Should Freelancers Give Freebies?

Should Freelancers Give Freebies?

If you are writing for print media, you are not likely to be asked to provide an unpaid sample article written specifically for a potential client. Free custom articles, however, seem to be a common request for online writing gigs. Should you write a free sample article if it is requested?

Practice Changing Your Tone and Voice For Different Audiences

Practice Changing Your Tone and Voice For Different Audiences

I find it particularly easy to write for a B2B market. I naturally write in the more professional, second person tone that the B2B  audience requires. Perhaps it’s too many years in post-secondary institutions that did it to me, but I have to work hard to write in the chatty, personal tone of a popular […]

Your Content Has Been Rejected. Now What?

Your Content Has Been Rejected. Now What?

It’s bound to happen some time in your freelance writing career: you write the best possible article you can for an assignment, but the editor just can’t see that it’s the best thing ever written, and rejects it.

Don’t worry, the editor has not rejected you, or your writing. Just that one article that doesn’t fit the exact slot she wanted at that moment.

Create a Database of Sources

Create a Database of Sources

If you find yourself writing for the same niche over and over, it will save you time and effort to build a database of information and industry sources that you can access on demand.

A Social Media Profile is Essential for a Freelance Career

A Social Media Profile is Essential for a Freelance Career

If you are just starting out as a freelancer, having an active presence on social media is quickly becoming an essential part of your resume. Over the last few months, I’ve been seeing more and more writing gigs that require those who apply to include their Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages, along with their personal […]

Pushing Past Procrastination

Pushing Past Procrastination

Every freelance writer runs into it… the urge to do something else — anything  other than write. You might have a half a dozen articles to work on, a list a mile high of topics you want to research, but you just can’t get past YouTube or Facebook. Most of the time you can push […]

Get Better At Writing By Writing A Lot

Get Better At Writing By Writing A Lot

When you first start pursuing your goals of being a full-time freelance writer, you’ll find writing can be hard. But like any skill, writing well and quickly gets easier with practice. Start off by writing quick pieces on a variety of topics. If you don’t have an assignment to work on, go to a site […]