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!!

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 need a quick hit of help, inspiration, … 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 about typos. The danger of hiring an editor for your work — and how many of … 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

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…

3 Quick but critical tips to improve your writing

quick tips to improve your writing

Plenty of factors play into improving your content. One of the most significant — the very foundation of all your content — is your ability to write well. Every blog post, every social media update, every infographic… it all comes down to pulling together your words, effectively. There are countless ways to improve your writing, whether you’re a blogger, a self-published author, a copywriter, an email marketer….you get the idea. Here … Read the rest…

Motivation is a farce (and here’s why)

"Motivation" will never get you where you want to go (ESPECIALLY if you want to be a freelance writer). Here's what to do instead.

Here’s the thing about motivation: It’s a delusion. It’s not a strategy.  If you’re relying on “motivation” — or on her even more flighty little sister “inspiration” — to propel you through the work of writing, you’re going to have a hard time reaching your goals. Motivation is a feeling, and one defining characteristic of feelings is that they come and go. But what doesn’t come and go? Some answers: Mortgage or … Read the rest…

How to self-edit, even if you’re “not a good editor”

how to self-edit

Editing is hard, am I right? Especially if it’s a self-edit. If you sent up a resounding yes to that, you aren’t alone. A lot of writers struggle with editing their own work. And while to an extent editing is a skill that has to be learned, there is something you can start doing today that will make editing your own work not only easier, but much more effective, and (dare … Read the rest…

15 Freelance Writing Gigs That Aren’t Blogging

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Ever thought about being a writer but not sure you want to get into “blogging” for a career? You aren’t alone! Whether you think freelance blogging is tied to running your own blog, you aren’t impressed by the rates you think you’d command starting out, or you just want to do something that feels like it has a bit more substance, you’ve got a sea of writing opportunities that go … Read the rest…

What to do when you can’t find your writing niche

Having trouble finding your best writing niche? Here's what to do.

Advice commonly given to freelance writers is to find your writing niche, or “niche down.” This is great advice, especially for writers who have specialized knowledge or who have been in the game long enough to know what their niche is, no sweat. And ideally you’ll niche at some point — specialized knowledge gets higher rates and it takes less time to generate ideas and write, because you’re already familiar … Read the rest…

How can a dead British guy help you with time management?

This post is an adaptation of a recent newsletter I sent to my subscribers. If you’d like to join the conversation, use the sign-up form below!   Have you ever met Cyril Northcote Parkinson? Probably not — he’s a Brit and he’s been dead now for more than 20 years. But you’re probably familiar with something he brought to light (and named after himself) back in 1955: the idea that … Read the rest…