Leaving Work Behind

The 10 Key Attributes Top Earning Freelance Bloggers Share

Written by Tom Ewer on March 25, 2015. 19 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. 56 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

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