Leaving Work Behind

Why It Pays to Be a Specialist When It Comes to Freelance Writing

Written by Alexander Cordova on October 17, 2017. 0 Comments

A row of encyclopaedias.When you’re starting a new freelance writing career, taking any job that comes your way can make sense. After all, you need the money and saying ‘No’ to cash can come back to bite you. However, as your career continues, you’ll find being a jack-of-all-trades isn’t sustainable.

Writers who do a bit of everything almost never earn as much money as those that focus on one or two niches. As long as there’s demand for their services, they can command higher prices thanks to the shorter supply of writers who can do what they can.

Today, I’ll explain three reasons why specializing in a freelance writer niche can pay off big time. Then, we’ll discuss how to take your first steps down that path. Let’s jump in!

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How to Impress New Freelance Clients With a Welcome Packet

Written by Alexander Cordova on October 10, 2017. 2 Comments

A welcome mat.One of the hardest parts about working in this field is the constant need to bring in new freelance clients. More importantly, you have to make a great first impression if you want to woo them into hiring you again in the future.

Naturally, the quality of your work should speak for itself. Regardless, it’s important to start off every client relationship by putting your best foot forward. One powerful way to do this is by offering a welcome packet full of all the information your clients need to know. Welcome packets save both of you time, frees you up to focus on the unique details of your new client’s assignments.

In this article, I’ll explain why it’s so important to make an excellent first impression. Then, I’ll teach you how to nail your introductions by creating a welcome packet. Let’s dig in!

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How to Renegotiate Your Rates as a Freelance Writer (And When to Do It)

Written by Alexander Cordova on September 28, 2017. 0 Comments

A woman using a calculator.When starting out as a freelance writer, it’s easy to lock yourself into sub-par rates. Someone offers you work, and you’re afraid to say no because you don’t know when the next project will come along. So you accept, even if the work pays a pittance.

One of the best lessons you can learn as a freelance writer is not to be afraid to ask for more money. Everyone needs a raise from time to time, and freelance writers are no different. As long as you learn how to navigate a negotiation, you should be able to raise your rates bit by bit.

In this article, I’ll explain how to decide what are reasonable increases for your rates. Then, we’ll talk about how to ask for a raise without spooking your clients. Let’s get to work! Keep Reading

4 Techniques to Improve Your Writing Speed and Earn More Per Hour

Written by Anne Dorko on August 17, 2017. 2 Comments

Typing hands on a laptopWhen you’re paid per word, you can earn more money by writing blog posts quickly. That’s great in theory, but what happens if you’re a slow typist and struggle to get your ideas down quickly in the first place?

Improving your typing speed is a straightforward solution for bumping up your hourly income. If you set aside time to practice, you can train with free tools and go from an average 38-40 Words Per Minute (WPM) to upwards of 75 or more. I can personally type at a (ridiculous) 115 WPM with 98% accuracy, and this singular skill significantly improves my experience as a freelance writer.

In this article, I will introduce you to four techniques and resources you can use to improve your typing speed. By the end, I hope you’ll feel confident about taking your typing skills to the next level. Let’s get cracking! Keep Reading

3 Ways to Choose a Niche for an Affiliate Site

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 15, 2017. 0 Comments

Multiple paint brushes.Affiliate websites are a way for anyone to pick a topic, start writing, and hopefully see a decent passive income down the line. Unfortunately, choosing the a niche without enough potential could leave you with meager results for hundreds of hours of effort.

I’ve given affiliate blogging several chances in my day, and I’ve had a moderate amount of success. Along the way, I’ve learned how to spot niches with some potential, which is a valuable skill.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three ways to choose a profitable niche, the differences between each tactic, and why they work. Time is money, so let’s get started!

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