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
The success of a business is 50% work quality and 50% marketing. You may do stellar writing work but still never land any clients. Unfortunately, good work doesn't always speak for itself. You have to get someone to hire you before you can impress them with your skills. You at least have to intrigue … Continue reading How to Make Yourself a Hot Commodity
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've never been the type to initiate conversation. I'm glad to talk to people if they talk first, but I've never been the outgoing, sociable girl who can make friends with anyone and talk about anything. I like to stay home. I hate loud parties. If I ever get dragged to one, you'll find … Continue reading Take the Fear Out of Networking
Setting rates is one of the hardest things about starting a freelance business. When I first started out, grabbing any job I could, I just took whatever rate the client was offering if I thought I could do the job. When I launched PurpleInkPen, I was wiser about rates, but I had decided to raise … Continue reading Are You Making Enough Money Freelancing?
Today marks the final day in the 90-day pitch challenge I started alongside the launch of my official licensed business, PurpleInkPen, on May 1st. The challenge came from Gina Horkey and her site Horkey Handbook. You may remember Gina from my Expert Roundup post a little while back. The idea of the challenge (which you … Continue reading 90-Day Pitch Challenge: Completed
When I signed up for classes at my Freshman orientation, I knew I wanted to be an English major. There was never any doubt. As for my minor, I did what everyone told me I should do and chose Education. Freshman year, it didn't matter, because I was getting all my gen. eds. out of … Continue reading 5 Reasons I Love My Communications Minor
Freelancing allows you to work from the comfort of your own couch, let's you choose your own assignments and lunch breaks, and can be done while wearing pajamas. There are plenty of perks. But freelancing is a job, and every job has its downsides. One of the biggest headaches is sending out countless applications, advertisements, … Continue reading 5 Tips to Ease Perpetual Proposal Pain
You're in for a treat, fellow writers, because over the past two weeks I've had the privilege of chatting with ten talented, kick-butt freelancers who have agreed to give you input on some of the most daunting obstacles they faced starting out in their careers. The fact that all ten are women is a coincidence … Continue reading Expert Roundup: The Scariest Obstacles Freelancers Face
Niche is one of the scariest words you will hear when trying to start up your writing career. I heard it for the first time when researching how to get started as a freelance writer. I met with a lot of frustrations during that time; the number one problem being that all the people who … Continue reading How I Found My Niche