Leaving Work Behind

4 Reasons Why Every Freelance Writer Should Start Their Own Blog

Written by Anne Dorko on May 16, 2017. 2 Comments

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Blogging is a multi-faceted tool for any freelance writer, even if you don’t find the energy to blog consistently. As a good example, I’ve made thousands of dollars over the years as the result of quickie blog posts I wrote on a whim!

If you want to be a freelance writer, I cannot overemphasize the importance of having your own blog. Whether it’s serious, creative, or a public journal, a personal blog can help you on your journey. This is because the best way to become a writer is to get out there and start writing!

In this post, I’ll show you four different ways running your own blog can help you in your career as a freelance writer and beyond. Let’s get cracking! Keep Reading

3 Rookie Freelancing Mistakes I’ve Made as a Writer

Written by Anne Dorko on April 25, 2017. 3 Comments

Fingers typing on a laptop

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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3 Perks of Writing For a Living (And Why You Should Consider It)

Written by Alexander Cordova on April 4, 2017. 5 Comments

A typewriter.

Plenty of people dream about writing for a living, but not everyone gets to achieve it. However, as anyone in the business will tell you, writing for a living isn’t all rainbows and sunny days.

As a freelance writer, your work experiences can be very different from those with nine-to-five jobs. For example, you may get to write about an exciting new app one day, only to then follow that up with a book review. Best of all, you get paid for it.

In this article, I’ll talk to you about three perks of writing for a living. We’ll discuss the benefits they can bring you, how to implement them on your end, and how to get your start in the field if it interests you. Let’s jump right in!

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The Best Kept Secret That Leads to Success as a Blogger

Written by Anne Dorko on March 21, 2017. 2 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

Is It Possible to Freelance Across Multiple Fields?

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 2, 2016. 15 Comments

Three juggling balls in front of a blue  backgroundA lot of people divide their time working online between many different tasks. It could be transcribing in the morning, content mills in the afternoon, and writing fake reviews in the evening. But no serious freelancer would consider splitting his time across multiple fields, right?

While I’m still a long way away from being an expert in either of my fields, I’ve done a pretty decent job of achieving a balance between freelancing in two different worlds: web development and writing. It’s not a matter of money either (although more is always welcome!) – just a personal decision to pursue the two fields that fulfill me the most in the only way I know how: right from home.

If you’re curious, please bear with me while I explain how this works in my case, why it may work for you as well, and the reasons why it may not.

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