Leaving Work Behind

4 Ways to Kill It in Your Next Freelance Email Pitch

Written by Gina Horkey on August 11, 2015. 26 Comments

Email PitchThere is a right and a wrong way to pitch for freelance jobs (writing or otherwise).

If you’re a brand new freelancer, wouldn’t it be easier if you knew how to pitch the correct way, right off the bat? Or if you’re somewhat seasoned, but looking to take on some new clients and your current pitch isn’t converting that well, wouldn’t it be nice to know what you could do to make yours better?

We’ve talked a lot about pitching on Leaving Work Behind in the past. In fact, I’ve shared with you my first pitch along with my most recent one and broken it all down for you to learn why the latter is more effective and converts better.

And I’ve also given you the ultimate pitching blueprint to help you propose new article ideas to your current clients. But today, I want to share with you four specific ways to kill it in your next email pitch that are often overlooked by freelancers just like us.

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5 Ways to Punch Fear in the Face as a Freelancer

Written by Gina Horkey on July 20, 2015. 24 Comments

5 Ways to Punch Fear in the Face as a FreelancerAre you more afraid of failing or succeeding as a freelancer?

It’s normal to be afraid of failure, but for some of us the fear of success is equally or more paralyzing. Why? Because it means we should change.

And change is scary too.

But change is necessary for success. And you’re probably reading Leaving Work Behind for motivation to succeed. Either to leave your current day job or to continue building your freelance business – maybe it’s both!

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New to Freelance Writing? 9 Ways to Make Money as a Beginner

Written by Nicole Dieker on July 13, 2015. 39 Comments

71 Ways EbookSo, you want to be a professional writer? No problem.

Seriously: no problem. I’m not going to say that becoming a professional, paid writer is easy – at some point, you’re going to need to sit down and type out a few thousand original words – but it is achievable.

There are plenty of ways to get paid for your writing. Maybe you’ll earn enough to make writing a lucrative side hustle, and maybe you’ll follow my example and make writing your full-time job (I write about 3,000 words a day, Monday through Friday. It isn’t easy, but it is a lot of fun).

How can you get started as a beginning writer? Here are some tips, direct from The Write Life’s new ebook 71 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer. I helped The Write Life put together this resource, and I’ve done a lot of these money-making ideas myself, so I know they work!

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4 Tips to Take a (More) Successful Vacation

Written by Gina Horkey on June 22, 2015. 9 Comments

I just got back from my first vacation as a full-time freelancer.sandals

I’d give myself a B-. I tried to prepare as much as possible by working ahead on client work, letting my clients know I was going to be gone and setting an out of office message on my email.

But it wasn’t until the end of the week that I truly was able to unplug and relax. Part of this is that I still needed to work in some capacity by checking email for my two virtual assistant clients while away. And part was that I wanted to know what I was missing while I was gone.

Silly, silly me! As I mentioned, towards the end I was able to relax and enjoy myself a bit more. And I learned a lot about myself and my business in the process. Here are my four best tips to help you take a more successful vacation from your freelance business next time around.

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How to Pitch Your Blog Post Idea to the Magazine World

Written by Lis Stedman on June 15, 2015. 13 Comments

Magazine pileSo, you’re writing a great blog post. You’re really pleased with it. And you have a strong feeling that it could
go even further – but how do you make your way into the lucrative yet confusing world of magazine publishing?

Believe me, it’s not as hard as it looks. For a lot of blog writers, getting something into traditional publishing looks daunting and – whisper it quietly – for a magazine writer, blogs look like a mountain to climb too. But there are a few easy, basic rules for success.

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