to handle dry spells … and a whole lot more.

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