While scrolling through my favorite freelance-related Facebook group this week, I came across multiple posts all of the same flavor. "What's the most profitable niche?" "I really love ____, but I know I can't make money off that. What should I do instead?" "My passion has always been ____, but I don't know if that's … Continue reading Screw “Profitable” Writing Niches: Why Freelancers Should Pursue Their Passions
The anonymity of working as a ghostwriter creates roadblocks that bylined writers don't have to deal with, and those roadblocks can turn into giant walls when you're a beginner. How do you stand out when you're just getting started with either a small project list of only one or two jobs or as a … Continue reading How to Stand Out as a Beginner Book Ghostwriter
Mentor is a word I've seen thrown around willy nilly in the freelancing community lately, but none of the people I've seen using it appear to actually know what a mentor is. So this is my public service announcement to try and correct that. The Problem As my blog, business, and social media presence have … Continue reading PSA: What is a Mentor?
This past week, I've started pitching daily again. I've got two major projects wrapping up in April, and I'm starting to get a little panicky about May because of it. I probably should have gotten back into the daily pitches at the beginning of April, but hey, hindsight is 20/20 as they say. I'm feeling … Continue reading Pitch with Confidence, Land More Clients
My first job after graduating college was copyediting a novel (Not sure what copyediting is? Check out this post on Editing Types.). The position started out as an unpaid internship but turned into my first paid freelancing gig. I constantly second guessed myself and feverishly checked the Chicago Manual of Style for every little thing, even … Continue reading The Rewards of Freelance Editing
One of my goals for 2017 was to revamp my business site, and I'm happy to report that I've already done so. I finished the upgrades a few weeks ago, and the transformation is unreal. I probably don't have to tell you that the new one is on the right. Here's my about page. … Continue reading 5 Steps to Create a Stand-Out Freelancer Website
Two days ago, I was searching for "ghostwriter wanted" job listings and came across the blog/business website of a fellow ghostwriter. Curious, I read through the post. It was a narration of a phone call she'd had with a potential client. A woman had called to ask the cost of services. The ghost responded that … Continue reading How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome
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 recently visited my husband's family in New Mexico, and I heard a lot of stories. One of them goes like this: My husband's grandparents' house alarm went off while they were away. Their daughter and her son got the call and went to check on things. The back door was wide open, but when … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Grab Your Shovel; Grab Your Gun