If you're relatively new to freelancing, you've probably come across the term "niche" a few times while scouring the internet for tips and tricks. So what the heck does it mean exactly, and why should you care? A niche is an area of expertise. Your niche determines your marketing strategy and the sorts of jobs … Continue reading Why Niches Matter
December 2016 marked my first holiday season as a full-time freelancer, but my monthly income report looks more like a part-time freelancer's. Why? It's hard out here for a (pimp) freelancer during the holidays, especially if you mostly work for independent clients like I do, and not big companies. The only reason I made … Continue reading How to Survive the Freelance Holiday Slump
At the beginning of 2016 I decided to get serious about freelancing and switch to full-time. The research began and this blog was started in February because I got really frustrated trying to find concrete advice on actual steps to take to launch a business and land higher-paying clients. Everyone wanted me to buy this … Continue reading Tis the Season for Setting Freelancing Goals
If you're thinking about starting a freelance career, especially if you want to drop a 9 to 5 job and start freelancing full-time, one of your biggest initial questions/worries is how long it's going to take you to establish yourself. You have bills to pay, mouths to feed, all that jazz. Switching a stable job … Continue reading How Long Does It Take to Become a Freelance Writer?
I hate talking on the phone to people I don't know. Hate it. For one thing, meeting new people just makes me nervous. I can't help it. Second, I'm not a big talker unless I know the person very well. In person or online, this doesn't matter. Online, I can take the time … Continue reading Dos and Don’ts of Client Phone Calls
At the beginning of May, I officially launched my freelance ghostwriting and editing business under my new business name, PurpleInkPen. Woohoo! I feel like a big kid. Up until that point, I had just been applying to jobs as I found them on job boards and on the freelance contracting site, Upwork. I had a … Continue reading What to Expect When Building Your Freelance Website