Leaving Work Behind

4 Compelling Reasons You Should Start Your Own Blog Today

Written by Anne Dorko on June 13, 2017. 0 Comments

Calendar, laptop, and desk.Blogging can be addictive, though it’s (arguably) way healthier for you than vices such as coffee and sneaking extra potato chips out of bag while your friend isn’t looking. The side effects of blogging include a sense of accomplishment, a portfolio of content, and much more.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, I encourage you to jump in with both feet! By starting now, you can immediately sharpen your skills and reap the numerous benefits. Blogging only takes a little time and energy, while opening doors to many new experiences and opportunities. Don’t be afraid to give it a shot!

In this article, I’ll cover four reasons for you to go write and publish your first blog post today. There’s no reason to wait any longer, so let’s get started! Keep Reading

4 Reasons Why Every Freelance Writer Should Start Their Own Blog

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

Pencil and keyboard on messy desk

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.

Let’s get started! Keep Reading

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

Written by Guest Author on November 20, 2014. 34 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

Freelance Blogging: What I Would Do If I Had to Start Again

Written by Tom Ewer on September 1, 2014. 20 Comments

ResetI’m excited that you’re reading this.

Why? Because it means you’re interested in freelance blogging, which is the best way I know to start making money online.

Freelance blogging enabled me to quit my job, and ultimately served as the catalyst for everything my online business has become. These days I run a blogging agency (which grew naturally from my freelance blogging career), but it all began with no qualifications, no experience and a few long-shot pitches.

That’s all well and good, but what about the all important question: How do you get started? That is the question I intend to answer in this post, by telling you exactly what I would do if I was starting again from scratch. Keep Reading