9 Reasons I’m Thankful for Being a Freelance Writer

©Laura Spencer

©Laura Spencer

We freelancer writers are known for self-examination. To succeed, we must learn to make the best of our strengths and overcome our weaknesses.

We must also persist in the face of likely rejection of our writing. And in the face of uncertainty.

Nothing less than total honesty about one’s self and one’s abilities helps a freelance writer to get ahead.

But no self-examination list is truly complete without adding an inventory of the good things in our lives. Yet, we often forget about the good things, especially when things are tough.

There are plenty of good things about freelance writing. That’s why I’m sharing them today. Feel free to add your own list of why you’re thankful for freelance writing in the comments.

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21 Hard Decisions Freelance Writers Face

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©iStock.com/Ralwel Ralwel

When you picture the life of a freelance writer, what do you picture?

Do you imagine waking up late, taking a few calls from your editor in the comfort of your own home office, and wrapping work by 4:00 p.m.?

That’s the way some movies and books depict the writing life. If you’ve never written professionally, you may have the wrong idea about freelance writing.

The movies can make freelance writing look easy–glamorous even.

The reality is quite different for most freelance writers. At its roots, freelance writing is about making decisions. Hard decisions.

In this post, I list 21 hard decisions that freelance writers face. To get the most use from this post, skim through the list and answer these questions for yourself.

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Reduce Your Number of Bad Freelance Writing Clients in 3 Easy Steps

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©Laura Spencer

Don’t you wish you could avoid working for bad clients?

The Internet is filled with horror stories about bad freelance writing clients. If you read freelance writing blogs and forums, as I do, you may start to think that almost every client is a bad one.

You’ll read about:

  • Clients who never pay.
  • Clients who contact you at all times of the day and night.
  • Clients who are never satisfied.
  • Clients whose projects never end.
  • Clients who disappear.

And these are just a few of the horror stories out there. If you’ve been a freelance writer for any length of time, you probably have your own freelance client horror stories.

Good clients do exist. There are some easy steps you can take to drastically reduce the number of bad freelance clients you accept. In this post, I’ll explain what to do.

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Secrets You Need to Know About Writing Longer Blog Posts

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Should you be writing longer blog posts?

As I explained in an earlier post, longer blog posts often attract more page views and social media attention. For that reason, many blog owners are asking for them. Don’t be surprised if you get a client request for a longer post.

Writers need to know the difference between writing an effective longer blog post and writing a short blog post. Most of all, writers need to understand that simply adding more words to blog post doesn’t make always make it better.

In this post, I’ll discuss longer blog posts and explain some pitfalls you may run into when writing a longer post. I’ll also discuss some techniques to help you write an effective longer post.

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Why Writers Need Feedback and How You Can Get the Feedback You Need

©Laura Spencer

© Laura Spencer

Feedback.

For many freelance writers, the very thought of hearing from a client after a project is complete is enough to make them cringe in fear.

Yet feedback is exactly what you need if you are to improve as a writer.

In this post, I discuss how feedback helps writers and explain why clients often don’t provide feedback.  I also list some techniques that you can use to encourage your clients to give you feedback.

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Could You Write a Viral Blog Post?

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If you write blog posts for pay, you know how important social sharing is. For bloggers, social shares are like television ratings–the higher, the better.

To get your post in front a lot of people, there are some steps you need to take.

As someone who has created blog posts for pay for over seven years, I’ve had many posts that received hundreds of social shares. In this post, I’ll share what makes a blog post popular and what writers must consider before they agree to write a viral post.

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How to Fight Your Cheap Competitors and Win

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© Laura Spencer

Are you sometimes overwhelmed by the number of writers who accept writing projects for just a few dollars?

If you feel overwhelmed by writers willing to work for practically nothing, you’re not alone.

I’m still shocked that writers respond to project postings that will wind up paying less than minimum wage.

I find myself wondering how those writers can afford those jobs and whether there are any writing jobs left that pay a living wage. Also, in my weak moments, I sometimes wonder whether I can compete with those cheap competitors.

The good news is that I can compete successfully with those cheap writing competitors and so can you. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look for projects and how to present yourself.

If you liked this post, you may also like WritingThoughts Versus The Five Minute Article Writers.

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10+ Ways to Take Control of Your Work/Life Balance

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© Laura Spencer

Have you ever spent a vacation day caring for a sick family member?  Do you have an unfulfilled bucket list a mile long that never seems to get shorter?

If you answered “yes” to either question, chances are that you have a traditional job instead of a freelance writing job.

Even flexible traditional work positions don’t give you the same control over your schedule that a freelance writer has.  In fact, the desire for a better work/life balance is one of the reasons that many people become freelancers.

But even freelance writers sometimes struggle with work/life balance. Without proper planning, you may find yourself with a more demanding schedule as freelance writer than you ever had as an employee.

In this post, I’ll list over ten freelancing practices that can help you to achieve a better work/life balance.

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Can Anyone Be a Writer? 6 Basic Skills that Writers Need

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“Anyone can write.”The barrier to becoming a freelance writer is low.” “Writing is easy.”

These are comments that I often see made online. While there’s a grain of truth in them, they are not completely true.

It’s important to correct these misperceptions because they drive down income for those of us who earn a living as a writer. These beliefs also lead to unhappy clients with writing projects that need to be rewritten.

In this post, I’ll discuss the question of whether anyone can be a writer. I’ll list six basic skills that writers need.

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Are You Making These 5 Careless Writing Blunders?

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Studies show that crisp, concise writing that gets the point across quickly is the most effective.

For online writing, efficient copy is even more important. Most readers scan online posts and articles before they decide to read them.

Yet, many writers make careless mistakes. You can’t count on your spell checker to catch everything. Do you make these five careless blunders?

If you liked this post, you may also like Tighten Your Web Writing in 6 Easy Steps.

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