Leaving Work Behind

3 Rookie Freelancing Mistakes I’ve Made as a Writer

Written by Anne Dorko on April 25, 2017. 2 Comments

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There’s no getting around the fact that being a freelance writer is difficult. However, it can be a lot easier when you learn from the mistakes of those who have gone before you.

While I still consider myself a freelance writing rookie in many areas, I do have a small amount of experience under my belt to share with you. Some of the most difficult struggles come from a fundamental misunderstanding of yourself, and the only way to push through is to acknowledge those issues early on so you can find ways to adapt.

In this article, I’ll share three crucial mistakes I’ve made as a rookie freelance writer. There may be no silver bullet solution, but I hope that self-awareness and some experienced advice will help point you in the right direction.

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The Best Kept Secret That Leads to Success as a Blogger

Written by Anne Dorko on March 21, 2017. 0 Comments

A woman holding a finger over her mouth, epitomizing the secrets of successful bloggers.

It seems every superhero has a secret power that helped them become who they were truly meant to be. For example, Superman isn’t bound to earth’s physical rules, Spiderman has spider powers (obviously), and full-time bloggers are free from the confines of the standard office – yes, I see successful bloggers as superheroes!

Well, we know Superman is an alien from Krypton, and Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider, but how do the bloggers do it? The key factor, it turns out, is that they often teamed up with a mentor.

When I was first advised to get a blogging mentor, I scoffed at the idea – largely out of pride. I’ve since changed my tune! To spare you the same heartache, I’ll share three ways a mentor could have helped advance my blogging career from the beginning, then discuss how you can find a mentor of your own. However, before that, let’s look at why having a mentor is a good idea. Keep Reading

4 Reasons to Extend Your Platform to Other Bloggers

Written by Gina Horkey on November 10, 2015. 5 Comments

extend your platformWhy would someone give up their hard won platform to someone else?

What if they screw it up?

What if people stop reading my blog because of what someone else wrote?

These are real questions and valid concerns. Extending your platform to others doesn’t come without risk. But many people, myself and Tom included, are doing it every day.

I would argue that there are more reasons to do it than not. You’ll gain far more by opening up your blog, website or social media accounts to others than you’ll risk losing. Today, I’m going to share with you four reasons why I think you should extend your platform to other writers, bloggers and webpreneurs.

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How to Take Perfect Screenshots for Blog Posts

Written by Tom Ewer on May 26, 2015. 29 Comments

As a WordPress writer, I tend to take a lot of screenshots.

But I’m no graphic designer – far from it. So how do I go about taking top quality screenshots?

It turns out that this is more complicated than one might think. You want to offer up a beautiful screenshot, but you don’t want the file to be so big that it takes an age for the image to download.

My solution serves up crystal clear screenshots that are far less resource-intensive than you might imagine. In this post I’ll show you the difference between my process and a ‘standard’ JPEG image, then give you instructions to achieve the same effect.

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How Much Should Freelance Writers Charge Per Word?

Written by Tom Ewer on May 18, 2015. 84 Comments

Quarter dollarMost beginner freelance writers have no idea what they should charge per word.

I know this because I recently put the word out that I was looking for freelance bloggers to work with me, and I received quotes (per word) from one rupee (that’s about $0.02) to to one dollar.

I’ll start by ruling out the extremes for freelance bloggers: you shouldn’t be working for any less than $0.02 per word, but nor can you reasonably hope to work for anything close to a dollar per word.

But where on earth should you be in-between those numbers?

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