Major milestone report (hint: affiliate marketing)

Do you know the #1 thing you need to remember with affiliate marketing? Click through to find out.

Today’s post is a little bit different than what you’ll typically find. I’m going to pull the curtain back a little bit and show you something that’s been going on behind the scenes. Don’t worry — nothing too scary, I promise! It should be no surprise to you that some of these links are affiliate links, given that this is a post about affiliate marketing.  I recently crossed off a … Read the rest…

6 tips to come up with new blog post ideas

Never run out of blog post ideas again! Whether they're for freelance writing clients or your own blog, great ideas will skyrocket you. Click through to learn how to flex your idea muscle like whoa!

Great writers build great blogs, whether their own or for their freelance writing clients. There are two key factors that go into creating a great blog post: Catchy headline that makes *the right* people want to read Well-written content that delivers on the promise of the headline In other words, the foundation of a great blog post is the idea, and then the delivery has to match the promise of … Read the rest…

5 reasons why freelance writing is the best job for at-home moms

Freelance writing is a GREAT option for at-home moms. Click through to find out why and see if it'd be a good fit for you.

Freelance writing changed my life — I make no bones about that. What began as an experiment in 2010 after relocating for my then-husband’s job (a “hmm, I wonder if I can turn this into something that brings in more than I made in my last job” experiment) became my lifeline when that marriage imploded and I was left picking up the pieces while caring for my very first newborn. … Read the rest…

the (unhappy) secret all WAHMs share

There's a dark side to being a work at home mom. Click through to find out what no one tells you about WAHM guilt and how to banish it for good.

Here’s a little bit of real, raw, unvarnished truth for you today… but don’t worry, we’re going somewhere great. One of the things that every single work-at-home mom feels at some point is this: Crushing, debilitating mama guilt. Seriously, how many of us don’t deal with that even when we aren’t trying to juggle a family and a business? We go into working from home because we think it will … Read the rest…

Work-at-home productivity tips for when productivity is impossible

Working from home is awesome. I know, because I’ve been doing it since 2010. No more stuffy jackets, no more pinchy work shoes, no more interminable meetings with coworkers who love the sound of their own voices. I love working from home because I can control my workload, work hours, and (to some extent) my work environment. I’ve worked in bed, at the kitchen table, in a corner “nook,” and … Read the rest…

4 proven ways to become a better freelance writer

The great thing about being a freelance writer from home is that you have a way to bring in some money (or even make a full-time living) while still being able to focus on your family and its priorities. I love being a blogger for hire because it offers at-home moms a legitimate way to make money from home. There’s a low barrier to entry (meaning it’s easy to get … Read the rest…

How to change niches (or add a new niche)

Freelance writing niches seem complicated, but they don't have to be. Here's how to move into a new one quickly and easily, from someone who's done it multiple times!

Is it time to pick a niche? Maybe you want to hop to a new niche. Or maybe you’re one of those with more than one niche (like yours truly!). No matter what the situation, there will come a point in your freelance writing career when it will be time to pick, add, or change niches. This is a great thing! It means you’re getting better at what you do, … Read the rest…

Self-Sabotage: The terrible thing about being a work-at-home mom

Work-at-home moms come up against all kinds of obstacles. Don't let self-sabotage be one of them. Learn from my mistakes!

May I make a confession to you? I really feel like I should be “further along in my career” than I am. I get frustrated that my rates aren’t as high as they should be for someone who’s been doing this for as long as I have. I sigh and shake my head when I think about how I never moved into the (very lucrative) niches that I know I … Read the rest…

Freelance Resource Roundup

GREAT collection of resources for freelance writers and work-at-home moms!!

Last update: June 1, 2017   Here’s a collection of some of my favorite resources for freelance writer. These are all things I’ve read and used in my own business, and they’re worth sharing with you! As I find great stuff, I’ll keep updating this post for you. (Want to know when it’s updated? Join my email list right over here!) Pin this page so you can refer to it whenever you … Read the rest…

Freelancing as a Single Mom: My Success Story

I was 8 months pregnant when my husband and I separated. The baby I thought I’d never have was just 5 weeks from arriving, and the plan had been for me to be a stay-at-home mom. I didn’t see it coming. Plans change — that’s no surprise to anyone. And in that moment, almost every one of my plans changed. But I wasn’t willing to give up my commitment to … Read the rest…

How to Raise Your Rates (Painlessly)

There's an easy way to raise your rates. GREAT advice! Plus an email template to help you out!

When’s the last time you gave yourself a raise? If you can’t remember, you’re overdue. The thing is, when you’re the one responsible for setting your rates — AKA deciding how much you’ll get paid — you must also be the one responsible for raising those rates. I’ll lay out a strategy you can use today to start growing your business, building your margins, and feeling awesome with every new … Read the rest…

How to hire an editor (and know it’ll be a good experience)

It has an email template! How to hire an editor for your ebook. Some editors are disasters waiting to happen! Now I know how to find a GOOD one who won't ruin my stuff! Such GREAT advice!

Maybe it’s a sales page you want to get just right. Maybe it’s the content for your new course. Maybe you’ve decided to self-publish a book to support your credibility and your brand. Whatever it is, you want to hire an editor to make sure everything looks good and won’t get you annoying emails and one-star reviews about typos. The danger of hiring an editor for your work — and … Read the rest…

How to start a freelance writing business

YES. How to start a freelance writing business! I needed to know this! So helpful. Thanks for pinning!

One of the questions I get alllll the time when I tell people I work for myself as a freelance writer is this: How did you get started in that? Turns out, not many people know how to start a freelance writing business. That’s why this is a great question, really. What I do is pretty esoteric. I type words into a lit-up box and then (by magic) I send them … Read the rest…

Sick day survival guide: when you’ve got a little sickie at home

The plague is going around and I'm totally using these tips to make sure my business doesn't suffer.

One of the most highly touted benefits of having a home-based business is the flexibility it affords you — and this is absolutely brought home when there’s a little one under the weather and underfoot. Having a sick child at home can certainly throw a wrench in your work plans, especially if you’ve got deadline pressure, an appointment, or an event to figure out how to work around. As much … Read the rest…

When your client disappears, here’s what to do

What to do when your client disappears

Crickets… Not what you want in your inbox when you’re waiting to hear from a client. One minute, you were trucking productively along; the next, you’re at a critical juncture with deafening silence from the other end. So what do you do when your client disappears? If you’re still negotiating In the preliminary back-and-forth with a potential client and the line goes dead, you have two options: Follow up or … Read the rest…

Beat burnout. Here’s how

Beat burnout once and for all!

Burnout. The dry eyes. The heavy limbs. The numb brain. Burnout happens to the best of us (and the rest of us, too).  But if you’re smart and you’re paying attention, you can avoid burnout and keep working this lifestyle business to the fullest. So What’s Burnout? Burnout happens when you’re overworked and you just plain hit a wall.  Your body is tired.  You can’t get your brain in gear. … Read the rest…

How to work from home with a baby

Is trying to work from home with a baby intimidating, frustrating, or downright NOT WORKING? Here's the secret to making it work...from a single work-at-home mom who figured it out.

Not many of us have the opportunity (ahem) to work when we’ve got a baby to take care of, and there’s nothing quite like being in that position for the very first time. The questions, the trial and error, the constant second-guessing, the vortex of “no right answer,” the guilt, and the ever-shifting goal posts brought on by infant development… it can all culminate in one protracted experience of frustration … Read the rest…

Everyone is a bad writer (but you don’t have to stay that way)

Are you a bad writer?

Lots of people have thought about freelancing but haven’t done anything beyond express their curiosity. And a pretty frequent objection to starting out as a freelance writer is this: I’m a bad writer. I have three things to say about that. 1. Everyone is a bad writer No one is born with good writing skills. When we’re born, we can’t see straight. We don’t have thoughts, we just have instincts and … Read the rest…

3 quirky but effective ways to capture your content ideas

No more forgetting all your great blog post ideas. Click through to read three unusual but totally effective ways to save your ideas. It works!

When you’re in idea-generation mode (and that should be often!), you need to have a way to capture your content ideas before they flit through your brain and then get buried by whatever else you’ve got going on. It’s good to have a master list of some sort where you store all of your ideas in one place, but you can’t always get to that master list when an idea shows … Read the rest…

How to be a rock star to your target market

Such great advice! Look like an expert to your ideal audience and ANYONE can do it! Thanks for pinning!

When you’re trying to get your name out as an expert — whether you’re building your email list, establishing your credibility, or simply taking your work to the next level — you need to become known in your target market. Start popping up everywhere, especially in places your market already knows and respects, and your audience, client list, and bottom line will grow. While reading through a Reddit AMA with Neville … Read the rest…