Why I Am a Freelance Writer

July 29, 2014

Why Am I a Freelance Writer? This is an important question that all freelance writers should ask themselves. We’ll all give different answers, but we need to know what motivates us to pursue a career that can have a high level of uncertainty and significant amounts of frustration. Here are my top five reasons. #1. I […]

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How Freelance Writers Calculate Their Hourly Rates

July 21, 2014

You’re a freelance writer because you want to make money. However, you need to be clear on how much money you want to make, how you will go about earning it, and all the factors that affect your earning power. Two crucial concepts for understanding the relationship between your time and your compensation are your […]

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Join the Freelance Writers Den Now!

July 10, 2014

The Freelance Writers Den is now open to new members.  All beginning and intermediate freelance writers will benefit immensely from joining the Freelance Writers Den. Just in case you haven’t heard about the Den, it’s a top-notch membership site with several hundred members. It’s run by seasoned veterans Carol Tice and Linda Formichelli and it includes […]

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Does Your Freelance Writing Niche Have Busy Seasons?

July 7, 2014

Many freelance writing niches have particular times of the year when there’s more work available. You need to determine the seasonal rhythms of your niches so you are front and center of your existing clients and potential clients when it’s time to hand out those choice assignments. Freelance Writing Niche Seasons: Examples Freelance writers who specialize in […]

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Why You Need Much More Time Offline

June 25, 2014

Increasing numbers of scientific studies show that we need to spend far less time online and more time offline, preferably outside getting exercise and engaging directly with the world rather than immersed in the Internet and fooling around with our smartphones. It’s one of my key themes here at Productive Writers. Not only will offline time […]

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The 11 Top Event-Networking Tips for Freelance Writers

June 17, 2014

Many freelance writers attend networking events in order to get the word out about their services and to land new clients. Networking is all about making quality connections with other people. In this post we’ll examine how you can make good impressions on the people you meet face-to-face and increase the probability that you can do business together. […]

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30 Rules for Creating Good Multiple-Choice Questions

June 9, 2014

Multiple-choice test questions are one of the most widely used methods of testing students’ knowledge. If you are a freelance writer for higher education or K-12 companies, you could be writing student assessment questions for a test bank, for a student study guide, or for a student companion website — or you may be a […]

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Be A More Productive Writer by Deciding What NOT to Do

June 2, 2014

To be a productive writer you must be clear on what to do and why, and how to do whatever you do as efficiently as possible. But another key component of being productive is deciding what NOT to do. What do I mean? High productivity requires that you get your highest priority tasks done quickly and well. A key component […]

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The 17 Best Ways to Boost Your LinkedIn Profile

May 27, 2014

All freelance writers should know by now that LinkedIn is a key tool for finding clients, getting found by clients, and just being able to present yourself professionally on the number-one business networking site on the planet. I found this great infographic, reproduced here with the kind permission of Neal Schaffer. It lays out 17 […]

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How Freelance Writers Can Keep Editors Happy

May 19, 2014

We freelance writers thrive with quality, long-lasting relationships with editors. So we need to know how to keep them happy so they keep hiring us, and we also need to know what to do if one of our favorites leaves her position with the company. I’m taking the perspective of a freelance writer who creates […]

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