Category: Freelancing Writing

Freelancing Writing

Writers: Demand to Be Paid What You’re Worth

Equal pay for equal work is a frequent topic in the news.  The pay gap between men and women, however, is not the only area where pay needs to catch up to reality. When it comes to freelance writing, being paid what one is worth is a challenge.  It’s time for that to change. Unlike many other professions, writers’ […]

Freelancing Writing

Eight Freelance Job Red Flags

More and more people are becoming part of the gig economy.  For new freelance writers, there is unlimited potential.  New writers, however, aren’t aware of the numerous red flags present in the writing industry.  These range from clients who know nothing about the industry to scams. I learned many of these red flags the hard way.  I now […]

Freelancing Writing

Three Steps for Getting Started as a Freelance Writer

I am often asked how to become a freelance writer. Some will ask directly, but most will say, “I wish I was a freelance writer” or “I’ve always dreamed of becoming a writer” in a fashion that implies they’re hoping I’ll reveal a big secret. Freelance writing is not a mysterious venture, it’s a business […]

Freelancing Writing

No, I’m Not Critiquing Everything You Say

I have joined countless social media sites since 2009, most for business, some for fun. My experiences on these sites have opened my eyes to a stereotype I never knew existed (and there are many in my field) – that editors are strict, A-type personalities who are sticklers for the rules. It also opened my eyes to the […]

Freelancing Writing

Tips for Working with a Freelancer

As the world moves to a gig economy, companies are increasingly hiring independent contractors.  For many of the clients I have worked with over the years, it was the first time they were working with a freelancer. These newbies looked to me for guidance into how, as many called it, the whole thing works. Like with […]

Freelancing Writing

Job Bidding Pros and Cons

Many new freelancers are advised to use job bidding websites such as Upwork (formerly Elance and oDesk) and Guru to secure clients. While this advice could be beneficial, it is not always the best choice. These platforms also are called freelance marketplaces and outsourcing websites. Other examples include Freelancer, Go Lance, People Per Hour and Scripted. How Do […]

Freelancing Writing

Clients Want Something for Nothing

Imagine for a moment that you are hiring someone to do work on your kitchen, to completely redesign it, improving the layout and the flow of the space, making it more attractive to visitors and giving you a sense of pride when you show it off. You wouldn’t ask a contractor to give you an estimate and then expect […]

Freelancing Writing

My Most Embarrassing Business Moment

We’ve all had them. Those embarrassing moments in our life we’d rather forget. Many times they happened at school. Sometimes they happen in front of a crowd of people. But what happens if they happen in a professional setting? I have to admit my most embarrassing professional moments happen when people catch my stupid, little […]

Freelancing Writing

How Do I Deal With Client Impossible?

Remember the famous movie line, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”? Well, that’s how I’m feeling with a particularly hard-to-deal-with client, Jessie*. The problem is how to deal with this person without insulting Jessie and incurring the wrath of a disgruntled client. A little background on the situation: […]

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