Use this military principle in your business writing

We live in a busy world, and we should respect other people’s time. In business writing, we should clearly express our ideas so that our clients, colleagues, and business partners will not waste their time reading too-long-and-unstructured reports, emails, and other documents. Do you want to improve your business writing skills? Use the BLUF (bottom…

How mind mapping can help you communicate with clients

As a remote freelance worker who is juggling multiple clients and projects, if there’s one thing you need to streamline your freelance business, it’s the ability to clearly communicate with your clients. Whether it’s setting expectations, clarifying doubts or sharing project updates —maintaining regular communication leads to fewer misunderstandings and higher productivity. But it’s not…

Are you making these 4 common content marketing mistakes?

You’ve heard that content marketing is absolutely vital to the success of your scaling business. But all of your content marketing efforts have failed to move the sales needle in the right direction. How is this possible? You could be making one of four very common content marketing mistakes that can stunt your growth, or…

Avoid freelance burnout by being pickier about the jobs you take

When I first started out in freelance writing, I was excited. Finally, I was going to get paid for doing something I loved: writing. I finished my first job quickly, got paid quickly, and my excitement grew. I hopped onto every content mill and freelancing site I could find, bid on every job that was…

Why writers need to understand SEO

As the freelancing community knows, sometimes, business is great, and sometimes, it feels like an uphill battle. I have been spending my most recent drought working tirelessly to build my online presence and credibility as a freelance writer. Today, I want to talk a little bit about SEO. For all of my freelancer friends, this…

It’s time to retire these sales myths

The famous ABC (“Always Be Closing”) sales technique is taught and embraced in many industries. This high-pressure mentality would be recognized as a recipe for disaster, if it weren’t for two supporting sales myths that excuse (and perhaps encourage) bad sales behavior. The two myths? I’m confident you know them: 1. Sales is just a…

Yes, you still need a business card in 2020

The success of a freelancer depends primarily on self-promotion. Many of us were taught as children not to brag about ourselves in front of others, but when it comes to freelancing, this is exactly what we need to do. If you are a freelancer who wants to attract new customers, it is crucial to decide…

How to transition to full-time freelancing

Between the ever-growing demands of our busy lifestyles and the steep increase in automation, it can be hard for some of us to find fulfilling work in the corporate sector. However, switching from a secure career with a familiar routine and other “knowns” to the world of freelancing can be challenging, costly, and sometimes even…

How to fire a toxic client

We’ve all been there. It’s almost like a sad freelance rite of passage I wish we could eliminate: working with a toxic client. When I first debuted a podcast episode last summer about why freelancers couldn’t afford to keep toxic clients, it didn’t surprise me at all that it became one of my most-downloaded episodes….

Black freelancers face discrimination on online hiring platforms

When I first started writing freelance, I asked a friend of mine for advice on which online marketplaces I should use, and how I should present myself. After giving me loads of helpful advice (thanks, Jock!), my white, male friend speculated that I — as a woman of color — “would be a hit.” I…

Manage a hectic workload with these project management tools

A typical project consists of many moving parts. One freelancer may be responsible for delivering one part, while another puts it all together. Deadlines that aren’t met can send the entire project plunging. Project scheduling involves creating a timeline for upcoming tasks and establishing clear deadlines. It keeps everyone on the same page and allows…

Cold emailing 101

Cold client outreach has been the bane of every freelancer’s existence for as long as freelancers and clients have roamed the earth. And now, thanks to the COVID-19 economy (read: sluggish and uncertain), your ability to successfully reach out is more important than ever. Look in your spam folder and you’ll see that poorly written…

5 questions to ask before accepting any freelance job

This is a post from our partner Reedsy, a marketplace for the best freelancers in the publishing industry. To join their curated community of professionals and access thousands of authors, apply here and receive a $50 Reedsy credit toward your first project. The fickleness of the freelance market — especially right now — can leave…

Solved: how to craft the perfect writer’s resume

Let’s be honest: Not every client will request a CV from you. Your profile on a freelance platform or your website is your resume, so it’ll be just enough for many people. But not for everyone. Many clients prefer a more traditional look at the experience of freelancers they hire. You might also need a…