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 …

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 …

How to Have a Great Editor/Author Relationship

I see authors getting frustrated. “Just tell me how much editing will cost!” They cry, annoyed at vague or incomplete answers. The editors are sitting on the other end of the email chain despairingly, grumbling in annoyance, “How long is your book??” As an editor, an author, and an employee of a publishing firm, I think I can clear this right up. Authors: there is no set cost for editing. Editing depends …

Where Do Freelance Writers Find Clients?

One of the questions that I get asked the most and see on writing forums all the time is “where do you find clients?” I’ve talked about this before, discussing ways to start making money right away as a writer. But something I keep seeing even more of recently is this: “I got my first client! The pay is terrible, but it’ll be a professional piece for my portfolio!” It’s …

The Importance of Time for Yourself

It’s so easy to make work my whole life. As a work from home full-time entrepreneur, I am basically always at the office. My cell phone is my work phone and my personal laptop is my work computer. It can be hard to disconnect and just be a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter. I actually scheduled my mother into my calendar this week, so that we could have …

Entrepreneur on Vacation

Living that #LaptopLifestyle As an entrepreneur, you are basically always connected. Especially when you work from home, you’re always at the office! It’s easy to lose track of time and work too late, or “just answer this email super quick” at 10 pm or on a Saturday. It’s also your passion, so you want to keep working, keep delivering, keep proving yourself over and over. You are valuable. You are …