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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.

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. 33 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

How to Find Freelance Blogging Clients That Will Pay You What You’re Worth [Introducing Paid to Blog Jobs]

Written by Tom Ewer on August 11, 2014. 9 Comments

Paid to Blog JobsAny regular Leaving Work Behind reader will know that I’m a huge fan of freelance blogging.

It got me my start in terms of making money online and being able to quit my job, and my writing business (which evolved from my freelance blogging efforts) is my largest source of income to this day.

I see it as my responsibility to help others achieve the same success in freelance blogging as I have. That is why my team and I have spent the past several months developing a service that enables freelance bloggers to:

  1. easily find freelance blogging job opportunities, and
  2. pitch effectively for them.

That service is known as Paid to Blog Jobs, and today I am delighted to announce that it is finally ready for you.

Read on to discover how Paid to Blog Jobs can help you land more jobs with quality clients, and ultimately make more money from working on your terms. Keep Reading

The Key Ingredient of My Success as a Freelance Blogger

Written by Tom Ewer on August 4, 2014. 10 Comments

IngredientsAs I reflect back on my beginnings as a freelance blogger, I consider myself quite lucky in a way. After all, my first two clients were WPMU (now the WPMU Dev Blog) and ManageWP.

James and the team over at the WPMU blog were wonderful to work with, and I still work with Vladimir and the team at ManageWP nearly three years later (as the blog’s editor).

How did I land those first two clients? I scoured the ProBlogger Jobs Board twice, submitting about 5-7 pitches each time. Each set of pitches landed me one quality client.

But regardless of the quality of my pitches, my writing skills or anything else, I was fortunate to be able to pitch two quality clients.

In my experience, “good” clients are generally harder to find than that on job boards – you have to sift through a lot of less-than-stellar opportunities across multiple job boards to find the diamonds in the rough.

But it wasn’t just luck that got me off to a decent start. Luck was certainly a factor, but it wasn’t the factor. The factor was something we are all capable of: hard work. Keep Reading