Leaving Work Behind

8 Things You Can Learn From Over 100 Freelance Bloggers’ Pitches [Part 1: Rates]

Written by Tom Ewer on April 22, 2015. 37 Comments

MoneyI’m on the tail end of the biggest recruitment drive I have ever carried out.

I received over 100 applications from freelance writers after this announcement just over two weeks ago. From those applications I trialled 13 writers, and out of those writers, I have (so far) selected seven writers to work with.

It’s been a lot of work, and quite frankly, a large proportion of the work was struggling with applications that weren’t as well written and presented as I would like.

However, what if my struggle could be your opportunity? What if I could point out areas in which I felt the applications I received could have been improved? That’s exactly what I’ve done in this post.

Below you will find eight different critiques, all focusing on responses to just one section of my application form: rates. If this article proves to be popular then I may write up additional posts that focus on the other areas of the application form. Keep Reading

6 Steps to Keep Your Freelance Writing Assignments Flowing (And on Time)

Written by Gina Horkey on April 14, 2015. 16 Comments

keeping your writing flowingEverywhere you look, you’ll find an article on mastering writer’s block. Honestly, I ain’t got time for that!

That’s right: I don’t have time for writer’s block. People are paying me to write, so I need to deliver on the promises that I make to my clients.

I’m not going to lie and say that writing is easy, that the words always come quickly or that each writing day is created equal. Because it’s not. But I’ve got a job to do and consistently writing new content is a big part of that.

In order to get to work writing each day, I’ve come up with my own six step process to keep my writing projects flowing (and on time). Let’s get to it!

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Your 5 Point Checklist to Delivering Client Work On Time (Every Time)

Written by Gina Horkey on April 1, 2015. 12 Comments

deadlineReliability is one of the most important assets for a freelance blogger – or any freelancer for that matter!

As Tom recently alluded to, it’s our job to sell (and provide) a solution, not a hassle. One of my personal selling points to my clients (whether it be for writing, virtual assistance work or something else) is that I make their lives easier.

If anything that I’m doing while providing a service to my client is making their job more difficult, they probably won’t keep me around for long. I position myself as an investment in their business, not an expense. That can be true both in monetary terms (i.e. my fee) and in terms of their time (everyone’s most valuable commodity).

If you’re interested in landing more gigs, keeping them and continuing to raise your freelancing rates, you’re going to want to over-deliver and under-promise on a consistent basis. Start by using my five-point checklist to deliver client work on time – every time!

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The 10 Key Attributes Top Earning Freelance Bloggers Share

Written by Tom Ewer on March 25, 2015. 25 Comments

BiroI have worked with more than 30 freelance bloggers over the past three years.

My experiences have ranged from excellent to shocking, with varying levels of competence in-between. And while I didn’t have a firm idea of what I was looking for when I took on my first writer (besides evidence of technical writing ability), when I look for new writers to join my team these days, I have a very good idea of my requirements.

With that said, in this post I want to explore the key attributes I look for in each of the freelance bloggers I interview, trial and ultimately work with. Without fail, writers that grow their business to such a level that I can no longer afford their services share the attributes listed below. If you can nail all of the following (and I’ll give you tips on how to do exactly that), you should be able to establish yourself in the echelon of freelance bloggers who earn $100+ per hour. Keep Reading

5 Steps to Adopting a Successful Freelancer Mentality

Written by Tom Ewer on March 3, 2015. 57 Comments

Tom: The following is a guest post by Gina Horkey, an excellent freelance writer and past ‘student’ of mine. If you find this post inspiring (and you may well), she offers coaching services too! Enjoy :-)

Why not now?Freelancing is tough.

Like really tough. But it can also be really great. Look at Tom – he works a few hours per day doing something that he enjoys and gets to spend the rest of his time as he pleases. While he doesn’t do much freelancing these days, ask him and he’ll tell you that he owes everything to his freelancing roots.

Although I work more than a few hours a day, I recently got the opportunity to take my freelance writing business full-time. My last day of work at my day job was on December 23rd, 2014. I actually probably put in more hours now than I did last year (not including when I was working on my side hustle), but at least now I’m building my business, not someone else’s.

Although freelancing is tough, it’s not impossible. I’m proof of that. I started looking into freelance writing in April of last year and was able to build my business up enough to quit my job a mere eight months later – not too shabby. I even earned more than $5,000 in January for the first time (full disclosure: this includes some consulting with my former office).

Here are five key steps I took that can help you too. Keep Reading