Hello, fellow writers! Welcome to my corner of the Internet.
As a long-time Peter Bowerman fan, I was delighted to be invited to contribute to his newsletter. And – since you decided to come by and visit me at my online home – I’m also delighted to “meet” you! If there’s one thing I’ve learned on my freelance writing journey, it’s that few things accelerate your career like collaboration with your peers. (Plus, hanging out with fellow writers makes the journey that much more enjoyable.)
You’ve landed on my business website – Suddenly Marketing. This is home base for my B2B (business-to-business) messaging & content marketing work. Though (confession time!) I haven’t blogged here in quite a while, almost all of my blog content is “evergreen” (meaning it remains relevant over time). If you’re interested in branding, messaging, and content marketing, I invite you to peruse the posts on the Suddenly Marketing blog.
In addition, below are a few freelance-specific blog posts that I’ve published over at Live to Write – Write to Live (L2W-W2L), a collaborative writers’ blog that I publish along with seven other professional writers. Though L2W-W2L is primarily written for aspiring fiction writers, many of our contributors and readers are also professional “commercial” writers working in copywriting and content marketing. I’ve curated the following collection of posts for writers who are interested in starting and/or improving their own freelance writing business. I hope you find them helpful.
If you do (and you’d like to keep up with my latest posts), please consider subscribing to the Live to Write – Write to Live blog. You can also find me on Twitter where I share links about both creative and business writing.
Enjoy & happy (and prosperous!) writing!
In this post, I provide a bit of background on how I got started on my journey from recently divorced mommy blogger to self-employed content marketer/copywriter.
The truth is that often the kinds of things that make the biggest difference to your success are the things that you either a) don’t think about at all, or b) take for granted.
If you’re considering life as a freelance writer, you’re probably wondering if you have what it takes to make it. You may be worried that you aren’t experienced enough, talented enough, or connected enough to build and maintain a business. Those are all valid concerns, but they aren’t nearly as important as you might think. Truth is, there are plenty of experienced, talented, connected writers out there who never manage to pull off writing full-time for a living.
So, you wanna be a freelance writer. You want to work from home, make money writing, build a business in your pajamas. You can write, but do you know – really know – what it takes to succeed as a freelance writer?
I’ve been freelancing for more than five years. It was something I’d always thought about, but was afraid to try until I found myself facing divorce and single motherhood. Adversity has a way of helping us find courage we didn’t know we had.
In today’s post, we tackle four more secrets that can help you build the freelance writing business of your dreams so you can make money from home … in your pajamas. Each secret is accompanied by two simple and easy-to-do action items. (And one action item is to read Peter Bowerman’s books!) 😉
“How do you get so much done?” is a question I hear from friends, colleagues, and clients pretty frequently. I don’t say this to brag. Like every other successful freelance writer I know, I hustle. I make hay while the sun shines. I burn the midnight oil (and, sometimes the candle at both ends). I get stuff done because I have to. (A deadline is a great motivator.)
What I do is not magic. I’m not an incredibly fast writer, nor have I figured out how to survive without sleep. (If you crack that mystery, please let me know.) What I do have is a system and some basic project management skills. Today, I want to share them with you because if I can help even one working writer reduce the chaos and tame the stress, it’ll make my day.
The number one lament I hear from fellow freelance writers is always that they don’t have enough time to get everything done. As self-employed writers, finding work, winning work, and getting work done is only half the battle. You also have to invest time (and brain cells) in branding and marketing yourself, handling administrative tasks, and continuing your professional education.
Then there’s the little matter of having a life. We need time to handle all our non-work responsibilities and we want time to enjoy all of life’s pleasures.
Work. Life. Fun. It’s a lot to juggle.
How DO you make sure everything gets done and use your time wisely?