Are you a grammar nerd?
Do you have an insatiable obsession with grammatical precision and continually scan for that perfect, imperfect phrase?
Maybe you are a grammar militant?
Could you be a freelance grammar soldier (or a recruit) working hard to learn all of the grammatical ops details to earn the best and bravest assignments?
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I still have to pinch myself sometimes when I look at my monthly freelance writing income.
Less than a year ago, I was making $2500 per month working as a full-time copywriter at a job that stressed me out so much that it gave me an eye twitch.
Now, I’m making double that. And I don’t have to worry about barf-inducing stuff like office politics, a micromanaging boss, or being punished for clocking in 30 seconds late.
Don’t get me wrong – it wasn’t easy to grow my freelance writing business at first.
How do you approach your work?
Do you do the same thing every day or do you switch it up, to keep it interesting?
Jack Welch once said, “Time is the single best indicator of competitiveness — Quality is a given”.
As writers, we must produce quality work. Period.
But, we also have to remember that our time, or our efficiency, determines our competitive edge.
Our efficiency, the ability to accomplish something with the lowest amount of time and effort,
How much time do you spend each day trying to find your next freelancing gig?
Are you combing through Craigslist ads from cities across the nation?
Is your bookmark bar full of free job boards, ready to check throughout the day?
Looking for decent gigs is time-consuming, I totally understand.
When I was first starting as a freelancer, I bootstrapped it. I didn’t spend a dime until I had earned the money.
Using only free listings, I landed my first gig.
Can I just say it?
When my freelance business finally started taking off in 2014, I was certain to I was going to make 2015 my year.
It was going to be the year that I hit all my business goals and do everything I set my sites on.
I failed in that endeavor.
However, as the year winds to a close and I look back at all that 2015 had to offer,
I’m going to be brutally honest with you…
I HATE Black Friday.
Standing in line for 12 hours in the wind and rain with too much coffee and not being able to run to the bathroom is sooooo not my cup of tea. (Also, I’m not much of a tea person so… yeah.)
I do, however, love a good deal.
I’ve teamed up with companies and friends to bring you some really awesome deals on stuff that I use or that I know to be totally aft kicking!
If there’s one thing freelance writers get warned about early on in their careers it’s to get used to negative feedback.
In fact, that’s exactly what Ariel had to say when I asked her to provide some advice for newbie freelance writers.
It got me thinking about how this has affected me in the past and how it must affect many other writers out there.
Negative feedback can be difficult to deal with. Rather than letting it get you down,
Assume you’re writing for a well-educated, savvy reader, who is already in the last stages of researching about the topic.
I never thought I’d reach a point in which the sentence above would make my life much easier.
But as soon as I read that in an email from my client, I let out a big sigh of relief. I knew who would read my article, and that made the job of writing it much easier.
As freelance writers for hire,
Have you ever had a case of mistaken identity?
Your title says one thing, but your clients or coworkers think you do something entirely different.
I had this happen to me recently at work, and it made me think about developing my niche as a writer.
My full-time job has me working in an emergency department as a physician assistant.
As a physician assistant, I do a lot of the same things as a physician, but I have a physician there as back up if I need them or if a problem arises.