Leaving Work Behind

3 Signs of Impostor Syndrome for Freelance Writers (And How to Fight Them)

Written by Anne Dorko on September 26, 2017. 0 Comments

Lady in an owl maskImpostor syndrome tells us we’re not qualified to do work we are actually very qualified to do. This can prevent you from forward in your freelance writing careers and being paid what you’re worth.

By learning a few of the signs of impostor syndrome, you’ll recognize it when you see it. Understanding and acknowledging the problem is the first step! Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can take measured steps to combat the situation and allow yourself to reach your full potential as a freelance writer.

In this article, I’ll introduce you to three signs impostor syndrome, along with ways to combat each one. By the end, you should feel much more confident about pushing forward in your freelance writing career. Let’s get started! Keep Reading

3 Ways to Know You’re Hiring the Right Freelancer

Written by Alexander Cordova on September 19, 2017. 2 Comments

A woman working on a laptop.Finding and hiring the right freelancer isn’t easy. There are thousands of us out there, but not everyone shares the same excellent work ethic we do, and they’re certainly not as efficient (or humble! 😉 ).

The key to finding the right freelancers is to know what sets the best ones apart from the rest. If you can spot these characteristics, you’ll have fewer problems down the road. You won’t have to deal with missed deadlines, rude messages, or shoddy work because you’ll be working with the best candidates.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three ways to spot top freelancers for your gigs and why they’re so important for new hires. Let’s get to work!

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3 Guidelines for Researching Blog Posts as a Freelance Writer

Written by Alexander Cordova on September 12, 2017. 5 Comments

A large library.When imagining life as a freelance writer, you might conjure up images of casually sipping coffee and writing think pieces about your favorite topics. While some days may look that way, freelance writing includes a lot research on new topics. Without proper research you will deliver poorly conceived articles and lose clients.

While you may already be an expert in a particular field, chances are good you’ll also have to write about other topics from time to time. That’s where research comes in, and it’s critical to do it well so you can serve up quality content that keeps clients coming back for more.

In this article, I’ll reveal my three step research process for producing credible articles. By the time we’re done, you’ll know how to find (and organize) reliable information about a new topic. Let’s start researching! Keep Reading

How to Start Freelancing While Keeping Your Day Job

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 22, 2017. 5 Comments

A man working on a laptop.Jumping headfirst into freelancing may be exhilarating, but leaves you open to a myriad of unnecessary risks. The first few months as a freelance can be incredibly tough, so you may quickly find yourself in an uncomfortable position without a safety net in place.

Of course, you can still give freelancing a fair shot! I recommend freelancing on the side at first, waiting for the opportune moment to quit your nine-to-five job. It doesn’t sound as sexy, but offers some stability while you get your freelance career off the ground. In fact, that’s exactly what I did when I started freelancing a long time ago.

In this article, we’re going to talk about how to know if you’re ready to start freelancing full time and how to balance your new career with your ‘normal’ job. Let’s jump right in! Keep Reading

3 Ways to Know if It’s the Right Time to Start Freelancing

Written by Alexander Cordova on July 25, 2017. 6 Comments

A hand holding a wristwatch.Many people will tell you the best way to start freelancing is to stop second-guessing yourself and jump right in. While enthusiasm is always great, going freelance is the type of decision you need to prepare for. After all, we’re talking about a radical life change.

Don’t get me wrong! There are plenty of upsides to being a freelancer, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. That being said, there are a few things I wish I’d taken into consideration before taking the leap myself. Preparing my finances ahead of time, for example, would’ve spared me a lot of headaches during those first few months.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three things you should consider before kicking off your freelance career. We’ll talk about why they’re important and how to know if you’re ready, so let’s get started!

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