Leaving Work Behind

How to be a Successful Entrepreneur and a Great Stay at Home Parent

Written by Guest Author on January 15, 2015. 20 Comments

Tiffany JansenTom: The following is a guest post by Tiffany Jansen, a freelance writer and copywriter based in New York. It is one of the best articles I’ve read in a while. If you’re a parent and a freelancer (and even if not), it could change your life!

Many of us venture into freelancing because of the promise of freedom.

We can make our own schedules, decide who we want to work with and what projects we take on. We’re in control of our earning potential, our business and our lives.

While these things seem attractive no matter who you are, they become all the more attractive when you have a family.

I mean it sounds great, right? Stay at home with the kids, be there to greet them when they get home from school, maybe even get some housecleaning done in between projects.

That’s exactly what I thought when my daughter was born.

Only it didn’t work out quite like I’d fantasized… Keep Reading

How to Make $3,000 Per Month as a Mediocre Writer

Written by Guest Author on December 18, 2014. 32 Comments

Tom: The following is a guest post from Minh Nguyen. I was initially not keen on the title of the post, as I think Minh is a good writer, but that wasn’t always the case. The following is an inspiring story about how Minh transformed himself from a mediocre writer into a successful freelancer. Fast-forward to present day and he’s going from strength to strength!

TypewriterBefore I stumbled upon Tom’s blogging course and his blogging tips, I was a pretty mediocre online writer. Actually, I was terrible.

My blog posts looked like a high school essay – no images, no informative links and no stylistic formatting to make the content look visually pleasing. The paragraphs I wrote were monsters to read.

Even though I didn’t know how to write for the web just yet, I still made a pretty decent living as an online freelance writer. I made my first dollar online submitting an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) article – a type of article that puts SEO ahead of readability. A few months after that, I was making $3,000 per month.

This post is for those who:

In this post, I am going to tell you, step-by-step, exactly how I did it. If you follow what I describe here, I am confident that you can replicate my results, regardless of your writing ability. Keep Reading

15 Actionable Tips for Revamping Your Freelancer Website and Attracting More Clients

Written by Tom Ewer on December 10, 2014. 37 Comments

Available for WorkAs a freelance blogger, ideally you have a blog that you update regularly.

Why? Well, many of my clients wouldn’t have hired me if it weren’t for Leaving Work Behind – maintaining an active blog not only demonstrates that you can write, but it shows that you know what you’re doing when it comes to the world of blogging.

But if not, you should definitely have some kind of portfolio site. It could just be a relatively simple one-pager, or a few pages that contain testimonials, samples, etc.

But regardless of the shape and style of your online presence, it could probably do with a spruce up. In this post I am going to give you some quick and actionable tips that you can use to improve your freelancer website – and attract more clients – in no time at all. Keep Reading

From Zero to $4,000 Per Month: How I Pitch and Land Blogging Clients

Written by Guest Author on November 20, 2014. 29 Comments

Tom: The following is another guest post from Paid to Blog Jobs success story Gina Horkey.

While I’ve shared my pitching tips here on Leaving Work Behind in the past, what I found interesting was that Gina has gone her own way and been successful in doing so. It just goes to show that there are varied paths available to becoming a successful freelance blogger.

Take it away Gina!

Baseball PitcherPitching for jobs as a new freelance blogger can be daunting.

But getting that first (then second, then third) client is exhilarating. Hopefully your momentum continues to build from there.

But what if it’s doesn’t? What if you haven’t even gotten your first client yet, or you’re having trouble building your business into something dependable and sustainable?

Don’t fret, most of us started with zero clients – this definitely includes me! With that in mind, in this post I want to reveal how I went from a zero to hero freelance blogger (at least, that’s what I like to think ;-)) in just a few short months. Keep Reading

Should Freelance Bloggers Work For Content Mills?

Written by Tom Ewer on November 13, 2014. 34 Comments

MillI recently read a post over at Be a Freelance Blogger by Razwana Wahid rather controversially entitled Deception Revealed: 6 Bullshit Blogging Myths Created by Famous Bloggers.

When I look back at the advice I have doled out over the years, I found that I had avoided all but one of Razwana’s ‘bullshit blogging myths’. The one piece of advice mentioned in the post that I have supported in the past is not to work for content mills. With that in mind, I was interested to read about the author’s reasons as to why one might consider working for content mills.

In this post I want to explore the author’s reasoning as well as my own, and then open the topic up to discussion for you in the comments section below. Keep Reading