Kick start Your Freelance Writing Career: Beyond the Margins Review

Looking for some advice to kick start your freelance writing career? Then you’re in luck!

I recently read another ebook aimed at beginning freelance writers (see my previous review here). Called Beyond the Margins, the book is by professional freelance writer Michael Kwan. This short ebook has five chapters covering:beyond2 2 191x300 Kick start Your Freelance Writing Career: Beyond the Margins Review

  • Preparing to enter the freelance arena
  • Finding work and making some money
  • Managing and expanding your business
  • Dealing with the day to day grind
  • Moving toward greater independence

In other words, it mirrors the stages of the average freelance writer’s career.

Each chapter has several short subsections covering some of the key aspects freelancers have to deal with, including:

  • Treating your writing business like a business
  • Valuing your work and avoiding scams
  • Record keeping
  • Social media marketing
  • Investing in your business
  • Earning passive income

Beyond the Margins effortlessly addresses the practicalities of the freelance life. Sections that stood out for me covered wearing different hats as a freelancer (with a description of those roles), the question of whether you should specialize,  tips on establishing your expertise, questions to ask BEFORE preparing a quote for a client, maintaining your motivation and more. My favorite quote from the book is:

You are in a knowledge based economy. Build up your savings.

Though aimed at writers, the book will also work for freelancers in other fields, since much of the advice is transferable.

Overall, this is a good, no frills guide to the freelance life, and an affordable way to find out what it’s all about. I highly recommend it.

The Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success [Review]

The Step By Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success.

I recently had the pleasure of reading The Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success. Authored by Laura Spencer of Writing Thoughts and Carol Tice of the Freelance Writer’s Den, it promised to answer the questions most new freelancers have about getting started. The ebook is based on several presentations the pair did on […]

Continue reading...

Writer Marketing – How to Focus on Value

Writer Marketing – How to Focus on Value

When I started out in freelancing on the web, the conversation was all about price – price per word, price per hour, price per article. That kind of conversation really hurts writers because it places the focus on the wrong aspect of writing (the word count or time count) rather than the right aspect: the […]

Continue reading...

Step Away from Your Writing Desk

Step Away from Your Writing Desk

As a not-so-secret introvert, I love doing everything online. So living thousands of miles away from most of my clients isn’t a big deal. Google Hangouts, Skype and email give us that almost face to face interaction that we all need occasionally. But here’s something even introverts need to accept: if you remain a hermit, […]

Continue reading...

Grammarly Review–2014 Update

Grammarly grammar checker

It’s been a while since I reviewed Grammarly – about three years, to be exact. In my last review, I concluded that Grammarly was a great tool for new writers and those writing English as a second language. Would anything change this time round? Getting Started with Grammarly Grammarly is a web-based tool, which also […]

Continue reading...