What stops your writing business from being successful? Start a discussion with any group of writers and the same topics come up over and over again. That’s why this month’s Word Carnival is so timely, inviting me to Vanquish that Nemesis – identify the things that get in the way of small business success and [...]
One of the issues writers always struggle with is what to charge for their writing. Here’s how I advised a friend recently. She was contacted by someone asking her to guest post for a set fee and wanted to know how to respond to them, as the money didn’t seem huge but she wanted to [...]
It’s taken years, but the world has come round to the type of writing I like to do. When I was in high school and university, my teachers were unimpressed by the brevity of my essays. As a language student (English, French, Spanish) I had to write lots of essays, but invariably I’d be marked [...]
Writing business lessons turn up in the strangest places. Here’s what I learned from the guttering guy about landing and retaining new clients.
Sometimes your online life can be far too cluttered and it can get in the way of writing productivity. I’m feeling a bit like that now. In part, it’s my own fault, because I love trying out shiny new web stuff and have to do it for one of my blogging gigs. But that means [...]
As a new freelance writer, it can take a while to find good sources of writing work. If you’re new to the game, how can you tell the difference between sites that offer below-minimum-wage gigs and those that give you a great chance of earning a living from writing. Even with the best search tools, [...]
My writing business has changed a lot since I started freelancing. Then, I did lots of one-off jobs for a wide range of small clients, getting many of them through copywriting agencies and the occasional job board posting or ad. Now, I work for a few bigger clients, and many of those have come to [...]
We all hit a bit of a lull in our freelance writing careers. For some, it’s not a massive problem as they’re fully prepared. For others, however, the dip can seem like it’s going to be devastating. Fortunately, if you fall into the latter group, there’s one thing you can do to ensure any loss [...]