8 Lessons I Learned in My First Year of Freelancing

I got my first freelancing clients almost on a whim, on October 31st, 2016. I began working with clients in the evenings and weekends for November, December, and January. Once I realized that being a writer was a viable career for me and people were willing to pay me, I made plans to quit my day job as a Director of Business Development at a recruiting firm. Friday, January 27, …

Relationship Building for Freelancers: How to Get & Keep Clients

Apparently, most writers aren’t good at marketing and many salespeople aren’t the best at writing. Or at least that is what people keep telling me. I am lucky enough to be both, which has been extremely successful for me. It has truly been my superpower, which allowed me to be my own boss and get my business up and running very quickly. Relationship building is an extremely important skill. Many …

Freelancers & No Paid Time Off

If I don’t work, I don’t get paid. This has never been something that bothered me, as I have long been the type to work more than necessary and then bring my laptop on vacation and do an hour or two a day while we relaxed. I have no problem doing a bit of work. After all, I still get the vacation — I sleep in, eat great food, don’t …

How to Be a Better Writer

It mostly comes down to practice. They say it takes 10,000 hours to master something, and at 31.5 years old, I have spent at least that long writing, scribbling out, rewriting, and editing my work over the years. Working on my own writing and with other writers, here are a few ways I have collected to improve writing skills and exercises you can do to continue to practice. Write a lot. Write …

#MeToo the Book — Share Your Story

I have been deeply inspired by the sharing and bravery of the people who told their story while #metoo swept social media in the last weeks. I have also been a victim of sexual harassment and assault, and I think it is more important than ever that we continue to talk about, continue to provoke conversation, and refuse to be victims. I am putting together a book of stories based …

Writing for Me vs. Writing for My Clients

It can be difficult to separate them!   Writing is… Cathartic Emotional Real Symbiotic Percussive Strong Difficult Mine Life. Writing for money, especially for other companies and authors, is a fantastic career. And because most of my writing is ghosted, I have had to learn to keep my personal feelings and opinions out of the pieces I write. Especially when I disagree or find their references suspect. It can be difficult …

The Hardest Part of Writing a Book

I see this question many places — on Quora, in articles about writing, when I’m asked directly. “What is the hardest part about writing a book?” I understand why people want to know, but the truth is that just like everything else in life, what is most difficult for me may be easy for you and vice versa. Here’s what I can tell you from my own experience. I have ghostwritten a …

How to Stop Procrastinating

Working from home doesn’t make me more likely to procrastinate, it’s just easier to get away with it because no one is watching. In the corporate world, procrastination is there, it’s just slightly less detectable. Facebook and Twitter in between clients, Instagram while you go to the bathroom, texting all day. Reading the news is the easiest way to procrastinate at work because it seems that it is the most …

Never Work For Free

A friend of mine is also an entrepreneur. She was asked about possibly doing a whole new project for one of her clients. She wasn’t super familiar with the details but knew she could do the main part, so she said she was interested. The client didn’t even ask her to, but she spent several hours researching information and details about parts of the project she wasn’t as familiar with …

How To Be Inspired Today

Creativity begets more creativity. Inspiration can be found from anywhere, but it can be easy to get so mired in and forget or be unable to find the beauty in the world. Stop what you’re doing. Right now. Just take a moment, put down the pen, the phone, remove your fingers from the keyboard. Just stop. After you read this sentence, close your eyes and take a deep breath and …